I bought these amazing giant roses from Ecuador a couple of weeks ago and one day when I was sitting in the kitchen, working on my computer I just got this amazing creative idea to dry the petals for decoration and tea! I had never seen anyone else do this before and it just came out of the blue. So I spent my lunch break to choose the best petals and put them in the oven on low heat. Then I simply kept working as the heat did its magic and when the petals were all dried I used half of them in a tea blend with sage and the other half for pure rose tea.
Rose petal tea has many benefits and has been used in herbal medicine for centuries. Rose petals are known for reducing anxiety, improving digestion, soothing of menstrual cramps and they have a high level of antioxidants and contain antimicrobial properties which helps reduce inflammation.
Make sure to use organic or homegrown roses. Rinse the petals with water to make sure they are clean. Place the rose petals on a baking tray and make sure they have some space between each other. Bake in the oven on 150 degrees Celcius for about 1-2 hours. (Keep watch and open from time to time to check if they have dried.) Let cool ones they are done and then use for whatever purpose you prefer! 🌹
Note that petite petals are ideally better for tea. I had to cut mine into smaller pieces, which worked fine, but it's a lot cuter if you can keep them in their original form - or if you use tiny rose buds.