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I’ve been enjoying Chrysanthemum tea lately. It has a refreshing and lightly fragrant taste, and it’s great hot or chilled. The Chrysanthemum flower has been cultivated in China since 1500 B.C. and been a staple in Chinese herbal medicine for over 2,000 years. Rich in beta-carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A (important for skin and immune health), Chrysanthemum flowers are also rich in potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.

Note, if you want a caffeine free tea option in a Chinese restaurant, ask for Chrysanthemum tea (aka Ju Hua cha) as many Chinese restaurants will carry them, especially if they have a large Chinese patron.

Health Benefits:

  • Reduces risk of coronary artery disease and decreases blood pressure. Clinical studies in China and Japan have shown it relieves symptoms of angina (aka chest pain from heart disease)
  • Liver detox
  • Immune boosting and helps to fight against allergies. Traditional Chinese medicine has used Chrysanthemum tea for its “cooling effect”, which helps against fever, sore throat and sinus congestion.

Brewing instructions:

  1. Steep a handful of chrysanthemum flowers in hot water at 90°c (194°F) to 95°c (203°F) for 2 to 4 minutes, or until the liquor turns light yellow.
  2. You may try brewing this tea with a bit of rock sugar.
  3. Serves well hot or cold.