Chrysanthemum (Ju Hua)
Botanical Name: Chrysanthemum morifolii
A beautiful flower, chrysanthemum is well known as a garden varietal. In China, this herb has symbolic meaning and legendary healing capabilities.
Below is an overview of chrysanthemum, combining and interpreting the best of Western science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), shamanism, folklore and more. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of chrysanthemum.
Western Name: Chrysanthemum
Also Known As: Mums
Organs/Systems: Liver, Head, Skin
Key Western Actions & Medicinal Uses: Antibiotic, Antiviral, enhances capillary resistance, helps headaches, colds and flu, hypertension, coronary weakness, lowers blood pressure.
Pin Yin: Ju Hua
Also Known As: “White or Yellow Flowers”
Meridians: Liver, Lung
Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Cool, Acrid Herb that Releases Exterior. Disperses Wind and Clears Heat: flu with fever and headache. Clear Liver and Eyes: blurry vision, dizziness and convulsions. Calm Liver and Extinguish Wind: red, painful eyes, blurry vision or dizziness, seizures and convulsions. White flowers are best to nourish liver and clear eyes. Yellow flowers are better at dispersing wind-heat, mostly used to treat eye redness and headaches due to externally contracted wind-heat.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Flower
Flavors: Sweet, Bitter, Slightly Cold
Caution: None noted.
History/Folklore: Cultivated in China as far back as the 15th century BC, this flower is renowned as being one of the Four Gentlemen in Chinese and East Asian art. The Asian reverence for this flower can be traced back to the famous historical figure Shen Nung. He lived around 2695 BC and is considered the father of Chinese Medicine. His search for eternal life caused him to send 24 children on a dangerous journey to a faraway island. It was believed that on the island grew a rare flower, the Golden Chrysanthemum, that would bestow eternal life. The children found and picked this flower. Thus began the Chinese reverence for this flower and its use in many teas. The flower’s name derives from the Greek word for gold (chryos) and antehmon (flower). The Chrysanthemum later spread to other regions, beyond Asia. In 1798, Americans introduced the flower to the horticultural scene in Hoboken, NJ, to grow attractions within Elysian Field.
Adenine, Choline, amino acids, beneficial flavonoids, Vitamins A and B1, Pyrethrum.
Pyrethrum (a constituent of the flower) is a natural source of insecticide.
No More Fleas
People often rub crushed and powdered Chrysanthemum into their pets’ fur to prevent fleas.
In Korea, people make a rice wine flavored with chrysanthemum, called Gukhwaju.
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