Both raw honey and roses have a plethora of health benefits ranging from antiviral/bacteria/fungal and immune boosting to promoting digestive health. Infusing the two is ridiculously simple, a lovely gift and always good to have in the pantry for cold and flu season.
Health Benefits of Raw Honey
-Raw honey (not heated in any way or pasteurized) is alkaline-forming and contains natural vitamins, enzymes and powerful antioxidants unlike store bought pasteurized honey which has the nutritional equivalence to processed refined white cane sugar.
-Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal. You can place raw local honey over a burn or into a cut to promote healing and prevent infection. Hospitals in the US are starting to use honey for it's wound care as well! (Always a little late to the game here in the United States, but at least we're catching on...). Honey works differently from antibiotics, which attacks the bacteria's cell wall or inhibits intracellular metabolic pathways. Honey is hygroscopic, meaning it draws moisture out of the environment and thus dehydrates bacteria.
-Promotes digestive health
-Strengthens the immune system and is a powerful antioxidant
-Helps alleviate seasonal allergies (this honey must be local to the area you are experiencing allergies to)
-Relieve pain, calm nerves, treat ulcers
Health Benefits of Roses
-Supports general health and boosts immune system due to high levels polyphenols, vitamin C and antioxidants
-Natural astringent and toner for sensitive skin
-When brewed into a tea can relieve menstrual cramps
-Protects and promotes healthy liver function
Raw locally sourced honey*
1/4 cup organic culinary rose petals
2 clean jars with airtight lid
*Make sure to inquire about the quality of the raw honey before purchasing. You want honey that is not pasteurized and has never been heated. It's also important to source through someone ethical and who you feel does justice to our environment and the bees in which the honey is gathered from.
In a clean jar add the rose petals. Pour honey over the rose petals, stir with a spoon to combine and seal with the airtight lid.
Every day turn the honey and rose petal jar over- so day two have the jar upside down, day there have it right side up. It's okay if you miss a day every now and then. Leave the jar in a place where you'll remember to do this. If it's in a sunny spot the rose petals will infuse much faster into the honey. Taste the honey after week one and determine how much longer you'd like to infuse for (the longer you infuse the stronger the taste).
Recommended time for infusion: 2-4 weeks.
Once done infusing, poor the contents into cheesecloth that is sitting over a bowl. With clean hands work the honey through the cheesecloth. Add the honey soaked rose petals from within the cheesecloth back into the jar it was infusing in. You can save this and use it to make a rose honey tea.
Take the infused honey from the bowl and pour into the remaining clean jar, seal it tight.
Ways to Enjoy Rose Infused Honey
-Add a spoonful into tea
-Drizzle over granola, oatmeal or baked fruit
-Place over a burn or cut and secure with gauze
-Use as a face wash (especially good for red blotchy skin, an acne episode, eczema or psoriasis) and gently wash off with warm water and a wash cloth- no soap!
-Take a spoonful to ease swollen and inflamed throat
-Take a spoonful in hot water to assist with regulating digestion or upset stomach.
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