Chrysanthemum tea is one of the more unique teas out there and it’s made from a special derivative of unique ingredients. Chrysanthemum is made up of different flowers that come from the species Chrysanthemum morifolium or otherwise known as the Chrysanthemum indicum. These flowers are particularly popular in Eastern Asia in certain areas of China, its mainly a kind of Chinese-tea.
In order to begin preparation of these flowers, they’re first dried and then they’re steeped in hot water which ranged anywhere from 90 to 95 degrees Celsius. This is after they’re cooled from a long boil. It’s not uncommon during the steeping process for people to add wolfberries, cane sugar or rock sugar to help the process and give it a unique taste. While a lot of the time it comes out in a very pale looking color, sometimes it will result in a very bright yellow and has an aroma of floral.
One of the things that is often done in China with Chrysanthemum tea is that when the tea is finished and only the flowers remain, hot water will be added and the tea will be fresh again (with a less distinctive taste). This process can be repeated several times over before all the flavor is gone and the flowers need to be thrown out. Earliest recordings of the Chrysanthemum tea being drank was during the Song Dynasty which lasted from 920 to 1279.
Facts & The Origin of Chrysanthemum tea
Chrysanthemum is a component that has been used in China for over two thousand years. One of the main benefits of the tea back then was that it was believed to prolong life, which was astounding because back then, the average life span was only 50 years old. Even dating back to 920, ancient medicine experts believed that the tea was used for helping pacify the liver and that it could improve your vision drastically, along with relieving you of a fever and removing toxins out of the body.
The majority of these leaves, or at least the most popular place to find chrysanthemum leaves are in the southern region of China. In Guangzhou, there’s even an autumn chrysanthemum festival where Nanjing provides banquets. There’s even chrysanthemum liquor, which is popular among southern China.
Interestingly, the last eight emperors of China ruled for 53 years when the life span was usually 50 years old on average. One of the main and most famous emperors of China was Empress Dowager Ci Xi, who was able to live to 73 years old and kept a relatively young body while ruling for 43 years.
Health Benefits of Chrysanthemum tea
There are several health benefits of Chrysanthemum tea and some of them have been medically proven to be fact while some of these are purely speculation and shouldn’t be taken as 100% fact. Some of these are pure speculation from people who have drank the tea and claimed that the following effects were true:
Chrysanthemum tea is known to help detoxify the blood. In turn, this helps with people’s sinus congestions and it will also help regulate blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. People with high nerves and anxiety have also reported to see benefits from drinking the tea.
Several beneficial vitamins have been discovered in the tea by researchers and scientists including highly beneficial elements such as Vitamin B1, Vitamin A, Choline, Adenine, Amino Acids, Volatile Oil, Flavonoid, Glycosides and other helpful nutrients for the human body.
While a bit controversial, Chrysanthemum tea also promotes the destruction and regulation of bacteria inside the body by preventing it from growing further. Some of the chemicals found in Chrysanthemum tea that help accomplish this are tubercle bacillus, dermatomycosis, Shigella dysenteriae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, hemolyticus B and Streptococcus.
It’s been used in Chinese culture to help prevent and treat heatstroke due to some of the cooling effects it’s known to have on the body.
A lot of people in China have been known to drink Chrysanthemum tea with meals because they believe it helps with the digestion process of their meals, making their meals considerably healthier. If you eat a lot of greasy or oil based foods, then Chrysanthemum tea is known to help break down these bad particles entering your bloodstream and help you digest that food better.
For people who have lung problems or have a lot of head congestion, researchers have suggested that Chrysanthemum tea has been known to help with head sinuses and help strengthen people’s lungs. While this research is on-going, many people swear by these effects and claim them to be true.
While this last benefit isn’t proven to be true, a lot of people in China mainly believe that Chrysanthemum tea drastically improves their hearing and their vision. While there’s no concluded tests that guarantee any of this is true, a lot of people do firmly believe this tea alone has helped them improve both of those things.
For people who have an obesity problem, this is a great product as it contains zero calories along with helping breakdown unhealthy foods and fats. It’s great for people looking to start a strict diet and help take in less harmful calories.
However, there is a word of caution along with all of these benefits, although it’s relatively minor. While not a lot of people have reported this particular incident, some people have experienced some relatively minor reactions while consuming Chrysanthemum tea and some people have even had a negative reaction while handing the flowers used to create Chrysanthemum tea.
Some people handling flowers have reported that they received relatively mild irritation of the skin that didn’t require any kind of treatment or hospitalization but may be an annoying nuisance to some people. Also, some people who have consumed the tea reported that they had mild stomach aches but again, none of these have ever reported in a hospitalization and a sickness. So while there are no real harmful effects of the tea, it’s advised to talk to a doctor before taking the tea, especially if you have any of the above side effects after handling the tea or consuming it.