Rose shrubs have grown for thousands of years in Asia, where their red, white and pink blooms were quite popular. Rosa chinensis, commonly known as the China rose, are used in a variety of herbal treatments, many of them designed to help ease women’s menstrual problems and to improve blood circulation. These treatments make use of mostly the flowers and buds. Rosa chinensis is also used in herbal concoctions to treat arthritis, coughs and boils.
A tea made from rose bud is an easy and popular way to ingest the health benefits of vitamin C offered by rosa chinensis. Rosa chinensis also is a good source of vitamins E and B, antioxidants and the minerals zinc, iron and phosphorous.
Traditional Chinese medicine makes use of the flowers in treatments for stomach problems, pain relief, thyroid problems and diarrhea in additional to menstrual problems. The vitamin C in the buds has been prescribed for colds and flu. Rose petals have been used for centuries to make perfumes, and they also can be eaten, or made into a wine.
• Blood stasis: scanty menstruation, amenorrhea, chest pain, abdominal pain and distention.
• Swelling: neck swellings, scrofula.
• With brown sugar: for amenorrhea or scanty menstruation with abdominal pain, emotional stress, and constipation.
Brewing Guide: Steep 1-2 tablespoons of dried leaves in 1 cup of hot water. Cover it for 10-15 minutes. Drink it 3 times a day.