Chinese Herb Xin Yi Hua (Magnolia Flower)
Xin Yi Hua Herb, Magnolia Flower, Magnolia Flower Bud Magnolia biondii Pamp.; Flos Magnoliae 辛夷 (辛夷花)
Acrid, Warm, Slightly Astringent
Sinus Decongestant, Anti-Fungal
The Magnolia tree is native to eastern Asia as well as North and Central America. This tree produces fragrant flowers of 6-12 petals in a variety of colors. The Magnolia flower buds are collected in early spring before they bloom and while they are still fuzzy. After harvesting, they are dried in the sun before being used medicinally.
The dried buds are referred to in Chinese medicine as Xin Yi Hua, which is known to unblock nasal obstructions and congestion as well as expel Wind-Cold responsible for lack of small, pain, and discharge. The Xin Yi Hua herb can be consumed in a variety of ways. Sometimes it is powdered and capsulated for internal use, or for direct and immediate relief it can be inhaled as an essential oil through the nose. Another use is topically applying Xin Yi Hua as a cream.
The Xin Yi Hua herb has a few contradictions, especially in those with Yin, Qi, or Blood Deficiency as well as Stomach Fire. It is also not compatible with Shi Chang Pu, and they should not be used together.
Some of the herbs that Xin Yi Hua is combined with most often are Xi Xin, Cang Er Zi, and Fang Feng. Xi Xin relieves sinus headache, Cang Er Zi is very effective at unblocking nasal obstruction, and Fang Feng alleviates rhinitis and sinusitis. While these many other herbs work well to help alleviate sinus problems, Xin Yin Hua remains the primary herb for these ailments.
The Xin Yi Hua herb should not be used for long-term treatment, and signs of overdose are red eyes and dizziness.
The Daoists believed that Xin Yi Hua extended one's lifespan.