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“Nourishing lung and spleen, benefiting liver and gallbladder. Tasting sweet, aromatic, and refreshing.”

Food Materia Medica,Ming Dynasty

Rose tea has been known as a wellness drink in modern and ancient cultures around the world. It is well known that rose tea has numerous health benefits that are documented in a number of Traditional Chinese Medicine books and recent scientific research. In ancient Chinese texts, rose tea was extensively discussed for its role in promoting Qi (vital energy) and eliminating dampness, especially during spring.

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In ancient times, roses were known to promote Qi, and spring is the best seasons to nourish our liver and spleen. According to TCM, expelling dampness from our bodies in Spring will facilitate the cleansing process and help to build a solid foundation for good health in the following year.

Despite the sweet and refreshing taste, rose tea is considered bitter in nature according to TCM.

“In the 72 days in Spring, eat more bitter food and less sour food, nourishing your liver and spleen.”

‘King of herbal medicine’ Sun Simiao

Tang Dynasty Chinese herbalist Sun Simiao (born in 581 AD), also known as ‘King of Herbal Medicine,’ recorded how bitter food, such as rose petals, is especially good to take during springtime.

Our recipe video ‘3 Rose Teas For Spring’ on YouTube explores ancient medical texts to understand how rose tea was viewed in Traditional Chinese Medicine and its benefits.

Some of our favorite rose teas on Amazon:

Organic India Tulsi Sweet Rose Herbal Tea ►

Numi Organic Tea White Rose ►