Often invoking the heart, our organic red rose petals from Rosa damascena are an alluring and delightful addition to potpourri mixes and herbal sachets. Dried rose petals can also be used in botanical tea blends, culinary infusions, and topical creations such as body sprays and floral baths. Roses have been used for centuries for their fragrance, folklore, and healthful properties.
Rose flowers are cooling and drying, slightly anti- microbial, and astringent. The flowers are often combined with lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) blossoms to help with grief and loss. Rose is also used topically to heal sunburns, rashes, and stings. It is a tradi- tional remedy for stagnant female reproductive disorders, including heavy and painful menstrual cramps. The ancient associations with rose and romance speak to its use as an aphrodisiac and nurturing aid for assuaging emotional difficulties around sexuality.
The pink and red petals are high in bioflavonoids, and are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. The petals can be added to salads, smoothies, and fruit salads.