Rose Bud Tea: Benefits, Side Effects, and Flavor Profile

Rose bud tea is made from the rose petals of a variety of rose plants. There are hundreds of different types of roses and each one tastes a little different. The most common are red rose and pink rose flowers. In general, rose bud tea has a mildly sweet taste and a lingering aftertaste that entices taste buds for minutes after each sip. 

The most flavorful teas are made from organic rose buds. That's because organic teas are free from chemicals in pesticides that can alter the natural flavor of herbal teas. Rose flower tea is different from rose hips tea in that the fresh flowers are used to brew rose tea while rosehips tea is made using the fruit that grows after the flower petals have fallen off the plant.

Rose bud tea has also been used in Chinese medicine and other alternative healthcare as a treatment for various ailments. While roses are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the treatment of any ailments, some research shows potential health benefits of rose bud tea. Read on to discover some potential uses of rose bud tea and learn about known side effects.

Health Benefits of Rose Bud Tea 

Caffeine-Free

Rose bud tea is an herbal tea that doesn't contain any caffeine. That means you can enjoy a cup of this tasty tea whenever you want without worrying about disrupting your natural sleep cycle or triggering changes in your nervous system. It's a great tea for people who want to reduce their consumption of caffeine or for people who are sensitive to the side effects of caffeine.

Be careful when drinking herbal blends containing rose bud tea. Only one hundred percent rose bud tea is naturally caffeine-free. Any blends containing black tea or green tea leaves will contain some form of caffeine. Stick to fully herbal blends or pure rose bud tea for the optimal caffeine-free benefits.

Antioxidant Benefits

While rose petal tea doesn't contain as much vitamin C as rosehips tea, it may still be beneficial for immune health. Rose bud tea contains high concentrations of antioxidants that may help to fight inflammation caused by free radicals. Inflammation is a normal body defense, but when it becomes a chronic condition, it can lead to several health problems. Free radicals cause inflammation and oxidative stress that has been linked to premature aging and severe health problems (1).

Rose tea mainly contains polyphenols — powerful antioxidants that may help to support the immune system and prevent serious disease. In fact, research published in the Journal of Food Science found that rose petals contain as many polyphenols as green tea (2). Additionally, this tea contains gallic acid and anthocyanins that may offer benefits for the urinary tract, memory recall, and vision (3) (4). It's important to note that essential oils and rose bud extracts contain significantly higher amounts of these compounds compared to petals brewed in hot water.

Menstrual Pain Relief

Millions of women suffer from painful periods including menstrual cramps, heavy bleeding, and general discomfort. Rose tea may offer some relief to women who suffer from period cramps. A study published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health examined the effects of rose tea on dysmenorrhea — menstrual cramps — in young women. The study consisted of 130 teens who were divided into a placebo group or an experimental group. The experimental group drank rose tea daily for 12 days beginning one week before their menstrual period and the experiment lasted through each participant's 6th menstrual cycle. Participants who drank rose tea demonstrated significant improvements in pain, distress, and anxiety compared to the placebo group (5). 

Weight Loss

Rose bud tea may help improve weight loss results when combined with regular exercise and a healthy diet. The tea offers a mildly sweet flavor that makes it a great replacement when you have a craving for something sweet. 

Staying hydrated is an essential component of staying healthy and losing weight. Research shows that drinking a cup of water before a meal can help you feel full faster so you eat fewer calories (6). Drinking water may also help to speed up the body's metabolism by raising the body's temperature (7).

Best of all, it's calorie-free and caffeine-free so you can enjoy it any time day or night. Drink a cup of rosebud tea or rose water instead of sugary soft drinks and juices to decrease your caloric intake and reap these tea benefits.

Side Effects of Rose Bud Tea

Rose bud tea is safe to consume in moderate amounts. The most commonly reported side effect is an allergic reaction. Don't drink this tea if you are allergic to the rose plant or have had a reaction to rosehips tea.

As always, it's a good idea to check with your doctor before drinking herbal teas if you are taking any medications. Some herbs and plants may interact with medications including blood thinners and antidepressants. A qualified healthcare professional can help you determine if drinking rose bud tea is ok when taking medications or treating a medical condition.

Power Up With Floral Rose Bud Tea

Rose bud tea is an herbal tisane with a deliciously mild and sweet flavor. Add a few petals to a tea infuser and let the flavor unfold in a teapot full of hot water. The longer the steeping time, the stronger the flavor will become. You can also brew this tea into a delicious refresher by serving it iced instead of hot. Mix it with other loose leaf teas or herbal infusions to play with new flavors and create unique tea blends.

Sources:

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5927356/ 

2. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2621.2006.tb12404.x 

3. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/283041899_Rose_flower_petals_Rich_source_of_anthocyanins 

4. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/322068394_Profile_of_the_Phenolic_Compounds_of_Rosa_rugosa_Petals 

5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16154059 

6. . https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19661958 

7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14671205 

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