Chrysanthemum Tea

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Chrysanthemum tea is very popular drink in Hong Kong (my location). In Hong Kong you can find small herbal tea shop, where you just stop for a bowl of herbal mix with Chrysanthemum to get you revitalize on the go. Infact Chrysanthemum tea is so popular in Chinese culture that you can even buy it in bottles and tetra pack at 7 eleven.

Health Benefits

Chrysanthemum tea has a lot of medical properties, and some recent scientific researches have also show support of its value. One or two cup per day could help you to revitalize the eyes and release the stress. Besides all the health benefits the tea is delicious!

Relief from dizziness, migraine and headaches.
When taken with meals, it could help in digestion.
It is good for the eye in general. Special when it infuse it with wolf-berries. Give it a try if you have eye strain from using computer and have problems like blurred vision or diminished vision.
It has antibacterial properties that can be use to reduce inflammation that association with flu.
It helps in strengthening of the lungs and is used to treat respiratory diseases including shortness of breath.
It helps to reduce the inflammation of acne.
Side effects

The Chrysanthemum medical properties is so powerful that people who drink too much of it can feel dizziness and nausea. So consume chrysanthemum tea in moderation. My recommendation is 1- 3 cups per day.

Some people could have allergy reaction that looks like inflammation of skin, itchy and scratchy
It is known chrysanthemum tea could interfere with the effects of some medicines and chemicals. That include medicine for insulin regulation, anticancer, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
For woman with baby it’s better to be cautious because we don’t know its effects to pregnancy.

Lower grade Chysanthemem is rather bitter on it own and rock sugar would add to it to make the taste better. High quality Chrysanthemum such as our Taiju (胎菊) is probably one of the best variety for beverage, the bitterness is gentle, reminding of grapefruit and it taste good even without sweetner.

infuse it with hot water (80-90 celsius degree) and drink it plain or with wolf berry infused (good for eye sight). If you like sweetner, I would recommend less refine sugar such as honey or rock sugar.

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Raising a baby T-Rex is hard! Seriously, the wiki was not kidding when they said it was best tackled with a tribe, and considering my tribe is either out of town for an indeterminate amount of time, busy with a new game, or possibly just not playing anymore…so it is just me….queen of the swamps. I’m mostly ok with this, except for the insanity of raising a baby rex! Five hours of incubating an egg, which is mostly spent gathering ALL THE MEAT, then nine hours of hand feeding…the first couple of hours you can’t really do much since it can’t hold much, but the last stretch is easy. Then three days of maturity (unlike real rexes that had like fifteen years!) which means every thirteen hours filling up the food bin. It is a good thing I really like the games that require hours of grinding because wow does this game go grinding to the max!

So what does one do when they are raising a T-Rex and being stricken with either allergies or a cold? Drink flowery tea in the evening of course! Today I am looking at Grand Tea’s Chrysanthemum Tea, specifically the Tai Ju variety, which are small and yellow and are only partially opened. I first developed a love of Chrysanthemum at the same time I started studying Chinese Medicine, I was drawn to its cooling properties to help with inflammation and more importantly its ability to help with breathing problems. Allergy season is rough on my asthma, and if I am not super careful I develop asthmatic bronchitis really easily, and just between you and me I get sick of the meds. The aroma of the little flowers is definitely chrysanthemum…yeah not helpful…it is a blend of pollen, pepper, straw, honey, and straw flowers. It has a sharpness, this is not a heady flower, bordering on spicy without heat.

Since this is a classic brew it needs a classic setup, so vintage teapot and cup it is! The spicy pepper notes are quite potent, with an addition of pollen and straw, with floral undertones of wildflowers and a touch of lettuce. The liquid is sweet and peppery, sharp notes of straw and wildflowers blend with honey and cane sugar. It is mellow and very pleasant to sniff if you are a fan of chrysanthemum!

So does it work medicinally? Well yes and no, I would not say it beats out my guaifenesin and certainly is no substitute for my inhaler, but it does help. I put it in the same category as sitting in a bathroom I have filled with steam or drinking a ton of caffeine, helpful but only part of the puzzle of fighting with my lungs. Now that I have that little blurb out of the way, tasting! It’s yummy, but I really like chrysanthemum, it has wildflower and pollen notes with honey and a crisp sharp peppery quality that really livens up my mouth. When I am wanting something extra sweet I toss in some osmanthus flowers as well to really go for the flower overload! Whether or not it has any medicinal properties, I will keep drinking it because it tastes good.

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I should have some of my chrysanthemum tea to see if it helps my lungs, my spring allergies are kicking in too, about 2 months early from the snow mold! Along with irritating my asthma :(

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