Chinese rose tea (玫瑰花茶, Méi Guī Huā Chá) is made from rose flowers with green tea or black tea, which are called rose green tea or rose black tea. They have all the benefits of green tea or black tea, and also have the benefits and fragrance of the rose.
Table of Contents
- History of Chinese Rose Tea
- Processing of Chinese Rose Tea
- Benefits of Chinese Rose Tea
- Side Effects of Chinese Rose Tea
History of Chinese Rose Tea
Rose is native to China, Korea, and Japan. In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Gu Yuanqing, a tea expert, wrote a tea book <Cha Pu>, which recorded how to make rose tea in detail.
Besides, Liu Bowen, a statesman and poet in the late Yuan Dynasty and early Ming Dynasty, recorded rose tea in his book <Duo Neng Bi Shi>.
Nowadays, people combine rose with green tea or black tea to make a new rose tea. Rose green tea is mainly produced in Fujian Province. Rose black tea is mainly produced in Guangdong and Zhejiang Province.
There is a famous rose black tea called Jiu Qu rose black tea which is made with a famous black tea Jiu Qu Hong Mei. Jiu Qu rose black tea is native to Zhejiang Province.
Processing of Chinese Rose Tea
- Preparing rose: after roses are picked, wash them, remove flower pistils and filter old and bad rose flowers.
- Making tea base: rose green tea or rose black tea is made on basis of green tea or black tea. These green tea and black tea are called tea base. Sometimes rose tea is made with yellow tea, so it is called rose yellow tea.
- Mixing rose and tea base: mix roses and tea base to let tea base absorb the fragrance of roses.
- Drying: dry the rose tea to reduce its water content.
Benefits of Chinese Rose Tea
In China, rose is a kind of precious medicinal material. Rose contains more than 300 chemical components, such as aromatic alcohols, aldehydes, fatty acids, and phenols. Rose also contains a variety of trace elements and vitamins, and the vitamin C content is very high. Rose tea has the benefits of rose and green tea or black tea.
Benefits of Chinese rose tea:
- Weight loss
- Nourish blood
- Reduce halitosis
- Lower blood sugar
- Lower blood lipids
- Nourish spleen and stomach
- Calm nerves and antidepressant
Rose is rich in vitamins, which can effectively remove free radicals and pigmentation, improve endocrine disorders, moisturize the skin, and make the skin delicate, tender, and youthful.
The tannic acid contained in rose has a close relationship with fat metabolism. Appropriate intake of tannic acid can promote fat metabolism, so rose tea has the effect of losing weight.
Rose has the effects of regulating blood and Qi and promoting blood circulation, which can treat women’s menstrual problems. In Chinese folk, people use rose and brown sugar to boil tea, which can nourish the blood.
Rose contains a variety of phenols, such as geraniol and nerol, so regularly drinking rose tea can reduce halitosis.
Nourish Spleen and Stomach
Rose can nourish and improve the physiological functions of the spleen and stomach, which can treat belching and abdominal distension.
Calm Nerves and Antidepressant
According to traditional Chinese medicine, the rose has the functions of calming nerves, soothing and antidepressant. In today’s increasingly stressful work and life, we can drink some rose tea to calm and regulate our mood.
Side Effects of Chinese Rose Tea
- People with constipation should not drink rose tea. Rose tea has astringent properties that slow down intestinal mobility and increase the severity of constipation symptoms.
- People with internal heat should not drink rose tea. The characteristics of rose tea are warm and hot. If drink it, people with strong internal heat may suffer dry mouth, sore throat, and other symptoms.
- Pregnant women should not drink rose tea. Rose tea has a strong function of regulating blood. It is not recommended to drink it during pregnancy. Because the development of the fetus in early pregnancy is not stable, it is easy to be affected.