You may not be familiar with Chinese herbs, you can easily find them in Asian markets or on the Internet. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), mint is used to clear heat from the head and eyes. It’s cool nature helps relieve heat rashes and headaches. This Chinese herb you are sure to know and recognize but you probably didn’t know it also relieves irritability and but not recommended for nursing mothers. Chrysanthemum, another popular Chinese herb, has been used throughout Asia for centuries to reduce fevers, headaches and red swollen dry eyes.
By making Mint Chrysanthemum Tea, you will able to experience the cooling properties of TCM to help keep you comfortable on those hot and humid summer days. If you’re exercising in the heat these teas are perfect to rehydrate the minerals you’re losing. It’s what you need in your water bottle for a bike ride, after a workout and in the refrigerator all summer long.
- 1 cup – Mint leaves (Dried or fresh)
- 1 cup – Dried Chrysanthemum flowers (Chinese grocery stores sell this or buy on line)
- Boil 4 cups of water.
- Remove from heat and place herbs in water to steep for at least 10 minutes.
- Strain out herbs and add a few extra mint leaves for taste.
- Add additional 6 cups of water or ice.
- Use above sweetener to your desired taste.