Cooling for Pitta and balancing to Vata and Kapha
Rose petals are considered cooling in Ayurveda, and therefore excellent for balancing Pitta. Shatapatri, or the Rosa Centifolia (cabbage rose), is the rose traditionally used in Ayurveda.
They contribute the sweet, pungent, bitter and astringent tastes, but always choose rose petals and buds that are chemical-free.
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.
Rose petals support the female reproductive, nervous and circulatory systems.