The Floral Flavor and Benefits of Rose
A rose is a beautiful flower that has long been loved by many. According to fossil evidence, it has been around for roughly 35 million years. It has become a symbol of love and beauty as well as war and politics. What may be less well known is that the consumption of roses dates back as far as ancient Rome. Many different parts of the flower are consumed either through eating or as tea and it is known for its various health benefits.
Many of our teas contain either rose hips or rose blossoms. These additions add a floral flavor and introduce additional health benefits along with those already in the infusion. We’ll talk about the benefits of each, review their flavor profiles, and give you a few floral infusion options to choose from.
Also known as the rose petals, these are generally what we think of when talking about the rose. These petals or whole rose blossoms are dried and steeped in hot water to make a rose tea. There are many benefits to rose blossoms that make them the perfect addition to any tea infusion.
~ May Help Ease Menstrual Discomfort:
It is known to regulate hormones, reduce cramping, and manage mood swings.
~ High in Vitamins C:
Like many other floral herbs, it is known to help boost the body’s immune system.
~ May Help Improve Digestion:
Rose Blossoms have many antibacterial properties that may help protect against infections in the gut.
~ Known as a Mild Anti-depressant:
While there is very little clinical research, many believe in the uplifting power roses can have for those who are feeling stressed or depressed.
Adding rose blossoms to many of our infusions gives them slightly floral notes and a boost in benefits.
Rose hips are less thought of on the rose because it generally appears after the blossoms have faded. Usually, the flower is pruned before the bright orange or reddish-pink pods begin to form. These pods are full of seeds and are known as the ‘fruit’ of the rose plant. Rose hips are used in many of our tea infusions adding a tart and floral flavor as well as giving the tea added nutrients. Here are some of the benefits of rose hip.
~ May Help with Symptoms of Arthritis:
Multiple studies indicate that consumption of rose hip may reduce osteoarthritis pain or improve physical functions.
~ May Prevent Heart Disease:
In people suffering from obesity, studies indicated an improvement in systolic blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
~ May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes:
With those having high-risk factors, rose hip may help normalize blood sugar levels and cholesterol.
Rose hip is a great addition to herbal infusions and it plays a part in the overall benefits of the brew.
Tea Infusions with Rose Blossoms and Rose Hips
Passion Fruit Black Tea
With the tangy, sweetness of passion fruit and the robust and rich flavor of black tea, this infusion hits the spot. Enjoyed hot or cold this tea creates a velvety, tropical experience with those beautiful floral undertones of rose blossoms. They not only add to the flavor and benefits but also provides a pop of color to an already visually stunning tea.
Very Berry Guayusa
This energy-boosting blend is full of berry flavor. While the elderberries, blackberries, strawberry & raspberry pieces bring the bulk of berry flavor, the hibiscus and rose hip complement the infusion with a nuanced floral flavoring. It also plays a role in the wonderful aesthetic of the blend.
Harmony Tulsi Herbal Tea
A harmonious combination of ‘Holy Basil’, rooibos, ginger bits, cinnamon, lemon verbena, chamomile blossoms, lavender, and rose petals. This tea is a symphony of herbal ingredients that not only will help you find balance, but may just contribute to your overall health.