Associated with the sun itself, and often fire, in some traditions, they’re a centerpiece for funeral decorations or grave memorials, most likely because they’re blooming around Samhain. Not only that, you can dry the heads and use them in loose-leaf incense blends.
Often associated with protection, particularly of the metaphysical sort, chrysanthemums come in handy when working with the spirit world. Author Ellen Dugan says, “In ancient times Greeks would wear garlands of chrysanthemums to keep away those dreaded “evil spirits.” For the modern Garden Witch, the mum is a fabulous, protective fall flower that wards the home and keeps away wandering ghosts.” They can be woven into a wreath or hoop for protection – hang it on your door or window, place it on the altar, or even let it dangle from your rear view mirror.
The dried flower heads of chrysanthemum can be burned during house blessing ceremonies.
The Chinese cultivated chrysanthemum around three thousands years ago – herbalists brewed the blossoms into a tea that was rejuvenating, and said to restore youth to those who were aging. The chrysanthemum seems to be an all-purpose medicinal plant, being offered as a cure for everything from dizziness and poor vision to hypertension and the common cold.