Rose Petal Tea
By Valerie Lull
Roses are my favorite flower. It’s their beauty and scent and they also produce rose hips, which contain lots of vitamin C and are very good for you. Roses are a universal symbol of love, especially the red roses. Among their many uses are ingredients in cosmetics, essential oils and aromatherapy.
The Chinese have used rosebud tea for medicinal purposes for over 5,000 years. Sometimes it is called “the lady’s tea” because it can help with PMS and menstrual cramping. It also helps with emotional mood swings.
Tea can be made from rosebuds, rose petals, and rose hips. Rose tea can clear toxins from the body, and relieve a sore throat or a runny nose. It also works like a laxative. Rose tea relieves stress and fatigue and cleanses the liver promoting bile production.
Rose tea can be used in blends with green or black or herbal tea. I use a detox tea that has rose as one of the constituents. A blend of rose and green tea has been used for centuries for medicinal and therapeutic purposes. This particular blend contains antioxidants, vitamins, bioflavonoids and alkaloids. This blend can also boost the immune system and fight infection.
Rose hips, the seed pods of the rose plant, are especially good for medicinal purposes. They help curb inflammation and are helpful for people with osteoarthritis. Researchers are studying the potential of rose hips for treating cancer. Both rose tea and rose hips contain antioxidants. Most of the research has been done on the wild rose.
Rose tea can be served hot or iced. Some good blends would be rose and raspberry, rose and cranberry, green and rose tea. These all can enhance one’s health. You can grow roses in your own yard, but be careful about spraying them with pesticides. Growing your own roses can provide a source of fresh rose petals and rose hips for tea.
Do not try to use rose or any other herb for medicinal purposes without first consulting your health care provider. Some herbs and medications do not mix well. Rose tea is remarkable and useful to promote health. Here is a recipe for preparing rose hip tea.
Rose Hip Tea
Use one teaspoon of rose hips per cup or tea
1 C of water per cup of tea
Sweetener of choice, I use stevia.
Put rosehips in a saucepan and add water. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes. Strain the contents of the saucepan and pour the rest into tea cups or mugs and enjoy. For the iced version, put the steeped tea in a pitcher and cool in the fridge. Add sweetener of choice when serving. Ice cubes can be added when the tea is served.
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About the Author
Valerie B. Lull is an herbalist and wellness coach. At the age of 45 she was diagnosed with Diabetes and staying in good health became her passion. She studied at the American College of Healthcare Sciences in Portland, Oregon. Valerie has always had a passion for staying healthy and for the health benefits of teas and the various ways they can be prepared. Valerie’s passion for tea started in childhood, when she experienced a traditional-style teatime with her Canadian relatives.
You can read her “Healthy Life” column on the 4th Monday each month here at Pandora’s Box Gazette.