Rose Petal Tea Benefits – History, Health & How To Use It
Herbal tea was created and used throughout history to aid ailments of all sorts! From relieving digestion pains, chronic illness, rashes & burns and more, herbs, roots, seeds, fruits, and barks have been praised for their healing abilities.
Due to these incredible & unique attributes each herb holds, Komunity Kombucha and Fresh Steeps are teaming up to provide in depth biopsies of individual herbs, roots, seeds, fruits and more!
In this article, we will discuss the nettle leaf! We will dive deep into rose petal tea benefits, history, & how to use it for yourself!
Rose Petal History
Since the first roses bloomed millions of years ago, rose has always been associated with love, royalty, and wealth. From Cleopatra having had her room filled with rose petals that most likely haunted men like Marc Antony to the Persians fascinating over them for perfumes and status, these petals are more than their beauty. The rose matches that beauty with a host of benefits and wonderful aroma.
Said to have originated in China, the rose flower or “Queen of Flowers” was cultivated around 5,000 years ago. This is around the time tea was discovered and harvested. The rose however was noticed and appreciated in the Han Dynasty in 141 – 87 BC. The Han Dynasty utilized this herb for its medicinal properties and to trade. From there the rose only took off in popularity.
Let’s explore a few of the prominent health benefits of the rose petal!
Rose Petal Health Benefits
Rose has been identified & recognized by herbalists as a wonderful addition to their medicine cabinet. Let’s jump into the health benefits most common!
- Antispasmodic: To be spasmodic in your body means to have involuntary muscle spasms. Therefore, rose petals being antispasmodic means it is able to calm the muscles. Rose petals act in your body as a sedative and calm the mind and muscles. (5, 10)
- Antiscorbutic: To be “scorbutic” means to be susceptible to scurvy. Scurvy is caused typically by a lack of Vitamin C. Rose petals have an abundance of highly bioavailable antioxidants and Vitamin C. This not only makes it an antiscorbutic, but also boosts the immune system and provides the gut microbiome with healthy nutrients. (3, 4, 5)
- Anti-Inflammatory: Both internally and externally, rose will reduce inflammation. The oils of the rose combat the cytokines that create inflammation on the skin from a cut or rash. It does the same internally to chronic inflammation we may experience from stress and foods. This helps calm the body and mind and allow for healing. (6, 7, 8)
- Aphrodisiac: Rose petals are already associated with romance due to their beautiful appearance and aroma, but they are an actual aphrodisiac. “Pleasure cells” within are body are actually activated and stimulated when rose petal is ingested! (10, 11)
- Aids in the Removal of Toxins: By reducing inflammation in our bodies, our liver, which removes toxins naturally, are able to work more efficiently! (9)
- May Relieve Menstrual Pain: More studies are needed to verify these claims, but there is evidence showing that rose petals are able to greatly reduce cramping and other pains from menstruation if consumed 1 week prior to and during the menstruation cycle! (2)
How To Use Rose Petal In Your Life
First, a note: Before attempting to cure yourself with any herb or medicine, please consult a licensed physician! Do the research for yourself too. You will always be your best advocate, we are here to simply provide information and help guide!
If you are inspired, you may be asking yourself, “How can I get these rose petal tea benefits for myself?!?” Good thing is there are many tried & true methods!
For topical use! Take 8 petals and soak them in 3 to 4 tablespoons of water for 2 to 3 hours. Mash the petals into the soak mix, add 3 tablespoons of honey and apply as needed. Can be used on the face or any other part of the body!
For ingestion, try infusing with tea (Fresh Steep’s clear favorite method)! Probably the simplest methods, take 1 or 2 teaspoons per cup, steep for 5 minutes, and enjoy 1 to 3 times a day!
Finally, you can ingest a tincture, or concentrated alcohol extraction of the herb! Take 30 to 60 drops, 1 to 3 times per day.
Overall, rose is an incredible plant that has been used for thousands of years. From perfumes to medicine, this diverse plant hosts many benefits. If you learned something from this post, comment one of your favorite rose petal tea benefits & share with a friend! If you want to try some for yourself!
1. Pursell, J. J. The Herbal Apothecary: 100 Medicinal Herbs and How to Use Them. Timber Press, 2016.