You might not have tried rose tea before, but that will soon change. Rose tea is easy to make and has abundant health benefits in just one cup. This brew can make you look, feel, and act healthier and younger.
Health Benefits of Rose Tea
Read on to find out more about the benefits of rose tea, as well as to learn how easy it is to brew a cup.
1. Glowing Skin
A cup of rose tea will help your skin look younger and healthier, thanks to the antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidative properties in rose petals. This tea can also help with many skin conditions, such as acne and possibly even eczema. You can gain these benefits of healthier skin by drinking a cup of the brewed tea. To clear a breakout, you can also wash your face with the tea (once it’s room temperature, of course!).
Rose tea is also extremely hydrating for your skin. Combined with its content of vitamins A and E, the moisturizing ability of rose petals can help address wrinkles, fine lines, and dark circles. For a rash, eczema, or just extremely dry skin, use a washcloth to apply the cooled tea to the affected area.
2. Women’s Health
Rose tea is an excellent natural remedy to help address menstrual issues. To treat heavy bleeding during periods and intense menstrual pain, brew yourself the following beverage: 1 cup of warm rose tea, a sprinkle of black pepper powder, and a little honey to help regulate the blood flow. For those that suffer from irregular periods, this tea will also help regulate your flow.
3. Strengthens Immunity
Because rose petal tea is an excellent source of vitamin C, this beverage provides an excellent boost to your immune system. If you feel a cold coming on or are already suffering from a cold or flu, brew yourself a nice cup of rose tea to prevent/shorten the sickness. The tea is also great for soothing a sore throat and addressing a runny nose.
4. Improves Digestive Health
There are a variety of organic acids found in rose petals that are known to help boost the digestive system. A healthy digestive tract can reduce bloating, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, and nausea. The tea also acts as a natural laxative and is especially effective for people with liver conditions.
Rose tea also nourishes gastric mucosa, which assists with the growth of the good bacteria in your intestine. If you are a constant victim of indigestion or diarrhea, try incorporating rose tea into your diet and it may help alleviate your symptoms.
5. Prevents UTIs
Related to digestive health, rose tea also nourishes the urinary tract. Drink 2-3 cups of this tea if you are suffering from a urinary tract infection (UTI). The rose petal’s detoxifying powers contribute to its diuretic properties. If drinking the tea for urinary tract health, it is most effective if you crush the rose petals before adding them to the hot water.
6. Reduces Stress
Rose petal tea can reduce your stress and calm your emotions thanks to its antidepressant properties, treating the nervous system with an overall uplifting effect. It also has sleep-inducing properties that can help you fall asleep at night.
7. Weight Loss
A cup of rose tea is a great beverage to enjoy in-between meals and snacks. Similar to green and other teas, rose tea has the ability to curb your hunger pains and help you get those cravings under control. If you’re craving something sweet, add a little bit of honey to your cup and satisfy that sweet teeth in a very low-calorie way.
Brewing the Tea
Making yourself some rose petal tea is quick and easy. Just follow the few steps below:
- Pick your rose petals and clean thoroughly (soak them in warm, soapy water). Discard the white base to avoid a bitter cup of tea,
- Take the petals out of the soapy water and rinse thoroughly in clean, hot water. Lay them to dry on a paper towel and pat dry.
- Boil a pot of water (about 1 cup for every 4-5 petals); add the petals. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the petals become darker.
- Remove the water from the heat; strain the mixture.
- Pour yourself a cup and add any desired spices or honey. Drink up, and enjoy!
While you may not have considered rose petal tea before, it’s a safe bet that you are now. Especially if you have your own rose bush, you have nothing to lose. Or use it as an excuse to buy yourself some roses, and once they start declining in beauty, use them to make your rose petal tea. Drink up — it’s for your health!
Where to Buy Rose Tea
Rose tea can be bought commercially in most health foods stores or online.
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