Cooling Chrysanthemum Tea
A summer favorite of mine is chrysanthemum tea. Served chilled or at room temperature, this drink is perfect for those summer days when you are overheated and dehydrated.
The dried flowers of the chrysanthemum plant have long been used in Chinese medicine to clear excess heat from the body. A tea made from these flowers is very effective for bringing down a mild fever, cooling a dry throat and alleviating some kinds of headaches. It is also good for treating fever sores, red irritated eyes and some skin problems such as acne, boils and eczema. The infused flowers can be cooled and applied to the eyelids to bring relief to eyes that have spent too much time at the computer screen.
The hydrating and cooling properties of chrysanthemum tea make it a good herbal remedy for perimenopausal and menopausal women who suffer from hot flashes.
Chrysanthemum tea is easy to make. The dried flowers can be found at herb shops and Chinese herbal medicine supply stores, as well as at some specialty tea shops. The tea has a mild, pleasant taste.
How to make chrysanthemum tea
To make a pitcher of tea:
- Bring 4 cups of cold water to a boil
- Add a small handful (about ¼ cup) of dried chrysanthemum flowers
- Remove from heat and let steep for 5-10 minutes, depending on how strong you like it
- Sweeten with honey, agave or organic sugar as desired
The tea can be taken hot, or you can chill it for a lovely iced tea. For the iced, I like to add a handful of chopped fresh mint. Enjoy!