Food As Medicine

Food As Medicine : A Summer Tea

Chrysanthemum Tea - iStock_000013036052LargeFood is a daily part of life, so much so that most of us do not really give it a great deal of thought.  Yet, food presents an amazing capacity to aid in the healing and nourishing of the human body. Using plants for health and the prevention of illness is deeply rooted in the Chinese culture.  Food choices can aid in their positive influences acting like medicine.

Seasonal food, in particular, provides the most nutrient and health benefits.  Enjoy this refreshing and easy summer tea recipe below.

Chrysanthemum (ju hua) Tea *

Chrysanthemum (ju hua) is known for its ability to cool excess heat in the body.  Iced Chrysanthemum Tea is an ideal drink for hot summer days.  In addition to clearing heat and promoting Qi, it is a great thirst quencher.


60-80 Chrysanthemum flowers

3 t of Green Tea leaves

4 cups of water

Honey to taste


  1. Rinse chrysanthemum leaves
  2. Put chrysanthemum leaves and Green Tea into filtered coffee pot maker
  3. Pour water into coffee pot maker
  4. Once coffee pot maker brews tea, add honey if desired
  5. Cool tea
  6. Serve over ice


* This recipe is not intended as a substitute for consulting with a physician.


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