January is National Hot Tea Month, so I am writing about chrysanthemum tea. Chrysanthemum tea is one tea I was not familiar with but I discovered its been used for centuries. It is quite popular in China where it is an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Chrysanthemum, also called mums, produces a beautiful flower. The tea is usually made from the flowers of Chrysanthemum morifolium or Chrysanthemum indicum. The flowers come in yellow and white. The tea is made from the flowers and is often compared to chamomile because of its calming properties. Historically and according to folklore chrysanthemum is good for anxiety, high blood pressure, respiratory problems, rheumatism and hyperthyroidism. In Chinese medicine it is good for the lungs, liver, kidneys and spleen. It is also a diuretic.
Chrysanthemum tea is easy to make. Use boiling water, I like it at 90 degrees. Put 4 flowers in a cup and pour the boiling water over it. Brew for 3-4 minutes. Serve hot or cold as desired. This tea is caffeine free for folks who are watching their caffeine intake.
Chrysanthemum does have side effects. It can make the skin extra sensitive to the sun. It is not recommended for pregnant or breast-feeding women. Chrysanthemum is a member of the daisy family and if you are allergic to any plants in that category you may be allergic to chrysanthemum too. As always check with your health care provider before taking chrysanthemum tea.
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