Uses of Rose Petals

Known as the queen of flowers, the rose has a wide variety of uses, many of which involve its edible, distillable and dryable petals. Some of these uses have been perfected over thousands of years.

  1. Rose Oil

    • Rose oil
      Rose oil

      Rose petals can be distilled to make rose oil, which can be used to make things such as soaps, perfumes and lotions. The oil is also used in alternative medicine to alleviate an array of issues. Included in its uses are as an antidepressant, antiseptic, anti-viral and laxative.

    Potpourri

    • Rose petals can be dried and used in decorative potpourri scent decorations, in combination with other plant parts or alone.

    Rose Beads

    • Rose petals can be mashed and rolled into beads and strung onto jewelry. After being formed, it is possible to scent the petals with oil and to seal them.

    Food

    • Rose petals are used in both savory and sweet dishes from scones, jam, cake and wine to chicken, linguine and salads.

    Medicinally

    • As an herb, rose petal tea is claimed to lower fevers, detoxify, reduce cold symptoms, get rid of excess fluid and improve the immune system. It is also claimed to improve and alleviate problems with the female reproductive system.

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