Summer Health and First Aid with Chrysanthemum Flower

by Kim Drolet, L.Ac.

Chrysanthemum, or Ju Hua as it is known in Chinese, has been used for hundreds of years to promote health and healing in Asia and beyond. It is also easily found in the Tea Section of most supermarkets. Many people in the U.S., however, do not know how helpful this one herb/flower can be for common summer-time health issues:

Tea for Summer Health

One of Ju Hua’s properties according to Chinese Medical Theory is that it is cooling. Drinking tea made from Ju Hua will help hydrate and keep your body cool during hot summer months. Boil a tea-bag or two for 5-10 minutes. Add sweetener as desired. Drink hot or cold.

Sunburn Relief

Because Ju Hua is cooling by nature, putting it on sunburn can help soothe the pain and redness associated with sunburn. Boil 5 teabags in 1 cup of water. Then gently apply cooled down tea-water on sunburned areas with a soft cloth or cottonball. You can also steep teabags in a quart of water and add it to a soothing warm bath to help a whole body sunburn.

Red-Itchy Eyes

Allergies often hit in late summer, with the onset of the coming fall season. You can use cooled down tea-water to use as a comforting eye wash. Place warm teabags over eyes for 5 minutes or more to calm and relax the whole eye area.

Summer Cold or Flu

If you feel like you are catching a cold, or you have one, Ju Hua tea is particularly helpful to soothe early-stage sore throats. Drink 2-5 cups of tea a day once you feel an itch in your throat.

So, go get some Chrysanthemum Tea at the store today!

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