Rose petals are antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic, so the next time you get a small cut while out in the garden, apply a fresh petal or easily created poultice and hold in place as a protective covering. To help relieve a sore throat, infuse a bit of rose petals and honey into your tea. Additionally, the vibrant colors of organic rose buds and petals make beautiful décor. Many believe that carrying around a small satchel of rose petals (or using on your altar or as part of a ritual)one can attract love and romance. As the international symbol of romantic love, roses carry an endearing message of loyalty and passion.
Dried rose petals will store easily and have a good shelf-life . They are often used to bring floral scent/taste to a variety of culinary dishes. An easy way to do this is to grind your dried rose petals into a sweet spice mix, or use them to make flavored sugar. They can be used in tea blends, often in combination with other herbs and flowers. Dried rose petals can also be added to soups and salads and make exceptional decorations for cakes, pastries, soaps and oils. Infused in oil or alcohol, rose petals can be transformed into creams, lotions, colognes and perfumes.
Herbalism is the ancient art of using the energies and medicines locked away in plants to help relieve discomfort from, or even cure, millions of conditions. Every part of plants can come in handy, ranging from mandrake root to rose petals and wild lettuce, and each provide their own advantages depending on botanical nature of the plant. Many thousands of years after mankind uncovered the medicinal and spiritual use of these plants, scientists have acquired the tools that were needed to figure out how they worked and confirm their effectiveness. You can see an example of this in scientific articles confirming the effectiveness of elderberry improving your immune system with thousands of antioxidants and even anticarcinogenic effects!
We encourage you to do your research before ingesting any herb. This is especially true if you are taking any medications, as many herbs interact with specific types of medications (St. Johns Wort and Antidepressants for example, causes serotonin syndrome, which can be fatal). Always consult your doctor before trying to treat, diagnose, or cure any medical condition, as they know what is best specifically for you.
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