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Spotlight on Spice: Flower Herbal Teas

Guide to Flower Herbal Teas on SeasonWithSpice.com

Once upon a time…in a small village in China, there were twin girls named Golden Flower and Silver Flower.  They were loving sisters who did everything together and promised each other never to be apart.  But when they were teenagers, Golden Flower suddenly fell ill with a high fever and red spots all over her body.  The doctor examined her, but could do nothing to help her.  He warned everyone that she had a contagious disease, and to stay away.  Silver Flower loved her sister too much not to be at her side, in life and in death.  A few days later, both sisters died of the disease and were buried together that winter.

In the spring, plants of all kinds sprouted up throughout the graveyard.  But on Golden Flower and Silver Flower’s grave, only one plant grew – a plant with beautiful yellow & white flowers.  Everyone in the village was amazed by the sight, and some were convinced that the girls had transformed into the flowers.

Later in the spring, the disease returned, inflicting two, young sisters in the village.  The doctor again warned that it was a fatal, contagious disease.  The parents of the sisters were distraught and desperate, so they went to the graveyard, and picked the unusual flowers that only grew upon the gravesite of Golden Flower and Silver Flower.  The parents prepared a tea with the yellow & white flowers, and as their daughters drank it day after day, their fever soon reduced, and the red spots disappeared.  Upon this miracle, the village named the flower, Jin Yin Hua (金銀花), which means “Gold Silver Flower”.

A legend always carries some truths.  The "Gold Silver Flower" is Japanese Honeysuckle (lonicera japonica), which can help reduce a fever and detoxify the body.   It is one of the many flowers now commonly used to make Herbal Teas in Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Japanese Honeysuckle tea used in Chinese herbal medicine

One of the more popular elements of contemporary Chinese herbal medicine is the use of herbal flower teas, such as Chrysanthemum, Jasmine, Lavender, and Osmanthus.  Herbal flower teas can help reduce stress, detoxify the body, aid digestion, improve skin tone, and fight fever and flu symptoms.  And like other Chinese medicinal herbs, the flowers in herbal teas are generally high in antioxidants, and have many nutritional and medicinal qualities that can help prevent disease.*

Let’s take a look at a few examples of flower teas used today in Chinese Herbal Medicine:

Learn about China rose flower herbal tea and its potential health benefits on SeasonWithSpice.com

China Rose (Rosa chinensis)
- Chinese name for Rose: Yue Ji Hua 月季花
- Potential medicinal benefits of Rose Tea: relieves menstrual pain and stomach aches, improves blood circulation, strengthens immune system because of high Vitamin C.

Learn about Chinese jasmine flower herbal tea and its potential health benefits on SeasonWithSpice.com

Jasmine (Jasminum sambac)
- Chinese name for Jasmine: Mo Li Hua 茉莉花
- Potential medicinal benefits of Jasmine Tea: reduces stress, improves circulation, lowers cholesterol, aids in weight loss, alleviates flu symptoms.

learn about roselle flower herbal tea and its potential health benefits on SeasonWithSpice.com

Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
- Chinese name for Roselle: Luo Shen Hua 洛神花
- Potential medicinal benefits of Roselle Tea: reduces cholesterol, improves circulation, lowers blood pressure, aids digestion to help in weight loss, strengthens immune system because of high Vitamin C.

Learn about apple flower herbal tea and its potential health benefits on SeasonWithSpice.com
Apple Flower (Datura stramonium)
- Chinese name for Apple Flower: Pin Guo Hua 苹果花
- Potential medicinal benefits of Apple Flower Tea: reduces stress, aids digestion to help in weight loss, clears complexion.

Learn about Chrysanthemum flower herbal tea and its potential health benefits on SeasonWithSpice.com

Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
- Chinese name for Chrysanthemum: Ju Hua 菊花
- Potential medicinal benefits of Chrysanthemum Tea: reduces stress, detoxifies liver, relieves eye pain and improves vision, alleviates migraines, eases flu symptom.

learn about lavender flower herbal tea and its potential health benefits on SeasonWithSpice.com

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
- Chinese name for Lavender: Xun Yi Cao 薰衣草
- Potential medicinal benefits of Lavender Tea: calms the body and mind to prevent insomnia, alleviates migraines and depression, settles a stomach ache.

learn about osmanthus flower herbal tea and its potential health benefits on SeasonWithSpice.com

Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans)
- Chinese name for Osmanthus: Gui Hua 桂花
- Potential medicinal benefits of Osmanthus Tea: improves complexion, boosts the immune system, alleviates sore throat and other flu symptoms.

learn about honeysuckle flower herbal tea and its potential health benefits on SeasonWithSpice.com

Japanese Honeysuckle (lonicera japonica)
- Chinese name: Jin Yin Hua 金銀花
- Potential medicinal benefits: detoxifies and cools the body to reduce fevers, alleviate sore throats and other flu symptoms, and treat ulcers.

Guide to Flower Herbal Teas by SeasonWithSpice.com

Do you drink any flower teas or other herbal teas?  Have you noticed any impact on your health? 

*On Season with Spice, we can not claim to the overall effectiveness of Chinese herbal medicine, but we do share in one of its basic, universal messages - that spices & herbs are an essential part of the daily diet in order to lead a healthy life and prevent disease.

11 comments:

BiteMyCake said...

I love teas, and this post reminds me of my parents. My mom loves learning about and collecting medicinal herbs. She dries them out and we make our own teas. Of course, out of herbs we can find in the nature that surrounds our weekend house.
I think my favorite tea still has to be simple green tea, and I love sage tea (I know many people that cannot stand it). :)

Season with Spice said...

Hi Tamara, that's wonderful to hear your family is still using the wild herbs around your yard to make teas. Along with organic honey from your bee farm, you guys are definitely leading healthy lives.

Nami said...

Very informative! I love jasmine tea but never seen the flower form... and love Chrysanthemum tea too. I want to pin but looks like Pinterest isn't working... ugh!!!

RC said...

Lovely story. I also love teas, in fact I just started making reusable cotton tea bags.

mjskit said...

Thank you for this post! I do drink flower teas at times and based upon what I've read here, should drink them even more. I love Chrysanthemum tea and lavender tea. Jasmine is my absolute favorite and I drink at least one cup a day. I just ordered some tea with rose and have a bag of hibiscus that I keep forgetting about in the pantry. As far as having seen any health benefits, it's hard to say. My cholesterol level did drop once I switched from coffee to tea (mostly Jasmine) but I never considered tea as the reason for that. My diet didn't change so it makes sense. Great post!

Victoria at Flavors of the Sun said...

Another exquisitely photographed post full of helpful information.

Season with Spice said...

Thanks Nami! Yeah, still a lot of kinks in Pinterest. It's growing so fast.

Season with Spice said...

Reusable cotton tea bags are a great idea for flower teas since they are usually sold in loose form.

Season with Spice said...

Thanks MJ, good to hear your thoughts on the health benefits. We always drink a flower tea (or another tea) after a heavy meal and it does help with digestion. And always great for relieving the symptoms of a cold or flu, and for its calming effects.

ur mobile said...

Good to know about your blog Lovely story. I also love teas, in fact I just started making reusable cotton tea bags.

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Herbaltea12 said...

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