What Is Rose Bud Tea? Answered

Aromatic, elegant, and easy on the palate, rose bud tea is every girl’s best friend for flawless skin. But what is rose bud tea, and why is it so special? It’s time to find out.

What is rose bud tea?

Rose bud tea should have had the attention it deserves. This soothing herbal drink has a natural rosy aroma. Hidden within its beautiful, romantic pink color are many potential health benefits that tone up the skin and relieve menstrual pain.

Going without the intensity and sharp flavor of other caffeine-rich teas, rose bud tea is a perfect choice to relax before bed, recharge after a yoga session, and pair with a slice of fresh lime cake in the afternoon.

Rose bud tea is made from the rose bush’s dried, slightly open buds. Read on to learn more about this lovely herbal drink. You might also enjoy our guide on what is red rose tea

How To Choose The Right Rose Bud Tea

Shopping for rose bud tea is a joy itself. There are hundreds of rose varieties.  

In Vietnam, where I live, the most sought-after rose bud tea originates in Da Lat, a thriving highland in the country’s central region—going beyond Vietnam’s territory to East Asia. Then we also have Pink Rosa Damascena as another popular type to make rose bud tea.

No matter which ones you go for, find organic rose buds as they have the purest flavors and are free from chemicals and pesticides.

What Does Rose Bud Tea Taste Like?

Rose bud tea is famous for its elegant flavor and mildly sweet taste. Many people are not big fans of this herbal drink because the tasting profile and aroma do not give their noses and palates the right kick.

For me, this elegant flavor is a good thing. It’s easy on the tongue with a subtle aftertaste, making it the best introduction for those new to the world of herbal tea.

When the rose buds sit in hot water, they give off a gorgeous pink color blended with a shiny golden color that sparkles through the glass teapot. Rose bud tea is dominated by a flat note that doesn’t fade fast as long as you keep it warm.

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What Is Rose Bud Tea Good For?

Rose bud tea has lots of potential benefits: 

  • Rose bud tea is free of caffeine, making it a stellar choice to ease your mind before bedtime.
  • Rose buds contain a higher concentration of vitamin C that can help with premature aging signs caused by free radicals and ultimately promotes flawless, glossy skin.
  • Rose bud tea is a good source of antioxidants; polyphenols, gallic acid, and anthocyanins can support the immune system, eyesight, memory and lower the risk of cognitive diseases.
  • Rose bud tea may help ease menstrual cramps. 

However, exceeding the recommended moderate amount poses some potential risks. One of the most common symptoms is an allergy to rose plants that some may have. 

Anyone pregnant on medication or treatment related to blood thinners or antidepressants should advise doctors before consuming rose bud tea. 

If you love tea, you might be interested in learning about yellow tea.

How To Make Hot Rose Bud Tea

How to make hot rose bud tea?
Brands have ways to prepare rose bud tea depending on each varietal and drying process

Usually, I suggest my friends read the steeping instructions printed on the package. Brands have ways to prepare rose bud tea depending on each varietal and drying process. 

Here’s how I prepare hot rose bud tea at home:

  • Fill the teapot with hot water.
  • Put five grams of dried rose buds into the teapot, add hot water, cover it with a lid, and let it steep for five minutes.
  • Put a strainer on top of your teacup, pour the tea in, and enjoy.

I have a glass teapot at home, which goes perfectly with elegant flower teas like this. Watching the rose buds opening up and floating in the shiny golden infusion through the crystal-clear pot is a meditative experience to cap off my Sunday beauty routine.

How To Make Cold Rose Bud Tea

Another way to enjoy rose bud tea at home is cold brewing it. The only difference is you will need room-temperature filtered water instead of hot water. 

You can also find a tea pitcher with a built-in strainer which makes it easier to get rid of the buds when you pour the tea out. 

Alternatively, you can put ice, maple syrup, or honey into the tea to enhance its flavor. Don’t forget to pair it with a slice of British scones and some lemon curd.