The chrysanthemum, Japan's national flower, is an important herb in both Japanese and Chinese traditional medicine.
It is now cultivated in Europe, the United States and many other countries because of the great demand for its flowers.
Health Benefits and Therapeutic Uses of Chrysanthemum
- The traditional Chinese have used the tea to treat influenza, fevers and inflammations due to its cooling effect.
- It is caffeine free.
- Chrysanthemum tea is good for the detoxification of the liver and kidneys and for lowering cholesterol levels.
- Chrysanthemum can help the body fight off a range of infections.
- There is a significant amount of beta carotene in chrysanthemum tea, which helps to clear up skin irritation, redness and chronic conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. It also helps to generally reduce the signs of aging, wrinkles and blemishes, thanks to the antioxidant content of the flowers.
- Chrysanthemum tea is a great aid to digestion.
- The tea is also helpful in calming the nerves and easing giddiness.
- Because of its zero calorie content, it is often used to treat obesity and as an aid to lose weight.
- It is also said to improve vision and hearing and blurred vision and spots in front of the eyes. It may also be helpful in cases of night blindness and to treat conjunctivitis, itchiness and dryness of eyes.
- Chrysanthemum tea has high mineral content and can help to improve the conditions of bone mineral density loss.
- New research has shown that the flavonoid acacetin that is present in chrysanthemum has the ability to inhibit malignant cell growth in the prostate region. This may make it a useful weapon in the battle against prostate and other forms of cancer.
- It is believed to be good for the heart and has been known to lower blood pressure levels. Traditional Chinese medicine has used these properties of the flower to treat cases of hypertension and angina.
- Physical handling of the flower may result in skin irritation and consumption can cause stomach upset. People with known allergies to daisies and asters should avoid chrysanthemum as should people with diarrhea.
- Old people should not drink too much of this tea as its cooling effect will make your arthritis, rheumatism worse.