|"You'll feel pretty drinking this healthy tisane."|
The smell and taste of a tisane made with purple chrysanthemums is similar to chamomile. This makes sense, since they are in the same plant family, (asteraceae, which includes daisies and sunflowers, too.) Chamomile infusions that I've tried are a bit sweeter. Chrysanthemum tea has a minty, almost menthol quality, but otherwise, it is pleasant and mild, like it's more popular cousin.
Chrysanthemum tea is more popular in Eastern culture, however, and is used in Chinese medicine for eye disorders, hypertension, and acne, among other things.
A restaurant near my house adds chrysanthemum flowers to oolong and Jiaogulan (a vine in the cucumber family, sans fruit,) to make a hearty, low-caffeine blend that accents their organic cuisine to perfection.
Alone, or blended, chrysanthemums, especially these rare, wild, ones, are a healthy, elegant, and flavorful addition to any tea table. They are fun and easy to prepare. All you do is tumble four buds into 190 degree water. Then, watch the dried pieces turn into fluffy, fully opened flowers that resemble daisies. Then, put your feet up, turn on Bach, pretend you are at the Ritz, and sip. For the flavor and the inexpensive home-spa experience, I rate this tisane a 7.5.
— To purchase Canton Tea Co. Wild Purple Chrysanthemum Flowers, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
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