Besides being one of the loveliest Fall blooming flowers, chrysanthemums also have medicinal purposes. In parts of Asia, the flowers are often boiled and made into a soothing herbal tea which is said to prevent sore throats and reduce fever. Mums also due double duty as an insect repellent. The plant produces a chemical called pyrenthrum which naturally repels bugs. Dried chrysanthemum flowers are also used in many potpourris.
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