Though used extensively as an addition to teas and other beverages and sparingly in the perfume industry, osmanthus is a relative newcomer to therapeutic aromatherapy. One whiff of its amazing fragrance, however, and you may find yourself wanting to write volumes in praise of this intoxicating, but expensive, essential oil. It is estimated that approximately 3,000 kilos of flowers is required to yield one kilo of absolute essential oil. This explains both the rarity of the oil and the expense.
physical, mental, emotional
The aroma of osmanthus is said to bring new things into your life – new opportunities, surprising synchronicities, and the tender mercies of heaven. Exotic and rare, I find the aroma makes me yearn for personal development and I find myself making plans for the accomplishment of goals that have been sitting on the back burner for awhile. The effect of osmanthus on my own soul is to make me want to be better tomorrow than I was today.
Osmanthus flowers have been used as an herbal tea for many years in the far east. Some of the health benefits claimed for the tea include promoting beautiful skin, improving digestive processes, improving appetite after illness, and aiding the body in proper detoxification and elimination. Osmanthus tea is also said to relieve fatigue and improve appetite.