Friday, May 7, 2010

Tisanes: Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum is a Greek word that means The Golden Flower.
The original color of this flower was more golden than the varieties that are found today.
Cultivated in China as far back as the 15th century as a flowering herb, the Chrysanthemum was used more as a medicinal plant rather than an ornamental.
The traditional Chinese medical lexicon of curative herbs, attests to this flower as having the ability to reduce internal heat, detoxify the body, sharpen the vision, excellent for relieving headaches and dizziness, treats pink eye and skin eruptions.

When it was first introduced in Japan around the 8th century, the Emperor of Japan liked the flower tremendously that he adopted the flower to be his official seal and created a festival around the flower calling it the Festival of Happiness.

This tisane is made of the buds of the Chrysanthemum.
It evokes freshness and likens its aromas to the beginnings of autumn, perhaps, even elevating the mood to a much happier and agreeable disposition.

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