Chrysanthemum / Mums / Chrysentha are synonymous. This flower has a long history. Since the 15th century can be sensed its existence on earth. Researchers have found that it was first spotted in China…from here it has travelled across Japan, England, and the USA. So, basically, it’s a gift of nature on earth from East Asia and North-eastern Europe. In our Indian terminology, we call it “Dahlias”. It belongs to the family of flower i.e. Asteraceae (Compositae).
Chrysanthemum is available in so many varieties and colours. You can have from small to bigger sizes everywhere. It is available mostly in winter season in India and most preferred of all ages. It has a fragrance with dissimilar aroma, but the variety of colours attract our eyes and gives a relaxing effect on our mind. The flower’s petals are soft but stick with their buds for a longer period to spread the aroma as well gives a message to be consistent on your root. These petals make an array with so many layers in toothed shape. Their 7-8 main varieties are most common in India, but we can also find varieties in different parts of the world. A few common names are as follows;
- Chrysanthemum grandiflorum
- Chrysanthemum indicum
- Chrysanthemum coronaria
- Chrysanthemum hardy
- Chrysanthemum lavandulifolium
- Chrysanthemum japonense
- Chrysanthemum pacificum
Nutritional & Medicinal Properties
Chrysanthemum has nutritional benefits and few of the compounds are flavonoids like luteolin, apigenin, acacetin, choline, and vitamin B1. It’s a good source of Niacin, Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Pantothenic acid. Chrysanthemum also has Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Potassium and Phosphorus.
It works like anything to cure from simple to serious diseases if it is taken with an appropriate dose or as per the medical expert’s advice. Your body will get rejuvenate and skin glows once you start taking its leaves/petals in the form of beverage like tea or in other ayurvedic/therapeutic modes. Because of the zero levels of calories contents, it is generally used in treating obesity and slimming of the body. It is used to treat high blood pressure, chest pain (Angina), fever, cold and cough, dizziness or seasonal infections. It helps very well to digest when the oily foods consumed. It is very useful in detoxifying the body, regulates the blood circulation and greatly helps in renal (kidney) and liver infections.
How to take it?
First, you need to take one cup of water and boil it. It must be allowed to cool for about a few minutes to around 100°F. Now, pour 3-6 dried flowers into this water make it to an 8 oz. cup of water. Let it steep for a few minutes, and start sipping intermittently.
*If you want to make chrysanthemum tea, make sure you use only plants that have not been affected with pesticides or other harmful chemicals otherwise, it will lose its effectiveness and will not give you the optimum results.
So, my friends, this beautiful flower is not only created by the Nature to be strapped in beautiful bouquet to appease someone and then thrown in the garbage bin to spoil the life of this amazing floral plant nor it is meant to showcase and beautifying your offices and bungalow’s lawn intently rather it is a boon/gift for the health from our almighty.
It is a splendid gift of God for the human being.