Making Flower Essence and Infused Honey with Lilac Flowers
Lilac flower essence is made to capture the energetic essence of the flower to be used with emotional balance and support.
Lilac flower essence is traditionally chosen for use when one is seeking to bring a wave of gentle calm energy during stressful situations, aiding in confidence building, and for those in need of rejuvenation from long-term stress, trauma, and grief.
This non-herbal based is easy to make and use. So, let’s get started!
• Spring or purified water
• Fresh lilac flowers
• Apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerin (non-alcoholic version) or Brandy
Materials to Make:
• Glass bowl
• 30 mL amber glass dropper bottles
• Large size Mason jar
Instructions for Making:
• Fill a clean, glass bowl with spring or purified water.
• Gently place freshly picked lilac flowers on the water so that they float on top.
• Place the bowl of water and flowers in the sunlight for approximately 1-2 hours.
• Strain water into a larger size glass Mason jar.
• *Place 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, vegetable glycerin, or brandy into the 30 mL glass dropper bottle/s.
• Use a funnel to pour the floral-infused water into the 30 mL glass dropper bottle/s. Top off. Cap.
• Label with contents, date, and instructions for use. Store in a cool area out of direct sunlight. Discard after one year, and or if ingredients become contaminated.
*If making the flower essence for use with your animal friends, it is best to use apple cider vinegar.
Instructions for Use:
Shake well before each use. Place 1-3 drops directly under the tongue, or place them in a glass of drinking water. Flower essences may be used 1-3 times per day. Since they are not herbal-based products, there are no general contraindications. However, always use common sense use if there is a known allergy to the ingredients and discontinue use if there is a negative reaction of any kind.
Flower essences may also be used with most animals by placing 1-3 drops in drinking water or on a treat. Be sure to observe if your animal friend stops drinking from their water dish due to the flower essence addition. If so, discontinue use and try the drops on a treat method instead, or a drop onto your hand to gently apply to a paw pad or ear tip.
Honey Infused with Lilac Flowers
• Local Honey
• Fresh picked lilac flowers
• Sterilized glass jar with lid
Instructions for Making:
I like to use a 4-oz. size jar, filled halfway with lilac flowers, and topped with honey.
• Use freshly-picked lilac flowers removed from their stems. Allow to air dry for 1-2 days.
• Be sure to remove any dirt and insects that may be lingering on the flowers after air drying.
• Place flowers into a sterilized glass jar.
• Pour local honey over the flowers and fill to the top. Cap. Label.
• Allow the honey to seep over the lilac flowers for approximately 1-2 weeks.
• Since the flowers are edible, I leave them in the honey versus straining.
How to use:
We enjoy the lilac-infused honey by spreading a small amount onto our favorite toasted bread and baked goods and adding a teaspoon to a cup of freshly brewed tea. I find lilac-infused honey to be effective in helping me to relax and unwind at the end of the day.
Cautions: avoid use if known allergy to honey and other bee byproducts. Avoid use with infants and children under the age of 2 years (check with your pediatrician). Diabetics should consult with their physician before consuming honey or sugar-based ingredients. If a negative reaction occurs, discontinue use.
Lilac flowers lend to creativity.
Once you start using them to make your own infusions and botanical goodies, you may find yourself each season of new blooms searching for new ways to use lilac flowers. Some additional methods to explore include adding to freshly made lemonade, drying for pretty sachets, balm and salve making, and romantic perfume anointments.