The beauty of tea lies in its versatility! This versatility and interestingly diverse nature of tea comes from its varied cultivation kinds and different botanicals used, each offering its own touch of natural goodness to the tea-drinker. A special tea botanical that we can’t stop talking about this season is ‘Chrysanthemum’ flowers. Chrysanthemum is a beautiful and decorative edible flower hailing from the sunflower family, often used as a botanical to infuse in teas. Also referred to as “mum” in short, although Chrysanthemums are one of the most popular flowers across the world, only next to rose; they are not very commonly known around here in India. So let us get to know these layered florals beauties a little bit more.
The name, ‘Chrysanthemum,’ is sourced from Ancient Greek words referring to ‘gold’ and ‘flower.’ Owing to their ability to flourish almost anywhere with minimal care, Chrysanthemums are widely grown, but essentially this flower is a summer bloom that needs full sunlight exposure. Chrysanthemum blooms are seen and available in several sizes, shapes and colours including yellow, red, gold, white, pink, orange, purple, and more. Each colour and type of mum has different symbolic meanings since ancient times, including those of happiness, optimism, friendship, joy, long life or luck!
Further to its symbolic meanings, Chrysanthemums also offer some unique health benefits. And in addition to being rich in antioxidants, they are also a powerhouse of nutrients that makes it one of the most desirable floral teas. With sublime floral hints and sweet notes, Chrysanthemum tea is known as a preferred beverage for over thousands of years, and revered in ancient poetry with a significant role in traditional medicine. It has also seen uses in culinary arts as part of stews and soups.
Benefits of Chrysanthemum Tea
1. Very good for the eyes
Spending long hours in front of screens can affect our eyesights and so it is better to accompany our daily chores with a cup of Chrysanthemum tea that is a rare botanical tea full of nutrients like vitamins A, B, C, and minerals like potassium, calcium and manganese. Vitamin A helps to maintain good vision of the eyes while B and C help the body in performing important functions and also help in keeping skin looking young and fresh. You may also take out the used flowers and rest them over your eyes for a few minutes for a relaxing break!
2. Cools the body temperature - during the summers
Known amidst healers as a cooling and soothing brew that calms the body in summers while also aids the body in fighting infections and colds, bringing down unusually high temperatures. It is also helpful for women to treat hormonal imbalances
3. Good for migraines
Myricetin, a specific flavonoid component present in Chrysanthemum flowers, is known to increase levels of serotonin in the brain that is known to effectively protect one against migraines.
4. Arthritic strength
A recent study claimed that Chrysanthemum has anti-inflammatory properties that help to improve bone and joint strength., thereby delaying the onset of arthritis conditions, while its analgesic properties help to relieve arthritis pain
Word of advice:
Like all things in nature, Chrysanthemum Tea might not be suitable for all, so it is advised to sip a small cup of trial tea initially to be sure. Also diabetic individuals should avoid drinking this tea as it is known to interact with insulin, so should pregnant women.
Making Chrysanthemum tea
Simply boil 1 cup (150 ml) of water and then add 1 large dried Chrysanthemum flower or 3 gms of smaller flowers and let it steep for at least 10 minutes before consuming, you may choose to sip with the petails in it or strain them out. The same Chrysanthemum flowers can be used for up to 4 steeps throughout the day, add more hot water to the petals once the first steep is used and repeat the process for next steeps.
In what forms they are available
Chrysanthemum Teas can be infused in their pure form as dried flowers, or carefully tied and woven with green tea leaves and enjoyed as blooming teas or even blended with Pu’erh tea. This floral tea is also popularly used in blends, allowing one to explore it in various profiles. Explore our range of Chrysanthemum teas:
Pu’er Tea tablets
This ripe Chrysanthemum Pu'er Tea has been aged for three years and each tablet is interlaced with evolved floral and deep musky taste notes
This Chrysanthemum tea is also available in Ripe Pu’erh tea tablets. Pu’erh teas are known as one of the most delicious and healthiest ways to lose weight and when combined with chrysanthemum petals their flavour profiles are only enhanced!
Chrysanthemum Tea Blends
The most popular usage of mum petals are as part of creating invigorating and mesmerizing blends. They are usually mixed with chamomile, or lavender which helps one to relax and have a soothing night’s sleep. Our Rooibos Rendezvous blend witnesses gentle Chrysanthemum petals mixed with South African Rooibos and French Lavender buds that bring vibrancy to your cup while purifying imbalances in your blood.
You can also dive into the golden wonders of Chrysanthemum with this decorative blooming tea of 3 chrysanthemum flowers offering cooling properties, known to calm tense nerves, and also relieve cold and fevers. With this blooming tea, the delicate chrysanthemum bloom unfurls in your tea glass in a poetic manner, elevating your mood and calming tense nerves.
Loose Chrysanthemum flowers
And when its amber sunset evenings outside and you are in the mood for a classic Chrysanthemum loose flower tea, try our ready-to-use bloom pouches. If you are a fan of flower teas, you may also explore our other floral teas here. Chrysanthemum and other flower teas are a great way to rejuvenate with calm every day in a refreshing and healthy way. At TDT, we also design and deliver corporate orders and can customize teas and tea-gifts for large and small orders too.
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