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Albizzia flower tea

The flowers of the albizzia tree are used to treat anxiety, depression and stress.
Asia One - February 7, 2013
By: Joan Chew
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Albizzia flower tea

WHAT IT IS: The bark and flowers of the albizzia tree have been used for centuries in China to promote mental wellness, earning it a reputation as the "Tree of Happiness".

The flower is known as hehuan hua in Chinese, which is loosely translated as "conjoined happiness flower", the third edition Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica noted.

Albizzia flowers do not have petals and are, instead, clusters of silken-thread stamens measuring 2 to 3cm in length.

Both fresh and dried forms of the flower can be found in Asia.

The dried flower is sold at $15 for a tael (37.5g) at some medical halls here.

The Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica noted that flowers that are pale yellowish-brown, intact and slightly aromatic are regarded as of good quality. (Serves one)

INGREDIENTS

(Serves one)

3 to 5g albizzia flowers

350ml water

METHOD

Place the dried albizzia flowers in boiling water and steep for about 5 to 10 minutes.

Serve the tea warm.

Refill the cup by adding water, until the tea loses its flavour.

Source: Ms Zhao Xu Hong, a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner at Raffles Chinese Medicine at Raffles Hospital.

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