Roses are red (pink and white) and healthy for you…..

We see roses as a romantic gesture but they have traditionally been viewed as a symbol of fertility as well. So it’s not surprising that rose leaves, petals and hips have a long history as a tonic for the female productive system. But what might be surprising (to me, anyways) is that these aerial parts of the sweet smelling shrub have been used to increase sexual interest and decrease impotence in men. So, a bouquet of red roses to either sex has important overtures.

Roses have medicinal and nutritive value for us. Containing Vitamins C, B, E & K, tannins, pectin, carotene, fruit acids, fatty oil and nicotinamide, roses offer a cooling affect on the body. An infusion of leaves and petals can bring down a fever while clearing toxins and heat from the body. Rose tea works particularly well when the fever is accompanied by rash and inflammation.

Roses can also act as alterative by changing the course of illness or infection. Roses can enhance immunity and slow down or thwart the course of infection, particularly in the digestive tract. Bolstering the gut bacteria, the constituents in roses will help to balance the microbial flora in the body’s lower intestines. Rose petal tea can relieve cold and flu symptoms like sore throat, runny nose and chest congestion.

Roses also act as a decongestant, astringent and detox agent. These actions work very well together in several parts of the body to clear out inflammation and congestion while improving tissue quality. A tea or syrup made from petals or rose hips can clear out infection in lungs. Taken consistently, the tea or syrup can improve the resiliency of the lungs, especially for those who tend to experience these types of infection. A daily cup or two of lovely rose tea for a child who has frequent chest colds or for an older loved one who battles bronchitis may bring comfort and healing to them. Roses will also help with clearing congestion from the uterus, decreasing pain and heavy periods. A daily infusion may also regulate menses, decrease infertility and enhance the libido as it tones the tissues of the body’s female reproduction system.

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An infusion of rose petals and hips can also help the body with elimination. Encouraging the kidneys to work effectively, a rose infusion will decrease fluid retention in the body and move toxins through the kidneys and out of the body. While the kidneys are doing their job even better, the liver will also improve with a good dose of rose hip or petal tea. Roses have a mild laxative effect. They encourage the liver to prompt the gall bladder to increase bile flow. By doing so, the liver is decongested. A sluggish liver can lead to chronic headaches and constipation.

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Finally, roses can act as a nervine. Think of getting a surprise bouquet of flowers. What is the first thing you do? Smile, right. Endorphins are released as you inhale the heady scent of the blooms. Using rose essential oil while meditating, may begin to soothe emotional trauma or problems surrounding impotency or frigidity. Roses also act upon the central nervous system. Using roses daily as a tea or syrup may lift mood, decrease insomnia and depression, improve fatigue and irritability. A bouquet of freshly snipped roses can be uplifting to those we love and cherish, no matter what age.

So, the next time, you receive a bunch of roses or give some roses, remember the lovely benefits you are receiving or passing along.

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Here’s a rose syrup recipe to try with some of those UNSPRAYED rose petals.

  • 1 cup UNSPRAYED and washed rose petals
  • 2 cups of distilled water
  • 1/2 – 1 cup raw honey

Place roses and water into a saucepan. Simmer covered for 20 minutes, reducing by 1/3-1/2. Let cool. Strain. Add honey once infusion has cooled to a warm temperature. Pour syrup into sterilized bottle. Take 1 tsp. daily.

Organic Dried Rose Petal

Rose petals make a lovely calming tea, are great for syrups, lotion and creams. Also used in spell work. Herbs & Sympathy sells organic dried rose petals for $3.00 an ounce.


Drying Rose Petals

Drying Rose Petals – June 2019

A lovely rose bush grows outside where the corner of the porch and steps leading up to the porch meet. The bush, laden with heavy pink flowers, smells heavenly when you walk by it.  My sister tells me the rose bush is the double sweetheart variety. Each bloom has an abundance of soft petals. I felt compelled to take some of the flowers for drying to use for teas and other medicines.  The following week, a lovely soul came into our booth and ask me if I could craft a self-love tea for her.  She had a list of ingredients. As an herbalist, I could extrapolate a general formula and create a tea close to what she had had before while she continued to shop the stalls at the market. This blend had rose petals.  Later that week, she sent me pictures of the brewed tea. It had a rich pink red color. 

Roses have long been a traditional symbol of not only love but fertility. This makes sense when we think about Valentine’s Day – chocolate and roses – aphrodisiacs, for sure. However, rose leaves, petals and hips also have other herbal actions in the body.  Containing Vitamins C,B,E & K, tannins, pectin, carotene and other constituents, parts of the rose bush can also act as a relaxant, diuretic, astringent, febrifuge, detoxifier, decongestant and nervine.   So, having dried rose petals on hand can prove to be very beneficial. 

Here’s how I dried the flowers which I harvested from our bush. I generally dry all my herbs this way. On occasion, I will dry them on the proofing setting in the oven but I have to remain fairly vigilant when doing so. I do not dry by hanging for several reasons. I have pets, live in the country where dust and insects abound, and use my dried herbs for medicines so I limit what can contaminate my end products.

Step 1: Gather freshly opened blooms. I use a sharp pair of scissors or snips. I also like to leave a little gift for the plant when I harvest and I do not harvest everything from the plant – just what I need. For this lovely bush,  I cleared all the potentially choking vines which had wound around her and spoke sweetly, thanking her for her flowers. Whether you believe in this kind of exchange or not, I find that having an attitude of gratefulness is at least helpful to my outlook. 🙂

Step 2: Lay out the fresh flowers stems up for a time. I like to think it gives an opportunity for all the little bugs to crawl out.  I also will rinse them in cool water to help the creatures along as well and remove dirt from the blooms. (But for these because I would not be selling them, I simply let them rest.) After a time, I will snip the base of the bloom to release the petals.

Step 3: While waiting on the petals, prepare the dehydrator. I try and clean it after every use, running the trays through the dishwasher.  But it always helps to double check before using again to avoid cross contamination of different herbs. 

Step 4: Arrange the petals on each tray. I don’t worry too much about touching because as they dry they will shrink a good bit.They tend to separate or can be gently pulled apart. Plants can be up to 90% water so taking out the moisture decreases their size a good bit. 


Step 5: Stack trays, cover the top one and turn on the dehydrator. I do keep a watch, checking on them every half hour or so, depending if I get caught up in another project or chore. I have dried herbs to a crisp before which is what you do not want. The more delicate the lower the heat if you can adjust the temperature on your dehydrator. 

Step 6: Let the dried petals cool and then place them in a glass container.  A dark one would be better if you have it. They may fade as they cool and if they are exposed to sunlight.  

Rose Petal Tea:   

1-2 teaspoons dried rose petals*

6-8 ounces of water

Honey and lemon to taste, if desired. Place petals in an infuser or directly into a cup. Heat water to almost a boil. Pour water over petals and cover the cup. Let steep for 5-10 minutes. Remove infuser or strain out petals. Sit with your feet up and enjoy. 

*please make sure that these petals are pesticide free. I would not use the bouquet of roses that you received on Valentine’s Day unless you absolutely know from where they were harvested. 

Thanks for stopping in and for reading about how to dry your own roses. You can purchased already dried rose petals at our booth at The Markets of Hanover or here through this website.  I hope you found this helpful and please remember that this information is for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.