Drinking Chrysanthemum tea has a long history in Chinese culture. It is well known for its soothing aroma and multiple benefits for the human body including detoxification, clearing up the hot flashes, improving eyesight, relieving symptoms of sore throat and fever. But did you know it also holds many benefits for the skin?
There are a number of varieties of chrysanthemum flowers. Their colours go from white-ish yellow to dark yellow. One popular variety is Gongju from Huangshan Mountain area, which means “tribute chrysanthemum” in Chinese. The Hangbaiju is another popular variety which comes from the city of Hangzhou. At last, the famous Taiju is made of the buds of Hangbaiju.
Good for Skin!
All chrysanthemum varieties are good for the skin. They have been traditionally used to treat skin irritation, redness, and eczema. Plenty of beta-carotene can be found in chrysanthemum that participates in metabolism and the maintenance of the human body. Beta-carotene also breaks down into vitamin A to provide a variety of different uses. Vitamin A presents itself as antioxidants, along with flavonoids found in chrysanthemum, help fight free radicals. Drinking chrysanthemum tea or use it on your skin will reduce wrinkles and blemishes, help decrease skin discolouration, eliminate puffiness. With it’s antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effect, it is often used to help reduce swelling and redness of acne.
Drinking Chrysanthemum herbal tea isn’t the only way to enjoy it’s skin benefits. Here are a couple of skin care tips using chrysanthemum flowers that have been proven effective as well:
Chrysanthemum and egg white renewal mask
Effects: reduce wrinkles, soften skin, effectively inhibit the production of melanin with regular use.
What’s needed: 5 grams of dry chrysanthemum, one egg white
- pour 50 ml (1 oz) of hot water over the chrysanthemum and wait for the water to cool down
- blend the chrysanthemum with the cooled down water until smooth
- stir the egg white with the blended chrysanthemum evenly
- apply the mixture to clean face
- when the it dries, rinse it off with water, apply moisturiser
Chrysanthemum anti-acne remedy
Effects: reduce the swelling, speed up the healing process, control the recurrence of acne with long-term use
What’s required: 50 grams of dry chrysanthemum, ice-cube tray
- boil the chrysanthemum with 300ml of water and simmer for 20 minutes
- wait for the water to cool down, then discard the chrysanthemum
- pour the cooled down water into the ice-cube tray, store in the freezer
- when chrysanthemum water is frozen, rub it on the acne for 5 minutes, do it twice daily
Note: when you are holding the ice-cube, cover it with a towel to protect your hand.
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