Chrysanthemum Tea & Pregnancy
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.