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If you lived in an Asian country, then chrysanthemum tea is no stranger to you. Whether
it’s home brewed or ready-to-drink tetra packs picked up at your local supermarket,
chrysanthemum herbal tea is the “must-have” cool down summer beverage on scorching
Now, did you know that the chrysanthemum flower (Chrysanthemum morifolium) does a
number of amazing things for the skin, particularly beneficial for people who are
prone to pimple breakouts? It is often said in the Chinese community that drinking
chrysanthemum tea regularly for a prolonged period can help treat acne naturally
From a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) perspective, chrysanthemum flower tea is
well known for its sedative and cooling properties that help reduce excessive internal
body heat and is good for a wide range of common ailments such as fever, insomnia,
headaches, and red eyes. If you always have a problem sore throat, bad breath, or
mouth ulcers, this appealingly refreshing tea with a nicely delicate floral aroma
will also do miracles.
Besides that, this ever-popular herbal tea in Asia is also used to treat other heat-related
skin problems such as eczema and boils, which result from the body’s inability to
withstand both external and internal pathogens, according to TCM.
Due to its super calming and powerful anti-inflammatory properties, you can even
find a huge plethora of multi-purpose skincare products in the market that contain
chrysanthemum extract to tackle various skin problems like reducing acne redness,
keeping pimple or zit flare-ups under control, and clearing skin blemishes.
This incredibly simple-to-create homemade chrysanthemum facial mask not only help
clear acne naturally, but will also nourish and brighten dull-looking rough skin.
If used once a week, your facial complexion will look visibly lighter and noticeably
softer and smoother.
Although generally considered safe, some people may develop mild allergic reactions
to chrysanthemum flowers, such as skin irritation, rash or a moderate stomach upset.
So do a patch test on the inside of your arm before using it on your face.
You can purchase organic dried chrysanthemum flowers (yellow or white, also known
Ju Hua) cheaply at most Chinese herbal shops, or buy them online.
If you want to have blemish-free complexion that is bright and sparkly, I strongly
suggest you also take this chrysanthemum-honeysuckle-barley drink on a regular basis.
Honeysuckle flowers help reduce inflammation and detoxify body of accumulated toxins
while barley works fabulously well to lighten dark skin from the inside out.
Place a small handful of chrysanthemum and honeysuckle in a saucepan. Add 1 to 2
tablespoons barley. Pour just enough water to fill half the saucepan and bring it
to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Add rock sugar if desired.
DIY Chrysanthemum Honey Facial Mask Recipe
30 grams dried chrysanthemum flowers
1 tablespoon raw manuka honey
How to make organic chrysanthemum facial at home
1. Rinse chrysanthemum and dry. Grind into a fine powder.
2. Transfer to a small bowl. Add honey and mix well.
3. Clean your face with a mild facial cleanser, and then apply mixture liberally
to the entire face and neck area. Make sure to avoid the skin around your eyes.
4. Lie down and relax. Leave the home made chrysanthemum face mask on for about 10-15
minutes, and not longer.
5. Gently massage in a circular motion. Rinse off completely with warm water and
then cold water to close the pores.
You can also use it as a soothing exfoliating face scrub. Just add in 1 small teaspoon
ground chrysanthemum (without honey) to your foam cleanser or face washing soap.
Rub it around your palms until bubbles form. It effectively removes accumulated dead
skin cells, leaving your skin refreshed and enlivened, and of course baby soft to
While we are talking about acne, there are a few other spectacularly popular “Asian”
ingredients that will also benefit spotty skin. Take mung green beans for example,
it possesses almost similar cooling properties as chrysanthemum, and can be used
in skin care to tame acne eruptions. You can find the mung bean face mask recipe
The other skin-rejuvenating superstar is bird’s nest, which is very rich in collagen
and hence, widely consumed to promote skin regeneration and restore firmness to loose
But be warned, bird’s nest comes with a crazily expensive price tag. The other cheap
and cheery alternative is white fungus (also known as snow fungus or white jelly
mushroom), which fortunately also contains good amounts of collagen.
Looking for a rejuvenating, anti-aging honey facial that restores a baby soft feel
and glowing radiance to dry mature skin? Find out what kitchen ingredients work best
with manuka honey and make your skin complexion look years younger.