Blooming tea can be a great antioxidant tea, with benefits that may include boosting the metabolism, protecting the skin, lowering stress, possibly improving oral and heart health, stimulating cognitive function, and reducing inflammation. It may also help in treating respiratory disease, enhancing vision, and promoting good digestion.
What is Blooming Tea?
Blooming tea or flowering tea is a combination of teas and tisanes. More specifically, this tea is a tight bundle of green tea leaves or buds skilfully hand-woven around dried flowers like globe amaranth, jasmine, marigold, lily, and osmanthus. When steeped in hot water in a glass teapot, the green tea leaves unfurl, and the flower “blooms”, creating a unique aesthetic effect, while also delivering the health benefits of both components of the bundle.
Blooming tea is not something you can simply prepare from scratch, considering that authentic blooming tea is hand-sewn by skilled Chinese artisans. That is why the other common names for this tea are artisan tea, display tea, crafted tea, or China special tea.
This unique beverage has its roots in China, where it may have been traditionally used for a huge range of medical conditions. The long list of health benefits is possibly due to the high presence of catechins, flavonoids, amino acids, and other antioxidants in green tea, as well as the individual components of the flower in the bundle, which may include different vitamins, minerals, and active organic compounds. 
Benefits of Blooming Tea or Flowering Tea
Blooming tea is very beneficial for people. Let us discuss these benefits in detail below.
May Boost Metabolism & Weight Loss
The caffeine content of green tea is may be known to provide a metabolic boost, backed up by a number of other nutrients that can help optimize bodily functions. This may also translate to weight loss effects, making blooming tea a popular choice for those watching their weight.
Might be Rich in Antioxidants
The catechins and flavonoids found in green tea are legendary for their ability to possibly seek out free radicals and neutralize them before they can cause chronic disease, oxidative stress, or inflammation within the body. This may give the immune system a major boost. 
Polyphenolic compounds can be particularly good for skin health. They not only stimulate the regrowth of new cells but may also prevent the breakdown of collagen and other skin cells that lead to wrinkles and age spots. Finally, blooming tea may partially protect your skin from UV radiation, and may reduce the signs of aging and sun damage.
Might have Anticancer Potential
The possible anti-mutagenic effects of green tea are widely accepted and known, and the possible antioxidant capacity of this tea is undeniable. According to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, a number of studies conducted in China say that green tea intake may have a protective effect against colon and stomach cancer. However, there are mixed results as of yet.  
May Relieve Stress
Balancing stress hormones and providing relaxation is easy with blooming tea, both in its preparation and consumption! The catechins and polyphenols may help to re-balance hormone levels and induce a sense of calm, while the aesthetic experience of watching the blooming tea flower unfold is a form of meditation in itself!
May Improve Respiratory Health
If you are suffering from a cough, cold, or congestion, blooming tea may quickly cut through the mucus and eliminate the inflammation in your respiratory tracts. This might help ease the symptoms, while the antimicrobial and antibacterial properties of green tea might target the underlying pathogen that causes it. 
Might Improve Digestion
If you are using a marigold variety of blooming tea, you may benefit from the digestive boost that flowers can provide. It is known to possibly relieve pain and tightness in the stomach, as well as possibly improving nutrient uptake and soothing symptoms of constipation, cramping, flatulence, and bloating. 
Might Lower Pain & Inflammation
The possible anti-inflammatory and analgesic nature of green tea is well known, meaning that this tea can help with chronic pain, arthritis, gout, headaches, hemorrhoids, and joint disorders, while also possibly providing relief to those recovering from injury, surgery, or extended illness. 
Green tea might be excellent for heart health, as it may lower LDL cholesterol levels, which is the “bad” form of cholesterol that is deposited in the arteries and blood vessels, leading to atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular complications. 
The globe amaranth variety of blooming tea can aid vision, thanks to its possible rich supply of vitamin A and other active ingredients. This antioxidant may prevent macular degeneration and slow the onset of cataracts by eliminating oxidative stress-causing free radicals. 
How to Make Blooming Tea?
Here is a simple process to make blooming tea. Take a look at the recipe below.
Blooming Tea or Flowering Tea Recipe
- 1 blooming tea bundle
- 1 clear glass pot or jar (so you can see the flower bloom!)
- 4 cups of water (filtered)
- 1 tsp of organic honey or sugar (if necessary)
- To make blooming or flowering tea, place the blooming tea bundle in the glass jar or teapot.
- Meanwhile, boil the water in a separate stainless steel pot.
- Pour the water into the glass jar.
- Allow the mixture to steep for 3-5 minutes as the bundle unfurls to reveal the blooming flower.
- Let the mixture stand for another 2-3 minutes.
- Pour the tea (but not the bloom) into cups.
- Add honey or sugar as per taste and enjoy!
Side Effects of Blooming Tea
One may experience side effects of blooming tea depending on the type of flower which was used in the bundle. Also, the green tea which is used to wrap the bundle is rich in caffeine may have certain side effects.
The most common side effects of blooming tea include:
Make sure this tea is consumed in moderation.
Besides, the five most common types of flowers in blooming tea may also contribute some other side effects that must be considered.
- Jasmine – Those people who are allergic to Jasmine may experience contact dermatitis when this is the flower of choice in the blooming tea; the reaction can also include stomach upset, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting.
- Lily – The pollen of this flower is a very common allergen for people, and while there is a limited amount of pollen in blooming tea, it could result in respiratory distress, sneezing, itching, and irritation of the skin, mouth, or eyes.
- Osmanthus – While traditional Chinese medicinal practice recommends the use of osmanthus during pregnancy, it is warned against by the FDA and other international regulators for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Speak to your doctor before adding osmanthus blooming tea to your diet.
- Globe Amaranth – Known scientifically as Gomphrena globosa, this flower is highly allergenic, particularly to people who are allergic to tumbleweed, ragweed, and other fairly common allergens.
- Marigold – This type of flower may cause itchiness, swelling, skin irritation, trouble breathing, or dizziness, but this is typically only when consumed in very high concentrations.