It seems all we know around here is winter. There hasn’t been a frequent snowfall like this on the Island for years. It’s cold. It’s icy. It’s lovely, yet it also brings a lack of vitamin sunshine, especially for us on the Pacific West Coast when, before the snow hits, it pours rain most months of the year. Many people are afflicted with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) this time of year, likely attributed to lack of vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin); I am certainly no stranger to it. Whether it’ simply anecdotal or not, Rose is considered uplifting for depression, seasonal or otherwise.
I was inspired to create this recipe after happily finding a rather large brown bag of dried rose petals in my tea cache; a purchase I made during pregnancy after reading that rose can be a beneficial tea ingredient for pregnancy. Its fragrance reminds me of that fleeting and seemingly distant moment in time…a time that I’ll save writing about for another blog post! My mom wears rose oil and this beautiful prayer bead necklace (which she wears as a bracelet) fashioned from beads of crushed rose petals…it smells amazing and needless to say, the scent brings me home into my mother’s warm arms…
From my personal experience, the soft and warm scent of rose calms my heart and seems to help me unwind after a long day. It also lends itself to helping me get a good night’s sleep among other health benefits…not that I get much sleep with my little guy around (bless his heart).
Historically, roses were used to reduce inflammation and to ease coughing, another common winter ailment. Rose is also high in vitamin C and antioxidants which makes them an ideal ingredient when you need a winter time boost (apparantly it’s great for your skin, too). Combined with fresh almond milk, vanilla and a touch of sweetness, rose petals create a wonderfully aromatic and beautiful taste experience.
They’re are not too difficult to find, either. You can source them online from Harmonic Arts (one of my favoruite organic herbal dispensaries) or from your local health food shop. Be sure to source organic rose petals; many commercially available roses and rose products can be contaminated with pesticides and fungicides which you probably don’t want to consume (just a guess).
Anyway, a fresh brew of this lovely winter drink is calling my name. Sending you my warmest greetings; enjoy what winter does bring to us: a chance to calm our soul and enjoy the warm hearth of home…and plenty of hot drinks!
WINTER ROSE ALMOND MILK TEA
- 2 TBSP Dried Rose Petals
- 2 Cups Almond Milk
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla or 1/8 tsp vanilla bean powder
- Pinch of Cardamom
- 1-2 TBSP Maple Syrup or Stevia to taste
Place the dried rose petals into two layers of cheese cloth and tie tightly, or place the petals in a tea ball. In a small saucepan, add the almond milk, rose petals and vanilla powder (or extract) and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes to allow the rose to further infuse the almond milk.
Add sweetener to taste and enjoy, sipping slowly.
the almond milk will take on a very, very faint pink colour after steeping, which is absolutely lovely. If you don’t consume it in one sitting, you may notice is separate a tad and what appears to be oil on the surface; rose contains natural oils, so don’t be alarmed, simply stir, heat and enjoy. Warming this beverage enhances it pleasant fragrance, but feel free to enjoy cold if you prefer.