Roses – Culinary and Medicinal

September 17, 2009 at 5:00 am 1 comment

Roses. In flower lore, roses mean love and we all associate roses with love and romance. But roses are so much more than just tokens of love. Roses are edible, great in recipes, to garnish with and for herbal medicine. Rose petals are wonderful dried as an ingredient in herbal teas, or to make rose water (which has cosmetic uses), used to garnish dishes or even steeped in white wine vinegar for use in salad dressing, to make rose petal jam or to make a topping for desserts as in rose syrup. Rose petals are also great in herbal bath blends.  Rose hips, which are the fruit of the rose plant, can be eaten fresh and uncooked but they are quite tart that way so they are best used cooked. They are fabulous in tea blends for color, flavor and they are one of the best natural and freely available sources of Vitamin C. Even rose leaves are medicinal as they are mildly laxative and astringent for drying up wounds. Keep in mind as with any herb or plant that any part of the rose bush that you use must be unsprayed and organic. Roses are so beautiful and so useful in the kitchen, the bath and are revered for their medicinal properties. I love Rose Petal Tea and thought I would share my recipe with you! Enjoy >>Candace

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Rose Petal Tea

1/2 teaspoon dried rose petals
1/2 teaspoon dried rose hips
1/2 teaspoon dried peppermint
1/4 teaspoon dried lavender flowers

Place herbs into a tea infuser and place into a cup. Pour boiling water over infuser and steep 3 – 5 minutes. This blend makes a lovely cup of herbal tea that is refreshing and relaxing.

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