How to Make Rose Petal Tea

Pretty as a Picture and Tastes Just as Roses Smell

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Rose Tea Anyone?

You may have heard of rose tea and wondered what it would taste like. We all know roses smell heavenly but dare we hope that tea made from the petals would taste as good?

When I first read about making tea by using rose petals, I had no clue as to how it would taste. At the back of my mind, I thought it would be wonderful if that magical smell could somehow be captured when the petals were steeped in hot water or steeped in tea.

When I tried making it for the first time, it was better than I had hoped for. Taking a sip was like walking among my roses. That delicate scent was embodied in the tea. I was hooked!

If you want to try your hand at making tea from rose petals, it is very easy to do. Once you sample it, you'll be hooked on this wonderful brew.

This article walks you through how to make tea from rose petals.

Rose tea, starts, of course, with actual roses and their petals. Most roses are edible and the petals have been used for centuries as a delicate flavoring agent.

It's always best to pick petals that are at their best, to capture their lovely, unmistakable rose flavor for your tea. Choose petals that are newly opened and discard withered petals or those with browned areas.

Cautionary note: don't use what's known as Christmas Rose, this is supposed to be poisonous.

An Unsprayed Hansa Rose Bush in a Quiet Corner of the Yard Offers Up an Abundant Supply of Petals

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Did You Know?

Most roses are edible.

Rose tea, starts, of course, with actual roses and their petals. and yes, these are safe to eat.

Rose petals have been used for centuries as a delicate flavoring agent. In other countries, rose water has been used to flavor pastry, or added to icing or whipped cream.

It's always best to pick petals that are at their best. Choose newly-opened petals free of browned areas.

Cautionary note: don't use what's known as Christmas Rose, this is supposed to be poisonous.

Collecting Rose Petals

  1. Before you start, make sure your chosen rose plants have never been sprayed with pesticides and haven't grown near a roadway.
  2. Gently remove the rose petals by pulling from each flower head. Collect and place petals into a strainer.
  3. Rinse under cool water.
  4. Use right away.
  5. If you plan on storing dried petals, spread petals out on a tea towel to dry.

Rinsed Rose Petals

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Tip

Rose petals go remarkably well with green tea. When brewing a pot, drop in a handful of petals.

How to Make Rose Petal Tea

There are a couple of different ways to brew rose tea.

Caffeinated Tea

If you like green or black tea, when you are making a pot, simply drop in a handful of rose petals and steep as you normally would. A wonderful rose flavor will permeate your tea. And best of all, the petals can be eaten. As they sit in water, they take on a velvety texture.

Non-Caffeinated Tea

Brew decaffeinated tea and add petals to the pot.

Plain Tea

Another way to make a pleasing rose-flavored tea is to simply add petals to a pot and pour in boiling water.

When it's snowy out, you can still sip rose tree, a gift from your summer garden.

How to Enjoy Rose Tea During the Winter Months

Rose Water

At the end of the season, collect lots of rose petals, and once washed, simmer in a large pot. Allow mixture to sit overnight. You will end up with a lovely deep pink-colored liquid. Strain and pour into ice cube trays. When cubes are frozen, store these in containers. Any time you want rose tea, drop a cube into your pot.

Note: why not experiment with your rose water by adding a little when making icing or whipped cream?

It All Starts With Rose Petals

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Tips

  • Fresh is Best--For the best flavor, it is always best to make rose tea from fresh rose petals.
  • Packaged Rose Tea--While this can be purchased, there's a big difference between dried petals and fresh, and between brands. Some teas may not offer much difference in flavor from regular tea and others might have a distinct rose flavor because of artificial flavors.

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After Reading This Article, Will You Try Making Rose Petal Tea? 13 comments

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Athlyn Green 2 years ago from West Kootenays Author

You will love the rose petal tea. It tastes every bit as good as roses smell.


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

I sometimes drink rose hip tea, but you have introduced me to a new variety: rose petal tea. Looking forward to trying this. Voted up, tweet, pinned.


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Athlyn Green 3 years ago from West Kootenays Author

H Adarsh, in Canada we say "steep." Seep would be something that leaks out, so would not be applicable to tea in this sense.


Adarsh Gupta K 3 years ago

Nice info.. but it's "seep" (not steep).. better word is "infuse" :)


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Athlyn Green 3 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Stephanie,

The fresh petals impart a nicer flavor but both dry and fresh can be used, depending on what is available. Rose adds a wonderful taste to tea.


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey

I actually just bought some dried rose petals to add to one of my tea blends. I think it will be a popular seller.


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Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Chspublish,

You'll be delighted at the flavor. Roses taste every bit as good as they smell. Some people like to eat the rose petals after they drink their rose tea.


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

Well what a wonderful idea this is. I've never even tasted such a treat and can't wait to try it when a certain rose bush yields its fragrant flowers. Thanks.


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Earth Angel 5 years ago

Dearest Early Bird Athlyn Green,

See, look at all the good things you bring out in others by sharing your good ideas and thoughts! I love that about HubPages and Hubbers like you in particular!

You are the BEST! I love that we have met here on HubPages!

Blessings to you and yours always, EarthAngel!


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Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Earth Angel,

We have a wealth of good things in our gardens and it is wonderful that there's been a shift and return to use of flowers for the flavor and scent they bring to our tables and homes.

I'm a huge fan of rose and lavender tea and your idea about filling a spray bottle for ironing--and scenting clothing--is fantastic!


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Earth Angel 5 years ago

What a delicious Hub Athlyn Green! Thank you!

I use rose petals for lots of things! A close girlfriend is so allergic to perfumes that she can't wear any, but neither can her friends when we are around her!

I have an organic garden full of flowers!

As a solution I started making us all "Rose Water" to wear! It was a big hit! Sometimes I add other ingredients like lavender; my favorite is to add heirloom geranium leaves to the rose water!

It makes a great gift!

Now not only do I use the rose/geranium/lavender water for fragrance, I also use it in the rinse water for delicates, in the spray for ironing, on my pillow cases and as an air freshener!

Your wonderful Hub has reminded me of the delicious benefits of adding the same to teas! Thank you so much!

Earth Angel Rose Blessings Always, EarthAngel!


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Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Cogerson,

I make rose tea each summer and enjoy its wonderful taste. It is always better made with fresh rose petals.


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Sounds like something for my mom...the next time she visits us...she is a serious tea drinker...voted up and useful

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