Many people are surprised to learn that chrysanthemums are more than just a pretty flower. However, the health and medicinal benefits of chrysanthemum, or Ju Hua as it is known is the Traditional Chinese Medicine community, are abundant. Typically, chrysanthemum flowers, instead of the leaves, are seeped in hot water for up to 10 minutes to create a tisane (herbal tea). Most find chrysanthemum flower tea to have a lightly floral scent and a delicate and refreshing taste, so it’s pleasant to drink.
Drinking chrysanthemum tisane during a meal helps aid digestion, especially when indulging in greasy food. Consuming chrysanthemum flower tisane also helps prevent and alleviate flu symptoms, such as fever, sore throat, head congestion, and certain types of headaches. Additionally, it may help strengthen lungs to ease shortness of breath and support respiratory well-being. Drinking chrysanthemum tea daily helps to detoxify the liver and may reduce cholesterol levels. It has also been shown to lessen problems with acne when consumed on a consistent basis. Others assert that drinking this tisane is an effective treatment for atherosclerosis or varicose veins, though more studies are needed to confirm this claim. While some claim that chrysanthemum tisane has stimulating effects, there is no caffeine in this tea, so any “pick-me-up” that the drinker experiences is a natural occurrence.
There are two types of chrysanthemum flowers that are traditionally used as an herbal remedy. Yellow chrysanthemums are best for alleviating excessive body heat, while white chrysanthemums are best when trying to relieve congestion. In addition to drinking chrysanthemum tisane, the flowers can also be used externally. Once the dried chrysanthemum flowers are seeped in hot water, drained of any excess moisture, and allowed to cool, they can be placed over the eyes to allay itching and redness. Whether you feel like you’re coming down with the flu, are suffering from itchy eyes, or simply need a refreshing tonic on a hot day, a chrysanthemum flower remedy may be the answer.