Chrysanthemum Tea: Benefits & How to Make

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A delicious and popular beverage, chrysanthemum tea has several health benefits. Some of these include its ability to protect your heart, boost your immune system, improve vision, calm your nerves, lower inflammation, strengthen your bones, and treat respiratory issues.

What is Chrysanthemum Tea?

Chrysanthemum tea is a refreshing beverage made from fresh chrysanthemum flowers. This tea has been around for more than a thousand years and originated in the Song Dynasty in China. The flowers used to make this strong tea comes in many varieties, but traditionally, the beneficial plant’s scientific name is Chrysanthemum Indicum. 

Unlike many other herbal teas, this tea is made by infusing hot water with full flowers. The infusion releases a wide variety of antioxidants, organic compounds, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and soothing chemicals into the mixture, making for a delicious and highly nutritious drink!

A close-up shot of chrysanthemum tea, next to the flowers, ginger slices and a spoon, which are kept atop a grey platform

Chrysanthemum tea is a flower-based infusion beverage that has a number of health benefits. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

The tea is traditionally made in China but is popular worldwide due to the floral scent, the flowers steeping, and occasional wolfberries or other herbs. There are four main varieties of this tea, prepared and consumed in China, from different species of this flowering plant. The tea’s color is pale to bright yellow, depending on its suitable strength and how long you’ve steeped the flowers. Its medicinal uses have been known for centuries, making it highly sought after by natural healers.

Chrysanthemum Tea Benefits

Let’s take a more in-depth look at some of the surprising health benefits of chrysanthemum tea.

Acts as Nerve Relaxant

To relax and unwind after a long day, chrysanthemum tea is particularly suitable for this purpose. This tea lowers blood pressure, cools the body, reduces inflammation, and induces calmness. The powerful antioxidants and minerals help your body regulate itself and eliminate unnecessary stress hormones in the blood.

Promotes Heart Health

Studies show that chrysanthemum tea reduces blood pressure and provides relief from coronary artery diseases. By lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels, this tea is a long-term preventative measure for cardiovascular issues, as well as atherosclerosis.

Anti-inflammatory Agent

There is a significant amount of beta-carotene in chrysanthemum tea, which breaks down into vitamin A. Vitamin A eliminates oxidative stress and damaged cells in organ systems around the body. According to a study in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, chrysanthemum tea clears up skin irritation, redness, and chronic conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. As an anti-inflammatory agent, it also helps to generally reduce the signs of aging, as well as wrinkles and blemishes.

Boosts Immune System

Vitamin A and C are in high concentrations within chrysanthemum tea, and both of these vitamins are crucial for immune system health. Vitamin C stimulates the production of white blood cells and functions as an antioxidant to protect against free radicals. There are also quite a few minerals in chrysanthemum, such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium, all of which are necessary for a healthy immune system.

Improves Bone Health

The chrysanthemum extract improve the conditions of bone mineral density loss, so start drinking this tea while you’re young, to ensure that you can be active and healthy when you’re old!

Increases Metabolism

There are many different types of vitamin B in chrysanthemum, including folic acid, choline, niacin, and riboflavin. All of these are necessary for the normal functioning of the body. Moreover, these range from developmental progress and growth to hormonal levels.

How to Make Chrysanthemum Tea?

This tea is super easy to make and requires less time.

Chinese chrysanthemum tea in a glass cup on a wooden table

Invigorating Chrysanthemum Tea Recipe

Chrysanthemum tea is made like any other loose-tea. A cup of this tea is enough to revitalize your senses in a jiffy!
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Chinese
Appliance: Tea Strainer, Teapot, Cheesecloth
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Sakina Kheriwala

Ingredients

  • 5 g chrysanthemum tea dried
  • 3 cups of water
  • sugar optional

Instructions

  • Place the dried tea in a tea bag or a tea strainer of your preference. 
  • Boil 3 cups water and pour over the tea. Let it steep for about 3-5 minutes until it turns into a golden-yellow color.
  • Add sugar or any other sweetener of your choice, if desired.
    Chrysanthemum tea in a glass cup

Notes

  • Since the petals get in the way while drinking, it is best to tie up the tea in a cheesecloth, use a tea-strainer, or make in a teapot with a built-in strainer. 
  • You can add water to the tea for extra batches.

Word of Caution: Some people may experience allergic symptoms particularly if they are allergic to ragweed or daisies. The symptoms are usually mild, ranging from a skin rash to itchy eyes or throat. So, avoid use if you have these allergies. Similarly, if you try to use concentrated chrysanthemum oil, proceed with caution, as the oil is highly concentrated.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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