Chrysanthemum x morifolium
Category: Sight Tincture
Part used: Flower heads
Known as Queen of the East in its native China, this bright yellow daisy-type flower has been used within traditional Chinese medicine for well over 2,000 years.
Taken as a refreshing drink – a little like Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) in taste, it has cooling and antiseptic properties, and is prized as a remedy for the relief of flu and cold symptoms, feverish and restless states, and headache1.
Regarded throughout south-eastern Asia as a key remedy for the eyes, the infusion makes a popular treatment for sore, tired and inflamed eyes, particularly after long hours of close work, reading or on a screen, while the herb has a place in the treatment of more serious or ongoing eye problems.
The warm flowerheads can also be placed on closed eyes and left until cool. Other traditional uses include are for the liver and digestion, especially where symptoms are associated with heat, i.e. arising from infection or inflammation, and to help to prevent or control osteoporosis.
Research indicates that the flowers help to lower high blood pressure and support heart function – both traditional uses – and also to help with symptoms arising from high blood pressure, such as headache and dizziness.
- Shahrajabian MH et al. A review of Chrysanthemum, the eastern queen in traditional Chinese medicine with healing power in modern pharmaceutical sciences. Appl Ecol Env Res. 2019 Jan 1;17(6):13355-69.