Chrysanthemum (Flos Chrysanthemi)
First cultivated in China over a thousand of years ago, Chrysanthemums are a sweet, bold herb that comes in various varieties, from white to light or brilliant yellow. Here are the benefits of Chrysanthemums:
1. Promote deep relaxation
Chrysanthemums calm your nerves by lowering blood pressure levels and promoting healthy blood circulation. With better blood flow, your body can better regulate and reduce stress hormones. In countries like Singapore (known for its sweltering heat), Chrysanthemums can also cool the body and promote relaxation, helping to treat anxiety and insomnia.
2. Improve immunity
Chrysanthemums contain high concentrations of immune-boosting vitamins such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Vitamin A is essential for proper body functioning, and is crucial for maintaining healthy vision. Vitamin C stimulate white blood cell production to help fight against free radicals, germs and sicknesses.
3. Boost metabolism
Chrysanthemums have a high concentration of B-nutrients (folic acid, choline, riboflavin and niacin), which boost metabolism and assimilate fat from the food you eat. Taking Chrysanthemums after a heavy/oily meal can also help with digestion and weight loss.
4. Promote healthy heart function
Chrysanthemums contain potassium, which help to efficiently operate the heart, kidneys and other organs. Adequate potassium levels also reduces the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.