Back in London before I left to seek a (temporary) new life in Hong Kong as a fashion stylist and blogger, I was given a pre-vacation curse a non-contagious cough which lasted almost a week, a lovely farewell present from my close circle of (blog) friends. Thanks girls!
I always fancied creating my own freshly picked or dried flower tea, Chrysanthemum tea 菊花茶 is one of my favourite summer ‘cooling’ herbal drinks which aides flu, acne, cough and sore throat, prefect for my saw dust throat. Need a cure for your dry cough? Please give this DIY a try, my terms and conditions – please do not sue me if this drink kills you, I do not accept liability and you have the option not to drink this.
Freshly bought from the Columbia Road Flower Market, turn the stalk upside down and gently tap to remove dirt and with a pair of scissors cut off the bloom stem/stalk at the base of the flower.
Drop the Chrysanthemum flower in a tea pot, pour in hot boiling water and leave to steep for 10-15 minutes. I normally steep twice to lessen the flower’s bitter taste.
After 10-15 minutes of steeping the resulting transparent water turns yellow in colour, pour the tea in a (pretty) cup.
Add a lump of sugar rock or a teaspoon of honey to add taste.
Drink and enjoy!