Ah, the sweet scent of wild roses in bloom. We are fortunate to have such a beautiful species of plant growing wild in this part of the world. Wild rose has so many amazing traditional health & wellness uses.
We recently came across a list of 10 ways to use wild rose petals, and we love it so much we thought we'd share. From rose water, elixirs and tonics to decorations, mead, jams, body oils and salves, each of these ideas can inspire you to create your own DIY natural goodies and remedies.
"Rose water – This is simply a strong tea and quite expensive when purchased. Make your own rose water and store in the refrigerator to flavour baked goods and cocktails.
Rose elixir – Mix rose petals with alcohol and honey (or glycerin) for a remedy that can be used internally for a calming effect.
Bath teas – Rose petals are soothing to the skin and mind. Use the fresh or dried petals in a bath tea to soak away a tough day.
Infuse honey – Soak rose petals in honey for a lightly flavoured honey, perfect for eating and for body products.
Skin soother – Purée rose petals with aloe vera gel to soothe burns, bug bites, and more.
Jam – Make a beautiful and tasty rose petal jam that is perfect for gift giving.
Candied – Coat the petals in egg whites and sugar and let dry for a beautiful, edible decoration.
Mead – Ferment rose petals with honey for a delightful adult beverage.
Ice cream – Use rose petals to color and flavour homemade ice cream.
Infused oil – Make a rose infused oil for use in homemade body products, lip balms, salves, and more."
Grab a basket, get creative and have fun experimenting. Be sure to wildcraft responsibly!
~ Happy Harvesting
Source: Homespun Seasonal Living