Rose Tea: Benefits, Side Effects, Uses
Rose tea, also called rose bud tea, has been used in Chinese medicine for nearly 5,000 years. Known primarily as a woman’s tea, it is thought to ease the symptoms of PMS. It eases menstrual cramps, reduces breast tenderness and stabilizes moods.
What is Rose Tea?
Rose tea is made from the dried buds or petals of the rose flower. Rose hips (the tiny red fruit that holds the rose seeds and looks like miniature apples) and rose stems can also be used in steeping rose tea.
What is Rose Tea Good For?
Rose tea is known as woman’s tea, but that doesn’t mean that it is only used by women. While it is commonly used to control mood swings and reduce the discomfort associated with the menstrual cycle, there are other uses for rose tea. Some common reasons to use rose tea are to:
- Aid Digestion
- Reduce Anxiety
- Relieve Depression
- Overcome Insomnia
- Relieve Fatigue
- Fight Cold and Viruses
- Detox Liver and Gallbladder
- Tone Skin and Reduce Skin Redness
- Treat Eye Infections
What Does Rose Tea Taste Like?
Rose tea has a delicate rose fragrance that smells like cup of fresh roses. Many describe the flavor of rose tea as subtle, floral and slightly tangy or fruity.
Rose tea is typically served with sweetener, such as honey, sugar or stevia. It can be added to black tea to reap the benefits of both and to enhance the flavor of black tea. Try adding vanilla beans, chamomile or favorite mint to rose tea to create a signature blend. Place the dried rose hips or petals in boiling water and simmer for 5 minutes. You will need approximately 1 tablespoon per cup of water, but you can use more or less to suit your taste. Strain and serve.
Healing Benefits of Rose Tea
- Antiseptic – Helps to heal minor skin irritations.
- Anti-bacterial – Fights bacteria on the skin, clears acne and treats eye infections.
- Anti-inflammatory – Fights joint inflammation and fights infections.
- Diuretic Properties – Helps keep the urinary tract functioning properly and helps control weight.
- Anti-oxidant – Boosts the immune system, promotes overall health and fights aging.
- Anti-depressant – Relieves stress and anxiety, promotes restful sleep and relieves depression.
Biochemical Profile of Rose Tea
Rose tea is high in Vitamins A, C and E, contains malic acid, citric acid, pectin and high amounts of antioxidants.
Are There Any Side Effects from Rose Tea?
Rose tea is safe but may cause diarrhea when consumed in high doses due to its high Vitamin C content.
Dosage and How to Make Rose Tea
Generally three cups of rose tea a day provides the health benefits of this herbal tea. While some claim that for the best flavor you should boil the rose petals in water until the petals darken (about 5 minutes), others claim you should pour boiling water over the loose tea and allow it to steep for 5 to 7 minutes. For rose milk tea, heat 1/2 cup of milk until it is frothy and combine it with 1/2 cup of rose tea. Garnish with a red or white rose petal and serve steaming hot.
Where to Buy Rose Tea?
Rose tea is sold commercially in grocery stores and can also be found in health food or natural healing stores.
Who Can Benefit From This Herbal Tea?
Women typically consume rose tea, but it is suitable for either sex. Try rose tea for a relaxing hot beverage before bed or after dinner.
What We Like About This Herbal Tea
Rose tea can be made from either dry or fresh petals or rose hips. Growing your own roses allows you to enjoy the magic of a fragrant garden while providing you with the fixings for a delicious and healthy herbal tea, too.
Did You Know?
- The rose hip is actually the fruit of a rose plant.
- The oldest fossil record of roses dates back to 35 million years ago.
- The rose plant that covers the Cathedral of Hildesheim in Germany is over 1000 years old.
- The Red Rose Tea Company produced the first tea bags to be sold in 1890. Before that time tea was sold as loose leaves.