Honeysuckle (left picture) has been used in Chinese herbal medicine for thousands of years to treat viral infections. Honeysuckle plants contain a plant microRNA called MIR2911, which has been shown in clinical trials to suppress a variety of respiratory viruses.
Chrysanthemum (right picture) has been found to have antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory effects.
These two important flowers have been used to treat conditions from seasonal allergies to viral diseases. Enjoy a healthy mug of this unique tea this spring to support your body.
Immune Supporting Honeysuckle Chrysanthemum Tea Recipe
1/2 cup of organic dried chrysanthemum flowers
1/2 cup of dried honeysuckle flowers
3 liters of water
Honey to taste, preferably Manuka
Rinse the flowers under running water
Soak flowers for 30 minutes in half of the water
Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer
Simmer for 30 minutes with the lid on
Strain and reserve liquid
Add remaining water to flowers and simmer again for 30 minutes
Strain and mix both batches of tea together
Serve warm with honey to taste
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