Rose tea is made of rose petals. Rose (Latin Rosa centifolia, apothecary name: Flos Rosae) is a thorny plant with exceptionally beautiful and fragrant pink-red flowers. Since ancient times the rose is a symbol of love, i.e. the red rose signifies passion, while pink signifies purity. In the history the rose has been used in various perfumes, skin care products but was also used in folk medicine. Specifically, this exquisite plant has a very diverse and rich composition. Yet for medicinal purposes the leaf is used and it provides a lot of benefits to human body, but unfortunately people ignore that and consider it only a decoration.
Healing properties – of rose tea
- Extremely good for sweating,
- It helps with chills,
- It helps with rheumatism,
- It is good for purifying the blood,
- It helps with jaundice,
- It helps with excessive menstruation,
- It helps with dizziness,
- It helps with colds,
- It helps with headaches,
- It helps with blackouts,
- It helps with bladder infections,
- It helps soothe mild sore throats,
- It helps with balancing digestion,
- It is good for older people for strengthening the heart,
- It is good for strengthening nerves
- It is good for cleansing the liver,
- It helps with gout,
- It has a soothing effect.
Preparation – of rose tea
A classic way of preparing rose tea
- Boil 2 dl of water.
- Put a teaspoon of dried rose petals in the water.
- Cover and leave the tea for about 20 minutes.
- Strain the tea.
- After this you can start enjoying drinking this relaxing beverage of extremely pleasant and elegant floral flavor.
Tea for sweating, rheumatism, and chills, is prepared as follows:
- Boil ½ l of water.
- Pour boiled water over 2 large spoons of mixture (30 g of rose, linden and elder flower, and 10 g of borage flower)
- Cover and leave it for about 20 min.
- Strain the tea.
- Drink the warm tea sweetened with honey.
Rose tea will be even tastier if the petals are more fragrant. Also if you want a good taste avoid the use of petals that are too dried.
When using rose for any purpose roses that have been sprayed with harmful substances should be avoided. It is also not recommended to take rose tea during pregnancy without consulting a doctor.
Also rose tea is not recommended for people who have a problem with kidney stones and gallstones. In extremely rare cases there may be breathing problems, heartburn, and nausea.
Additives to the prepared – rose tea
With rose tea it is certainly recommended to add honey according to your taste. If you do not have any honey you can add sweetener if desired.Also rose tea looks very nice when served with biscuits and jam.
Packaging – of rose tea
In sales it is found in the form of petals, filter bags or leaves. There are also many other rose products such as essential oil, rosewater, or various creams and perfumes.
Preservation – of rose tea
For rose petals to preserve their quality and smell they should be well preserved. It is recommended that the rose petals be kept in a dry and dark place where there are no strong odors and humidity in tightly closed containers. The best for this are containers made of glass, porcelain or tin boxes.
Breeding and picking – of rose
Rose grows as a thorny shrub. It is a thorny plant with heart-shaped serrated, speared and large leaves, and very beautiful, fragrant flowers of pink color. The plant can grow about 1.5 meters. It flowers from June to July, and the seeds ripen from August to November. The flowers are hermaphrodites, and are pollinated by insects.The plant is very resistant. It thrives in most soils. It grows on clay soils, but prefers more drained soil with plenty of light. It is important that to water the rose so as to prevent the disease but also for flowering.
If you want to plant roses the best time is in the fall from September to November, while vegetation is still at rest, but you can also plant a rose in the spring. After planting, care for roses is very important since roses need to be watered, dug up and protected from pests and diseases.
Picking flowers is done when the flowers are still buds, i.e. when they are not yet fully developed since then the color is still preserved. The flowers are hand-picked in dry weather.
Processing and classification – of rose tea
Petals processing consists of several steps. First the rose petals should be picked. Make sure that there are no other plant parts. Put these petals to dry as soon as possible. The petals should be dried in a warm, dry and dark place. Drying takes from a few days up to a week, depending on the humidity of the surroundings.
Origin and history – of rose tea
Rose belongs to the family Rosaceae. It includes more than 3,000 species and 115 kinds. Roses hold a great part in human history. The name of the rose is mentioned in Mesopotamia, there are also various drawings of roses and various tales. In the more recent history the roses were very much appreciated in Egypt, Greece and Rome. Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans often traded roses that have been brought from other parts, and they quickly spread roses around the Mediterranean and the Middle East. In Egypt roses were found in the tombs. Botanical description of roses was given to us by the Greek philosopher and scientist Theophrastus (about 370-285 BC). In the history the rose had different meanings: love, luck, protection. Very often it was used as decoration, especially by Romans.Rosa centifolia is one very specific type of rose because it has a hundred petals that are very densely spaced. It is not known how and when it was created, but is thought to have been produced by Dutch botanists at the end of the seventeenth century, while others believe it was imported from Asia.
Today we have a lot of roses that are created by crossbreeding other types. Roses originate from Asia and Central Europe. So Rosa centifolia originates from Central Europe as well as R. Canina and R.gallica. By crossing different types of roses a huge number of roses was produced, but they are not all available, and many have been lost throughout the history. Yet some can be found, but only in some special gardens.
The symbolism of rose
Pink rose – love, purity, happiness, light pink joy, sympathy, and dark pink gratitude and appreciation.
Red rose – love, romance, dark red beauty.
White rose – purity, innocence, silence, respect.
Yellow rose – friendship, pleasure.
Blue rose – inscrutability.
Orange rose – pride.
Black rose – new beginning, death.
CompositionVitamins A, B3, C, D, E, polyphenols, flavonoids, citric acid, fructose, tannins, zinc, wax, pectin, Galus acid, fat, sugar, essential oils, mineral salts.
Rose has a very wide application in cosmetics and perfumes. It is extremely good for the skin and body care.
The essential oil of rose is very famous in the world and carries the name of the queen of essential oils. It is very expensive but also appreciated. Specifically for the production of essential oil of roses a large quantity of rose petals is needed, and it also requires a very hard work. For these reasons this is one of the most expensive essential oils available in the world. However, the essential oil of rose is extremely concentrated, and a very small amount of oil needed for therapeutic use in aromatherapy or for the production of domestic perfumes is sufficient. The essential oil of rose is usually produced by the process of solvent extraction, rather than through distillation. Essential oil of rose is also very often used in medicinal purposes. Specifically this oil is a very good antidepressant, aphrodisiac, but it also has many benefits on human skin. The essential oil of rose is very good for sensitive and dry skin, but it also helps to prevent skin aging.
Rose water is a very good medium to fight acne on the face, but there are also many other benefits such as soothing and antiseptic properties. Rose water is obtained by steam distillation of roses.
Bath of roses has a very good relaxing effect, and helps a lot with rheumatism.
Rose has a very specific odor due to which it got its name, the queen of flowers. The scent of rose is very good for improving the mood.