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When you hear the word “herbal tea”, what do you usually think about? Usually, something that smells not-so-pleasant, right? But don’t worry, that’s exactly what this chrysanthemum herbal tea recipe is not!
The chrysanthemum is a golden flower that is commonly used to make medicines. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is used to help treat respiratory problems, high blood pressure, and hyperthyroidism.
It’s also non-toxic, meaning it’s safe for everyone and it improves the entire body’s resistance to stress, not just one particular system or organ.
Chrysanthemum herbal tea is very beneficial but also tastes amazing. That’s what makes it such a popular summertime drink in Asia.
It has a light, cool and refreshing taste. A cold glass of this herbal tea and quench your thirst and cool you from the inside out since it also has many cooling effects.
By cooling, we don’t mean the temperature of the tea but rather the properties of it! In traditional Chinese medicine, there are three categories in which food can be divided; cooling, heating or neutral. You can read more about the three categories in the article “Food as Medicine“.
One of the most popular cooling recipes is Winter Melon Soup. Check out the recipe here.
You can purchase chrysanthemum herbal tea at your local Asian grocery store in a soda can or juice packets but these versions tend to be sugary though.
The sugar level in this chrysanthemum herbal tea recipe is adjustable which makes it perfect for the entire family!
Chrysanthemum Herbal Tea Recipe
- 2 cups dried baby chrysanthemums
- 1/4 cup goji berries loosely packed
- 1/4 cup licorice root loosely packed
- 2 tbsp American ginseng loosely packed
- 3 tbsp rock sugar optional
- 10 cups water
- Rinse off the dried chrysanthemums, goji berries, licorice root and ginseng in a colander under running water. Then place them into a medium-sized pot.
- Add the water to the pot and heat over medium-high heat. Once simmering, add in your desired amount of rock sugar and stir gently until its completely dissolved.
- Turn the heat to low and cover the pot. Let it simmer for 1 hour and do not uncover.
- When the tea is done, stir it a few times and discard the solid ingredients using a strainer.
- You can serve the chrysanthemum tea right away hot or you can wait for it to cool down and serve with ice. It can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. Enjoy!!