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Chrysanthemum Tea & Pregnancy

Chrysanthemum Tea & Pregnancy
March 27, 2015 6 comments

As a tea lover, pregnancy can sometimes be frustrating. Most leaf teas contain caffeine which isn't suitable for during pregnancy. Some tea lovers switch to flower teas as they are caffeine free. Yet, are they really suitable for during pregnancies?

Do Chrysanthemum teas contain preservatives?

We received an interesting question from our customer Lynne, who asked about whether Chrysanthemum flower tea contains preservatives:

"Does Chrysanthemum tea contain preservatives? I ask this, because I am pregnant and I want to know how much I can drink especially if there are preservatives additives that can harm the baby?" Lynne

To answer the first part of the question regarding preservatives. We can simply say: NO. The teas we source are 100% natural flowers. Generally, pure chrysanthemum tea doesn't contain preservatives. Preservatives are sometimes added when it comes to blended teas, as some ingredients used to blend teas need the preservatives to extend the consumption period. Or if it's another type of processed product in which Chrysanthemum is used.

Pure dried flower teas can be stored for a long period without preservatives, because they're intensively dried. Minimal water content in the flowers means they that they don't oxidise that easily. However, to keep them fresh and conserve the taste, it could be good to store them in a fridge in a sealed air tight bag or container/jar. Make sure they don't get in touch with humidity.

Chrysanthemum Tea is Cooling

However, this doesn't mean that you should drink chrysanthemum tea without limits. Based on Chinese medicine logic, flower teas such as Chrysanthemum tea, is a 'cooling' drink. During pregnancy, however, your body temperature is usually higher to protect the baby. Consuming tea much Chrysanthemum tea could still have negative side effects (cooling). A better alternative is to drink herbal teas that keep the body temperature warm, such as ginger based teas.

To be on the safe side, Teasenz suggest to limit the consumption to maximum a cup per day. If you decide to drink it, the best timing could be when you feel tense. Always, steep the flowers at cooking temperature and let it cool down to a pleasant temperature to sip.

There are 3 types of chrysanthemum teas available, which are snow chrysanthemum, white chrysanthemum and chrysanthemum buds. The information provided in this guide are relevant for all three types. The information is also to some extend relevant for chamomile tea as it's a flower that's closely related to Chrysanthemum.

Disclaimer: we are tea lovers and we share our tea knowledge based on our experience and general knowledge. We are not doctors, and therefore the above answer is not a medical advice. When in doubt, please visit a medical practitioner.

Lynne April 6, 2015 at 3:09 AM
Thank you for the advice. Are goji berries safe to add to chrysanthemum tea during pregnancy due to the high vitamin A content?
Teasenz April 6, 2015 at 3:09 AM
Should be perfectly safe as it’s unlikely to get an overdose from consumption of natural ingredients. Using a few berries already can give the chrysanthemum tea additional taste. It should be good match for the white chrysanthemum and the calming chrysanthemum, but goes less well with the snow chrysanthemum.
Lynne April 6, 2015 at 3:12 AM
Hello and good day! Thank you for answering my question about the chrysanthemum tea intake during pregnancy. The reason why I want to take the chrysanthemum is to control my blood pressure during pregnancy. Can you suggest any other teas that might help with this during pregnancy? In addition, which type of chrysanthemum is the best for reducing liver heat during pregnancy?
Teasenz April 6, 2015 at 3:13 AM
Hi Lynne, Chrysanthemum tea can help against liver heat. You might also consider food such as:
veggie: tomato, broccoli, cabbage
fruit: watermelon, pear, plum, grapefruit, banana
tea: besides chrysanthemum you can add additional goji berries and lemon juice for additional effect. Let me know if this helps!
Diana Smith Hill January 6, 2016 at 8:47 PM
I love Chrysanthemum tea, especially when I have a cold, it gets rid of it!
Does it matter which type of tea is used for a cold as far as which Chrysanthemum's to use or from what province?
Sam January 10, 2016 at 12:27 AM
Chrysanthemum is effective because often a cold is caused by inflammation. This flower tea tends to reduce it. All Chrysanthemums are affective. Some herbal tea lovers like to drink Honeysuckle tea when having a cold as it's known to be an alternative to Western medicine.