I first discovered the exotic and soothing taste of rose while visiting an Indian food diner. On the menu was Rose flavored Italian soda. Always up for something new, and already using rose obessessively in my skin care routine, I had to try it.
What followed was quite a deep need to find more that could be done with my new favorite plant. Several months later I started making herbal tea out of rose and other ingredients. Many people consider the thought of drinking anything with rose in it a very strange thing to do. But I promise that it tastes just as great as it smells. And after much testing, I’ve finally settled on my all time favorite concoction.
After I’d been drinking my tea for quite a while, I decided to do a little research to see if there are any health benefits to the ingredients. What I found is very interesting, and I’ll share some of it now.
Rose flowers and petals are very rich in Vitamin C, and also have anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-bacterial, and aphrodisiac properties.
Lavender helps with chronic pain management, sleep disorders, urinary disorders, respiratory problems, circulation, and improves your over all immune system.
Mint contains a large amount of Vitamins A and C and also contains a smaller amounts of Vitamin B2. It is also good for your digestion, can act as a relaxing sedative, and can help lower fevers.
Imagine my joy in finding out one of my greatest simple pleasures in life is actually really good for me! If only all of life could work out so well. I now love making this tea and distributing the recipe to anyone interested, even bagging the ingredients for friends that can not find the ingredients as easily as I can -I grow all most all of them in my own yard.
The ingredients I use are very simple. 1 1/2 tbsp. fresh lavender petals (or 2 tsp. dried and crushed), 2 tbsp. Fresh Rose petals (or 3 tsp. dried and crushed), 1 cup fresh peppermint leaves (or 5 tsp dried and crushed), and
honey to taste. One batch makes about 6 – 8 cups of tea. Many like to dry ans crush all of the ingredients, but I prefer fresh leaves and petals. They are easier to strain and I don’t much like drinking grainy tea, but it is entirely up to you.
To make the tea, you’ll need to boil 6-8 cups of water and then add all of your ingredients. Then let it steep for about 5-7 minutes while covered. It is important to cover it so that no oils, flavors, and nutrients evaporate into the air. Then strain it through a sieve and into a pitcher or pot.
The tea is ready to drink. Sweeten it as much as you like, and enjoy it or serve. I love it warm and just before bed, but I know those who keep it in the fridge and drink it cold. One friend swear that if she drinks it with her lunch, she feels much less hungry by the end of the day, but I’ve never experienced this. I do know it works wonders for calming nerves and getting a good night’s sleep.
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