Cherry Blossom Tea is one of my favorite memories related to spring. The atmosphere that surrounds you when you are in a garden with cherry blossom trees, it is surreal. Everything feels calm and you pay attention to all the small flowers surrounding you. You can just lay down on a blanket under the trees and admire the beauty around. If it gets a bit windy you will be the witness of a cherry blossom petals rain. It just feels like you are in a fairytale.
Last year, I visited Japan during the cherry blossom season and I can truly say that it was my favorite vacation so far. There, I found out that Japanese make tea out of these lovely cherry flowers as well.
In Japan, they are making this tea, depending on the area, either simple, made of the cherry flowers only or, what was a big surprise for me, they are making salty cherry blossom tea!
I was in Kyoto, and a nice lady was serving people with small cups of tea. When she gave it to me, she also warned me that it is salty. I was a bit confused but at least I prepared my taste buds for it. I can say that it tastes more like a soup to me than a tea but it was a unique experience.
My preference is the less salty cherry blossom tea, no salty taste.
Besides the fact that these little flowers look like they are from fairy tales, I was curious to see what are some benefits of the cherry blossom tea. Here are some of the benefits I found:
Cherry Blossom Tea (Sakura) Benefits
This tea is high in antioxidants. The antioxidants help protect and heal the cells in your body from the free radicals. Practically they inhibit oxidation and help removing the damaging oxidizing agents from your body.
2. Essential fatty acids
Because it contains essential fatty acids, it helps repairing the skin and promotes a smooth supple skin. Everybody wants they skin to look great and when a tea can do that, it sounds amazing!
This tea is great for mature skin as it helps to reduce the wrinkles and regenerate the skin. Promotes collagen formation.
The anti-inflammatory properties help reducing the uneven pigmentation and cleanses the skin of toxins. The skin will appear clear and brightened.
Sakura is an elegant symbol of Japanese beauty. Its pink, clear, flawless appearance it is often encountered in Japanese weddings.
The salty tea I mentioned earlier can vary in taste as the salt technique is actually used to preserve the cherry blossoms. It is different from drying them as it keeps more of the taste and benefits.
I only drank this in tea shops, but the sweet version is made of the same salty flowers, leaving only the subtle taste of the cherry blossom behind. If you prefer the salty taste, you can be added back to the tea-cup, depending on how you like the taste. You can read more details on how to prepare it, here.
The image you get when you have the sakura tea in front of you is very relaxing and the pastel colors are slowly unveiling in front of you while the cherry blossoms are dancing around. For perfectly enjoying this experience, ideally you would need a glass teapot. It can be a perfect companion for a tea meditation to help you calm your mind.
Let me know if you tried the cherry blossom tea and if you know more of its benefits.