Chrysanthemum Tea for Heatiness, Sore Throats, Headaches

Good afternoon to all here, πŸ˜€

Other than my usual caffeinated teas, I also have a few types of flower teas that I like to drink for health purposes. My favourite one is the Chrysanthemum Tea and most people here in Malaysia just like to boil the flowers for a few minutes and then add sugar to make it into a drink. It is available at most coffee shops and herbal tea stalls.

The calories are almost zero if you don’t add any sugar or honey into the chrysanthemum tea, and best is, it does not contain any caffeine.

This tea is especially good for those symptoms that we have like sore and throbbing gums, slight toothaches, tension headaches, gummy eyes, because according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), these signs point to heatiness in our body, and the Chrysanthemum Tea is good for the internal “cooling” of our body. This is recommended whenever we have had too much fried, baked and barbequed foods. Children are often encouraged to drink this once in a while for maintenance of good health.

For me, I like to savour and enjoy this flower tea at home just as I would my usual black and green teas. This “recipe” was taught to me by a TCM expert, and for maintenance of health, you can have this Chrysanthemum Tea once or twice a week. The ingredients are not expensive at all (hehe, my Earl Grey and Chinese Green Teas cost much more) and this tea is so easy to prepare.The ingredients can be found in any Chinese Medical/Herbal Shops in SE Asia or in Chinatowns in the West. Or you can purchase them over the Internet. Later on, I intend to have my own online store and by then, the ingredients for all my recipes here will be readily available. πŸ˜‰

Make a pot of this flower tea during those cold rainy or cold wintry days, curl up in your favourite sofa and read your favourite book…..ah, this is just “hygge” (wonderfully relaxing joy) as my Danish sister has taught me! πŸ˜€

Healthy Detoxifying Chrysanthemum Tea Recipe

* 3 tbsps of dried chrysanthemum flowers (Kook Fah in Cantonese)

* 1 tbsp of Chinese Wolfberries (Gei Ji in Cantonese)

* 3 slices of Chinese Licorice Slices (Kam Choe in Cantonese)

Method – Add the ingredients above into a tea pot and pour 500 ml hot water. Let stand for 5 minutes and then slowly sip and enjoy this wonderful, golden, and slightly sweet taste of chrysanthemum tea. When the tea pot is empty, you can pour more hot water to brew it a second round, but the flavour will be lesser. πŸ˜‰

I have put some information below on the respective ingredients so that you know better how this Chrysanthemum Tea works :-

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Dried Chrysanthemum Flowers

With its sweet, light and refreshing flavour, chrysanthemum flowers are highly regarded as a detoxification herb in Chinese medicine. It helps to clear heat and toxic materials which have accumulated within the body. This tea is a must for office workers in closed environments, as well as seasonal allergy sufferers. Regular consumption aids in the removal of toxins trapped in the lungs as well as breakdown of mucous formation. Chrysanthemum flowers also make a great rinse for red, swollen and irritated eyes.

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The wolfberry is actually a member of the family solanacea, and it grows wild on bushes found in the northwest part of China. The Chinese people have been growing the wolfberry for thousands of years, both for its pleasant taste and its strong nutritional value and role in traditional medicine. Other health benefits of the wolfberry included the ability to strengthen the liver, the kidneys and the eyes, as well as the ability to nourish the blood.


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The most frequently used herb, the second most prescribed herb in China. Chinese licorice, moderates and harmonizes the characteristics of other herbs. It tonifies the Spleen and benefits Qi, moistens the Lungs and stops coughing, and therefore it is good in treating upper respiratory ailments. It has an anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effect. It reduces the toxicity of many substances including nicotine, and caffeine. However, a word of caution…people with high blood pressure should avoid taking these.

Hope you like this healthy, delicious tea! πŸ˜€

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  1. 1

    rose said,

    Hello my friend!

    This tea must be verry good.Now that I got cold and can’t get rid of it for more than 3 weeks I would like to try. In the herbal shops here we don’t have Chrisanthemum. Could I buy the flowers from the market and dry them for the tea or there is a special species of Chrysanthemum to be used ?

    I also love to have this flower in the vases during fall.
    Thanks for sharing.I’ll wait for your advice.

    Hugs,rose

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    quickthinker said,

    I might just try using my chrysanthemum flowers here at home.

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello, my dearest Rose, πŸ˜€

    According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, our coughs and colds can be caused by heatiness in our body but you need to see a Chinese Physician to confirm that. When our body is too cooling, again coughs and colds can be triggered. πŸ™„

    I checked and found out that the chrysanthemum flowers can be eaten fresh or dried to be infused for teas. Mostly for the Chinese chrysanthemum teas, the yellow flowers and buds are used, but I have read that white ones can be used as well. Hehe, I will be mailing to you some of these dried chrysanthemum, wolfberries and licorice slices for you to try….and some dried Rose Buds as well. They are very cheap here. πŸ˜‰

    Have a nice day!

    Love and Hugs,

    choesf πŸ˜€

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Dear quickthinker, πŸ˜€

    Wow, how wonderful that you can grow chrysanthemums at home. Our tropic temperature here is too hot for them but in the highlands here, we can find lots of them there. Use the yellow or white chrysanthemums……the buds here cost more than the flowers. Hmm…I think I will try some fresh ones that are sold at the markets here to see how the drink would turn out. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the idea! πŸ˜€

    Much peace and joy to you,

    choesf πŸ˜€

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  5. 5

    rose said,

    Good evening all!

    We have ,at this time of the year, many chrisantemum at the market here.And I also have some yellow bushes in the yard. Tomorrow I’ll buy some from the market and dry them.Are the buds more effective for tea than the flowers?

    Love always,rose

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  6. 6

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there, dearest Rose! πŸ˜€

    I think there are many qualities of dried chrysanthemum flowers – some very cheap, and usually don’t look as good as the more expensive ones….but the chrysanthemum BUDS I bought recently were very expensive, But tastes very good and more flavourful.

    Regarding the fresh chrysanthem flowers, I tried using the fresh one and they smell too strong …… best to dry them first before infusing for your teas. Instead of sugar, you can put a tablespoon of honey. πŸ˜‰

    Have a great weekend!

    choesf πŸ˜€

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  7. 7

    rose said,

    Thank you my dear! πŸ™‚ I’ll do as you say, you are the expert! :))

    Have a nice Sunday. Te pup,rose

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  8. 8

    There is a tea I am currently drinking called Wulong tea, I think its also known as oolong. I get it from http://www.wulongforlife.com, and have really had a boost in energy and my immune system has had to strengthen because I haven’t gotten sick or anything since I been drinking this stuff. It could just be me or the tea, but it should def be checked out for future blog article on health benefits of tea.

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    • 9

      yvette said,

      Oolong tea is very easy to find…same as Wu Long. It can be found in tea shops, chinese stores,online etc. You should enjoy the beautiful culture and flavor of drinking the tea. Be careful about people trying to make money from weight loss claims. It WILL help you lose weight, well it made me lose some weight, but I was drinking the tea in the traditional way. It is a beautiful cultural experience which shouldn’t be reduced to taking a pill. Just my opinion.

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello there and welcome, dear Chinese tea nv, πŸ˜€

    Yes, Wulong tea has benefits, similar at to the other types of Chinese tea leaves….it actually tastes more like green tea, but it is a black tea without the green or leafy taste. This tea is more soothing on the stomach (not as harsh as green teas) and so, Wulong is actually the best of both types.

    Thank you for the link – it is a good reference site. πŸ˜‰

    Have a nice Sunday!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€

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  10. 11

    […] in C-town, I picked up 2 bags of dried chrysanthemum flowers at Ten Ren Tea to prepare an easy drink, sweetened preserved plums and we purchased a wok for my sister at the Wok […]

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    tkanelopoulos said,

    This is very good information! I am currently growing my own yellow Chrysanthemums at home for tea. Another variation I saw instead of using the flowers themselves is a tea called Wild Chrysanthemum. It is the buds of the flower as they begin to form that are dried. Both have a wonderful flavor when dried even without the licorice and wolfberries. I’ll definitely have to try it!

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear tkanelopoulos πŸ˜€

      How wonderful that you can grow your own yellow chrysanthemums at home…do you a cool climate where you stay? The wild chrysanthemums or flower buds are very effective in countering the heat in the eyes according to my healer friend…symptoms of heatiness in the eyes are :-

      1) eye infections that refuse to go away

      2) sticky eyelids

      3) smarting or dry eyes

      Yes, the dried chrysanthemum flowers can be brewed as an aromatic tea on their own..or mixed with some Chinese tea for added fragrance and cooling properties. πŸ˜‰

      Have a lovely week!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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    […] in C-town, I picked up 2 bags of dried chrysanthemum flowers at Ten Ren Tea to prepare an easy drink, sweetened preserved plums and we purchased a wok for my sister at the Wok […]

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  13. 15

    This is very good information, thanks for sharing! I am currently growing my own yellow Chrysanthemums at home for tea. This is my first time growing tea, as I am a plant and mushroom grower. I hope i’ll have fun with this one!

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    • 16

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear “How to grow mushrooms” πŸ˜†

      Wow, you have one interesting site there…I didn’t know we can grow our own mushrooms at home. My family loves fresh mushrooms, but we don’t get many varieties here in Malaysia. Most are imported from overseas and are so costly. I must visit your site to see if I can try growing them at home….only thing is, will I be able to get the necessary supplies here.

      Thanks for dropping by!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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  14. 17

    These herbal teas work excellent, I’ve also tried ginger tea the other day, was having so much abdominal pains, I got a fresh ginger piece, cut few thin layers and I let it boil for about 15 minutes, after drinking it, within at least 20 minutes you can start feel your stomach is calming down, try it out it works awesome

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, frrb πŸ˜€

      Ginger teas are very good for stomach ailments, especially for removing wind. πŸ˜‰

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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    • 19

      yvette said,

      I love raw garlic, but it makes me have nausea, so all I have to do is take a small bite of raw ginger and the nausea magically disappears. Raw ginger seems to work best for me, but might be sort of strong for some people.

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        happyhomemaker88 said,

        Hello there and welcome, dear yvette πŸ˜€

        Thank you for sharing your experience here. Yes, drinking Chinese tea is to be enjoyed in its tradition and as a culture. πŸ˜‰

        With best wishes,

        choesf πŸ˜€

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  15. 21

    Grace Lee said,

    Oooh, making this now. Only minus the red thing and the licorice because all I bought was the flowers and rock sugar. Hmm but definitely NEXT time will look into getting some. YUM! THANKS!

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Grace Lee πŸ˜€

      I’m glad you are trying this wonderful tea. It is okay with just the flowers and rock sugar as most of the places here selling chrysanthemum do with just flowers and white sugar, and they simmer the tea for 3 hours over a small fire on the stove. πŸ˜‰

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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    miea huang said,

    hi…i stay in india and i find in india has so many cryantemum flowers,i like to drink crysantemum tea…but india very rare to find…the problem is how i dry crysantemum flowers by myself and which kind of flower i can dry it to make tea…thanks ..,please reply me…

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    • 24

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there and welcome, dear miea huang πŸ˜€

      The dried chrysanthemum flowers that we have here are from China and are sold in dried form already. I’m not sure if they are the same variety as the ones you have in India, though. 😳

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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  17. 25

    miea huang said,

    upss…iam forget that many of my friend also got cough and sore throat…so i think chrysantemum tea is the best medicine for them…is it correct?

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there, dear miea πŸ˜€

      Coughs and sore throats arise when our body is too “yang” or heaty in nature. So, we take cooling drinks or foods to balance our body back. Chrysanthemum teas is just one methods in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a preventive and mild healing methods for sore throats and heatiness. πŸ’‘

      Here in Malaysia, due to the weather at this time of the year, many people are down with sore throats and coughs, too. Two of my children’s sore throats didn’t go away despite taking antibiotics prescribed by doctors and despite the many types of health drinks that I had prepared regularly for them. Must be a stronger strain of virus or bug. πŸ™„

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf πŸ˜€

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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    kathy lee said,

    Is there such thing as drinking too much chrysanthemum tea? I love the taste and if its okay I would he happy drinking a whole pot or two by myself every day…. I wonder if that would be okay for my health and body? Thanks!

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      Hi there, dear Kathy πŸ˜€

      Chrysanthemum tea is very gentle and good for countering heatiness, even “heatiness in the eyes”. I am not sure how big is your pot 😳 , but I would think that sipping Chrysanthemum Tea slowly throughout the day should be okay. If you are worried that the tea may be too cooling for you since you drink so much of it daily, you can add a teaspoon or 2 of dried Goji berries (called “kei jee” in Cantonese, the type for making soups) into your Chrysanthemum tea. Goji berries have a lot of health benefits, too. πŸ˜‰

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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  19. 30

    Wani Mohan said,

    Hi, Can i brew using chrysanthemum, wolfberry & red dates?

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    • 31

      Hi there, Wani πŸ˜€

      Yes, you can if you like red dates, but I think both wolfberries and red dates are a little heaty, so use them in moderation.

      Enjoy your chrysanthemum tea!

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😁

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