Rose Petal Tea

The Healing Powers Of The Rose.

Herbalists and witches know that the rose is a very useful and powerful medicinal plant, and that one of the interesting things you can use it for at this time of year is as a remedy for coughs and colds.  A very easy way to take advantage of the natural healing power of the rose is to make rose petal tea.  Well, the petals do contain vitamin C, which helps combat the common cold, but the petals also hold some powerful polyphenols and antioxidants.  Ideally one should use the petals of the wild dog rose, rosa canina, but I also use the petals from garden hybrid roses.

dscf0012Try making rose petal tea with just a handful of fresh rose petals, and a very little sugar or honey, (don’t use a lot of sugar or honey as it will overpower the taste).  Personally I just scald the petals, but some suggest simmering, (stewing), for 5 minutes.  Some also suggest removing the white portion of fresh petals, although personally I wouldn’t do that.  The white area does impart the tea with a slightly bitter, tannin taste, but I firmly believe that’s also where most of the good stuff is concentrated.

Scientifically, the principal qualities of rose petal tea are that it has; Laxative, Opthalmic, Diuretic, and Linthontriptic virtues.  I firmly believe it’s a lot more complicated than that.  For example, you should find that rose petal tea will slightly numb your mouth and ease any sore throat and cough you may be suffering from.

Among herbalists it is widely accepted that rose petal tea boosts the immune system and has beneficial effects on the following problems;

  • anxiety, depression, and stress.
  • arthritis.
  • constipation and other digestive problems.
  • coughs, colds, and sore throats.
  • menstrual cramps and pain.
  • skin and hair problems ~ the tea is said to relieve the symptoms severe acne.
  • urinary tract infections.

dscf0016If that wasn’t enough, drinking rose petal tea is supposed to help ward off cancers due to its beneficial effects on the immune system.  Some say that drinking rose petal tea also promotes weight loss ~ I couldn’t promise that, other than you may use much less sugar and cream than if you were drinking coffee instead of this herbal tea.

You can make rose petal tea either with fresh petals, (make certain they are pesticide free), and you can also make a green tea with dried rose petals.  You can buy dried rose petals mail order from all kinds of places, including Amazon.  As far as I’m concerned, I think it’s better to collect fresh rose petals, and keep a few handfuls in the refrigerator.

There are a couple of things to be careful of.  Firstly, drinking more than three or four cups of this stuff a day is likely to give you diarrhea.  Secondly, most really effective herbal remedies for menstrual pain are also female aphrodisiacs as they affect the production of oestrogen~ don’t say you weren’t warned.

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p1050056Aphrodite’s Herbalist, jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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13 responses

  1. […] every part of the rose has therapeutic uses.  The petals can be used to make rose petal tea or an unusual scented jam, or rose water hydrosol, or what about a rose, cardamom, and ginger body […]

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  2. When I had pneumonia a couple of years ago, my neighbor, who was an herbalist in Iraq before coming to the U.S., made me rose petal tea. I dutifully drank it, but frankly couldn’t stand the taste! If I drink it again, I will have to use LOTS of honey, and maybe some cinnamon too! 🙂

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    1. Great idea, both the honey and the cinnamon are very healing, and will improve the taste no end.
      A while ago I had pneumonia, and by the Gods was I poorly. I sympathise. ❤ 🙂 ❤

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      1. Yes, it took me about 2 months to recover last time … I guess as we get older these things are harder to get over. 🙂 ❤ Hugs, Jack!

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  3. Lovely 🙂 🙂 I need to try this x x

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  4. I tried the Rose tea today. It had few unsual effect on me . sorry jack this one not for me. I must have usual body system because I had go bed feeling sick to . Not for everybody sadly 😩
    Saying that I do love some things you post. Sage tea well that had horny effect me lol 💋

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    1. Sorry you had a bad experience. 😦

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      1. Don’t worry try anything once. Can’t knock it till I try it.
        Only live once . Live it to the full . I now had normal cup of tea feeling better.

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  5. Thank you very much. I love this.

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    1. you are most welcome ❤ 😉 ❤

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  6. I hope the New Year got off to a good start!
    I will absolutely get some roses planted in the garden for the summer and give this a go 🙂

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    1. Happy New Year Petra. Roses are such a great addition to the garden. ❤ 😉 ❤

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      1. They are gorgeous! And I want to make rose petal jam as well! 🙂

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