Therapeutic Benefits of Rose Tea and Roses

I mentioned in the last post that I had quite an interesting experience a few hours after having lovely Siberian Rose tea.  I am sure that some of you are curious, so I must explain, to keep your minds from wandering where they shouldn’t. :) So, here is my story.

Therapeutic Benefits of Rose Tea

Having received a fresh package of Siberian Rose tea I was anxious to have a cup.  I remember the sweet, gentle aroma from when I first tried it.  It needs to sweeteners, as they can take away from the pure experience and taste of roses.

I quickly filled up my tea pot with water and got it going.  By the way, there are times when it is best not to actually boil your water when making tea, because when the water is too hot it can make almost any tea taste bitter.  Your goal is to bring it to the point when air bubbles start rushing up to the top, only seconds away from reaching the boiling point, and to remove the water from the source of heat.  I hope I just taught you something new :).  Having a brother who is truly addicted to black tea taught me a couple of things.

So, back to my story.  Having heated the water I picked out a few roses–enough for a few cups of tea, placed them in a French Press and filled the press up with water.  Less than a minute later the tea was ready, so I and hubby indulged in a cup each.  But it was SOOO good, so I had to have more.  By then, the roses brewed a bit longer, releasing even more of their goodness, so the tea was stronger [not with caffeine, but with vitamins found in roses].  We went to bed as usual–all things good.  I got up at around 4 am to use the restroom.  [Warning: if you don't like discussing bowel movements, skip this part, but I promise not to be too graphic :).]  Was I in for a surprise when I heard noises escaping my stomach that I have not heard in ages!  Normally, because I drink lots of water, if I have to get up in the middle of the night, I am back to bed in seconds… not this time.  I ended up having diarrhea… WHAT?!

My first thought was: What did I eat that could have caused it?!  The answer was: NOTHING!  Everything was homemade, fresh, highest quality, and hubby ate same foods and had no problems.  So, I had to look at what we had that was different.  There was only one thing–I had more rose tea than he, and my second cup was very strong.  But, it was 4 am and I was not about to get online to see if my hunch was correct.  I was just hoping that I did not catch some bug at the gym, like stomach flu.  Interestingly enough, after getting up two more times in the 30 minutes that followed, I was able to fall asleep and had no more issues.  No stomach flu for me!!!

So was my hunch correct?  Could rose tea cause a looser stool?

[If you are cringing by now, I am sorry ;), but what could bring people closer together than discussing bowel movements?! ;)]

Here is what I was able to dig up from different sites.  I am adding personal thoughts in parenthesis.

10 Extraordinary Medicinal Uses for Rose Tea

from HealthMad:

“Because of the medicinal properties of rose, it is widely used in Ayurveda medicine. One cup of fresh rose hips has the equivalent amount of vitamin C in 60 oranges [I would have to look for ways to confirm this, but for now, let's just take this statement for what it is]. Rose tea (tea made with rose petals and hips) is not a new idea. Here are 10 extraordinary health benefits of rose tea.

The reasons for the diuretic effects of the roses are they contain Vitamin C, pectin, malic and citric acids.”

  1. It clears toxins and heat from the body. As a result it has a cooling effect on the body.
  2. It can relieve from sore throat, runny nose and blocked bronchial tubes.
  3. It is useful to people those prone to chest problems by fighting against infections.
  4. Rose tea helps to fight the infection in the digestive tract and re-establish the normal bacterial population of the intestines.
  5. It relieves fluid retention and hastens the elimination of wastes through kidneys.
  6. It is a wonderful remedy for dysentery, diarrhea and gastro enteritis.
  7. It is a laxative. It works as a remedy for all liver problems including sluggishness and constipation. [ding, ding, ding... the bells are going off!]
  8. It cleanses the liver and gall bladder and promotes bile flow.
  9. Rose petal tea can be used to relieve uterine congestion causing pain and heavy periods. It is an excellent remedy for irregular periods and infertility.
  10. It has an uplifting effect on the nervous system and can relieve insomnia, depression and fatigue.

So far it seems that my hunch was correct.  Next on my list was checking to see what would the possible side effects be of consuming too much Vitamin C at once.  According to Mayo Clinic, too much of Vitamin C can cause… ready for this?… Diarrhea.  No worry, it is not harmful at all.  Our body does not store Vitamin C and flushes out excess, so even if I truly had too much Vitamin C there was one good thing that came out of it–I feel cleansed internally :).  I actually did fee like I lost a pound overnight.  No complains in my department at all, but now I know what to expect next time I have too much rose tea.

So, shall we explore more beneficial qualities or roses?  Why not?!

Therapeutic Benefits of Roses

According to Rose Magazine genuine natural rose oil “…has a tonic and astringent effect on the capillaries just below the skin surface, which makes it useful in diminishing the redness caused by enlarged capillaries.” Rose water “…is very soothing to irritated skin.It is also a tonic and antiseptic. Rosewater has been shown to be very valuable as an antiseptic in eye infections.”

“The rose also offers a soothing property to the nerves and emotional /psychological state of mind. It is regarded as a mild sedative and anti-depressant. It is increasingly used in treatments for conditions of stress: nervous tension, peptic ulcers, heart disease, among others. There is indication that rose essence may also positively influence digestion, bile secretion, womb disorders and circulation. In addition, a tea made with rose petals (pour 150 ml of boiling water over 1 /2 grams of rose petals) often soothes a mild sore throat.

Rose hips (the flowers which have swollen to seed) are an excellent source of vitamins A, B3, C, D and E. They also contain bioflavonoids, citric acid, flavonoids, fructose, malic acid, tannins and zinc. Taken in the form of tea they are good for infections, particularly bladder infections. Rose hip tea is also used in the treatment of diarrhea [that is unless you have too much of it! ;)]. It is an especially good source of vitamin C.”

Who would have thought that all this goodness can come from pretty smelling plants?  Well, I guess God really does know what He is doing :).  That’s what make me love Him so.

This is super fantastic.  Gwendolyn, my rose fairy, I have to thank you for re-introducing me to rose benefits.  When we were children my Mom, who has the greenest thumb I know, grew roses and used to make jam out of rose petals.  It smelled awesome and tasted good to a child [sugar!].  Now, I am looking forward to keeping roses in my life on a regular basis–and not just to look at them.

If you decide to explore rose oil, rose water, or rose tea, make sure that it comes from natural, chemical free sources.

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  • Bella

    I wonder if some of your research was actually rosehip tea which I think is different from rose petal tea…

    • Christin

      I agree. TOTALLY different.

  • Sam

    I adore rose tea and always have plenty at home. I am just curious on whether I can substitute rose tea for rose water when making a baklava dessert, would you be able to help?

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      I am not sure, since I never used rose water. Why not try and see how it comes out?

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  • Sim

    wooow this info is mind blowing, am gonna get me some Siberian tea 2morrow, thank you lady…

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Enjoy! I just had some last week too :)

  • cp39201

    I’m sorry if I missed the link, but where did you buy your rose tea from?

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      My package was gifted to me by someone who went to Pike’s Market in Seattle–there is an Asian tea room and they carried it. Locally I found some also at an Asian Market.

      The one that was gifted to me is by this company http://www.vitaltealeafseattle.com/ Looks like they ship:)

      • http://profiles.google.com/judithvanpraag Judith van Praag

        Vital Tea Leaf in Pike Place Market is a great place to discover new teas. After tasting the rose tea I bought some. The package says “Seberian” Rose (printed), but I’m sure it’s similar to the Siberian. The salesperson sold me on getting some Osman Thus or Huis, this is handwritten, of which I had to add a pinch, she said. I’m glad I discovered this blog post, for I like the tea so much I would have drunk the whole pot, and it’s been sitting in a cozy too. Ha, ha. BTW instructions on the package of the rose tea says to use 10-12 buds brew for 30-40 seconds and REUSE up to 8 times. So I’ll be staying close to home tonight.

        • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

          That sounds so good! Just make sure not to drink too much rose tea–too much vitamin C will give you the runs ;).

  • Rose petal tea drinker

    I concur that rose petal tea can give you diarrhoea. I had several cups and then was very surprised. Only your post mentions this on the web. My concern is I am breast feeding and it seems to have affected my baby also. Hopefully the effects won’t last long and we’ll both be fine with hydration.

    Whilst I love rose tea, I do think people should be warned!

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Oh, no, it won’t last but a that day :). You will be fine, just keep the fluids going in.

  • mahvish

    I really enjoyed your story.I am trying out rose petal tea this morning. This kind might be from india,does it make a difference on type of rose?

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      It should work too.

  • dariel

    Thank you so much!!!! This really just blessed my life :D

  • M1sssi

    I was in San Francisco for the Chinese New Year and was in this tea shop, tea tasting and the owner recommended me to try Siberian Rose Tea for my acne and for the dry patches on my skin. I tried some in the Tea shop and the next day my acne and the redness around my face had almost completely went away! Amazing! So I went back and bought some more! I luv this stuff! 

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      That is amazing… must be Vit C in it ;).  That’s good to know though. 

  • Audz

    Thank you so much for all these information, it is really helpful especially i just some today and was wondering what are the benefits and chance upon your website. As we all know moderation is key to anything that we consume (even for the good stuff) so my question is, i had 8 rose hips to a glass of 200ml of hot water. is this too much?

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Audz, if you don’t get the “runs” it’s not too much :) I think you should be fine. 

  • ameena

     You are the best! I absolutely love all your information, and I am using your newsletters as my bible, passing it on to others who are not ready to take the vegan leap, but want to be healthy….I feel like you are my best friend!

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Goodness, I am blushing now ;).  Thank you! 

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  • http://twitter.com/LUVFOR4 GreenGoddess

    Can you use any roses? Or something particular from a health food store? For instance, I can’t use the roses my husband gives me for my anniversary..well maybe not those because of the growing conditions. BUT, would they be ok if the were grown in better conditions?
    I’m really fasinated right now!!!!

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      I think that most roses are edible, sense the ones that are chemically grown. My Mom used to use the roses the grew and she had many different varieties.

      I looked on this site http://whatscookingamerica.net/EdibleFlowers/EdibleFlowersMain.htm and it states: “All roses are edible, with the flavor being more pronounced in the darker varieties” and “Be sure to remove the bitter white portion of the petals.”

      This site http://gardening.about.com/od/rose1/f/RoseHips.htm [about.com] states that “Both rose hips and rose petals are edible. Roses are in the same family as apples and crabapples”

      Hope this helps :)

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  • Anonymous

    This is so interesting! I really want to try some rose tea now to see if it will help with my depression and insomnia. Thank you for the very informative post!

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      If you do, let me know how it goes. And you might have to try it for a couple of weeks before seeing results.

      How long have you had insomnia and how bad/frequent is it?

      • Anonymous

        I’ve had sleeping trouble of varying degrees for the past few years. It started out that my body just wanted to stay up late. But recently, it’s been that I have trouble falling asleep, even if I am tired. I usually do fall asleep sometime in the morning and then sleep until the afternoon. So I do get enough sleep, it’s just not when I would like it to be. My psychiatrist has prescribed Trazodone, but I haven’t yet filled the prescription as I am very wary of any kind of sleep medication–even if it is supposed to be safe. I’m getting frustrated, though, and thinking of trying it out. I have tried melatonin supplements before bed time but that doesn’t seem to do much.

        That’s probably more detail than you were asking for! I will let you know if I decide to try to rose tea, though. I just have to find a place that has it now…

        • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

          No, not too much info at all. Actually maybe not enough.

          I feel you about the meds–I am pretty much against them, since they mask the problem without any resolution, but that’s just my personal opinion.

          I would have more questions for you to put the puzzle together, such as: what is your diet like, when do you stop eating? Do you have any medical issues or imbalances? are you low on a certain vitamin/mineral in your body, to your knowledge? how are your emotional and spiritual relationships? and a few more. All of these would help to paint the WHOLE picture. Figuring out how you got to where you are would make it easier to figure out how to undo the damage. That’s what I had to do with my own health. Feel free to e-mail me.

          • Anonymous

            Thank you, Elena! I just sent you an email. :)

  • Gwen Tundermann

    Great post! Kinda sad to think something I sent you made you uncomfortable, but you learned something in the process!

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Oh, no! Not uncomfortable at all! I was happy to get rid of the waste :)! Thank you! AND to learn so much more. I was sad for you that you sent this treasure to me instead of keeping it for yourself.