The Chrysanthemum Flower was traditionally used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to support healthy digestion, as a gentle nervine and for its lubricating, yin-nourishing effects. It is also employed in this traditional practice to disperse wind, clear heat, and soothe the liver. TCM uses Chrysanthemum in much the same way western folk herbalists use Chamomile. Both have similar uses for calming indigestion and the spirit.
The taste and energetics of Chrysanthemum are sweet, bitter, cooling and is both moistening drying to the tissues. Chrysanthemum has an affinity towards the digestive system, lungs, liver, spleen, kidneys, nervous system, eyes, immune system and cardiovascular system. Combine Chrysanthemum with Elderflower, Calendula or Chickweed for their cooling properties as an external wash for the eyes or skin. To clear liver heat combine Chrysanthemum with Oregon Grape, Dandelion Root or Greater Celandine.
Chrysanthemum flowers are most popular as a tea, either drunk alone, or blended with botanicals. Chrysanthemum can also be powdered and blended into homemade face masks, cleansers, toner, and various other skin and body care products.
To prepare: Add 1 teaspoon of Chrysanthemum Flowers to one cup of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day. Or use as a poultice, wash or bath. Can be used topically as an infused oil or salve.
Precaution: It is contraindicated with blood pressure medication. Use during pregnancy and lactation is not well-researched. There are rare cases of allergic reaction to Chrysanthemum.
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