- Chinese Name Ju Hua 菊花
- Latin Name Chrysanthemum morifolium Ramat.
- Other Names Flos Chrysanthemi; Chrysanthemum flower
- Used Part Flower
- Specification Powdered Extract
Chrysanthemum Extract Powder
The Healing Power from Chinese Herbal Medicine!
Long revered by traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Chrysanthemum flower (Ju Hua) has been used for hundreds of years in the ancient Chinese medicine science. It is sweet and bitter (acrid) in taste, slightly cold in nature, and attributive to Lung and Liver channels. Chrysanthemum flower tea was traditionally used to expel wind heat, calm liver yang rising, clear liver heat and benefit the eyes, detoxify blood (also for Liver and Kidney Yin deficiency.)
Chinese medicine categorizes herbs based on energetic properties rather than the chemical ingredients, Chrysanthemum provides mildly cold energy. It has special affinity to the energy channels that lead to the lungs, liver, spleen, and kidneys.
Chinese medicine indications of Chrysanthemum include: Headache, fever, common cold, dizziness, deafness, tinnitus, excessive tearing, red/painful/dry eyes, poor eyesight, blurred vision, hypertension, inflammation of the eyes, and chronic glaucoma.
What Modern Researches Say?
Scientific research has discovered that Chrysanthemum extract contains high assay of flavonoid compounds like luteolin, apigenin and acacetin, choline, and Vitamin B1. It is also a good source of Vitamins C and A, Niacin, Folic acid and Pantothenic acid.
Chrysanthemum tea contains high amounts of Beta Carotene which are present in the yellow part of the flower. The Beta Carotene is converted in Vitamin A in the liver. This kind of Vitamin A is helpful in treating skin problems and increasing the immunity power. It also helps in postponing the aging process and age related blindness.
Chrysanthemum is also a good source of B Vitamins such as Choline, Folic Acid, Niacin, and Riboflavin. It also contains Vitamin C which reduces the risks of scurvy and protects the eyes.
In addition, Chrysanthemum tea also has minerals like Calcium which is important for the teeth and bones, Iron which helps in the oxygen carrying capacity of red blood cells, Magnesium which is required by more than three hundred kinds of bodily functions as well as Potassium which is needed for proper cardiovascular functioning and stabilizing the blood pressure.
Chrysanthemum is also laden with adenine, amino acids and glycosides.
Health Benefits of Chrysanthemum Tea
1. Eye Health
Against various eye problems, chrysanthemum tea has proved its worth. For people who have unstable vision, chrysanthemum tea improves the sharpness of vision. For different eye problems, such as blurriness of vision, watering of eyes, and spotty vision, chrysanthemum tea is quite beneficial.
2. Blood Pressure & Cardiac Conditions
In Chinese Medicine “Liver yang rising” refers to the upward moving energy of the Liver which is often brought on by stress or anger. Symptoms that accompany this syndrome are dizziness, tinnitus, lightheadedness, and headaches associated with changes in blood pressure. Research supports that chrysanthemum is beneficial for treating cardiac and blood pressure problems.
3. Liver Detox & Blood Purification
Entering the Liver channel, Chrysanthemum plant extract excels at cooling the liver and thereby calming the nerves that are accompanied by stress and anger. It detoxes the Liver and can also help in lowering cholesterol. The mechanism for detoxing the Liver is that Chrysanthemum purify the blood by relieving the body of excess build-up of toxins. Drinking the tea at night not only purifies the blood but also provides relaxation of mind and body and can help with insomnia, especially if the cause is due to heat in the system.
4. Antibiotic & Antiviral Properties
Being high in Carotenoid, Flavanoid, Vitamins B & C, Chrysanthemum is a great herb for the common cold. It eases the heaviness in the head during a cold and provides relief in sinusitis discomfort. As a natural coolant its also effective in reducing any accompanying fever. As it also enters the Lung Channel, it is very helpful in strengthening the Lungs for the relief in sore throat, cough, and shortness of breath. The Chrysanthemum flowers have found to have antibiotic and antiviral properties under laboratory conditions.
5. Caffeine Free Relaxing Tea
Chrysanthemum tea is naturally caffeine free, hence, it is free from all the side effects of caffeine like anxiety, tension, irritation, nervousness and confusion.
What else you should know with Chrysanthemum Tea?
Chinese herbs are usually carefully combined into formulas consisting of about 4 to 20 herbs that synergistically create the desired effect while mitigating any side effects of other herbs within the formula. Chrysanthemum is combined with other herbs to increase its potency in healing specific complaints:
A tea of Ju Hua [chrysanthemum] and Sang Ye (Mulberry leaf) will clear wind-heat from the eyes, while a tea with Shan Zha (Hawthorn fruit) and Jue Ming Zi (Cassia seed) helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Probably the most common combination is with Gou Qi Zi (Lycii berries), which nourishes the Liver and Kidney yin, benefits the essence and brightens the eyes. Together, Ju Hua and Gou Qi Zi make a tasty tea that treats dizziness, eyestrain, improves vision, and soothes the eyes.
Taste Sweet, Bitter (Acrid)
Nature Slightly Cold
Organ Meridians Liver, Lung
• Disperses Wind and clears Heat
– Wind-Heat from a common Cold or Warm pathogen disease
• Calms the Liver and clears the eyes
– Dry and/or painful eyes due to Wind-Heat in the Liver channel or Liver Yang Rising
– Spots in front of the eyes, blurred vision or dizziness due to Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiencies
– Liver and Kidney Yin Deficiencies with heatstroke
• Calms Liver Yang and extinguishes Wind
– Liver Wind with dizziness, headache and deafness
– Liver Yang Rising
• Detoxifies (purifies Blood)
– Toxic sores and swellings
• Promotes the movement of Heart Qi and Blood and stimulates Blood circulation
– Heart Qi and Blood Stagnation