Chrysanthemum: A Powerful Medicinal Tea You Need To Try
Written by: Janet Early
Chrysanthemum, the national flower of Japan, has been used in eastern medicine practices for its medicinal abilities since the first century A.D.
Popularly ingested in tea form, this powerful flower has numerous health benefits:
- Detoxifies the blood
- Regulates blood pressure
- Calms the nerves and promotes relaxation of the mind
- Has antibacterial properties that protect against viruses and diseases, such as strep throat, staph infection and tuberculosis
- Reduces fevers
- Eases tension headaches
- Bountiful in vitamins C and A, calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron
- Helps with various inflammations, heat stroke, angina and hypertension
- Strengthens the liver and kidney function
- Promotes smooth digestion
- Relieves nasal and head congestion
- May improve eye health (for example, helping with faltering vision, blurred or spotty vision, or dry/red eyes – if your eyes get sore after reading or working on the computer for long bouts of time, try chrysanthemum tea to see if the problems ease up).
- Soothes frequently dry mouths
- Relieves bad breath
Additionally, chrysanthemum is a good sources of flavonoids, which are types of antioxidants that have been found to be anti-inflammatory, fight disease-causing free-radicals in the body, prevent heart disease, decrease your chances of getting cancer and strengthen your immune system.
Other Forms Of Chrysanthemum
This healing flower can be used topically as well as orally. It can be made into creams as rinses that help soothe skin infections. It can also come in the form of tinctures, though the tea form is most popular.
The tea itself is prepared from dried chrysanthemum flowers and offers a light, refreshing taste as well as a delicate flowery aroma.
I got the idea to write about the healing nature of chrysanthemum after reading in Jane Fonda’s memoir, My Life So Far, how a chrysanthemum cast had miraculously sped up the healing process of her fractured foot.
When she was overseas in Vietnam, local doctors wrapped the injured foot in a type of cast made from chrysanthemum roots. Two days later, the swelling of the fractured foot had gone down and she was able to walk again.
She was told chrysanthemum promoted strengthening and healing. Based on all of the benefits from chrysanthemum tea listed above, those words seem to hold very true.
Note: consider checking with your doctor before trying chrysanthemum tea, because it can cause side effects in some people, such as those with pre-existing health conditions or who are on regular medications.
What do you think of chrysanthemum’s medicinal abilities? Share below if you will try it!
My Life So Far by Jane Fonda
Janet Early is a health enthusiast living in Los Angeles and working as a researcher for a major television company. An aspiring writer, Janet discovered her passion for wholesome nutrition and natural healing while navigating the struggles of balancing food sensitivities in a modern world. In addition to nutrition, she enjoys traveling, storytelling and embarking on daily adventures.
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