8 Surprising Benefits of Rose Tea

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated - Medically reviewed by Vanessa Voltolina (MS, RD)

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Rose tea has many uses in health and wellness throughout history. It is thought to ease menstrual pains, boost the immune system, speed healing, improve digestion, detoxify the body, stimulate mood and regulate the sleep cycle.

What is Rose Tea?

Rose tea, quite simply, is made from whole rose blossoms or the rose petals themselves (after being dried). This is a popular Middle Eastern variety of tea but is enjoyed around the world. The many benefits of this tea are a result of the high concentrations of vitamin C, polyphenols, vitamin A, various minerals, myrcene, quercetin, and other antioxidants.

Benefits of Rose Tea

Adding rose tea to your health regimen is thought to help relieve a variety of conditions from arthritis to menstrual cramps. Some also consider this tea to be a boon to digestive issues and insomnia. Unlike rosehip tea, which is made from the fruit of the rose plant, this tea is derived from the whole blossoms (or petals).

Menstrual Discomfort

One of the best home remedies for painful or heavy periods is rose tea, as it can not only help to regulate hormones and ease uterine congestion, but also eliminate cramping and mood swings that are often associated with menstruation. More research is needed, but preliminary results are promising.

A jar filled with dried rose leaves and a cup of rose tea on a wooden table

The perfect cup for cozy winter mornings Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Mood

The naturally uplifting quality of tea makes this an excellent choice for those who are feeling down, depressed, or overly stressed. While there is no clinical research to support the claim, those who believe in the benefits of alternative medicine suggest rose tea may have a beneficial effect on those experiencing depression.

Immune System

As with many different plants and flowers used to make herbal teas, rose tea is high in vitamin C, one of the most important vitamins in our body. Vitamin C is an essential part of our immune system as it stimulates the production of white blood cells and functions as an antioxidant, effectively lowering oxidative stress.

Chronic Disease

One of the major causes of chronic diseases is oxidative stress. This is caused by free radicals, which are natural byproducts of cellular metabolism that can cause healthy cells to mutate. By increasing the number of antioxidants in our body, including myrcene, quercetin, and myrcene from rose tea, it is possible to lower your risk of experiencing some chronic health conditions.

Sleep Disorders

The natural sedative property of rose tea makes it a wonderful beverage to finish a night, allowing it to reduce stress, and regulate sleep patterns and Circadian rhythm. If you suffer from insomnia, or regularly have disturbed or interrupted sleep, try this tea before going to bed. You may find it gives you a good night’s sleep!

Respiratory Distress

Commonly prescribed or recommended for soothing the respiratory tract, lungs, and throat rose tea is an excellent choice if you are struggling with a cold or flu. It also helps to expel mucus and phlegm, which is where bacteria and other pathogens can live and thrive.

Digestion

The antibacterial properties of this tea quickly go to work on any infections in the gastrointestinal tract or gut. It can help to rebalance the microflora in the intestines and relieve digestive issues like constipation, cramping, bloating or diarrhea. That being said, rose tea can also act as a laxative, particularly if you drink more than 2 cups per day. So, consume the rose tea in moderation and monitor how your body reacts when you first begin drinking this beverage.

Ways to Make Rose Tea

You can make rose tea from the flowers in your garden, along with a few other ingredients, such as honey, green powder tree, or black tea. Those last two ingredients can be mixed in if you want rose-flavored tea, rather than pure rose tea, as the flavor can be a bit overwhelming for some people. The basic recipe, however, is quite simple.

Recipe

A jar filled with dried rose leaves and a cup of rose tea on a wooden table

Delightful Rose Tea Recipe

With the freshness of rose petals and an added tinge of your desired sweetener, make this tea an interesting blend of taste and aroma!
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Rose Tea
Appliance: Stove
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 3 cups
Author: Sakina Kheriwala

Ingredients

  • 1 cup freshly cut or dried rose petals/blossoms
  • 3 cups water hot, but not boiling
  • honey, to taste
  • 1/4 cup green tea leaves optional, if you want rose-flavoured green tea
  • 1/4 cup black tea leaves optional, if you want rose-flavored black tea

Instructions

  • If using fresh rose petals, thoroughly rinse them with water before use.
  • Place the petals in a saucepan of hot water, but do not allow it to boil. If you are making an alternate version of black green tea, mix in the leaves at this step and allow them to steep aside the rose petals.
  • Cover the saucepan and let the rose petals steep for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Strain the mixture, leaving the rose petals behind.
  • Add the honey to taste, if necessary.
    A cup of rose tea with rose buds around

Notes

You can begin with dried rose blossoms or petals from your roses; simply remove fresh petals or blossoms and store them in a tea canister or other cool, dry place for 1-2 weeks. Some people prefer to use fresh petals to brew the tea, but the flavor is slightly different.

Side Effects of Rose Tea

In terms of side effects, rose tea does not contain toxic components and is not known as a common allergen. However, with a number of powerful polyphenols and antioxidants, an excess amount of this tea may cause the following:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue

Drinking 1-2 glasses of moderately strong rose tea should not have any negative side effects for the majority of people. Due to a lack of research, pregnant and breastfeeding women are discouraged from using this tea.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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