Chrysanthemum is an herb grown throughout China. The flower part of the herb is often used to clear heat and relieve toxicity. It can be used externally as a compress (for inflamed eyes for example) or is commonly used in a tea form. It can help to clear summer heat, prevent sunstroke and increases sweating.
Fellow acupuncturist Diane Joswick, L.Ac. published this excellent recipe for making Cold Chrysanthemum Tea.
Cold Chrysanthemum Tea (For Quenching Thirst & Mild Sunstroke)
By Diane Joswick, L.Ac.
This is an ideal drink for hot summer days. In addition to its medicinal benefits, it is an excellent thirst quencher and an ideal drink for hot summer parties.
- 60 – 80 White Chrysanthemum Flowers
- 3 teaspoon of Jasmine Yinhao Green Tea
- Rock sugar or honey
- 4 liters of water
- Wash the chrysanthemum.
- Put chrysanthemum and tea into a cooking pot.
- Pour in 4 liters of water and bring it to boiling.
- Reduce heat and continue to cook for 20 minutes.
- Put in rock sugar or honey.
- Remove pot from the heat and allow to cool till room temperature.
- Strain the tea and put into refrigerator.
- Serve the tea chilled and enjoy!