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Chrysanthemum and wolfberry tea

Chrysanthemum and wolfberry tea


Ever since I started my food blog one and half year ago, I have been starring at the computer more often and for longer duration too. As a consequence, both my short-sighted and astigmatism have deteriorated. Making thing worse is that I also suffered from long-sighted. Admittedly, these are also signs of aging, and hopefully wiser. ;)


Those blurry eyes of mine reminded me of a chrysanthemum and wolfberry tea recipe (菊花枸杞茶) that I had chanced upon quite sometime back. According to Chinese traditional medicine, both ingredients are said to be effective at improving eyesight and treating illness associated with the eyes like blurred vision and dizziness. I had actually made this tea a couple of times before for my family, but stopped doing so as my hubby did not really like it as much as I thought he would. The main reason being, he disliked seeing chrysanthemums floating in the tea. Another picky eater, agreed?


Chrysanthemum and wolfberry tea


Recently, I made this tea again. This time, however, I carefully filtered all the Chrysanthemums away before adding the wolfberries. And, I added rock sugar to enhance the taste. Otherwise, it can taste quite bland, which is another reason for my hubby’s initial dislike. To my surprise, he drank the whole cup and even asked me to make it more often in future. As for my son, he won’t say no to anything that has wolfberries in it.


This non-caffeinated tea is so easy-to-prepare. The ingredients used are also cheap and can be found easily at any Chinese medical shops/ supermarket. It is highly recommended for those cybraian who stay along in front of a computer, just like me! Drink this tea once or twice a week to improve your visions and clear heatiness of the liver.


A word of caution! While this tea is suitable to all in general, you need to watch out for the following. As chrysanthemum is cool-natured, people who are asthenia (sensation of chill and easily have cold sweat) are not advisable to drink often. For wolfberry, it is not suitable for those having flu, fever, flame and diarrhea.



a) Wolfberries is used as a general Chinese tonic since ancient times to protect the liver, improve the vision, strenghten weak legs and promote a long life.

b) Chrysanthemum has powerful anti-oxidant. It is used to treat the eyes, blurring, spots in front of the eyes, diminished vision, dizziness and clear heatiness of the liver.


Other reading references :
- What is the benefit of chrysanthemum tea
- The Wolfberry’s health properties
- Chrysantemum tea (Wikipedia)
-Wolfberry (Wikipedia)




Updated on 10 Oct 2009 (Thanks to the kind sharing of Meg Kat from Imperrfections)
An excerpt from
“Tibetan Goji berries are not Chinese wolfberries and it is not correct to call the Chinese wolfberry ‘Goji’.
The ancient Tibetan Lycium berry has different energetic qualities than the Chinese wolfberry and is grown in a different country and soil conditions. The nutrient dense energy of the Goji berry has been recognized as having the highest in nutrient content of all the 80 plus varieties of Lycium berries on Earth.”


>>> Click on page 2 below for Chrysanthemum and Wolfberry tea (菊花枸杞茶) recipe …………


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  1. Little Inbox says:

    This is easy to prepare. When I visit to a vegetarian cafe, they have one menu for hot tea that made of goji berries, tiny chrysanthemum tea and ginseng. If I remember correctly, no sugar is added, but the taste is good. Just that it is a bit expensive.I guess now is the time to make my own for cost saving, hehe. Good idea to add some rock sugar.

  2. Amy says:

    Ooh, my mom is a huge tea drinker. I will pass this on to her!

  3. anncoo says:

    I also love to make this but I just put everything together. Next time must follow your steps~ thanks for sharing.

  4. Ohhhh, this is too beautiful to drink!!!!
    Never thought of adding wolfberry into Chrysanthemum tea…. Will make more to drink since I really need to strengthen my vision after all the eye straining work of my handicrafts.

  5. lingzie says:

    oh i love chrysanthemum tea! i actually like the flowers floating in the tea..very pretty hoh? :P
    but i have not tried it with wolfberry before… and since my astigmatism has increased somewhat, this recipe is just perfect for me! :)

  6. Alice says:

    Hey! I made this couple of times too… it is simply delicious and my family loves it. The floating Chrysanthemum flowers are so beautiful, it makes the drink looks to artistic! :)

  7. beachlover says:

    today I learn something new again!! thanks for sharing this wonderful info! I have both of this ingredients at home,better make some tomorrow!

  8. Your photos are just stunning. Really really beautiful. I NEED this tea. I think all food bloggers need this tea!! LOL!

  9. Chin says:

    Elevated healthy tea to an art form. Did you arrange the flowers and berries for shooting!? Yes, wolfberries are good even for just popping into the mouth.

  10. Ching says:

    Wow, I think I need to drink this as well. As I also have been sitting in front of the computer a lot, not just for blogging but also for watching dramas. :P

  11. kirbie says:

    Your photo is so pretty! And I love the floating Chrysanthemum flowers.

  12. mycookinghut says:

    You have put the best of both! Rock sugar is definitely good to be added to enhance the flavours as you said. :)

  13. peanutts says:

    Hi, thanks for the hari raya greetings, had agreat raya. Have seen cans of crysanthamum tea, have always been reluctant to try them hehe

    • food-4tots says:

      Peanutts: Oh that’s great! I hardly try those chrysanthemum tea canned drink sold outside bcos they are too sweet and contain perservative. I suggest that you brew your own and adjust the sweetness according to your taste bud. Do give it a try! ;)

  14. Meg Kat says:

    Looks almost too pretty to drink! Though I recently found out that Goji’s and Wolfberries are not the same thing. Here’s an excerpt from the website

    “Tibetan Goji berries are not Chinese wolfberries and it is not correct to call the Chinese wolfberry ‘Goji’.

    The ancient Tibetan Lycium berry has different energetic qualities than the Chinese wolfberry and is grown in a different country and soil conditions. The nutrient dense energy of the Goji berry has been recognized as having the highest in nutrient content of all the 80 plus varieties of Lycium berries on Earth.”

    The more you know! :)

  15. Giovanina says:

    Oh my goodness, thank you for this post! I have bad eyes to begin with and recently began the ol’ desk job – my eyes are craving some TLC! I will give this a try right away:)

  16. ladyhomechef says:

    我听说宁夏的枸杞是最上等的,喝了这杯枸杞菊花茶,香味简直沁入心脾,难以忘却。 加油!在此希望你的眼睛疲劳的状况好转。~

  17. haha I’ve been eating lots of wolfberries for the same reason too. Lovely presentation.

  18. fb says:

    Hi!How do we different high quality chrysanthemum and wolfberries? Sometimes I don’t trust the recommendations from the chinese medical halls eventhough we are regular customers. Lately has been rather cautious with products imported from china.


    • food-4tots says:

      fb: Sorry, I have very limited knowledge in choosing chrysanthemum and wolfberries. Usually, I will opt for the most expensive category from those well-established Chinese medical halls to give me some levels of comfort. Like you, I also have the same concern with products from China. However, as a layman, there is no way for me to detect the problems if any. The best solution is to eat everything in moderation. Agreed? ;)

  19. buzzingbee says:

    My sight is also failing day by day!!
    Will need this kind of natural drink to improve my vision! Thanks :)

  20. Dora says:

    Just nice to quench thirst on a hot day!

  21. I really love to drink chrysanthemum tea and wolfberry tea, but never put them both together. Thanks for sharing.

    Everyday I drink some organic Goji juice that really help my eyesight. Excellent!

  22. noobcook says:

    Love your take on chrysanthemum tea with the touch of wolfberries. I usually add american ginseng to mine =)

  23. Selba says:

    I’m not sure where I can find wolfberry in Jakarta…. and I usually drink the sachet chrysanthemum tea which I bet the benefit is not as much as the fresh one.

  24. carebear says:

    Yes, i was almost becoming long sighted when i chanced upon this drink. I have been consuming it on a daily basis for the past 6 months. I bring 1L of the tea to work. Since then, i have no problems with near vision, and my eyes are no longer tired nor teary when staring at the computer!

  25. Ling says:


    I used this recipe to make agar-agar :) Added fresh longans in it too. Loved it. Thanks!

  26. Ling says:

    I used the Swallow Globe brand.

    Their recommended ratio of agar-agar powder to water on the packet is 10g (whole packet): 1 L. I find that the agar-agar turns out to be too hard for me. I prefer 10g: 1.1 L.

  27. Pris says:

    Hi there,

    I remb watching a health programme dat chrysanthemum should not be boiled. It will “kill” the benefit of it. It says only to steep in boiling water. Have you heard of dat?

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