Other Names: Dendrathemmorifolium (also
known as Chrysanthemum morifolium; Mum; Ye
Useful Parts of the Plant: Flowers
chrysanthemum, Japan's national flower, is
an important herb in both Japanese and
Chinese traditional medicine. It is now
cultivated in Europe, the United States and
many other countries because of the great
demand for its flowers. The plant grows to a
height of 36 inches and needs rich,
well-drained soil to thrive in. The name
derives from two Greek words, 'chrysos'
meaning golden and 'anthos' meaning flower.
The beautiful flowers bloom in autumn and
come in many different colors, including
red, orange, white, yellow and lavender.
First introduced to the West by the Chinese
in the eighteenth century, these flowers
have rapidly become popular as ornamental
decorations. In the East, they have been
used in traditional medicine since at least
the first century A.D.
Nutritional Information and Properties of
Some of the compounds in Chrysanthemum are
flavonoids like luteolin, apigenin and
acacetin, choline, and vitamin B1. It is
also a good source of Vitamins C and A,
Niacin, Folic acid and Pantothenic acid and
is also rich in calcium, magnesium,
potassium, iron and phosphorus.
Chrysanthemum tea can help detoxify blood,
regulate blood pressure and calm the nerves.
It has antibacterial properties that can be
effective against staphylococcus aureus,
streptococcus hemolyticus B, dermatomycosis,
shigelladysenteriae and the tubercle
Health Benefits and Therapeutic Uses of
traditional Chinese have used the tea to
treat influenza, fevers, inflammations and
even heatstroke due to its cooling effect.
The herb also helps to correct imbalances
that may affect the liver and also helps in
dealing with kidney function, thus helping
with their treatment.
herb can be used in many different forms,
from tinctures and creams to chrysanthemum
tea that is very popular. While preparing
the tea, care should be taken to let the
flowers to boil in the hot water for around
ten minutes. This should be done in order to
protect the essential oil and other
Chrysanthemum tea is a great aid to
digestion, helping the body to digest greasy
food more easily.
tea is also helpful in relieving nasal and
Because of its zero calorie content, it is
often used to treat obesity and as an aid to
is also said to improve vision and hearing
and is given in cases of dizziness, blurred
vision and spots in front of the eyes. It
may also be helpful in cases of night
blindness and to treat conjunctivitis.
New research has shown that the flavonoid
acacetin that is present in chrysanthemum
has the ability to inhibit malignant cell
growth in the prostate region. This may make
it a useful weapon in the battle against
prostate and other forms of cancer.
is believed to be good for the heart and has
been known to lower blood pressure levels.
It may also be able to increase blood flow
to the heart.
Traditional Chinese medicine has used these
properties of the flower to treat cases of
hypertension and angina.