History of Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum has been consumed in Asia for thousands of years, playing a vital role in Traditional Chinese Medicine and as a delicious and nourishing beverage.
It is believed that it was first cultivated in China in the 15th century BC where it was revered by poets and artists. Chrysanthemums were a symbol of nobility and integrity.
As a herbal tea, it was first brewed and popularized during the Song Dynasty (960 AD - 1279 AD) and for centuries it was used to treat respiratory issues, blood pressure irregularities and to calm the nerves.
Chrysanthemum was brought over to Japan in the 8th century AD, where it was adopted as the Emperor's official seal and the symbol of the imperial throne.
Chrysanthemum tea is still consumed by millions of people in China, Korea, Singapore, and Japan every day. It is a favorite summer drink, loved for its cooling effect on the body as well as its traditional health benefits.
Chrysanthemums are also steamed or boiled and eaten in salads. The leaves are particularly appreciated as a vegetable dish.
Benefits of Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum is packed with vitamins A, B, C and K, beta-carotene, calcium, fiber, iron, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, sodium, zinc, amino acids, and glycosides.
This blend of components makes this beverage not only tasty, but delightfully good for you as well, and you may drink it to reap a number of benefits.
Boosts of the immune system
Chrysanthemum infusion is rich in vitamin C, an essential element that may help in the treatment of colds and the flu, warding off symptoms in the early stages of the disease: such as headaches and rising temperature.
- This flower infusion is a natural coolant, making it ideal to drink when you have a fever as it may help to cool down your body quickly. Add a bit of honey and this infusion may soothe a sore throat, fighting bacterial infections. Chrysanthemum infusion is said to speed up recovery time.
- Drink this when you have trouble breathing, vitamin C in it may relieve congestion, strengthening lungs and aiding when you are suffering from sinusitis and shortness of breath. It may clear away phlegm and calm the lungs. Its antihistamine properties make this tea great to prevent allergies.
Cooling and Cleansing
- The cooling nature of chrysanthemum infusion is not only limited to fever; it can also help when you are suffering from heat stroke or other forms of internal temperature imbalance.
- As we age, it becomes normal for the temperature to rise in the body. For example, women undergoing menopause may suffer from hot flashes that are extremely uncomfortable. This drink may help to dissipate this body heat in a way that is natural and safe.
- The best thing is to drink Chrysanthemum infusion during the hot summer months when it seems impossible to stay cool, but at the same time, chrysanthemum is said not to hinder your digestion.
- This cooling herbal infusion is also said to help prevent heart problems. Drinking chrysanthemum may improve blood flow, reducing blood pressure and treating blocked arteries and varicose veins.
- It may also help allay symptoms associated with high blood pressure, such as headaches and dizziness.
- A regular cup of this floral infusion may help reduce chest pain, treating angina, and atherosclerosis, but make sure to talk to your doctor to make sure this is the proper form of treatment for your heart problems, particularly if you are on medication.
- It may be that drinking chrysanthemum tea may help lower bad (LDL) cholesterol levels, thus preventing heart disease.
- Chrysanthemum tea may be used as a means to detoxify the liver. By improving liver function, you are also helping your body to better cleanse your blood of toxins and harmful agents. It is said that this tea actually protects the liver.
- This is considered a balancing tea, because when you use it to cleanse the liver you are improving the health of the organ responsible for balancing hormonal production, thus helping to prevent and treat nervous disorders and mood swings.
- Other organs that also benefit from the detoxifying effect of this tea are the kidneys. It helps to flush out bacteria and toxins that could be at the source of infection.
- Drinking this tea also helps to boost your immune system as chrysanthemums have antiviral and antibacterial properties. This means that not only you recover from illness faster, but you will be less likely to get sick, too.
- Chrysanthemum tea may be enjoyed at any time of the day, but it may be ideal to have with a heavy meal especially when greasy foods are on the menu. This wonderful helps to ease digestion and stimulate the stomach to process fatty elements more quickly.
- Indigestion and upset stomachs happen to all of us at one time or another. When this happens to you make a cup of unsweetened warm chrysanthemum tea to ease the pain, reduce nausea and getting your stomach back into proper working order.
- As this herbal tea boosts your digestion, when you drink it unsweetened, it is a way of promoting weight loss. Chrysanthemum tea contains vitamin B that helps the body to process fats faster and to eliminate them more quickly, too.
- One of the better-known benefits of chrysanthemum tea is its potential for improving eyesight and bringing relief to general eye problems. This tea is believed to improve vision, reducing eyestrain and red eyes. This may be important for those working in front of a computer for long hours.
- Try drinking this tea when you feel so tired that your vision becomes blurry and your eyes feel tired and dry. Something that may happen when you work in a closed environment with air conditioning all day long.
- Dust in the air can get into your eyes and cause stinging pain, irritation, and constant watering. Watering is the defense mechanism your eyes have to try to push out dirt. So get a clean cotton ball soaked in a cooled infusion of this tea and very gently clean your eyes. It will clean and relax your eyes.
Treatment for Diabetes
- It is possible that drinking this may help those who with type 2 diabetes. Chrysanthemum tea show promise in lowering and stabilizing blood sugar and increasing your body's sensitivity to insulin.
Relaxation in a Cup
- The balancing and detoxifying nature of this herbal tea may also be helpful for the nervous system, calming and soothing the nerves, clearing the mind, relieving tension headaches and dizziness, even treating insomnia.
- At the same time, this tea is also considered an energizing tea. While it is caffeine-free, it stimulates you naturally and it may also help you to rest better at night, improving your energy levels the following day. It helps you to stay alert and focused without the need for addictive caffeine.
- Drinking this herbal tea may rejuvenate the brain as it may help you when you are particularly tired from too much work and stress. It is said to be beneficial for the memory under conditions of mental fatigue or neurodegenerative diseases.
- Chrysanthemum tea also contains analgesic potential, meaning that it may soothe pain, such as that caused by migraines and headaches. Toothaches and gum soreness may also benefit from a cup of this tea. Just remember to drink your tea unsweetened!
- There seems to be some promise that chrysanthemum tea may help prevent the onset and spreading of cancer. This is directly related to the presence of flavonoids (natural antioxidants), triterpenoids and fatty acids.
- Triterpenoids and flavonoids have antitumor properties, preventing mutation and damage to DNA at the cellular level. Some of the fatty acids present in this tea are said to be responsible for the death of cancerous cells, so there may be hope for this tea as a form of treatment.
- Of course, there still needs to be a lot more scientific study into this matter, but it seems to show that there may be hope at least as a form of disease prevention.
- Chrysanthemum tea may have improved your skin health whenever you drink it or apply it topically. By drinking this tea you are keeping your tea hydrated and young, preventing premature aging that comes from exposure to dryness, wind or heat.
- With each cup of tea you drink, you clear away toxins that affect your skin or balance hormone production that could be at the heart of some topical issues, such as acne or pimples, particularly when these are stress-related.
- Applying it on your skin may help clear acne, wounds or boils due to its antiseptic properties. It may aid in cleaning and healing inflamed bruises and sores.
- Being rich in vitamin C, makes this the ideal tea to protect your body as well as leave you with a healthy complexion with less wrinkles or other signs of aging. By fighting infection, it also helps soothe irritation and possible skin reactions.
NOTE: Chrysanthemum belongs to the same family as ragweed, marigolds, and daisies. If you are allergic to any of these plants, there is a good chance that you may be allergic to chrysanthemum. If you experience difficulty breathing, asthma, hay fever, or skin rash stop using immediately.