Rose tea, or rose bud tea, is a beautifully relaxing warm beverage made with either dried or fresh rose petals. This tea is brimming with health benefits for the drinker, as has been known for hundreds of years. The delicate pink flowers create a fragrant tasting and aromatic brew which is rich in natural antioxidants.
With over 100 hundred species, roses are more commonly known as beautiful decorative flowers, given to individuals on momentous occasions or as a sign of love on holidays such as Valentine’s Day. Likewise, the rose can also be a sign of sorrow, marking condolences on less than momentous occasions also. However, when consumed in a tea there are various medicinal properties the rose petals hold.
The rose is England’s national flower, coming to prominence during the “War of the Roses” when the house of Lancaster, represented by the red rose, fought the house of York, represented by the white rose. The rose is also the official flower of four US states, including New York, Iowa, North Dakota and Georgia.
Commonly coming in colors such as pink, yellow, orange, white and red, there is also a ‘black rose’ which is really a form of red rose which is so dark that it just looks as if it is black.
Each color of the rose symbolizes something individually according to Reader’s Digest:
- Red- Romance, lust and love, most commonly used for Valentines gifts.
- Yellow- Friendship gifts, happiness, joy, congratulations and get well soon.
- Pink- Gratitude, appreciation, thank you, and softer love between friends and family.
- White- Purity, sympathy and spirituality, used for condolences after a death or serious injury.
- Orange- Desire, passion and enthusiasm, a great way of saying “I’m proud of you”.
While the thorns on the stem of a rose bush are not actually thorns but, in fact, are technically prickles and the rose bush itself is actually a type of shrub; although not all rose plants look like what is typically expected of a shrub plant.
Not just used a decoration and in teas, the rose can also be incorporated into perfumes and body sprays most commonly used by women. The pleasant scent of the rose originates from the microscopic perfume glands on the petals themselves.
Rose hip (the fruit of fruit of a rose) can be made into numerous foodstuffs, including jam, jelly, candies, wines, cakes and obviously tea. As well as being used in many lotions, creams and makeup products for both men and women alike. So, without further ado, here’s our list concerning the 16 surprising benefits of consuming rose tea:
- 1 The Benefits of Rose Tea:
- 2 Menstrual Cramps Relief
- 3 Skin Revitalizer
- 4 Fantastic Hair Benefits
- 5 Immune System Booster
- 6 Sore Throat Soother
- 7 Improves Your Digestion
- 8 Helps to Reduce Stress and Anxieties
- 9 Improves Urinary Tract Infections
- 10 Weight Loss Benefits
- 11 A Constipation Aid
- 12 Brilliantly Caffeine-Free
- 13 Anti-Inflammatory Properties for Arthritis
- 14 Helps to Halt Diarrhea
- 15 Potential Anti-Cancer Agents
- 16 Treats Insomnia in Some Individuals
- 17 Reduces Signs of Aging
- 18 Rose Tea Recipes:
- 19 Simple Rose Tea Recipe
- 20 Rose Petal and Vanilla Tea
- 21 Raspberry Rose Tea
- 22 Side Effects from Consuming Roses
- 23 Final Thoughts
The Benefits of Rose Tea:
Menstrual Cramps Relief
Rose tea can help in relieving painful menstrual cramps, with studies showing that when consumed regularly (for 6 months), there is overall less cramping than previous months. This tea can also help to lighten heavy flow periods, making them more manageable for the sufferer. Rose tea has also been claimed to treat both infertility and irregular periods when consumed frequently.
Rose petals are antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and have antioxidant properties, meaning this drink is a ideal home remedy for many skin conditions, especially acne. You can also wash your face with rose tea, cleansing your pores and helping to clear any blemishes, leaving your skin radiant and fresh-looking.
Full of vitamin E and A, this drink also impacts the skin in more ways than one.. Alongside curing skin conditions such as acne, it is effective in hydrating, tightening and reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Rose tea can also be applied topically to dark circles to lighten the skin and give a healthier look to the eye area.
Fantastic Hair Benefits
With a high vitamin C content, rose tea can help to detoxify the hair by removing toxins from inside the body that may affect the health of the hair. It can also provide antioxidants that help to fight free radicals and create healthier, shinier hair. Consume regularly for best results.
Immune System Booster
As rose tea is an excellent source of vitamin C, drinking two cups daily can drastically improve the immune system function, as well as treating and combating several health issues.
Sore Throat Soother
A warm cup of rose tea can work wonders for sore throats, especially if mixed with honey to sweeten the taste. Plus, as previously mentioned the vitamin C, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of the beverage are all beneficial in treating the infection causing the sore throat itself.
Improves Your Digestion
Many of the organic compounds in this drink aid in digestion, keeping the system free from infections and diseases, while simultaneously keeping the gut healthy. It does this by promoting healthy bacteria growth in the gut.
Helps to Reduce Stress and Anxieties
A cup of rose tea can be extremely calming and relaxing, due to the fragrant petals act as a form of aromatherapy on the consumer. This tea calms the nervous system and balances emotional hormones due to its tranquilizing properties.
Improves Urinary Tract Infections
Acting as a diuretic, rose tea can act as a brilliant treatment for many bladder issues like urinary tract infections. This hot drink is perfect for maintaining a healthy bladder and urinary tract, treating many issues like cystitis for example.
Weight Loss Benefits
If you’re looking to lose weight, rose tea may be something to consider adding to your daily diet consuming between meals when you begin to feel hungry. As this drink is zero calories (as long as you don’t add honey to sweeten), it can help to calm hunger pangs which can in turn help you to lose weight by reducing your overall calorie consumption, preventing you from snacking.
A Constipation Aid
Rose tea is a natural laxative when consumed in higher amounts, helping to unclog your body and detoxify by removing waste. Drink two to three cups of rose tea daily for the best effects.
This hot drink is also caffeine-free, which is a brilliant benefit, meaning you can consume at any time in the day -including before bedtime as a soothing before bed hot beverage.
Anti-Inflammatory Properties for Arthritis
Research has been done to discover that rose tea may have beneficial anti-inflammatory properties on those suffering from arthritis. This means that rose tea can possibly help to relieve many symptoms and pains that are a result of arthritis, making this the perfect beverage for sufferers.
Helps to Halt Diarrhea
Working both ways, as a cure for constipation and for diarrhea, rose tea is useful for curing this ailment too. Working well for both diarrhea and dysentery to rid the body of the causal toxins.
Potential Anti-Cancer Agents
Rose tea can act as an anti-mutagen, as some studies have found, meaning that it prevents cells from mutating and thus developing into cancer. Therefore, if rose tea has some influence on halting cells from mutating, it is safe to say rose tea may be able to prevent some cancers from forming when regularly consumed.
Treats Insomnia in Some Individuals
As this drink is caffeine-free, it is the perfect thing to consume before bedtime. Likewise, the relaxing and aromatherapeutic properties of the drink can serve to help the consumer become soothed enough to fall asleep by acting as a mild sedative. I personally love drinking a cup of rose tea daily before bed, in my opinion it is the perfect drink to have before bedtime.
Reduces Signs of Aging
As previously mentioned, vitamin E and A are present within the rose tea drink which can work to promote collagen production for the skin. Collagen production is important for keeping the skin young, fresh, firm and smooth-looking by filling in fine lines and smoothing out wrinkles.
Rose Tea Recipes:
Simple Rose Tea Recipe
Ingredients are as follows for 4 servings:
- 2 cups of fresh rose petals -must be free of pesticides, and thus edible.
- 3 cups of water
- Honey to taste
How to make:
Clip and discard bitter white bottoms of the petals, rinse completely and then pat dry.
In a small saucepan over a low to medium heat, place the rose petals and cover with water. Wait till the water and rose petals begins to simmer and then wait for 5 minutes, or just until the petals become discolored.
Remove from the heat and strain the liquid into a mug or teacup.
Add honey, if you desire, to your individual taste.
Rose Petal and Vanilla Tea
Ingredients for 2 servings include:
- 2 tablespoons of dried rose petals
- 1 vanilla pod, split and scraped
- 2 ½ cups water
- Honey to taste
How to make:
Boil the 2 ½ cups of water in a saucepan over a medium to high heat.
As the water begins to boil place all ingredients into the pan, except for the honey and stir.
Turn off the heat and cover for 15 minutes, letting the mixture steep.
Strain and serve the tea warm OR reheat in the saucepan, strain and then serve the tea hot.
Add honey to taste if necessary.
Raspberry Rose Tea
Ingredients are for 4 servings:
- 1 young, rose bloom petals
- 3 cups of boiling water
- A handful of raspberries
- Granulated sugar
Place the rose petals into a glass container, as well as the raspberries and add the boiling water.
Leave for 5 minutes to steep, mixing before straining and serving into mugs or teacups.
Add honey or granulated sugar to taste, to the mix if it is too sour for you.
Some fun rosy facts.
- The berry-like fruit of a rose is called a rose hip and is usually red, dark purple or black in color.
- There are 100 species of roses.
- The name “Rose” can be used as a name in English speaking countries.
- Blue and black roses do not exist.
- Wild roses bloom once a year and are pollinated by insects.
- Rose fossils date back to 35 million years ago, which was discovered in Colorado.
- Certain species of deer can still eat roses, despite their prickles.
- The size of a rose can depend on the species with some species reaching around 23 feet in length.
- The rose is a well-recognized symbol of love, sympathy and sorrow alike.
- Most commonly used as an ornamental flower, you can find roses in many garden centers, shops and florists.
- Roses can be used to create a variety of foods, drinks and luxury items including, but not limited to: jams, marmalades, cakes, lotions, makeups, creams, face masks, cakes, candies and as the article describes -teas.
- The rose is the official floral emblem of the United States, as well as for four states previously mentioned in the article (Georgia, North Dakota, Iowa and New York).
- The species of rose, Rosa Sericea has only four petals.
- Roses planted on hillsides help to stop soil erosion.
- Over 4000 songs are dedicated to roses.
- Sales of roses heighten considerably around Mother’s Day, Valentine’s day and Christmas.
- The largest rosebush in the world has around 200,000 blossoms.
- In 2002, the first rose was sent into space by NASA.
- The most expensive rose in the world is named “Juliet” and is around 5 million US dollars, being famous for its apricot color and light, but beautiful fragrance.
- The Romans regularly filled their palace floors with rose petals, for decoration and sensuality.
- Spiders and fungi are large enemies of the rose as their harm their growth and eat the roses.
- A gram of rose oil needs two thousand roses to create.
Side Effects from Consuming Roses
Rose hip is safe for adults to consume when taken appropriately by mouth. Although rose hip can cause some side effects in individuals, these include:
- Stomach cramps
- Allergic reactions
If you begin to suffer from any of these side effects, cease consuming rosehip or rose petal tea and consult your doctor for advice / diagnosis/ treatment. There is little evidence about the safety of consuming roses if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is best to stay on the safe side and avoid consuming larger quantities.
The large amount of vitamin C may affect your risk of kidney stones heightening the chance of developing them. The vitamin C levels in rose hip may also affect the control of diabetes, however this is not agreed on by all experts.
If you have iron related disorders such as anemia or thalassemia the vitamin C in rose petals and hips can increase iron absorption, potentially worsening your condition.
Rose tea is a fantastic cure for many ailments such as acne, constipation, menstrual cramps and urinary tract infections. The tasty drink is a brilliant soother helping to put you to sleep, easing sore throats and melting away stress and anxieties. This tea can even help mild cases of depression in some cases due to it lifting moods through its aromatherapy uses.
Personally, I enjoy a cup before bed every night to help me sleep and quite simply because it tastes beautifully fragrant and delicious. My favorite recipe is the raspberry rose tea one, which incorporates a fruity taste with the fragrant scent of the rose petals. Fantastic tasting and relaxes me just enough to be able to fall asleep every night, without fail. This tea also helps me to calm down after a stressful day and aids with any feelings of anxiety I may be experiencing.
It is important to note however, the appropriate doses of rose hip depends upon the consumer’s age, health and a variety of other conditions. There is no guideline on the exact amount of rose hip that is acceptable to take, so always remember to follow relevant product labels and consult your healthcare provider for advice if unsure. It is also useful to know that the medication Warfarin interacts with rose hip, thus if you are currently taking this medication it is wise to avoid consuming rose hip. Other interactions with rose hip include aluminum, estrogens, fluphenazine and lithium. Aspirin may also have a small but noticeable interaction.
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Updated: October 15, 2018 by Dr. Kimberly Langdon M.D. All medical facts and points stated on this page are correct as of this date. Please be aware that new content and additional references were added in this last update. All the content and media has been uploaded by Lily Greene our webmaster, who is also in charge of page design.