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Question: Is there any documentation pertaining to rose petals being used for jellies and medicinal purposes?

Answer: In Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs, mention is made of rose petals as "being astringent, containing quercitrin, volatile oils, and coloring agents. Rose petals have generally been used in tonics and gargles...." The book also states that "Fragrant rose petals are used in salads, as garnishes, candied to decorate pastries, and to make rose water." There is also mention of rosehips being used to make syrups, jellies, jams and conserves. The book should be available at most libraries. ISBN #0-87857-699-1.

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