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January 27, 2018 3 min read

Chrysanthemum, commonly known as mum, gets its scientific name from the Greek words for “gold” and “flower.” The flowers are used to make medicine.

Chrysanthemum is credited with helping to improve your vision and is especially good for those who spend a lot of their time in front of a screen (computers, tablets and phones).   In addition to improving your vision, Chrysanthemum is also used to treat chest pain, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, fever, cold, headache, dizziness, and swelling.     

In combination with other herbs, chrysanthemum is also used to treat prostate cancer.  My 75-year-old father is a prostate cancer survivor, who recently received a clean bill of health from his doctor after being diagnosed 7 years ago with prostate cancer. 

My father with his great grand-daughter


As a beverage, chrysanthemum tea is not only delicious it is very popular as a summertime tea. Chrysanthemum tea has many impressive health benefits including the ability to protect your heart and improve your immune system.  It is especially beneficial for relieving sore throats, sore eyes, headaches and fever, due to its cooling properties. 


 Top 5 Benefits of Chrysanthemum Tea


Chrysanthemum tea contains a high level of beta-carotene, in addition to vitamin A.  You may not know this, but vitamin A has always been closely linked with eye health and the overall boost to improving your vision. 

High in antioxidant, chrysanthemum can protect against retinal neuropathy, cataracts, macular degeneration and so many issues relating to the eyes. It can improve blurry vision.



Chrysanthemum is packed with many different types of vitamins.  Vitamin B is found in chrysanthemum along with folic acid, niacin, choline and riboflavin. 

These are vitamins that are necessary for normal body functioning, from developmental progress and growth to hormonal levels, circulation, and neurotransmitter activity.


Both vitamin C and A are found in high concentrations in chrysanthemum tea.  These vitamins are crucial for your immune system health. Vitamin C is known to improve the production of white blood cells and works as an antioxidant to protect against free radicals. In addition to vitamins A and C, chrysanthemum tea is loaded with minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium.  These are minerals that are necessary for a healthy immune system.


Chrysanthemum tea acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and is especially effective at reducing swelling in the throat and calming any irritation in the lungs. Feeling sick? 

Consuming chrysanthemum tea when you are sick will do wonders for you because it helps protect the body from infection and inflammation in several ways. Chrysanthemum tea can help with these common conditions redness and itchiness of the eyes, congestion, respiratory conditions, sore throats, and headaches!


Tea is already widely accepted as the beverage of choice to relax and unwind after a hard day.  Chrysanthemum tea is especially good for relaxing and unwinding. For centuries chrysanthemum tea has helped to lower blood pressure, cool the body and reduce inflammation, all of which can help to induce calmness. The powerful antioxidants and minerals present in the tea can help your body better regulate itself and eliminate unnecessary stress hormones in the blood.

Overall, chrysanthemum tea has numerous impressive health benefits including its ability to protect your heart, boost your immune system, improve vision, calm your nerves, lower inflammation, strengthen your bones, and treat respiratory issues, among others.


Add 1 disc of chrysanthemum tea to 16oz / 475ml cup or your infuser, pour freshly boiled water over tea disc and let steep for 3 to 7 minutes.  Strain or remove infuser and enjoy.  Sugar and milk not recommended. 

Chrysanthemum tea can offer a range of health benefits, but as with any herbal treatment, you should incorporate it slowly so that you can see how it will affect you individually. Some people with allergies to flowers in the daisy family may have a negative reaction to drinking chrysanthemum tea. Starting with one or two cups per week will help you determine how drinking chrysanthemum tea will affect you. - taken from WebMD


Not recommended as an iced tea.


Chrysanthemum may increase blood flow to the heart. It may also increase sensitivity to insulin.

Conditions of Use and Important Information: This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. 

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