Rosebuds are antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-parasitic. They’re also mild laxatives, a good supportive tonic for the heart, and great for lowering cholesterol. The antiseptic nature of rose petals makes them a wonderful treatment for wounds, bruises, rashes, and incisions. Taken internally, their anti-inflammatory properties make them a wonderful treatment for sore throats or ulcers. They can stimulate the liver and increase appetite and circulation.
Rose can also lower your body temperature and help bring down a fever or cool you off in the summer. As an antispasmodic, it helps relieve spasms in the respiratory system (asthma and coughs), in the intestinal tract (cramping, constipation), and in the muscles (cramps and sports injuries).
Also rosebuds are an emmenagogue, which means this herb can help regulate and bring on delayed menstrual cycles (as a caution, avoid taking this herb internally if you are pregnant). They’re also a uterine tonic — healing cysts, infections, and bleeding. And, just like the essential oil, rosebuds are a nervine; they help soothe and calm the nervous system, easing tension and pain.
How to use:
For your base infusion, pour 1 cup hot water over 1 teaspoon of dried rosebuds. Cover and steep for 10 to 15 minutes. You can drink it hot or cold.
Also use them to make your own tea mixtures and infusions or as a sweetener instead of sugar or honey. They can be used to decorate desserts or to make liqueurs.
Dried rosebuds can be also infused to make rose water or oil or mixed with epsom salts for a relaxing bath. It can be used in many healing ointments, facial cleansers and lotions, to decorate cakes or add to potpourri mixes