img_0267One of the wonderful things about moving is you get to see what wonders will appear month after month in your garden; this month my favorite is these adorable chrysanthemums in such a beautiful bright yellow. They just look so summery and yet it’s nearly November.

Chrysanthemum tea is surprisingly easy to make yourself and yet it has numerous health benefits. The Chinese have been using it for centuries to help treat a variety of ailments, such as eye conditions, dizziness, inflammation, rheumatism, and any illnesses whose root cause is poor circulation.

Apparently it will help with eye brightness and help conquer that fuzziness of focus that you get as you age (Lord knows I need that!)

Chrysanthemums contain:
• Beta-carotene, which converts to Vitamin A, which assists the immune system and relieve skin problems.
• High levels of potassium and calcium, and other minerals, such as iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.
• Vitamin B, such as choline, folic acid, niacin, and riboflavin.
• Vitamin C, which helps to relieve sinus congestion, cold and flu symptoms.

Chrysanthemum tea also has antiviral and antibacterial properties and can help to inhibit bacterial infection. Sounds like a great tea to drink when you feel like you’re coming down with something.

You can pluck the flower heads yourself and dry them out for a few days somewhere warm and dry. The steep them in hot, not boiling water for around 5 minutes to achieve a light floral brew. I will be trying this myself so I’ll post my efforts soon. Would love to see your’s!

Of course you can also buy the flowers all ready dried from a specialist tea shop or Asian market. The same flower can’t be used more than once, though the flavor will weaken with each steep.

It is known as cooling tea and therefore is useful in warmer weather to cool the body down. Or whenever you have a fever or hot flush, this tea will be cooling and calming.

Another calming tea that I love is NYR’s Calming Tea, with Lime flower, Lemon balm, Chamomile flower, Passion flower leaf, Skullcap, Pink rose petal. All organic ingredients ready packaged in an easy to use compostable tea bag. Individually wrapped so you can take them anywhere. Paper wrappers and card box made from recycled products and recyclable.

Click on the link below to take you right to the Calming Tea and please feel free to browse the other wonderful organic products in the NYR range.

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