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If you grow your own roses or you are gifted some organic roses, there are so many uses for the petals before you throw them in the compost. Rose honey is a great way to preserve your roses and make a tasty honey that can used in teas, on toast, or wherever you would use honey. 

Growing Roses

I personally have never grown roses. They seem rather intimidating but from what I have read, roses are not that difficult to grow if you can make sure to have:

Great soil: Plant in a soil with great drainage so that your roots are constantly wet. 

-Prune often: As for most plants, you should prune the dead leaves to encourage growth. The same goes for roses. 

– Feed them: Use an organic fertilizer made for roses if you can find it to feed your roses often. Keeping them fed will give you a great crop of roses. You can use fish meal for example. Whatever you use, be sure to follow the directions on when to feed your roses to avoid overuse. 

-Don’t over water: The amount and frequency of the water your roses will need will be based on your soil. 

For more information on growing roses, visit, Farmer’s Almanac for an in depth guide to growing roses. 

Rose Symbolism & Colors

Roses can come in a variety of colors, but what do those colors mean? Red roses can symbolize love and romance, while white roses can symbolize innocence and purity. Orange roses for enthusiasm and passion, while yellow roses are for friendship.

Not only do the colors matter, but the amount of roses you give can also send a message to the receiver. 

10 Roses  – You’re perfect

9 Roses – For eternal love

7 Roses- Infatuation

6 Roses- I want to be with you

3 Roses – Means I love you.

2 Roses – For a shared love

1 Rose- For love at first sight

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Benefits of Roses

Some of the benefits of roses according to the Herbal Academy roses can act as:

  • antidepressant
  • antispasmodic
  • aphrodisiac
  • astringent
  • antibacterial
  • antiviral
  • antiseptic
  • anti-inflammatory
  • blood tonic
  • cleansing
  • digestive stimulant
  • expectorant
  • increases bile production
  • kidney tonic
  • menstrual regulator

My favorite flowers are actually sunflowers, but I do find roses to be gorgeous. I was super excited to make this honey, and when I realized how easy it was, I thought about all the other recipes I could make into jellies.

Print Recipe
Rose Honey
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Vegan
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Vegan
  1. In a large saucepan, combine rose petals, water and lemon juice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until petals lose their color. Strain, reserving liquid and discarding petals. Return liquid to the saucepan.
  2. Stir in sugar. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in pectin. Continue to boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour into a jar and cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate up to 3 weeks.
Recipe Notes

Editor's Note Verify that flowers are edible and have not been treated with chemicals.

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