Spoken of medicinally by the physician of mythical stature, Shen Nong [said to have lived in about 2,800 B.C.]. In The Canon of Materia Medica 神農本草經 it was first proclaimed that Ju Hua improved senses of vision and hearing, alertness, clarity of thinking, promoted an energetic body, and increased longevity by slowing aging. It is now wide-spread knowledge that Ju Hua pacifies the Liver therefore brightening vision, while also relieves fever and vanquishes toxins-among other attributes. [see comment box]
Jing Ming 精明 translates to mean the brightness of the eyes, but also the essence of mind & emotions that is reflected through the eyes. Oriental medicine acknowledges the relationship between tissues and organs. The clarity and brightness [Jing Ming] of the eyes is a reflection of the Liver, which imbues the capacity for observing direction [inner, and of the world] and all material things-including distinguishing black and white and examining far and near.
Modern analysis shows that chrysanthemum contains choline, vitamin A, B1, glycosides, adenine, amino acids, flavonoids, and inhibits bacteria and has antivirual qualities [Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus hemolyticus B, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Shigella dysenteriae, tubercle bacillus and dermatomycosis.] Ju Hua enhances capillary strength, and balances factors contributing to high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, elevated cholesterol, palpitations, dizziness, migraines, cold & flu.
Chrysanthemum Tea Recipe
Unless the Ju Hua is a part of a decoction, it can be brewed as a simple beverage tea in the following manner:
1] Use approximately 25 grams of dried chrysanthemum flowers
2] Boil 5 cups of water in a sauce pan on the stove.
3] Add the chrysanthemums & turn OFF the burner. Simmer for about 15 minutes with a lid on the pot.
4] Strain tea removing the bits of chrysanthemum flowers
5] Add a tiny taste of honey [only if desired]
Yields 4 Servings Drink over the course of the day or share with a friend.