Chrysanthemum (Ju Hua)
Botanical Name: Chrysanthemum morifolium, C. indicum
A beautiful flower, chrysanthemum is a well-known garden varietal. It is edible and has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries to treat respiratory problems, lower blood pressure, and calm nerves. In China, this herb is a symbol of longevity and is associated with legendary healing capabilities.
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Western Name: Chrysanthemum
Also Known As: Mum
Organs/Systems: Liver, Respiratory, Skin
Key Actions: Anti-Inflammatory, Diuretic, Antioxidant, Anti-Aging, Moistening, Astringent, Antimicrobial
Medicinal Uses: Enhances capillary resistance, headaches, colds and flu, hypertension, coronary weakness, lowers blood pressure, dizziness, diabetes, fever, cancer, acne, psoriasis.
Pin Yin: Ju Hua
Also Known As: “White or Yellow Flowers”
Meridians: Liver, Lung, Spleen, Kidney
Key Actions: Releases to the Exterior, Disperses Wind, Clears Heat, Calms the Liver, Promote Longevity, Purify the Mind, Calms Shen, Mild Yin Tonic, Purifies the Blood, Supports the Kidneys, Supports the Liver
Medicinal Uses: Flu with fever and headache, blurry vision, dizziness, convulsions, red and painful eyes, dark spot in the eyes, blurry vision, dizziness, seizures, scurvy, high blood pressure, anxiety, detoxifies the kidneys and liver, strengthen teeth and bones, mouth sores, acne, brightens the eyes, chest pain (angina), swelling, diabetes, bloating, stomach cramping, tinnitus, swollen sore throat, vertigo, childhood convulsions.
Basic Habitat / Botany:
Chrysanthemum is a perennial flowering plant in the Asteraceae family. It is harvested in late autumn or early winter when flowers reach maximum height. There are 40 valid species with countless horticultural varieties and cultivars. The flowers have many petals and range in color from pale yellow to bright red. Chrysanthemum morifolium has deeply lobed, dark green leaves and large flowering heads.
Habitat: Native to Asia and Northeastern Europe.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Flower, Leaf, Stalk
Flavors/Temps: Sweet, Bitter, Moistening, Astringent, Slightly Cold
Caution: Considered safe, some people allergic to daisies or ragweed may also be allergic to chrysanthemums.
Key Constituents: Vitamin B4 (Adenine), Choline, Chrysanthemin, Amino acids, Flavonoids, Vitamins A, C, Niacin, Riboflavin, Calcium, Potassium, B1, Pyrethrum, Iron, Magnesium
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. Shen Nung (or Shennong), one of these Four Gentlemen, and the second mythological emperor of China is a famous Asian historical figure. 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, and bringing it back, ensured a long life for Shen Nung who took and used it in tea. Thus began the Chinese reverence for this flower and its use in many teas. It is further identified with longevity because it can bloom through the autumn and even the early winter.
The flower’s name derives from the Greek word for gold (chyros) and antehmon (flower). It became associated with death in European cultures because of its common use as a gravesite decoration.
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.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the white flowers are considered best for nourishing the liver and clearing the eyes and the yellow flowers are better at dispersing Wind-Heat, and therefore are mostly used to treat eye redness and headaches due to externally contracted Wind-Heat. The benefits of the tea build up and increase in your system as the tea is enjoyed over time.
Studies have shown that chrysanthemum contains compounds that are anti-inflammatory and can help treat bone osteoporosis.
Chrysanthemum has both moistening and astringent properties. An unusual combination that invites a broad range of applications. In TCM it is said to nourish Yin and disperse ascending false Yang, causing headaches, red eyes, blurred vision, and aching throat, shoulders, and neck.
Emotionally, chrysanthemum is useful for calming anxiety, opening the heart, and purifying the mind. It is often compared to a “ray of sunshine” or “liquid gold”. It is a gentle tea with powerful grounding and health-promoting abilities.
The compound pyrethrum, found in chrysanthemum, is used in many pesticides. Direct exposure to this compound can irritate the skin or eyes. Chrysanthemum oil is very high in this compound and should be used very carefully.
The flowers, leaves, and stalks can be blanched and enjoyed in salads or as a side dish.
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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