I fell in love with Osmanthus at a tea shop in San Francisco a couple years ago. Her scent alone was enough for my brain to log the name permanently. I sipped a cup of tea made from her tiny succulent flowers and a little puzzle piece that makes up who I am today was put into place. When we bought our house I planted 4 of these beauties in our front yard. She asks nothing of me as I watch her grow steadily and every spring and fall she fills our front walk with the most heavenly sweet, yet dry, floral apricot aroma I have ever experienced.
Osmanthus is a wonderful herb that is rich in anti-oxidants and micro-nutrients. It can be used to bring vibrance back to the skin, improve eye sight, aid the liver and kidneys in detoxifying the blood, and alleviates cough, loose stools, gas, bloating, nausea, and menstrual cramps.