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A Guide to Chrysanthemum Tea


What is Chrysanthemum tea?

Chrysanthemum Tea is a delicious tea beverage that is made out of fresh or dried Chrysanthemum flowers. It is a very popular drink in East Asia, especially in China. It was a popular drink in China starting as far back to the Song Dynasty. In order for the tea to be prepared fresh or dried Chrysanthemum flowers must be steeped in hot water. It is then cooled and served in a teacup with rock sugar or even can sugar. Sometimes wolfberries or goji berries are added to the tea. Chrysanthemum tea is pale yellow in color and once some Chrysanthemum tea is drunk from the pot and more hot water is added thereby making the water an even lighter yellow.


Chrysanthemum tea varieties

China Chrysanthemum Tea

Chrysanthemum tea comes in many varieties. The Huangshan Gongju and the Hang baiju are the most popular. The Huangshan Gongju also known as the Yellow Mountain tribute chrysanthemum. The Hang baiju, which originates from Tongxiang. Then there are two types that both originate from the district of Anhui. One is the Chuju, which originates from Chuzhou and the other is Boju, which originates from Bozhou.


South Korea Chrysanthemum Tea

Gukhwacha is a Chrysanthemum tea that is made out of dried Indian Chrysanthemum that is collected before the flower has opened. Chrysanthemum tea in Korea is made when the Chrysanthemum flower is mixed with bamboo salt water then washed cold and drained on a kitchen towel. The flowers that have been drained are covered with hanji and dried in a floor heated room. They are then served with three to four flowers added to the Chrysanthemum tea. Honey Chrysanthemum tea is another Korean Chrysanthemum tea. The flowers are washed, dried, and added with honey for about three to four weeks. They are then served with the flowers added to the hot Chrysanthemum tea. Medicinal Chrysanthemum tea is another Korean tea. The flowers are washed then steamed using water that has herbal concoction in it. It is then dried. Once it has dried, they are steamed then dried again. This process goes on nine times. The water concoction is made out the roots of white woodland peony that has been dried as well as dried roots of Korean Angelica, roots of Rehmannia, and dried roots of lovage.


The Health Benefits of Chrysanthemum Tea

Chrysanthemum tea made out of fresh flowers has many health benefits. It increases blood flow, it has antihistamines, anti-inflammatory properties, and antibacterial properties. The tea is very refreshing and is light. It is a great drink to serve during the hot summer months.

-It is a nerve relaxant. People have said that once they drink the tea they can relax and unwind especially after a long day. The tea’s calming abilities make it great for lowering blood pressure. It also cools the body and reduces inflammation. The tea has many powerful antioxidants and minerals that can help your body regulate itself as well as remove unnecessary stress hormones from the blood.

-It is good for your heart. Chrysanthemum tea has lowered blood pressure and it aids in relieving coronary artery disease. This tea can prevent cardiovascular issues because it lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels. When you drink Chrysanthemum tea you will be avoiding diseases like heart attacks, strokes, and atherosclerosis. The potassium content of the tea works to lower your blood pressure.

-It is good for your skin and aging. There is a large amount of beta carotene and that breaks down vitamin A, which can serve many purposes to the body. Vitamin A can behave as an antioxidant.


How to store Chrysanthemum tea.

Chrysanthemum tea should be refrigerated after it is boiled or brewed. Keeping it refrigerated will keep it fresh. You can just take out your tea and drink it cold or you can boil it if you would like it hot.

 

How to Brew Chrysanthemum Tea

What You Will Need:

-five to six buds of dried Wild Chrysanthemum flowers
-500 ml of water that has been distilled
-kettle pot that is aluminum
-a mug that is resistant to heat

Directions:

-Pick about 5 to 6 Chrysanthemum flowers then rinse them to make sure there is no dirt on them.

-Boil the water in the kettle or pot.

-Put the flowers into your teapot with water. You can add tea leaves, tea bag, dried herbs, or fresh herbs. Boil the Chrysanthemum and the mixture. Let it steep for about two to three minutes.

-Pour the Chrysanthemum tea into cups and add sweeteners like rock sugar if you would like.

-Put the tea into the mug, allow the tea to cool then drink. You may also chill the tea and pour over crushed ice and serve cool.


Chrysanthemum recipe---Chrysanthemum flower and goji berry tea

What you will need: Chrysanthemum three tablespoons, Goji Berry 2 teaspoons, Hot water 2 cups 

Directions:

-Boil the water in a kettle. While the water is boiling get the goji berries and Chrysanthemum by rinsing them. Put them into the strainer compartment into the teapot.

-Pour the hot water that was just boiled in the teapot and let it steep for about five minutes. Now your tea is ready and you can enjoy it.


Chrysanthemum tea is delicious. Chrysanthemum tea can be drank any time of the day. You can also drink it as often as you would like. It all depends on you. You can drink it to refresh yourself or you can drink it to calm yourself. Drink Chrysanthemum tea as needed. It is easy to make and it has many health benefits. If you are looking for a new drink definitely give Chrysanthemum tea a try. If you have guests over and are looking to serve them a unique beverage Chrysanthemum tea is a great one.



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