Roses are not only edible, but are traditionally used for the following health benefits as well. They are:
- nervine (beneficial to the nervous system)
- emotion balancing
- helpful for PMS & menopausal symptoms
In the past, I’ve written about how you can make Rose Glycerite and Whiskey Rose Cough Remedy, but today I want to talk about how you can use your roses plus two more simple ingredients to make your own Rose Petal Remedy, or oxymel.
“Oxymel” is just another name for a sweet and sour herbal syrup. They’re excellent for all types of respiratory conditions and sore throats. If you’re interested in learning more about them, you might want to read this post: How to Make Medicinal Vinegars & Oxymels.
Whether you use fresh or dried rose petals, it’s important that they haven’t been chemically treated. Pesticides made for commercial roses are not approved for human consumption.
Making Rose Petal Remedy (Oxymel):
All you will need to make this is:
- fresh roses (or dried petals)
- raw honey
- apple cider vinegar
First, fill a jar about 3/4 full with fresh roses (a little more or less is fine, use what you have on hand.) If you’re using dried petals, you won’t need as many – just fill the jar less than halfway.
You can use the whole rose or just the petals.
Next pour raw honey over the petals until they are saturated. How much honey you use depends on how sweet you want your mixture to be. I like sweet, so I fill the jar at least half way with honey.
Next, pour apple cider vinegar over the honey & roses until it reaches the top of the jar. Stir gently to get out any air bubbles and refill with a bit more vinegar as it settles.
Cover with a layer of plastic wrap and then cap your jar. Store in a cool place for two to four weeks, shaking occasionally. Then strain and store in a cool place (or your refrigerator) for about a year.
Using Rose Petal Remedy (Oxymel):
This is a great remedy to set aside until cold & flu season rolls around again. Take your finished oxymel by the spoonful as needed for coughs, congestion and sore throats.
The resulting liquid can be tangy, depending on how much vinegar you used, so if needed – you can mix with a little additional honey for dosing. (This is especially helpful for getting it in children.)
If you’re pregnant, nursing or on medication, be sure to check with your doctor before self-treating with herbs. While roses are generally safe for most people, they may or may not be for you.