Roses are Red

I spent a week in January visiting my sister in China, and while I wasn't sure what to expect, the experience far exceeded what I had in mind.  We took to the mountains for a few days, which proved to be my favorite part of the trip, and spent our days zipping through villages by moped, floating down the Yulong River by bamboo raft, and hiking up to mountain tops for some incredible views. If you ever have the opportunity to visit, I highly recommend spending a few days at the Sudder Street Guesthouse in Yangshou. This upscale hostel offers the most amazing view of the Guilin countryside and is the perfect retreat after a day of exploring. Perhaps my favorite way to unwind in the evenings was with a cup of rose tea, watching the sun set over the mountains, and smiling at the farmers walking by, headed home for the day. As it turns out rose tea provides a number of health benefits in addition to a rested soul and a happy heart. This fragrant tea is packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, the perfect cocktail when your body needs a boost. It's also great remedy for improving the appearance of your skin, works as an anti-inflammatory, boosts your immune system, and reduces stress and anxiety. Plus it's easy to make at home! So while a trip to China may not be in the books this year, I highly recommend investing in a teapot and following these simple steps:

  1. Wash a cup of rose petals in clean water and pat dry
  2. Bring a cup and a half of water to a near boil
  3. Add your rose petals to boiling water, then simmer for 5-10 minutes
  4. When the petals have turned dark, strain out and pour tea into a cup
  5. Add spices or honey to taste and ENJOY! 

Zaijain! 

Stephanie Zillmer