Rose is a natural astringent - meaning it tightens body tissue when the tissue is inflamed. It is also useful in treating diarrhea, mouth sores and sore throats, sore eyes, irritated skin, and burns.
Wild rose petals can be simply picked and eaten for a refreshing, floral snack - or also added to salads to pump up your greens with a dash of pink.
Rose Petal Lemonade
Collect enough rose petals to loosely pack 1 measuring cup
Place petals in a pyrex bowl and cover with 2 cups of boiling water
Allow to steep for approx. 30 mins
Strain liquid and refrigerate
Juice 3 lemons into rose petal tea
Sweeten as desired with honey, maple syrup or sugar
Infusing Rose Petals
This is an easy way to include the lovely flavour of rose petals in everyday edibles (and drink-ables). My dear friend Trish introduced me to rose-infused gin, and let me tell you - it is DELICIOUS. You can have your very own rose gin with these simple steps:
Collect rose petals and soak in gin for 2-3 weeks (I use mason jars)
Strain rose petals...and any unlucky bugs
Drink and be merry
Get creative with your rose petal recipes, and feel free to share them here in the comments section!