I have always had an interest in natural healing and alternative eastern medicine, so when an opportunity came up to live in central china for a few months in 2011 i jumped at the chance.
Living in Chengdu located in central China was an eye opening experience especially when it came to eating and drinking. It was not unusual to see pretty young girls walking down the street chewing on a chicken foot or groups of young men having a laugh over a shared hot pot.
Whilst not all of it was to my liking (pigs tail anyone?!) i did discover a few thing that i fell in love with, one of those being Chinese Chrysanthemum and red date tea. The photo is from a wonderful little cafe called The Bookworm in Chengdu where a lot of expats would hang out, read and drink tea.
Chrysanthemum tea acts as a natural coolant and chinese medical science believes that there are many health benefits when you drink having Chrysanthemum tea every day. It has a delicate subtle flavour without the bitterness of other herbal teas such as green tea, and the red dates give it an added natural sweetness.
Chrysanthemum tea is very potent containing high amounts of B carotene which are present in the yellow part and the fruit. The B carotene is converted in Vitamin A in the liver. This kind of Vitamin A is helpful in treating skin problems and increasing the immunity power. It also helps in postponing the aging process and age related blindness.
Chrysanthemum tea is also a good source of Vitamin Bs like choline, folacin, niacin as well as riboflavin. It also contains Vitamin C which reduces the risks of scurvy and protects the eyes.
Chrysanthemum tea also has minerals like calcium which is important for the teeth and bones, iron which helps in the transportation of oxygen through the blood, magnesium which is required by more than three hundred kinds of bodily functions as well as potassium which is needed for proper cardiovascular functioning and stabilizing the blood pressure.
Chrysanthemum tea also has adenine, amino acids and glycosides.
The health & beauty benefits of Chrysanthemum tea
1. Chrysanthemum tea has Vitamin C in which helps ease heaviness in the head during cold and provide relief in sinusitis discomfort. This herbal tea also has antiviral properties and helps relieve congestion in the head which may be caused by viral infection. The heaviness in the head could also be caused due to bacterial pathogenic reaction. Chrysanthemum tea is anti spirochetal in nature thus it is really helpful in easing head congestion.
2. Chrysanthemum tea is naturally caffeine free, hence, it is free from all the side effects of caffeine like anxiety, tension, irritation, nervousness and confusion.
3. Chrysanthemum tea is a natural coolant and helps in lowering the temperature of the body when suffering from fever or even heat stroke. This herbal tea is also helpful in treating pimples and acne. It can also treat discomfort of high temperature such as headache, slight toothache and throbbing nerves in the gums.
4. Chrysanthemum tea is good for the detoxification of the liver and for lowering cholesterol levels.
5. This tea helps in the treatment of coronary artery disease, blocked arteries and even varicose veins.
6. Chrysanthemum tea has stimulating property and helps in alerting the senses and rejuvenating the brain. It stimulates all your senses very quickly and also calms down the nerves.
7. It helps in easing giddiness.
8. Drinking Chrysanthemum tea helps in providing relief in sore throat, redness in the eyes, itchiness in the eyes, dryness in the eyes and dark sport in the eye area.
9. It makes the lungs strong and helps in providing relief in respiratory problems such as shortness of breath.
10. Chrysanthemum tea when taken with lunch or dinner especially with oily foods helps ease digestion.
Preparation: Chrysanthemum tea is obtained from dried chrysanthemum flowers. You can easily make it bye by adding hot water in 3 grams of dried chrysanthemum flowers, let the mix steep for 5 minutes.