How to make flower infused honey

Once you know how to make flower infused honey you'll have an affordable way to add the health benefits and beauty of flowers into your day with ease!

This DIY floral infused honey a gorgeous edible and waste-free gift and perfect for your honey-loving friends. Honey is a liquid treasure trove of flavors and colors. It has been found that bees make honey from flowers near their hives, like orange trees or wildflowers in nature- which gives it's honey a different flavors, and that distinctive and their unique taste! In this post, I'll share all about making your own flower infused honey.

closed jar of floral infused honey on a plate surrounded by pink roses

Reasons to make diy floral infused honey

  • Honey and seasonal flowers are loaded with health benefits
  • It's simple
  • It makes a beautiful,  thoughtful gift
overhead shot looking into a jar of floral infused honey

How to infuse honey

There are fast infusions, which include heating your honey and ingredients on low heat so that the honey takes on the flavor quickly. You can see an example of this in my garlic hot honey recipe. In this honey recipe, we use a slow infusion - and let the ingredients sit at room temperature for a long time. Slow methods are a great way to achieve stronger flavors and a little zen this holiday season.

Infusing honey is easy. One of the easiest recipes on the blog. And once you know how, the possibilities are endless. Simply choose your ingredients to place in a clean jar then cover it with your favorite local raw honey. It can sit and infuse from overnight - up to six weeks for more intense flavor. The honey mixture will infuse and take on new flavors, and the health benefits of the unique ingredients you choose. The flavor ideas are endless, and when gifted in a pretty jar? So thoughtful. You can also use different plants to celebrate the season. In the winter I love to make my winter spiced infused honey.

lilac honey in ajar with a spoon

How to make this floral infused honey

The process is simple.

1) You start by selecting your ingredients. Which edible flowers will you choose? And where is the best place to find them? Having your own edible flower garden is the best place to get your edible flowers, but you can also forage wild plants safety and sustainably, or buy them organic. Read my guide on where to buy fresh edible flowers, edible wildflowers to forage, or the best dried edible flowers, which are perfect for making honey if you can't source them fresh or them in nature.

2) You clean and your plant ingredients as directed, and cover in raw, local honey. Be careful to ensure the honey is covering all of the plant material to prevent mold. To clean fresh flowers, carefully open their petals and mist with water to be sure you’ve removed any dirt and pests. Let them sit and dry overnight (or longer, if you wish to use dried plants) and allow any remaining bugs to exit and the drain water.

3) You let flowers and herbs sit and infuse for 4-6 weeks in an airtight container.

4) You strain your flowers and herbs from the honey and use it however you'd like!

Read my post on the best edible flowers to grow in your garden

Ways to use this infused honey

You can use floral honey any where that you would use honey. Tea, cocktails, homemade honey spoons, simple syrup, ice cream - like this lavender honey ice cream sundae, salad dressings. Even in skincare and beauty.

How do I know which flowers to choose?

Dried flowers are best for infusing in honey. The moisture will be entirely out of dried flowers or herbs, making them less susceptible to mold. You may enjoy our post on best dried edible flowers or The Best Tasting Edible Flowers to help you source and decide!

Where can I find edible flowers?

I have an entire post dedicated to where to source edible flowers.

Edible flower safety:

  • Not every flower is safe to eat. Many flowers are considered poisonous. Make sure you have correctly identified your flower if you have foraged them.
  • Don't use edible flowers from highly contaminated areas such as roadways, chemically treated lawns, or areas with animals.
  • If you haven't tried a particular flower in culinary uses, taste a small piece of the petal before consuming a whole petal. You can be allergic to flowers.
close up bottle of honey filled with flowers

I love to use it in rose tea. 

Pick your edible flower

If you aren't sure which flowers are edible, start with Most Popular Edible Flowers With Picture Chart (free download)

Some of my favorites are:

  • lilac
  • rose
  • elderflower
  • chamomile
  • calendula
  • lavender
  • jasmin
  • tiger lily
  • hibiscus
  • chives
  • passionflower

Pick some herbs (optional)

Some favorite floral + herb combinations of mine are:

  • lilac rosemary
  • rose +rosemary - like in this rose and rosemary Paloma
  • rose + mint - like in this rose mint iced green tea
  • elderflower + thyme
  • chamomile + parsley
  • calendula + oregano
  • lavender + mint
  • jasmin + sage
  • tiger lily + marjoram
  • hibiscus + basil
  • chives + mint

Pick your honey

You always want to choose raw, local honey for the best health benefits. And different honeys will have different flavors based on what the honey bee pollinated it with. 

love edible flowers? these resources may be useful to you:

Frequently asked questions

Can infused honey spoil?

Honey does not spoil, but if it's infused improperly or the plant matter in your honey is exposed to air it can produce mold. If your honey becomes moldy you must throw it away.

Can bacteria grow in honey?

Most bacteria and other microbes cannot grow or reproduce in honey due to antibacterial activity of honey. However, it is not impossible for bacteria and mold to to grow on fresh plant matter that accidently exposed during infusion.

How should I store my infused honey

Treat your honey like any perishable item and store in the refrigerator for up to six months

The recipe

overhead shot looking into a jar of floral infused honey cover image

How to make flower infused honey

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Once you know how to make flower infused honey you'll have an affordable way to add the health benefits and beauty of flowers into your day with ease!
Print Recipe
Prep Time:5 minutes
Additional Time:30 days 10 hours
Total Time:30 days 10 hours 5 minutes


  • ¼ cup edible flower of choice dried or fresh - organic
  • 1 cup of local raw honey runny


  • Add your dry ingredients to your jar
  • Cover completely with honey
  • Seal top
  • Let the honey sit and infuse for one month, longer if desired
  • Strain
  • Return strained honey to jar and gift or use as desired!


due to the risk of infant botulism, a severe but rare form of food poisoning, you should never give honey to a child younger than a year old.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Sugar: 25g
Course: Edible flowers
Cuisine: American
Keyword: infused honey, lavender infused honey, rose infused honey
Servings: 1 jar of honey
Calories: 114kcal
Author: sarah

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  1. Help! I'm making a mullein flower and raw honey cough syrup by using the cold method.

    Can I continue leaving it longer than 6 weeks for a stronger infusion and health benefit? Or am I taking a risk? It's been 6 weeks now.

    Thanks for yours help!


    1. Doti, this is a great question! Mullein and raw honey is SUCH a great idea! I turned to my medicinal herbal books looking for an exact answer, but couldn't find one. So I will use my judgement here. Honey does not expire, if you're infusing dried mullein flowers and it has remained well covered by the honey, I see no reason why it can not continue to infuse indefinitely. I say dried because the dried plants will also be preserved and not contain water, which will make them more susceptible to growing mold. If you had infused fresh mullein, I'd stop infusing now and strain it to be on the safer side.

  2. I would love to try this! It says clean plant material as directed - I'm wondering where the directions for that are.
    Thanks in advance.