On a recent trip to San Francisco, my amazing hostess of a friend and I decided to do nothing and just walk around china town, it seemed that every time I was there we had time for everything but this, and to learn about all the amazing spices and teas they have.
We discovered a wonderful little store with every tea and ginger possible, and we went crazy for these beautiful rose buds. I have seen them before and drank the tea, but never really knew what it was for, until that day thanks to the sweetest Chinese lady who gave us an hour long lecture. Who knew something so pretty could be so good for you as well, so on that lazy Sunday I looked more into this little rose.
Rose buds and petals haven been used for ages (dated back 1st to Persia and had been used in Chinese medicine for centuries) for its aroma and healing powers. We all know of its use in skin care, especially for dry and sensitive skin, for the soothing effects and diminishing redness. But did you know it has tons of other health benefits?
1) Often called the Women’s tea, it relieves PMS and menstrual pain, and reduces breast tenderness
2) Improves the nervous system and helps in mood changes. Considered a ‘Happy Tea”, it offers a soothing property to the nerves and psychological and emotional states of mind. The Rose has been used in treatments of depressions, being regarded as a mild sedative and anti-depressant.
3) Packed with Antioxidants and Vitamins, particularly vitamin C, it helps build the immune system and fights infections.
It also contains good amount of vitamin A, B3, D, and E, Bioflavonoids, Citric Acid, Flavonoids, and Zinc.
It is a wonderful aid it detoxing the kidney and the liver.
4) Improves digestion, making your stomach and intestine function properly. Rose tea is great for people with digestion disorders (such as IBS), and it is used to aide in constipation, ulcers, and diarrhea.
5) Caffeine Free, which is great news for a lot of us who cannot have caffeine or drink too much of it. Also your PH levels will not change.
You can use either fresh or dried rose petals/buds; we used the dried rose buds (specifically Siberian Rose Buds). Heat your water, but not to the point of boiling, or if you boil it let it cool just a tiny bit, you don’t want burn the rose. Add one to two teaspoons of the buds to the cup and enjoy. We drank ours without any additional sweeter but you really want to add something then good healthy options are Agave, Spirulina, or my favorite Monk fruit.