Lavender Rose Infused Honey

by Kate on May 30, 2013

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This post almost didn’t see the light of day. Not because it was a failure or not up to par but because I forgot about it! You see, I actually made this lovely Lavender Rose Infused Honey last summer. Yep! A whole year ago. Then things got busy, the Babbles calendar filled up and before I knew it summer was over, autumn was approaching and a flower-infused honey just didn’t sound like a post appropriate for the crisp approach of fall weather. So this honey was relegated to a folder on my desktop and was forgotten.

The other night, my organizational OCD kicked in randomly and I was struck with the need to clean up the desktop on my computer. I began creating new folders and organizing pictures and files of ideas for future projects and such when lo and behold! Pictures of forgotten floral honey emerged. I was so excited because this honey is something special.

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Working with lavender can be tricky business. You certainly don’t want to end up with something that tastes like perfume or soap. When done right, lavender is a delicate flavor and one that I truly enjoy. The first time I used lavender in a dessert was when I made Lavender-Vanilla Bean Marshmallows. That was when I discovered that lavender is an acquired taste. My husband and mother-in-law are not fans while the girls and I definitely are. Then I found a way to use lavender that everyone enjoyed. When I created a gorgeous Very Berry Galette with Lavender Whipped Cream it was met with rave reviews, right down to that whipped cream.

Lavender rose infused honey is another recipe that we all loved. Making infused honey is beyond easy and takes nothing more than a little patience really. The flavor possibilities are endless! I used lavender rose here but you could switch it up. How about rosemary or thyme? Anise or peppermint? Cinnamon and vanilla beans? Not only does this lavender rose honey taste wonderful stirred into a cup of tea or drizzled over fresh fruit but honey has other benefits as well, benefits that have nothing to do with eating it.

Maddy, Molly and I all suffer with eczema. I feel blessed that my struggles with it were worse when I was a child and as an adult, my outbreaks are rare as long as I take care of my skin. Poor Maddy pretty much has painful, itchy dry patches all the time. The severity varies from day-to-day but that little girl really suffers. We knew within just a few weeks of her birth that she had eczema. I thought Molly escaped it but just recently I started noticing her skin taking a change for the worse and these days her skin can be as awful as Maddy’s at times.

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There are various prescribed treatments from our dermatologist but one of the most surprising and beneficial treatments has been honey. Both lavender and rose are great for dry skin! Calendula is another herb that is wonderful for eczema skin. But even honey alone is very moisturizing and it’s antibacterial and antimicrobial. And raw honey is what you want! Raw honey is FULL of beneficial enzymes. Once pasteurized, those healthy enzymes are killed and along with them, most of the beneficial health properties of honey are killed as well.

Even if you don’t have an uncomfortable skin disorder, your skin will benefit from honey also. How about washing your face with honey? Sounds a little crazy perhaps but stay with me here. Thanks to all those amazing enzymes and the antimicrobial/antibacterial benefits I was mentioning, honey is a wonderful cleanser and moisturizer for any skin. Dry, aging, normal, oily… honey can handle it all! It’s also been known to help with acne scaring. It even has some anti-aging benefits. Honey is pretty amazing stuff!

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So grab yourself a jar, some herbs and a little patience. You’re about to make some fragrant, tasty honey that you can make killer ice tea with, use as a cough suppressant or yes, even wash your face with. However you use it, you’ll love all the possibilities!

Enjoy!

~K

Lavender Rose Infused Honey

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 cup

Lavender Rose Infused Honey

Fragrant, tasty raw honey infused with lavender and rose. Not only is it wonderful as an ingredient or condiment, the health and skin benefits are endless as well!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon dried lavender
  • 1 tablespoon dried rose petals
  • 1 cup raw honey

Instructions

  1. Place herbs into a 16 ounce jar. Pour honey over the herbs. Tightly screw top on. Invert jar a few times to incorporate herbs. Set by a sunny window for at least one week, turning over once a day or longer for more flavor. **I infused my honey for 2 weeks.
  2. When ready to use, warm the jar under warm water and strain through a fine mesh sieve into a clean jar. Cover tightly and store in a cool, dry place.

Notes

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled. Add 2 tablespoons of desired herbs for every 1 cup of honey.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

suzanne May 30, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Love it, that honey must be amazing.

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ChristineM May 30, 2013 at 12:54 pm

wow…. I know cancer patients eat raw honey to help the stomach, but didn’t realize you can wash your face with it! thanks Kate for this recipe.

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Barb | Creative Culinary May 31, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I love honey; probably half of the breakfasts I eat are just toast with honey and I’m OK with that…cause, well, I LOVE honey.

I’m so with you on the lavender. Many presume that using it with food produces a sweet; perfume taste but in limited amounts the herbaceous quality really is evident. One of my favorites is a lavender/lemon martini. Oh yeah.

I just left half a dozen lavender bushes when i moved. I think I might make my next backyard a small Provence I just love them so much…then I can try some more of your lavender recipes too!

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Kate June 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm

It must have been heartbreaking to leave your garden behind 🙁 I remember you telling me about it. I wish I had a green thumb but honestly, despite my best efforts I kill everything. I’m sure your new yard will be filled with wonderful plants and herbs.

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leaf (the indolent cook) June 2, 2013 at 10:03 am

This looks deliciously floral. I’m definitely a fan of rose and lavender, when added in just the right amounts.

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Kate June 3, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Thanks so much Leaf!

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Terra June 3, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I am so glad you shared it with us, even though it was hiding for a bit:-) I am trying to grow lavender, who knows how that will go, but I will cross my fingers! My neighbor has some, so some how I will get to enjoy baking with lavender:-) Your honey really sounds freaking awesome, Hugs, Terra

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Kate June 4, 2013 at 9:29 pm

I would love to grow lavender! I don’t have a green thumb at all 🙁 hope you’re grows well! Good Luck!

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Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy June 5, 2013 at 7:50 am

Beautiful, this homey looks absolutely amazing!

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Kate June 6, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Thanks Tasha! The flavor is wonderful and I love how versatile it is.

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