It's that time of year up in the PNW. I'm harvesting roses by the bucket-full. Okay ... that's a little incorrect. I don't have a bucket, just a really large bowl.
But the bowl is full every time I harvest!
So what am I doing with so many roses? Aside from sniffing them, that is. I'll tell you!
Mostly, I am using my fabulous dehydrator to put up dried petals until the roses come back next year. When I'm all full up on dried petals, I will start using fresh because those dang, beautiful flowers should not go to waste.
12 WAYS TO USE ROSES
Let's start with my favorite! I try to turn everything into a tea at some point or other. Roses are no different. I've been adding roses into my tea since I first started creating my own blends. (Check out my tea blends here.)
All roses are edible, but only the fragrant ones have a delightful taste. Add them on toast, crackers, salads, anything you want!
The petals are antiviral, antiseptic, and antibacterial, so when their thorns prick you, simply apply a rose petal to the open wound and thank Mother Nature for the convenient bandage. You've heard it said: the cure to a toxic plant is right nearby. In this case, the rose petal will help with those pesky thorn cuts. You're welcome!
Summer illnesses are just as common as Winter ones. If you find yourself with a sore throat, infuse some rose petals in honey and take by the spoonful. Delicious and healing! Plus, a great food to preserve for winter. Psst... add it to your tea!
For us women, roses are especially handy during our monthly cycle as they can help the flow of blood and relieve the discomfort that goes along with it. Drink rose tea a few times a day for a natural relief aid.
I just love the smell of roses - they are so uplifting when my mood is blue. So instead of turning to chocolate to lift my spirits, I'm going to turn to roses in the form of gelatin. As a canner, I always have gelatin in my pantry, so this recipe is easy to make on a whim.
2 cups Rose Tea
1 tsp Sugar or other sweetener, according to taste
Bring to a boil in a glass or ceramic pot (don't use metal here)
When the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and add in 1 package of gelatin. Stir to dissolve.
Put in the fridge to set.
adjust the strength of your tea for a milder or stronger flavored gelatin
By infusing my water solution with roses, I can add their properties to my batch of soap. And if you really wanna get those roses in there, create an oil infusion as well. Roses can be added to the top of your soap as decoration, but don't gel your soap if you do this. It will cause your beautiful roses to turn an ugly brown - yuck.
I love to use facial sprays, especially this time of year when it's so hot! They make for a refreshing time-out. By infusing distilled water with rose petals, you can make an easy and refreshing spritzer. Add a few drops of Rose Essential Oil to lengthen the life of your fragrance.
Bunnies love all things natural and roses are at the top of their list. Fresh or dried, they'll love you forever.
This is a great way to use dried rose petals to freshen up your home. Why pay money when you have a natural fragrance right in your yard? Feel free to add a drop or two of Rose Essential Oil to make your natural fragrance last longer.
Jam it up! We love jam in our house. It is a winter staple because we eat a lot of toast during those cold, dark months, and it sure does warm my soul. Add in a delightful reminder of summer and BAM - no more winter blues.
Duh. This last one is a no-brainer. Depending on the variety of rose you're dealing with, this use might be easy or a little difficult. If you're dealing with long-stemmed roses, then you've got this one in the bag, fo' sho. Otherwise, do your best to arrange a glorious centerpiece for your dining table or bar. Or romanticize your bedroom with a small display, adding a few drops of Rose Essential Oil to enhance the fragrance.