I am excited to find some fun things to do with the roses in my yard. I had no idea you could do so much with them. I’m so glad I am doing research into how to use my plants because it has been so fun! I don’t have much time this year to try many of these things but next year will be awesome!
Uses For Rose loPetals
TEA-Yep, it makes a great tea, apparently. The uses of the tea is totally worth trying it for. It’s supposed to help with weight loss, helps with digestive infections, and is even a laxative.
To make the tea you need 2 cups of petals to every 3 cups of water. I learned something new about making tea today also. You don’t want the water to come to a rolling boil. Let it just start to boil with little bubbles and take it off the heat. If you use water that is too hot it can cause teas to be bitter. Who knew. Let it steep for 10 minutes to get the most health benefits from it.
LAXATIVE-Drinking the tea or eating the petals can help clear out your system.
DIGESTIVE HEALTH-Drinking the tea or eating the petals can help fight infections in the digestive tract and restore the bacteria to normal in your intestines.
ROSE WATER-This can be used in so many ways. Use it to rinse your hair with to add a lovely smell and moisturize your hair or to add a lovely scent to a room. This post has a recipe to make it and more uses for it. You can also find more uses for it in the rest of this post. http://wellnessmama.com/119067/rose-water/?utm_content=buffer96964&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_campaign=buffer
ACNE-Add rose water to ground fenugreek seeds to make a paste. Use this paste as a mask to help with acne. Leave on for 20 minutes. In case you have never heard of fenugreek, like me, here’s a link.
FLUID RETENTION-Drinking the tea can help with fluid retention.
KIDNEY HEALTH-Drinking the tea can help eliminate waste through the kidneys faster.
MOISTURIZER-Crush the petals and add to lip balms, lotions, etc. to help moisturize your skin.
EXFOLIATES-Crushed rose petals also exfoliate your skin and lips.
MENSTRUAL HEALTH-Drinking the tea can help with uterine congestion that causes cramps during menstruation. Can also help with irregular periods.
INFERTILITY-Drinking the tea can help with infertility.
ASTRINGENT-Rose water makes a great astringent for your skin. It can help your face to stay youthful longer.
IRRITATED OR ITCHY SKIN-Rose water can help soothe irritated or itchy skin.
COOLING EFFECT-Drinking the tea can have a cooling effect on the body. Might be nice to try on a hot summer day.
SORE THROAT-Drinking the tea can help soothe a sore throat.
CONGESTION-Drinking the tea can help clear congestion in the bronchial tubes.
RUNNY NOSE-Drinking the tea can help stop a runny nose.
HEMORRHOIDS-Take equal parts rose petals to water and make a paste. Drinking that for 3 days on an empty stomach can help get rid of bleeding hemorrhoids. (Wonder if this really works)
INSOMNIA-Drinking the tea can help fight insomnia and allow you to sleep.
FATIGUE-Drinking the tea can help with fatigue.
DEPRESSION-Drinking the tea can help with mild depression because it has a calming effect.
APHRODISIAC-Drinking the tea can be a aphrodisiac.
SYRUP-This actually sounds pretty fun. There are quite a few uses for it that she talks about in this post. http://tinandthyme.uk/2015/06/rose-syrup-and-what-to-do-with-it/
BATH-Add the petals to your bath to help soothe your skin, rid toxins, and relax you.
LIP SCRUB-This looks like a fun lip scrub recipe. Sense roses exfoliate and moisturize it’s probably a great recipe. http://simplydesigning.porch.com/rose-petal-and-mint-lip-scrub/
ROSE SUGAR-Make a rose sugar to add to drinks, recipes, etc. Use 1 cup of rose petals to every 2 cups of sugar and put in an air tight container. Allow to sit for at least a few weeks before using.
LIP BALM-Because rose is an excelent moisturizer it works great in lip balms. Check out this amazing sounding recipe. https://thenerdyfarmwife.com/peppermint-rose-lip-balm/
BATH MELTS-Another fun recipe that will moisturize and relax you at the same time. http://www.naturalhealthblogger.net/cocoa-butter-rose-and-geranium-bath-melts/
POTPOURRI-Make a lovely smelling potpourri with just rose or add other flowers to it.
DECOR-You can use roses or rose petals in your home decor.
VINEGAR-This can be used to relieve the pain of sunburn, relieve the itch of bug bites, help with rosacea, or make a aftershave with it. You can also use it as a hair rinse to clarify it and help your hair to shine. It can also be used for culinary uses. Here’s the recipe with more info about it’s use. https://thenerdyfarmwife.com/rose-petal-vinegar-its-many-uses/
LINEN SPRAY-Use the rose water for a linen spray.
PERFUME-Use the rose water as a perfume.
SUNBURN RELIEF-Use rose water or rose vinegar to help relieve the pain of a sunburn.
BUG BITES-Use the rose water or vinegar to help relieve the itch of bug bites.
LEMONADE-Add some rose water to your lemonade for extra flavor.
DARK CIRCLES AND PUFFINESS-Use rosewater to help with dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.
MAKEUP REMOVER-You can make a makeup remover with rose water in it. http://simplydarrling.com/2012/06/diy-rosewater-eye-makeup-remover/
SOAPS, LOTIONS, ETC.-Add the petals or rose water to these recipes to get the benefits of the rose and the lovely smell. Here’s a fun looking recipe. http://helloglow.co/make-your-own-rosewater-pink-clay-soap/
ROSE FACE MASK-Moisturize, help clear your face of acne and keep your face looking youthful by making this mask. http://www.smithspirations.com/2016/02/soothing-rose-facial-mask-plus-7-other-rose-recipes/
ROSE INFUSED HONEY-Sounds pretty yummy. Here’s the recipe. http://joybileefarm.com/rose-honey/
JELLY-This looks super pretty and fancy. Check out the recipe. https://www.bulkherbstore.com/blog/post/how-to-make-delicious-rose-petal-jelly/
SALVE-This salve is supposed to help with wrinkles, age spots, eczema, psychosis, stretch marks, and scars. It wouldn’t surprise me if it works considering all the wonderful properties rose contains. https://thenerdyfarmwife.com/rose-petal-salve-recipe/
GARNISH-Make your food look fancy.
SUGAR SCRUB-Due to the exfoliating and moisturizing properties this probably works great! There are a few different recipe combinations in this post. http://www.plaidandpaleo.com/2014/05/rose-sugar-scrub.html
Oh my heavens, I need to stop! The list keeps going on and on. I knew you could eat roses and they looked pretty but, good grief, there’s a lot that you can do with them.
What have I missed? How do you use your roses? I’d love to hear. Leave a comment at the bottom of the page, making sure you aren’t still on the homepage.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nor do I pretend to be. I have simply compiled information of uses for this plant. If you have any questions about a use, please consult your doctor.