Gossampinus Malabarica Flower (Mu Mian Hua)
31 December 2009 10,231 views 3 Comments
Ingredient Name: Mu Mian Hua, Gossampinus malabarica flower, Kapok
Traditional Chinese Name: 木棉花 (mu mian hua)
What is this?
- A large, pretty flower which is harvested at full bloom (during the Spring) and then dried to preserve for easy use
- These flowers can be found on the tops of large cotton trees (which grow 12 - 15 metres in height) and are native to Australia and South East Asia
How do I prepare it?
Rinse before use and put directly into your soup.
Where can I buy this?
This can be found in most Asian herb shops and some asian supermarkets.
What is the cost?
2-3 flowers (which can be used in one large pot of soup with 2-3L of water) costs under $2 CAD.
A diuretic (good for kidneys)
Promotes blood circulation, reduces swelling
May also help with chronic gastritis, gastric ulcer, diarrhea, dysentery, sores, and bruises
Used by some to treat hypertension, diabetes, migraine, kidney stones, asthma, slimming, back ache, libido
As with most diuretic herbs, maintain proper hydration when using and avoid long-term use