As I sip this delightful aromatic tea on a cool summer morning, I drink to the women who lived here before me. Long ago, an apothecary rose was planted on the property next to the foundation of this old house built and owned by my husband's family for over 100 years. Many generations of women have allowed this rose shrub to remain for such a long span of time...and for good reason.
Of all the flower teas, rose is considered to be the most popular with plenty of healthy benefits; some women have found rose tea to help relieve stress and cramping associated with menstruation, while other's claim it to aid the immune system in supporting healthy skin and hair due to its high vitamin C content.
The fragrance alone is extremely relaxing to me. A freshly clipped rose steeped in a cup of steamy hot water is about as easy as it gets when making a brew. The highly scented petals hold their powerful fragrance even when dried for winter.
Give it a try and see what you think. If you find it agreeable to your taste, you may want to gather and dry some heirloom rose petals of your own. Just remember to dry petals until slightly brittle to prevent molding and store then in an air-tight canister. Here is my recipe for blooming rose tea...
BLOOMING ROSE TEA
Pour boiling spring water into a tea cup.
Add one fresh rose bloom (or 2 teaspoons of dried petals)
Steep for 3 to 5 minutes and sip away.
Strain and sweeten to taste
Life is better with roses,