While this may not be the first variety of tea you think of when you’re looking for a brew, chrysanthemum tea has been around for more than a thousand years, and is believed to have originated in the Song Dynasty in China. Chrysanthemum flowers that are used to make this powerful tea come in a number of varieties, but traditionally, the scientific name of this beneficial plant is Chrysanthemum indicum. Unlike many other herbal teas, which use only the leaves of a plant in order to brew the beverage, chrysanthemum tea infused hot water with full flowers, which release a wide variety of antioxidants, organic compounds, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and soothing chemicals into the mixture, making for a delicious and highly nutritious drink!
The tea is traditionally made in China, but has since spread around the world, and you will know this tea by the floral scent, the flowers steeping in the bottom of the pot, as well as occasional wolfberries or other herbs. There are four main varieties of this tea still prepared and consumed in China, from different species of this flowering plant. The tea’s color is pale to bright yellow, depending on the strength of the tea and how long you’ve steeped the flowers. Its medicinal uses have been known for centuries, making it highly sought after by natural healers. Now, let’s take a more in-depth look at some of the rather surprising health benefits of chrysanthemum tea.