Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ju Hua for coughs and sore throats.

I remember once in grade school having a cough and my brother told me to drink my grandmother's chrysanthemum tea. He said every time he drank the tea his cough or sore throat would go away, just like my grandmother used to tell us. Til this day, I still drink it when I'm sick. I also happen to LOVE chrysanthemum tea, maybe partially because it reminds me of my grandmother too.

Chrysanthemums look like daisies and they originate from China. When brewed as tea they have a natural sweetness, but its also really good with sugar or honey.

Here are some of the health benefits:
  • Chrysanthemum tea is known to clear head colds and alleviate sinusitis pains. This could be due to the vitamin C content of the tea. It is also antiviral in nature and thus a reliever of head congestion which are often viral infections.
  • Head cold can also be pathogenic bacterial reactions. Owing to its anti-spirochetal qualities it can relieve head congestions. It is known to vanquish dermatomycosis, pseudomonas aeruginosa, shigella dysenteriae, staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus hemolyticus B and tubercle bacillus in the body.
  • Chrysanthemum tea naturally lacks caffeine which makes it resistant to caffeine-induced side effects such as anxiety, irritability and nervousness.
  • It is a natural coolant and so can bring down body temperatures in feverish conditions as well as heat strokes and also proves beneficial in curing acne and pimples along with stress headaches, gums with throbbing sensations and minor toothaches caused due to high temperatures.
  • It is used complementarily with the treatment of atherosclerosis or blocked cardiovascular arteries and varicose veins. Chrysanthemum tea benefits also include liver detoxification and reduction of soaring cholesterol levels.
  • Chrysanthemum tea is known for its stimulating properties and is thus used to refresh the brain and alert the senses. It energizes all the senses in a jiffy and also calms them down for better and clear perception.
  • Known to rid giddiness, the benefits of drinking chrysanthemum tea includes soothing sore throats and helping to cure red, itchy eyes, dry, fluid-deficient eyes, and dark spots in the eye region.
  • It fortifies the lung and solves respiratory glitches such as shortness of breath.
 Got this info from this link.

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