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How to Make Rose Petal Tea

Athlyn Green lives on an acreage and enjoys the flowers, plants, and bushes therein.

Pretty as a Picture and Tastes Just as Roses Smell


Rose Petal Tea Anyone?

I love, love, love this wonderful tea. It's truly a little taste of heaven. Who would have thought that rose petals could be used to make a tea or infuse black or green tea with their lovely flavor.

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 so wonderful if that magical smell could somehow be captured when the petals were steeped in hot water or steeped in tea but was that possible?

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. Yes! Tea that somehow tasted exactly as roses smelled. What an incredible combo. I was hooked!

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

Rose tea, starts, of course, with actual roses and their petals. Most roses are edible and, in fact, the 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.

If you are intrigued and ready to get started, this article will walk you through how to make tea from rose petals. By the time you've finished reading, you'll know how to make your own rose tea.

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

Rose Bush

Rose Bush

Did You Know?

Most roses are edible, with the exception of the Christmas Rose, which is believed 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. Choose newly opened petals that are at their best.
  3. Gently remove the rose petals by pulling from each flower head. Collect and place petals into a strainer.
  4. Rinse under cool water.
  5. Use right away.
  6. If you plan on storing dried petals, spread petals out on a tea towel to dry.

An Old-Fashioned Rose Offers Superior Taste


Dried or Fresh?

While you can dry rose petals for later use, for the best flavor, it is better to use fresh petals.

Rinsed Rose Petals

Rose Petals

Rose Petals


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

Let's Have Some Rose Tea

It all starts with rose petals.

It all starts with rose petals.

How to Make Rose Petal Tea

There are different methods 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 rinsed 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 the hot water, they take on a velvety texture.

Non-Caffeinated Tea

Brew decaffeinated tea and add petals to the pot.

Plain Rose Tea

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

A Gift From the Garden

When it's snowy out, you can still sip rose tea, enjoying the scents of the summer garden.

Rose Water

Lovely to sample and such a pretty color, too.

Lovely to sample and such a pretty color, too.

How to Make 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.

Uses for Rose Water

Take out the desired number of cubes to thaw and use to flavor desserts or fruit punches.

  • Add liquid when making a pot of tea
  • Use liquid to flavor frosting or whipped cream
  • Add liquid to fruit punch
  • Thicken liquid with corn starch to make a rose glaze to drizzle over vanilla ice cream or to decorate sweet treats

A Word About Packaged Rose Tea

While rose tea can be purchased, there's a world of difference between packaged and fresh. • Some loose teas include dried rose petals but the rose flavor is very faint. • Other teas may offer a stronger rose flavor through the use of artificial flavoring agents.

When you make your own rose tea, you control the flavor and you know exactly what you are getting.

Questions & Answers

Question: Should I use the whole flower or just the petals to make rose petal tea?

Answer: I use the petals. I find it's very easy to do. One can go outside and gather a handful of petals; I gently pull them apart and rinse them before dropping them into a pot to make tea. At other times, if I want to make rose water, I take a large container outside and gather lots of petals for later rinsing and simmering for rose water.

© 2011 Athlyn Green

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

Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on February 05, 2018:

Yes, rose flavor goes well in a number of dishes.

adriana stoica on February 05, 2018:

If the rose tea is pleasure, you need to try the rose petal preserves, you can't compare with some anther preserves . On Europe this is something very popular.

Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on March 27, 2014:

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

Patsy Bell Hobson from zone 6a, Southeast Missouri, USA on March 26, 2014:

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.

Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on March 24, 2013:

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 on March 24, 2013:

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

Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on March 07, 2013:

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.

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on March 07, 2013:

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

Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on April 09, 2011:

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.

chspublish from Ireland on April 09, 2011:

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.

Earth Angel on April 08, 2011:

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!

Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on April 08, 2011:

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!

Earth Angel on April 08, 2011:

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!

Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on April 08, 2011:

Hi Cogerson,

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

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on April 08, 2011:

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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