Wild Chrysanthemum Buds
Caffeine Free Herbal Tea 35 grams
Young wild chrysanthemum flower buds harvested before opening for the most concentrated nutrition, with a potent herbal flavor and smell. Considered cooling in Chinese herbalism, used to treat the eyes and liver and reduce inflammation.
16 in stock
- Tea Origin
- Zhejiang Province, China
- Harvest Time
- Picking Standard
- Closed flower buds
Chrysanthemum buds have no caffeine and can be consumed any time of day without disrupting your sleep. The buds are stonger and richer in flavor than the flowers themselves. According the Chinese medicine, the buds have very strong cooling properties to help inflammation, especially for the respiratory system. It is very popular during allergy season, especially for people with asthma who will drink this tea daily. You can drink this tea by itself, or add it to black puer to make the puer tea’s smell and taste more complex as well as an added medicinal boost.
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.
This particular chrysanthemum came from Jingua city in Zhejiang province, chosen as a tribute herbal tea. For stronger concentrated herbal effects, chrysanthemum is picked in autumn when they are just buds before being gently and quickly roasted until the buds are dried. The fields must be kept a close eye on to be sure to pick the buds before they open.
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.
Wild Chrysanthemum Buds brewing guidelines
Teaware: 16oz glass, cup, or porcelain pot
Amount: 1/2 Tb (2g)
Water: 212°F filtered water
Infusion: 1st infusion at least 2 minutes. This herbal tea is good for 5 infusions.