How to make Chrysanthemum tea, its benefits and where to source it

As well as being a delicious floral tea (similar to that of delicate Camomile) Chrysanthemum tea is full of health benefits. This article will inform you-

  • How to make Chrysanthemum tea
  • The health benefits of drinking Chrysanthemum tea
  • How to get hold of Chrysanthemum tea
  • Possible side effects of drinking Chrysanthemum tea
Making Chrysanthemum tea

How to make Chrysanthemum tea

  1. Use freshly boiled water at between 90 and 100 degrees heat.
  2. Rinse out the teacup or pot with the hot water to warm.
  3. Allow 4 to 5 flowers per cup.
  4. Allow to brew for two to four minutes. The longer the buds are left in the stronger the colour and flavour will be.
  5. The Chinese traditionally add rock sugar and wolfberries (Goji berries) to their tea. You could also sweeten with a small amount of honey.
  6. The tea can be served hot or cold.
  7. In China, freshly boiled water (again allowed to cool slightly to 90-95 degrees) is added again to the used tea ingredients to make a weaker tea. This is then repeated through the day.

Chrysanthemum tea buds

Health benefits of drinking chrysanthemum tea

  1. Chrysanthemum tea has been traditionally used for its health benefits in China as early as the Song Dynasty (960–1279). The Chinese traditions hold that drinking chrysanthemum tea can-

    • Cool the body during a fever or hot weather by helping the body to sweat
    • Soothe a sore throat
    • Lower high blood pressure
    • Speed recovery from colds and flu
    • Aid the healing of acne
    • Cleanse the liver
  2. Chrysanthemum tea is consumed frequently in South Korea for its energy giving properties.
  3. Chrysanthemum tea has the added benefit of being naturally caffeine free. Add it to your list of caffeine free options such as Barley Water. Learn how to make Barley water.
  4. Chrysanthemum tea contains a large amount of beta carotene which is processed into Vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is essential for immune and eye health.

Chrysanthemum tea poured into tea cup

How to get hold of Chrysanthemum tea

  1. Home grown chrysanthemums

    You can use your own home grown chrysanthemums to produce your own tea. The tea is made out of the buds of the chrysanthemum flower. Just make sure that the flowers have not been sprayed with any chemical pest controls or fertilisers.

    Chrysanthemums can be grown near to vegetables that are prone to pest attacks. They naturally repel insects so are perfect addition for your garden!

    Harvest the Chrysanthemums when they are in bud and either dry the flower heads naturally in a sunny spot or use a dehumidifier to speed up this process.

  2. Shop bought chrysanthemum buds

    It is now easy to pick up chrysanthemum buds in Chinese herbal shops and grocery stores. They can also be bought at online outlets such as Amazon and then delivered to your door.

Side effects of drinking Chrysanthemum tea

While recognised for their potency, it is important to remember that drinking herbal teas can also have negative effects on health. Listed here are the possible side effects of drinking Chrysanthemum tea. As with all food and drink it is recommended that the consumption of a wide variety of food and drinks is healthier for the body.

  1. Chrysanthemum tea can cause allergic reactions in some people. Symptoms include itching of the eyes or skin and breathing difficulties (similar to those of hayfever).
  2. Some studies have shown that drinking chrysanthemum tea can increase photosensitivity particularly in those with fair skin.
  3. Due to the Chinese tradition of drinking this tea as a means to lowering blood pressure, drinking Chrysanthemum tea is not recommended for diabetics.

Conclusion

Chrysanthmum tea is one of the finest tasting teas around, similar in delicacy to camomile. Combined with its great health benefits it is clear why it has seen such popularity in China and is gaining popularity in other regions of the world.