Sometimes it seems as if people will put just about anything in a tea. There are certainly trends that come and go, and we’ve seen everything from jasmine and hibiscus to roses and marigolds in tea.
Chrysanthemum tea is among the floral teas we’d like to share with you. It’s not one of the more commonly used flowers in teas, but chrysanthemums are said to have a great many health benefits. Let’s take a look.
What is Chrysanthemum Tea?
As you’d expect, chrysanthemum tea is a brew made from the chrysanthemum flower. But what you might not expect from this household flower are the aids it provides to your health.
Chrysanthemum is hugely helpful in lowering fever. It acts as a coolant to your body, and can even help reduce the severity of heat stroke.
Despite the reputation of floral teas for being soothing, chrysanthemum tea actually has an energizing effect for many people. Strangely enough, it also does have a bit of a calming effect. These effects work together to increase alertness. Plus, there’s no caffeine in chrysanthemum tea.
A cup of chrysanthemum tea can help to sooth the tummy if you’re having digestive trouble. It can help to calm a toothache. Chrysanthemum may be effective in treating respiratory disorders. It’s a detoxification aid, an aid to circulation, a sore throat remedy, and a headache relief aid.
That’s a mouthful but you get the idea. The benefits of chrysanthemum tea are substantial, and they’re varied, too.
Chrysanthemum tea is made from both the flower and the leaves of the chrysanthemum plant. Both parts of the plant have great health benefits, so don’t worry if your chrysanthemum tea lists the leaves as an ingredient.
Whichever part of the chrysanthemum plant is in your tea, you’ll be getting plenty of vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid and niacin.
Where to Get Chrysanthemum Tea
A Google search for chrysanthemum tea will bring back results from all over the web. Most commonly, people buy their tea from sources like Amazon, where there’s a huge selection of blends available. That’s fine! Just check to ensure that you’re ordering from a quality supplier. Sometimes chrysanthemum tea is made with fillers that have no nutritional value.
Additionally, there may be green, black or white tea added to your chrysanthemum tea. That will add caffeine, so if you’re sensitive be cautious. There is no naturally occurring caffeine in chrysanthemum tea.
All around the world, there are herb growers who specialize in cultivating natural and organic herbs, plants and supplements. Those growers then sell small batch products online. You can find a reputable grower local to where you are by visiting your farmer’s market or health food store. Or, conduct a Google search and check the reputation of the company.
We do not recommend growing your own chrysanthemums and making chrysanthemum tea from them. There are a few reasons for this, including the fact that they’re not food grade flowers. Flowers at the hardware store have likely been sprayed with harsh chemicals that could be dangerous to your health.
The second reason is that chrysanthemum flowers are often cross-bred with others, genetically modified to be drought and pest resistant and aren’t they type of flowers you want in your body.
Finally, chrysanthemums are a lovely addition to your garden – you’ll want them to stay there! They deter pests and are showstoppers in the fall. Just leave those pretty blooms there and order the dried flowers online or from your neighborhood farmer.
How to Make Chrysanthemum Tea
There are three types of chrysanthemum tea. Let’s look at each one individually, and you can choose which you’d like to try first. First, there are blooming chrysanthemum teas. We’ve covered blooming teas elsewhere on this site, if you’re not familiar. In short, these beautiful teas are made by oven drying flowers and infusing them with green, white or black tea leaves. As your pour hot water over the flowers, they begin to rehydrate and “blossom” into lovely arrangements in your tea cup.
Blossom teas are available using chrysanthemum flowers. Follow the instructions on the package for best results, as the type of tea which is used in the blend is important to water temperature and the like.
The second chrysanthemum tea is made from dried flowers and leaves. If you have loose tea, please around a tablespoon of the blend into your tea cup. Then, pour hot water over the leaves. The temperature of your water, for best results, should be around 100 degrees. Too hot and you’ll burn the flowers. Too cold and your tea will be weak.
Finally, you can make chrysanthemum tea from fresh flowers and leaves. If you chose this method, be sure that your chrysanthemum blossoms are natural and organic, and that they’re food grade. Rinse the flowers and leaves in warm water, then gently crush them. Alternatively, you can chop them using a small knife to release the oils in the flowers.
As with the dried leaves, you water temperature should be around 100 degrees. Allow the flowers to steep for five minutes or so, then strain.
Chrysanthemum Tea Reviews
There are quite a few tea sellers who market chrysanthemum tea. That said, chrysanthemum tea reviews are quite diverse.
Generally speaking, people who drink chrysanthemum tea will tell you that the taste is different than others you’ve tried. There’s a sweetness and floral feel to the tea, but there’s also a pepper or heat to it. If you’ve ever tried nasturtiums on a salad, you’ll find that the taste is similar.
One woman said that “you’ll feel pretty” when you drink chrysanthemum tea. That reaction was likely because of the floral scent you’ll smell from your tea cup.
Most people who tried chrysanthemum tea said they prefer it sweetened with honey. Others chose sugar or raw sugar to sweeten. A rare few chose to enjoy their chrysanthemum tea unadorned, as they said the tea was naturally sweet. It’s all down to you, but if you’re used to consumed herbal tea with sugar or honey then you should begin with a little sweetener here too.