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Food as Medicine: Chrysanthemum Flowers

In China, a favorite summertime beverage is chrysanthemum tea. Chrysanthemum has been used in Asia and Europe for thousands of years to treat hypertension, angina, fever, and various inflammatory diseases.

Modern research shows that chrysanthemum has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, immunomodulatory, neuroprotective, antidiabetic, antihyperlipidemic, antioxidant, antiosteoporotic properties and effects. Chrysanthemum was also found to reverse multidrug resistance in human breast cancer cells. It also demonstrated anti-angiogenic and antiproliferative activities and showed benefits against cachexia.

Please choose dried organic chrysanthemum flowers, which may be found online for purchase or pre-ordered from our center.


Easy Chrysanthemum Tea


  • 6 cups of spring water

  • 8 grams of dried chrysanthemum flowers

  • Optional: manuka honey


  1. Boil spring water

  2. Place flowers in a tea bag or strainer

  3. Pour boiling water over tea

  4. Let steep for 5 to 10 minutes

  5. Strain out flowers and make more tea by adding more boiling water

  6. Flowers may be used 2 times a day, but must be refreshed after 12 hours

  7. Serve at any temperature

  8. Stir in manuka honey to taste



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