For some people, chrysanthemums, also known as mums, may be nothing more than a hardy flowering plant commonly found in garden beds and flowerpots. For others, however, this pretty flower is known to provide an array of medicinal benefits. In fact, it's been used as a traditional herbal tea for hundreds of years in some Eastern countries.
While chrysanthemum tea may not be the first drink you'd think of when looking for a soothing beverage, its potential health benefits make it worthy of your consideration. Read on to find out how regular sips of chrysanthemum tea may help improve your well-being and how you can make this beverage at home.
Chrysanthemum tea is an herbal infusion made from the dried flowers of the chrysanthemum plant, which was once revered by the educated elite as one of the four noble plants in ancient China. Known as "ju hua" in Chinese, chrysanthemum was used as an herbal remedy in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as early as 1500 B.C.
The earliest record of chrysanthemum tea's medicinal properties is found in one of the oldest Chinese herb books, the "Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing," or "Divine Farmer's Materia Medica." According to this book, when consumed regularly, chrysanthemum tea may help improve the flow of qi (energy) and blood, as well as slow down aging.
Today, there are around 40 species of chrysanthemum, which come in various shapes, colors and sizes. Of all these species, Chrysanthemum indicum and Chrysanthemum morifolium are the types commonly brewed into teas. When steeped in water, dried chrysanthemum flowers yield a golden-hued tea with a light, refreshing taste and slight floral aroma.
Does Chrysanthemum Tea Have Caffeine?
Similar to other herbal teas, chrysanthemum tea is naturally caffeine-free, which makes it a great alternative to drinks containing caffeine, such as coffee and black tea. This means you can safely drink a cup of chrysanthemum tea because it won't cause any caffeine-related side effects, like jitteriness, nervousness, irritation or sleep difficulties.
You can brew a cup of relaxing chrysanthemum tea any time of the day because the process is quick and easy. Simply follow these steps:
- Bring a cup of water to a boil and then add 1 chrysanthemum flower.
- Let the mixture steep for about five minutes; the longer you steep the tea, the stronger its flavor and color will be.
You can either drink your freshly brewed chrysanthemum tea as is, or sweeten it with a bit of honey or stevia. You can also try other recipes involving chrysanthemum tea.
As with other types of tea, the quality of chrysanthemum tea may deteriorate when exposed to air, moisture, heat and strong odors. To keep them fresh, make sure to store your dried chrysanthemum flowers in an airtight glass container. Place it in a cool, dry area, away from direct sunlight and strong odors.
There are a few side effects associated with chrysanthemum tea, and it's important to avoid this drink if you're sensitive to any member of the Asteraceae (daisy) family of plants. This family of plants includes ragweed, marigold, dandelion and daisy.
There is insufficient information to verify the safety of chrysanthemum tea for pregnant and breastfeeding women. For that reason, it's always best to avoid consuming this tea until you consult with your physician regarding its safety for you and your baby.
Not every chrysanthemum tea on the market is made with quality ingredients, and some brands may be contaminated with pesticides and other garden chemicals that may be harmful for your health. To safeguard your health, buy only trusted organic brands.
If you're planning to grow your own chrysanthemums, be sure to start with organic seeds and avoid using garden chemicals. Also, never harvest chrysanthemums from the side of the road or public areas where pesticides are routinely sprayed.
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