Try making this beautifully calming Easy Rose Hip Tea Recipe to enjoy the finer things in life. While there are multiple species of rose, its flavor is generally: delicate, smooth, mildly sweet, floral, and fruity. Not only does it taste luxuriously floral, rose has also shown in multiple human studies to help reduce anxiety, stress, and depression. Here is how to make rose hip tea:
Easy Rose Hip Tea Recipe Ingredients and Instructions
- 2 Tbsp of fresh rose hip (organically grown, gently rinsed) or 1 Tbsp of dried rose hips – gently crushed if dried
- 2 cups of hot (not boiling) water
Easy Rose Hip Tea Instructions
- Heat water so that it is not too hot to put your finger in it. Do not use boiling water as it will scald the herbs.
- Then, pour the hot water over the rose hip herbs. Next, steep only 3 minutes. Finally, strain and drink.
- Relax and enjoy!
Alternative: Rose petals can also be used in place of dried or fresh rose hip. Make sure the plant has been organically grown and is free from exposure to pesticides and chemicals.
Here are some human studies on the calming effects of roses.
- Inhalation of rose oil had a relaxing effect and reduced depression and stress in humans (1).
- R. damascena oil reduces sexual dysfunction in male patients suffering from depression (2).
- In a study with 40 patients that suffered from migraine headaches, a topical formulation containing Rosa damascena oil reduced pain. It was especially effective in those with “hot” type headaches (3).
- Lavender, geranium, rose, and jasmine in an aromatherapy massage exerted a calming effects on blood pressure (4).
- Rose essential oil inhalation reduced stress in this summary of both human and animal studies (5).
- Fragrance inhalation affected the sympathetic nervous system of normal adults. Pepper, estragon oil, fennel, and grapefruit increased sympathetic activity, and rose and patchouli oils decreased sympathetic activity. Inhaling pepper oil increased plasma adrenaline levels while rose oil decreased adrenaline (6).
Click here to read more about rose: Rose Monograph
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
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Want to learn more easy herbal tea recipes? Read more: Brewing Herbal Tea.
- From: Hongratanaworakit, T. (2009). Relaxing effect of rose oil on humans. Nat Prod Commun, 4(2), 291-6.
- From: Farnia, V., Shirzadifar, M., Shakeri, J., Rezaei, M., Bajoghli, H., Holsboer-Trachsler, E., & Brand, S. (2015). Rosa damascena oil improves SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction in male patients suffering from major depressive disorders: results from a double-blind, randomized, and placebo-controlled clinical trial. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat, 11, 625-635.
- From: Niazi, M., Hashempur, M. H., Taghizadeh, M., Heydari, M., & Shariat, A. (2017). Efficacy of topical Rose (Rosa damascena Mill.) oil for migraine headache: A randomized double-blinded placebo-controlled cross-over trial. Complementary therapies in medicine, 34, 35-41.
- From: Hur, M. H., Oh, H., Lee, M. S., Kim, C., Choi, A. N., & Shin, G. R. (2007). Effects of aromatherapy massage on blood pressure and lipid profile in korean climacteric women. International Journal of Neuroscience, 117(9), 1281-1287.
- From: Fukada, M., Kano, E., Miyoshi, M., Komaki, R., & Watanabe, T. (2012). Effect of “rose essential oil” inhalation on stress-induced skin-barrier disruption in rats and humans. Chemical senses, 37(4), 347-356.
- From: Haze, S., Sakai, K., & Gozu, Y. (2002). Effects of fragrance inhalation on sympathetic activity in normal adults. The Japanese journal of pharmacology, 90(3), 247-253.
By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, RA (ARC), NAHA and AIA Professional Member, LMT