Osmanthus Flower - 桂花

Osmanthus Flower (桂花) has fragrance that resembles peach or apricots that is light and refreshing. Other than its refreshing fragrance, in the Chinese Medical terms, it is also used to reduce phlegm if you have a bad cough. Or it could also be use for abdominal discomfort, toothaches, and bad breath from indigestion (Osmanthus stimulates normal digestive processes).

Osmanthus Flower can be purchased from local Chinese Medical Hall like Hock Hua (福华),  Bees Brand (蜂标) or etc. It come in either small or big packet from S$4.00 - S$6.50 depending on the size.


Below is a quick recipe for Osmanthus Honey Tea which is beneficial for detoxification and beauty maintenance as well as relieves bad breath. For your interest there are also a few Osmanthus related recipes shown below in my recipe site for your reading too.

(Serve: 1 | Preparation: 2 minutes )

1 Teaspoon Dried Osmanthus Flowers (桂花)
1 Green or Black Tea Tea Bag
2 - 3 Teaspoons Honey

1. Place Osmanthus flowers and tea bag into a teapot / mug that has just been rinsed with boiling water.

2. Add boiling water to brew the tea, cover and allow it to steep for a minute or two.

3. Pour tea into serving cup if using teapot, add honey to taste. Enjoy!

Steam Osmanthus Cod Fish

Glutinous Red Date With Osmanthus Syrup

Osmanthus Chestnut Cake

Huiji Steamed Pomfret With Osmanthus

Osmanthus Chestnut Koi Jelly

Chrysanthemums Honey Tea


  1. hi thank you for posting this! my son (7) has been coughng and has phlegm. can he take this? btw ive been giving him ginger honey tea :)


    1. Hi Yen,

      Although ginger honey tea is good for coughing but not everyone is suitable with it depending on your body natural as ginger is a bit heaty too. Osmanthus is good in a way with cooling effect so if your kid is having dry cough, you can make some chrysanthemum tea with a teaspoon or more of osamnthus too. HTH


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