Affectionate but seemingly ruthless; beautiful and colourful, it does not let you close.
Roses are a symbol of romantic love. The flower is full of vitality, allowing it to regulate qi and invigorate the blood. It’s literally heart-warming when consumed, so the rose relationship with the heart is more than symbolic.
Roses are sweet and slightly bitter in taste. Warm in essence, they can nourish the heart, liver, and blood vessels. Since the Ming Dynasty, rose tea has been made in cellars. Nowadays, brewed roses can be found not only in tea, but in a variety of fruit and flower infusions.
Keep in mind that roses are potent medicine. They can have a strong effect on blood circulation and dissipating blood stasis. People with constipation and pregnant women shouldn’t drink rose tea.
Rose Nectar (serves two):
10 grams roses
10 grams dried hawthorn
2 slices lemon
1 grapefruit, peeled, membranes removed
8 pear cubes, 1cm
8 apple cubes, 1cm
4 teaspoons honey
Put the roses and dried hawthorn in a teapot and boil in 400ml of water for 5 minutes. Add lemon slices, pear and apple cubes, and grapefruit. Let sit for 10 minutes, then add honey and stir. Pour into a glass and serve.