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3 Facts about Chrysanthemum

3 facts about chrysanthemum

Did you know that in France and Italy, Chrysanthemums are associated with death? This highly mystical flower has a plethora of meanings and symbolism according to different countries. Avoid social faux-pas and learn what each color bloom means in each Country before gifting it or including this fall beauty in a bouquet!

Chrysanthemums are interesting for a variety of reasons, we highlight three top facts that are unique to this colorful perennial plant.

Edible Leaves

The leaves are a common green found in Asian markets and are often used in soups. Lightly steamed or boiled, the chrysanthemum greens have a mildly grassy flavor and the stalks are sweet and crunchy. There are 13 different varieties of Chrysanthemum and the taste of their leaves varies from sweet to tangy. There isn’t a way to classify the different flavors so you will have to try and discovered your favorite leaves! If the leaves are green and fresh, you can add them to your salad as with any green stalks.

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Medicinal Uses

Teas made from the flowers and roots of the plant are used to treat fever, headaches, chest pain, high blood pressure, and diabetes. The flowers contain a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and chrysanthemum tea is often used to reduce the pain and swelling of arthritis.

Indoor potted chrysanthemum plants do an excellent job removing indoor air pollution, especially the carcinogenic known as benzene. Having several potted chrysanthemum plants growing indoors is beneficial for people suffering from asthma or other respiratory ailments.

Chrysanthemums have been used for centuries in oriental medicine as a means to treat respiratory problems, high blood pressure, and hyperthyroidism.

chrysanthemumOrganic Pesticide

Chrysanthemums are often used as the base ingredient for organic pesticides. The active ingredient found in the flower heads is called pyrethrum and is a toxic compound that causes paralysis in insects. When extracted from the flower, pyrethrum is ideal for organic pest control for home and garden to control mosquitoes, fleas, flies, and other pests.

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