October 31, 2011

Chinese Herbal Medicine - Chrysanthemum Flower (Ju Hua)

Yellow Crysanthemum Flower
Today we'll talk about Chrysanthemum flower (flos chrysanthemi), or Ju Hua as it is known in China. In traditional Chinese medicine this herb's properties are bitter, sweet and slightly cold, and it goes to the Liver and Lung channels. 

Yellow Chrysanthemum has a beneficial action on headache and eye complaints. It has long been used as an eye tonic and can help relieve red, painful, dryness or excessive watering of the eyes. It is also used for blurry vision, dizziness and spots / floaters in front of the eyes. Combined with Goji berry (Gou Qi Zi) and Rehmania Six to make a great formula called Qi Ju Di Huang Wan.

Chrysanthemum is also used to clear headaches and fever associated with colds and flu. It is known to aid in releasing toxins from the body. Great together with Mulberry leaf (Sang Ye) in a great common cold / cough formula called Sang Ju Yin.

Its actions are antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. It also may help lower blood pressure and relaxes blood vessels.

Some practitioners say, yellow chrysanthemums, the Golden Flower, are symbols of long life and will bring you good luck.

Ju hua cha - chrysanthemum flower tea is commonly consumed in China almost as much as green tea, due both to its medicinal effects and its excellent taste!

When you pop in to well4ever  you can have a cup of chrysanthemum tea with us, and if you want to make some at home we have ready made bags of 50g Chrysanthemum flowers for £3.50

Chyrsanthemum Tea

Thanks to Ange for words and pics :)

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