Welcome to the Thinglish Kitchen where today I will share with you the health benefits and my simple recipe to make refreshing chrysanthemum tea.
I would like to introduce you to plants that make fine and beneficial herbal teas directly from our Kitchen Garden.
The first one is the chrysanthemum flower. The name chrysanthemum derives from ancient Greek ‘gold flower‘ and the Chinese ‘mums‘. The beautiful yellow flower is what we are going to use today to make chrysanthemum tea but the flowers do come in many different colors including orange, red, white and purple.
The second ingredient we will use from the kitchen garden is Pandan leaves. With it unique sweet taste and smooth aroma this popular Thai ingredient adds a subtle twist to our tea.
Ingredients to Make Fresh Chrysanthemum Tea
How to Prepare
Following the pictures above:
1. Heat the water to nearly boiling
2. Add the Pandan leaves (for the smooth smell)
3. Add natural honey to taste (only a little is required)
4. Add Chrysanthemum flowers and boil everything until the water goes yellow (just like in the picture bellow)
NOTE: Do not boil for too long or it will make the taste of the tea a little sour
5. Allow to cool and then you are finished!!
6. Reward your hard work in the kitchen with a refreshing glass of healthy chrysanthemum tea.
Chrysanthemum Tea Benefits
- Chrysanthemum tea is widely know in South East Asia as a natural coolant. It lowers the the body temperature if you suffer from heat stroke or a fever
- It is full of trace minerals and vitamin C, B Carotene, magnesium and potassium
- Chrysanthemum tea is great for detoxifying the liver
- Can ease digestion
- It can be used to help clear your skin when used as a toner and reduce the effect of aging
Pandan Leaves Benefits
- Drinking the water of boiled pandan leaves twice a day is said to lower high blood pressure
- Pandan leaves contain nourishing essential oils such as glycidudes, alkaloids and traces of tannin that can boost you general health
- Can be used as a mild pain reliever
- Rub pandan leaves on the skin for a natural mosquito repellent
- Can be used as a natural body detoxifier
Enjoy Your Chrysanthemum Tea
So there you have it! Chrysanthemum tea made with pandan leaves is not only a tasty, easy to make beverage but regular drinkers of this herbal tea will also enjoy the many beneficial health benefits it contains. It also has no side effect or caffeine.
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