Chrysanthemum  (Bai ju hua)

Latin:  Chrysanthemum sinense

Family:   Asteraceae

Parts Used:  Flowers

Taste/Energetics:  Bitter, sweet, cold

Properties:  Diaphoretic, antimicrobial, hypotensive, anxiolytic

Actions:  Primarily used in Chinese medicine, chrysanthemum has a nice cooling energy that makes it useful for hot inflamed conditions such as red painful eyes, hypertension and feverish colds and flu.  It is a gentle herb that can be taken by itself and is akin to chamomile in its gentle, heat clearing and relaxing properties.  In Chinese medicine it has a special affinity to “hot” and “sluggish” liver conditions that express themselves as irritability, skin eruptions, anger outbursts and poor digestion.  Useful for elderly, infirm and young children as well due to its gentle qualities.

Dose:  1-3 tsp. infused 5 minutes in cup of hot water.

Contraindications:  Some have a sensitivity to it similar to other Aster family plants.