This month's tip is herbal and super simple! Ju Hua aka chrysanthemum flower, often used dried. It is cooling in nature, clears heat and wind from the body and promotes mild sweating which helps with summer time cooling and detoxification. It has a slightly sweet and bitter taste and enters the Lung and Liver channels. By entering the liver channel, it has action of the eyes so it helps with dry or burning eyes from summer heat.
I recommend brewing the dried flowers into tea with mint and bit of honey, chill and serve. You can buy chrysanthemum tea at most asian markets. If you want to buy the dried flowers visit your local herbal apothecary or Chinese herbal pharmacy. Or, you know, visit the internet to find some!
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