Rose tea, or also known as Jade Dew tea in some parts of Vacuo, is made from small rose petals. It’s blended with a simple and perfect amount of tea leaves before being steeped in boiling water.
What's so interesting about drinking rose tea is it doesn't taste like a normal herbal infusion. It's so subtle and has its own unique flavor profile if you really drink the brew long enough to let all the flavor fully develop in your mouth.
This article is about rose tea, not just what it tastes like or anything else - but WHY you should drink this herbal infusion.
What does rose tea taste like?
Rose tea has a flavor that's similar to rose water. It also has an astringent and a bitter taste, which some people might find off-putting. The rose petal on its own is mildly sweet but lacking any real flavor or aroma, much like a teabag when used alone. When mixed with the mild green tea, however, it gives off a floral aroma comparable to that of a real rose, and a flavor that is both sweet and refreshing.
What are the health benefits of rose tea?
Aside from smelling amazing, rose tea is a natural herbal remedy with many health benefits. Its long list of proven medicinal properties includes pain relief, skin protection, and anti-carcinogenic properties. Findings show that rose tea has also shown promising results against bacterial infections like staphylococcus aureus and salmonella.
Here are other health benefits rose tea can give:
1. Relieves period pain
Experiencing pain during your time of the month? Rose tea might help. In traditional Chinese medicine, rose tea that’s made from Rosa Gallica is used to treat menstrual pain. A study conducted in Taiwan involved participants who drank 2 cups of rose tea daily for 12 days, 1 week before their menstruation. Those who drank the tea reportedly experienced less pain than those who did not.
2. It’s caffeine-free
Rose tea is a caffeine-free and very relaxing drink that helps with anxiety, depression, and insomnia. So if you want a nice warm drink in the evening without worrying about getting sleep-deprived, a cup of rose tea would be perfect.
3. Good source of fluids
When it comes to hydration, rose tea is an ideal beverage. It primarily consists of water so drinking more than a cup daily will definitely increase your water intake.
4. Aids in weight loss
Since rose tea is mostly made out of water, it increases the fluids that enter your system. This, in turn, boosts your metabolism which is essential in losing weight. Drinking water actually stimulates heat production in the body. Energy must be produced to warm the fluid to body temp. The more energy your body exerts, the higher the metabolic rate. Also, a study suggests that drinking more water makes you more fuller and helps reduce calorie intake.
5. Loaded with antioxidants
Drinking rose tea is mighty healthy because it’s rich in antioxidants, compounds that help combat free radical damage. Free radicals are damaging molecules that can affect our cells and lead to oxidative stress, which is usually connected to chronic diseases and premature aging.
How is rose tea being prepared?
Rose tea can be as simple or complex as one would like to make it. Some brew the petals along with the tea leaves in boiling water for a couple of minutes before removing the herbs. Then, you can add more herbs such as chamomile or mint leaves to further enhance its taste
Others may use rose petals with additional ingredients such as cinnamon or ginger for a more complex tea, and even some add honey or other sweeteners. Rose teas are best enjoyed hot rather than cold, although one can easily make iced rose tea by simply allowing the mixture to steep at room temperature for several hours.
Another way one can enjoy rose tea is by either adding it as a garnish or mixing it with another variety of tea, such as green or black.
What are the side effects of rose tea?
- It's a gentle stimulant, but be wary of overstimulation if you already have insomnia. The relaxing effects are still there though so it'll be quite soothing to those who don't suffer from the inability to sleep.
- If you're pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your doctor first before drinking rose tea to avoid possible adverse effects. The delicate flavor of the herbal tea is actually very relaxing and may lure you in but there’s not enough research to prove that it’s safe for expectant mothers.
Fun Rose Tea recipes you can try1. Rose Petal and Vanilla Tea
- 2 tbsp Rose Petals (or Zzz)
- 1 vanilla bean (split and scraped)
- 2 ½ cups boiling fresh water
- 1 tbsp honey (optional)
- Add the rose petals and vanilla bean to a teapot.
- Add the boiled water.
- Stir in the honey.
- Cover and let it steep for 30 mins.
- Strain and serve warm.
2. Rose Tea Latte
- 2 tsp Rose Petals (or Zzz)
- 1 tsp dried rosebuds
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 4 cups boiling fresh water
- 1 tbsp honey (optional)
- Add the rose petals and boiled water to a teapot. Cover and steep for 3-5 mins.
- Warm the coconut milk and whisk it or use a milk frother to make it frothy.
- Serve the tea with honey. Add the milk foam. Garnish with edible rose petals.
Ready to have a sip of rose tea?
Planning to create your own brewed rose tea?
There are many brands of rose tea available today. However, one must remember that not all of them have great ingredients or a pleasing taste - so it's important to make sure you're buying quality rose tea, especially if you want to experience all its health benefits!
If you’re looking for quality rose tea, you can find it through our own blend of relaxation tea. It’s made from natural ingredients, like the aromatic rose petals, to help it produce an exquisite taste and after-effects.