Rose petal tea – Bulgarian magic in a cup

Since the time of our grandparents we have heard about our Bulgarian rose oil – about the jam that is made from it, about the cosmetics we see in luxury shops and so much more. The famous Kazanlak rose is the offspring of the Damascena rose, one of the four species of oil-bearing roses grown around the world.

The presence of rose oil and its biochemical composition is the reason for the beneficial effects of the rose. So it is actually only the oil-bearing rose, and not roses in general, that provide all the health benefits you will learn about below.

General benefits of rose

Rose is often used as a treatment for stress, anxiety and depression in phytotherapy and aromatherapy. Rose oil’s ability to aid in cell regeneration is a key component of many pharmacological and nutritional supplements.

However, have you ever tried rose petal tea?

The levels of vitamin C in rose petals are extremely high. One cup of rose petal tea is said to contain the same amount of vitamin C as 60 oranges. Even if it’s not quite that much, it’s undeniable that the rose has strong antioxidant effects.

Likewise, our skin needs a similar level of support. We can consider rose tea a natural beauty product – apart from its vitamin C content, rose functions as a stimulator for the natural creation of collagen, which slows down the aging process.

Rose also has many health benefits for our body. Rose tea increases the production of bile juice, which helps to break down lipids. In addition, it is believed to have probiotic properties and nourishes beneficial gut bacteria.

Rose tea provides a calming and relaxing effect, like most herbal teas. It can be used as a component of general therapy for those experiencing increased stress, anxiety and depression. It can also be used as an enjoyable way to relax, unwind and improve sleep for those experiencing the typical negative effects of everyday stress.

According to a 2015 study, the Damascena rose contains anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic effects. The study, which used liquid rose extract, also supports the anti-inflammatory properties of rose water, which have been used in folk medicine for generations.

How to make delicious and beneficial rose tea?

Warm water to 100C. Pour 1 tsp or 3-5 buds with 250 ml of hot water, cover and brew for 5-6 minutes. Strain the finished tea and add a little honey if desired.

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