The surprising health benefits of chrysanthemum tea

Brewing up a nice cup of tea is a ritual for many of us. Here is why you should add chrysanthemum to your must-try list.

Originally cultivated in China, chrysanthemum has been a well-loved floral drink in Asia for centuries.

Chrysanthemum tea is believed to have many health benefits, and white and yellow varieties of the showy-looking flower are used to make it.

The flower is often used in traditional Chinese medicine as well, and it is known as the flower of longevity in Chinese culture.

Here are five reasons it may be worth grabbing a cup or two of chrysanthemum tea:

Chrysanthemum tea contains essential nutrients

Naturopath and nutritionist Madeline Calfas says if you’re looking to improve your energy levels, sleep quality and cellular repair, chrysanthemum might be the tea for you.

She says it is an excellent source of vitamin A, B1 (thiamine), B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin C and amino acids.

“The B group is excellent at helping the body convert carbohydrates into glucose to help the body with energy,” she notes.

It can help you beat the heat

Drinking chrysanthemum – known for its cooling properties – can help remove excess heat from the body, Chinese medicine physician and Australian Shiatsu College director Jason Chong says.

“People with a lot of heat, especially that comes upwards, may have headaches or dizziness,” Jason says.

“They may experience mood disorders, like anger and frustration, moodiness or depression.”

He says that the chrysanthemum essentially seeks to balance the body by cooling the heat, keeping a balanced yin and yang state.

It can help with eye strain

If you find yourself with red and tired eyes after being in front of your computer the whole day, you might want to consider drinking chrysanthemum by the end of your work shift or study period.

“At the end of the day, we often get red and tired eyes and blurry vision, an after-effect of staring at the bright lights on screens all day long,” Jason says.

“Juhua (chrysanthemum) is good to help nourish (the eyes) and recover that.”

Chrysanthemum tea is a great alternative to green tea

Chinese herbal medicine practitioner Dr Bettina Brill says while other health-beneficial teas, such as green tea, are also known to be cooling teas, chrysanthemum might be a better option.

“Green tea is stimulating … and also quite diuretic, so you can actually get dehydrated as well,” Dr Brill says.

Unlike green tea, chrysanthemum contains no caffeine, she says – making it a great pre-bedtime option.

It is packed with flavour

If you love flavourful drinks, Dr Brill says chrysanthemum may be a worthy addition to your tea chest.

“It is nice and aromatic. It’s not too bitter.

“If you add goji berries – they’re slightly sweet as well and have a very nice flavour –

(that makes for) a nice combination, too,” she says.

Written by Melissa Hong.