The Quintessential Flower!

When we think of roses, our minds can’t help but drift towards notions of beauty and peace. And indeed, this quintessential flower can work miracles on the skin. For starters, here are a few of the many uses and benefits of the rose flower:

•    Used as an ingredient in cosmetics.
•    Used in scented candles and perfumes.
•    Rose essential oil has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, making it perfect to topically treat abrasions, burns and other skin conditions.
•    Rose water can be an effective way to treat acne.
•    Acts as a natural astringent.

However, in spite of all the beauty-related benefits of roses, themedicinal properties of a cup of tea brewed with the petals of these flowers are not as well-known. Rose tea – also known as rose bud tea – is made with whole dehydrated flower blossoms. In some cases, rose tea is made from whole petals of mature roses that are dried. It can be consumed hot, warm or even as iced rose tea. Filled with vitamin C, malic acid, pectin, and citric acid, rose tea is a safe diuretic, making it more tempting to be had, especially if you are on a weight loss spree. 

The riches of rose tea:
•    Makes skin young and healthier. Rose petals are rich in antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-oxidative properties. To lock the moisture in the skin and to keep it soft and hydrated, this tea can also be used to rinse the face. The antioxidants in it remove out the blemishes, leaving you with a soft, smooth and radiant skin that looks visibly younger. 

•    Strengthens the immune system. This tea is a very good source of vitamin C. A warm cup of rose tea is an effective home cure for a sore throat, plus its vitamin content helps fight infections, ensuring a faster relief from a running nose or cold.

•    Improves digestion. The various organic acids present in rose petal tea increase the digestive power of the body. The stronger your digestive system is, the safer your gastrointestinal tract from diseases and infections is. It also helps in removing the waste, thereby ensuring a healthy gut. It also promotes gastric mucosa, making it easier for the growth of the good bacteria in your intestine.

•    Cure for constipation and diarrhea. It is a natural laxative and helps people who are suffering from liver conditions. Apart from its detoxifying properties, rose tea’s properties make it a natural cure for constipation. It is also equally efficient as a cure for diarrhea and dysentery.

•    Natural Stress buster. If you’re stressed or nervous about something, drink rose petal tea to mellow down your stress levels. It has a positive impact on balancing the stress and emotional hormones by calming down your nervous system. Its anti-depressant and tranquilising properties enable it to be used as a sleep inducing drink too.

Other Benefits-
•    Rose tea helps the nervous system by relieving insomnia, depression, and fatigue.
•    It eases fluid retention and accelerates the elimination of wastes through kidneys.
•    By clearing all toxins and heat from the body, it cools the body too.
•    Rose petals are rich in polyphenols that help in prevention of cardiovascular diseases in addition to osteoporosis and even cancer.
•    Just like green tea, rose tea too has no calories, thereby making it an effective drink to be consumed to calm down your hunger pangs. 

So, what are you waiting for? Start brewing some rose petal tea right away, and say hello to your cup of good health!    

-Soumya Kumar