plantmate of the month: miss february

Roses – a symbol of love and affection. Let’s say you receive one (or a larger quantity) for Valentine’s Day from someone you may or may not want in your life. I know it’s a beautiful flower, but what else is useful for? Let’s talk about better uses for rose petals than showing love.

Reminder: wash your rose petals before consuming them in any way. Pesticides are not delicious or healthy.

Rose Petal Tea

 Roses are one of the many edible flowers that exist. He loves me; he loves me not. Rip those bad boys off one-by-one, and throw them in a pot of boiling water. Rose petal tea is commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to regulate Qi and treat Qi stagnation. Qi stagnation sucks dookie, as it causes depressions, mood swings, stomach problems, and more. Apparently, it can help with menstrual symptoms as well; I’ll have to try that. Read more about it on the American Institute of Alternative Medicine’s website.

Rose Petal Mojitos

My Italian grandma, Mary, in her garden.

Not a fan of tea? Cocktails are a nice substitute. I’ve had one at an Indian restaurant near my town called ‘Pranama.’ Fucking delicious. I’m not sure what their specific recipe is, but I found one online on ‘Drinking With Chickens’ that could work. If you try it, let me know how it tastes

  • 5 fresh mint leaves
  • 5 large rose petals
  • 1/2 lime, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (I prefer brown sugar)
  • 0.5 oz. rose water
  • 2 oz white rum
  • 1/2 cup club soda

Rose Petal Rolling Paper

Another great use for rose petals is rolling papers. Hear me out. Grab some rose petals, wash them, dry them, and lay them face-down on some cooking sheet on a pan. Throw the pan in the oven for 10-15 seconds, with the heat setting on broil. You’ll see them start drying and getting darker – you might have to adjust the time and heat setting depending on your oven and taste.

Then, take the rose petals out and wait for them to cool off a bit. Lick the edge of a rose petal, stick them together to create the desired length, and stick them back in the oven for another 10-15 seconds. Now, you’re done. Roll away!


This one might be a dick move, but you can always pass them along and give them to someone else. People (generally) love receiving roses. Someone else might appreciate them more than you did.

Author: Vero Silvestri

A 22 year old trying to figure shit out.

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