Caffeine Free Herbal Tea 50 grams
A high altitude variety of snow chrysanthemum flower rich in amino acids and antioxidants. Rich dark red infusion yet smooth and refreshing with a sweet finish. Considered cooling in Chinese herbalism, used to treat the eyes and liver and reduce inflammation.
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- Tea Origin
- Kunlun Mountain, Xinjiang Province, China
- Harvest Time
- Picking Standard
- Open flowers
These special snow chrysanthemum flowers grow at high altitudes of 3000 meters or more. Ours are harvested in the Kunlun Mountains of Xinjiang Province. Unlike many other types of chrysanthemum, the petals of this particular variety have a beautiful bright red and yellow coloring. The flowers brew to a rich, dark golden-red infusion. Snow chrysanthemum is very rich in both amino acids and flavonoid antioxidants, which makes it very popular for its soothing and cooling properties. The smooth, full flavor of this herbal tea is rich yet refreshing.
Benefits of chrysanthemum
Research has shown that chrysanthemum is very rich in vitamin A, which is good for healthy eyesight and the nerves around the eyes. Chrysanthemum also has a long history of use in traditional Chinese herbal medicine. It is mentioned in the famous Chinese herbal book, Ben Chao Gang Mu, as being good for helping relieve swellings and pain, skin rashes, and cooling the liver. There is a famous Chinese saying, “qing gan ming mu” which translates to “clean your liver and you will see better.” The Chinese believe that if you remove inflammation from your body and liver, your eyesight will be better. Cooling teas like this that remove inflammation are also considered very good for the respiratory system and relieving allergies. People will use chrysanthemum to help with quality of sleep and to induce an overall calm feeling. The high levels of amino acids in this variety of chrysanthemum make it a particularly good tea for soothing and calming.
Legends of Chinese chrysanthemum
There are more than 30 kinds of chrysanthemum that grow in different regions of China. There are 17 original local chrysanthemum varieties from China, and it has been used as an herbal tea for about 2,000 years. There is a mythological story about Gang Gu village in He Lan Province where people lived to be 130 years old, with the youngest lifespan of 80. People went to research why these people lived so long, and discovered that the village collected their water from a spring that had chrysanthemum growing beside it. Petals would drop in to the water and they would eat and drink them, which increased their longevity. During the Han Dynasty, about 2,000 years ago, for Chong Yang festival in around October, they made chrysanthemum alcohol to wish each other long life. A season for showing respect to elders, the Chong Yang festival wishes for good health for the family.
Snow Chrysanthemum brewing guidelines
Teaware: 16 oz glass, cup, or porcelain pot
Amount: 2 Tbs (4g)
Water: 212°F filtered water
Infusion: 1st infusion at least 2 minutes. This herbal tea is good for 4 infusions.