Sunday, July 25, 2010

What You Didn't Know About Chrysanthemums

How many times have you walked along and seen a chrysanthemum? They're all over the place and at least here in CA I see them in pots or bunches nearly every time I go to the grocery store.  And judging by how many types of chrysanthemums they're are, I've seen them more than I thought.

Chrysanthemums can be daisy-like, or look like pompons or buttons.  Did you know every time you see a Shasta Daisy, you're looking at a form of a chrysanthemum? 

The name  comes from Greek 'Chrys' meaning golden (the color of the original flowers), and 'anthemon', meaning flower.  Now they can be found in just about any color you can imagine a flower would.

It's said that the chrysanthemum flower symbolizes fidelity, optimism, joy and long life and different colors carry different meanings:
•A red chrysanthemum conveys love

•A white chrysanthemum symbolizes truth and loyal love

•A yellow chrysanthemum symbolizes slighted love
Of course I couldn't resist this little thing:
Like the rose, the chrysanthemum can be made into a tea that has some interesting properties. Chrysanthemums tea is one of China’s most popular Herbal teas. This tea is well-known for its cooling properties that help to decrease body heat and is recommended for those with fever, sore throat, and other heat-related illnesses.  So if you don't want to take acetaminophen to lower a fever, this is a great natural alternative.  Modern analysis shows that chrysanthemum contains among other things, vitamin A, B1, amino acids and flavonoid, . It is said to have inhibiting effect on bacteria, including the typical ones contained in the common flus and colds. 

Drunk with meals it helps to aid digestion, especially of greasy foods. It is also commonly taken to help strengthen the lungs and relieve head congestion.  Chrysanthemum flower tea also detoxifies the blood; helps with sinus congestion, high blood pressure, and can also calm the nerves. Chrysanthemum Tea can also be used to sharpen vision and hearing, and clear the brain. The calories of this tea almost zero if you don’t add any sugar or honey into the chrysanthemum tea, and best is, it does not contain any caffeine.  Here's a site where it can be found but it might well be found in a whole foods store as well.

So the next time you pass one of these seemingly common flowers, don't forget how it can be used. 

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