Chrysanthemum flowers, Chrysanthemum morifolium

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Chrysanthemum flowers, Chrysanthemum morifolium

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Chrysanthemum morifolium

You might know chrysanthemums, or mums, as a many-petalled flower found all over the world in garden beds and flower pots. Depicted for centuries in art, they’re not just pretty to look at, but they have also been used for medicinal purposes for many years. Chrysanthemums contain essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants our bodies need to promote good health and well-being.

The infusion of these snow-white blossoms grown on the slopes of Huang Shan Mountains is amongst the most delicate and nuanced herbal teas China has to offer. Lighter and sweeter in flavor than the yellow chrysanthemum flowers of Hangzhou in China’s Zhejiang Province, white chrysanthemum flowers pair well with the subtlety of green teas, in addition to being a refreshing infusion on their own. In China, dried Chrysanthemum Flowers are used to make a sweet tea called júhuā chá; and in Korea, Chrysanthemum Flowers are used to flavor gukhwaju, or rice wine.

The wild chrysanthemum is a sprawling, leafy plant with clusters of daisy like flowers at its crown. Though it was first officially described in the west by the famous Botanist Karl Linnaeus in 1753, it has a long and rich history in Eastern medicine. The Chinese first described the flower in the 15th century B.C.E., and by the 8th century C.E., it was introduced to Japan. Enthralled by its brilliant appearance and variety of uses, it became a national symbol in Japan and is recognized as the official seal of the Emperor. It continues to be one of the most important herbs in traditional Japanese medicine, and is thought to hold the power of life.

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