Fragrant Rose Petals

Rose petals are considered cooling in ayurveda, and therefore excellent for balancing Pitta. Rose petals are said to contribute the sweet, pungent, bitter and astringent tastes. Red rose petals have the best aroma. Look for rose petals and buds that are chemical-free. Shatapatri, or Rosa Centifolia, is the rose traditionally used in ayurveda.

Rose petals and hips can be brewed into a soothing fragrant tea. Fresh or dried petals can be added to desserts and puddings. Rose petals, in combination with saffron and cardamom, are used to flavor sweet rice.