Herb Talk: Rose, Honeysuckle and Chrysanthemum
All three of these flowers make beautiful teas on their own or in combination with other herbs. They each have their own unique benefits.
Rose (mei gui hua)
The Chinese rose bud is different than the Western variety and can be used for relieve pain related to menstruation, such as cramps or breast tenderness. It has the action of moving Qi (your body’s energy) and blood which can help moderate moodiness. Warming in nature with a sweet, slightly bitter flavour it makes a mild tea that is safe to drink anytime.
Honeysuckle (jin yin hua)
Honeysuckle is also sweet, but with a cold nature it should be taken when there are signs of heat in the body. Signs of heat could be hot, painful sores or swelling; early stages of a cold presenting with a sore throat and headache; painful urination. Honeysuckle tea can make a refreshing drink in the summer to cool down. Avoid drinking honeysuckle tea if you feel cold.
Chrysanthemum (ju hua)
Chrysanthemum is slightly cold with a sweet and bitter flavour. Like honeysuckle it can be taken when there are heat signs related to the common cold, such as fever and headache. In addition to headaches, chrysanthemum can relieve dizziness. It also benefits the eyes, relieving red, dry, burning, blurry eyes, especially when combined with gou ji berries (gou qi zi).
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