I am disappointed at myself for not trying pure rosebud tea before. When I brewed it for the first time, I thoroughly enjoyed how fresh, floral and mineral it was. Although, the floral notes did not survive for the consecutive steepings.
As discussed in this research, the tea of rose flowers was reported to possess one of the highest antioxidant activities among the 30 medicinal plant teas tested by VanderJagt and others (2002). This research also listed different studies that found links between rose petals with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal effects. I believe rosebuds may have even a more substantial impact than the leaves. There also researches that focus on the rosebud itself. For instance, a study from Taiwan concluded that drinking rose tea is a safe, readily available, and simple treatment for dysmenorrhea or menstrual pain.
This was a ‘feel-good’ tea for me, and I will make sure I have some good quality rose buds for drinking every day. Seriously, why not?
Type: Tisane (non-tea)
Harvest time: 2020
Leave colour: Pink rose flowers with green sepals
Liquor colour: Light yellow
Tea aroma: Floral
Tea taste: Intense rosy flavour in the first steeping, followed by mineral notes in the consecutive steepings
Steeping/brewing: Infuse about 3 gr of dry rosebuds in 90°C water for about 3 minutes.
Shelf life: Up to 2 years (the freshest the better)