How to make rose infused honey
Once you learn how to make rose infused honey you'll have a beautiful and affordable way to add the health benefits and beauty of roses into your day with ease!
This DIY floral infused honey a gorgeous edible and waste-free gift and perfect for your flower and 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.
Reasons to make diy floral infused honey
- Honey and roses are loaded with health benefits
- It's simple, but pretty
- It makes a beautiful, thoughtful gift
Roses are so beautiful that they have a built-in protection mechanism (thorns). Roses are popular for their beauty, but also their healing properties. They are a symbol of love, and authentic rose products have an extremely high vibration. Everything on earth is made of energy and therefore vibrates within a certain frequency.
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.
How to make this rose infused honey
The process is simple.
1) You start by selecting your roses. You can choose fresh organic, directly from your garden, or organic dried rose buds. 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. Over the summer there was an abundance of wood roses behind my house and I most certainly made honey with them. But usually, I just buy them dried.
2) If your roses are fresh, 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.
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 however you'd like!
What kind of roses should I add to my honey?
Dried plants are usually best suited for infusions because the minerals and nutrients contained within them are often more easily accessed. Fresh flowers will need to infuse for less time because the have delicate petals, and less time is needed for their benefits to infuse into the water. I often use a combination of fresh, organic rose petals from our garden and dried rose petals.
I chose to infuse roses for their health and energetic benefits
- According to Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry roses exhibit very strong radical scavenging effect and antioxidant power
- Its petals are nutritionally dense, containing an abundance of vitamin A, B, C, E
- In Ayurvedic medicine, roses are believed to to balance the heart chakra
- Roses are calming to the central nervous system according to thel Journal of Experimental Biology
- Don't use edible flowers from highly contaminated areas such 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.
What is an herbal infusion?
An herbal infusion occurs when you steep plant material in water or liquid. Herbal infusions are used to introduce the healing properties of specific herbs and plants to the body. Dried plants, like dried rose petals are best suited for infusions because the minerals and nutrients contained within them are often more easily accessed.
Ways to use this infused honey:
Most of all, I love a spoon full of rose honey in my tea. I love to use it in rose tea or rose water matcha.
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.