During times of rising temperature, our bodies are prone accumulated dampness and heat. Increased body metabolic rates in summer enhance perspiration at the expense of our vital qi energy and body fluids. There are certain drinks and foods that help cool the body and keep the symptoms of encroaching summer heat in check according to the traditional Chinese medicine, one important ingredient is Chrysanthemum which helps in achieving internal balance between the yang and yin forces in the body during summer months.
Chrysanthemum is an ideal drink for hot summer months as it helps in preventing sunstroke. The tea is a clearing tea, benefits qi and is an excellent thirst quencher as well. This tea is also an ideal drink for all summer parties. It is simple to make and its preparation time is quite less.
Ingredients of chrysanthemum tea:
– 50g dried chrysanthemum flowers
– 10g goji berries or green tea (optional)
– 1.5 litre water
– 50g honey or rock sugar (adjust to taste, optional)
Wash the chrysanthemum flowers, and put the flowers and tea into a cooking pot. Add about 1.5 liters of water and bring the mixture to a boiling point. Put the flame into a slim, add the goji berries or green tea and continue cooking for another 5 minutes. Add honey or rock sugar. Now, remove the pot from the heat and allow the mixture to cool until it comes to room temperature. Now, drain the tea and store it in the refrigerator, serve the tea chilled and bring down summer heat instantly.
Chrysanthemum tea has good amounts of B carotene in its yellow part and also in its fruit. This B carotene later gets converted into vitamin A in the liver which is useful in treating skin problems and in enhancing one’s immunity. This also helps to postpone the process of aging and improved eye sight. This is also a good source of all vitamin B such as choline, niacin and riboflavin. It also has good quantities of Vitamin C to prevent scurvy. Its calcium content is good for the bones and teeth and its iron content transports oxygen in the blood.
In summer, through perspiration, there is potential for loss of all minerals from the body, chrysanthemum tea is rich in potassium and magnesium helps in restoring these vital minerals responsible for stabilizing the blood pressure and proper cardiovascular functioning in the body.
Chrysanthemum tea is been used in Chinese medicine to treat insomnia as it is a natural coolant, helps in detoxifying the body, decrease stress and promotes sleep naturally. Chinese people knew that the soothing cup of this golden brown tea could do magic for their system.
It is rich in vitamin C and thus helps to ease heaviness in the head during cold attacks; it helps prevent congestion and discomfort during sinusitis. The tea has abundant antiviral properties as well. As the tea is free from caffeine, it is free from all side effects such as tension, anxiety, irritation and confusion and thus promotes good sleep. The tea is also good for detoxifying the liver and in reducing blood cholesterol levels, thus preventing many metabolic disorders and helps in the treatment of coronary artery disease as well. When the tea is taken for lunch along with oily and greasy foods, it helps promote digestion.
Thus chrysanthemum tea works wonders on one’s system and is also easy to prepare and drink at all times, especially during summer months to ward off the heat, store some in the refrigerator and greet your visitors with the real cold drink.