DIY Herbal Deodorant for Women’s Health

Homemade DIY Herbal Deodorant for Women's Health

This homemade deodorant is specially designed for women. It contains herbs that are used to promote lymph flow and prevent or treat issues with inflamed or cystic breast tissue. Instead of applying a chemical laden, potentially toxic-to-your-breasts product under your arms each day, try this healthy herbal alternative instead! To make this deodorant, you’ll first need to infuse coconut oil with herbs. Coconut oil is most often used because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties. … Continue reading

Lavender Face Cream Recipe (with Lilacs & Violets)

This rich Lavender Face Cream recipe is perfect for dry or mature skin.

I love making a variety of face and body creams for family members. This is my latest lavender face cream creation that I made my mom for Mother’s Day. (Per my usual trend though, I already gave it to her!) She loves lilacs, so I used those and fresh violet blossoms along with dried lavender to infuse the water portion of the cream. Unfortunately, lilacs are one of those flowers, along with gardenias, whose scent … Continue reading

Five Uses for Violet Vinegar

Violet Vinegar Recipe five ways to use

Infused vinegars are so pretty to look at, but they don’t do much good just sitting in your cabinet! Today, I want to talk about making violet infused vinegar and five easy ways you can use it. I’ve also included a printable tag, like the one shown in the picture. You can either print it on thick paper, punch a hole in it and tie it on with some ribbon or you could print it … Continue reading

Spring Tonic Honey

Spring Tonic Honey with Violets and Dandelion

Spring has sprung around my house! Dandelions and violets are starting to pop up everywhere. These are two of my favorite plants to work with; there are so many health benefits that each offers. Today, I want to show you how I use them to make a Spring Tonic Honey. We’re going to need three ingredients: raw honey (local if at all possible) fresh dandelion flowers fresh violet flowers Raw honey is a healing food, … Continue reading

Violet Leaf & Honey Cough Syrup

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know how very much I LOVE using violets. Not only are the flowers so pretty to look at each spring, the entire plant is edible and is helpful in a variety of ways. In my last post that referenced violets: Violet Leaf Balm, I mentioned the skin soothing and lymph moving qualities of this amazing plant that makes it helpful for skin irritations and mild … Continue reading

Homemade Violet Jelly

Homemade Violet Jelly

While researching violets, I found several references to homemade violet jelly. It looked beautiful, but I wondered… would it taste like you were eating a mouthful of flowers? That didn’t sound all that appealing to me.

Regardless, I decided to try it out basing my experiment on a recipe for mint jelly. My first batch tasted delicious! Everyone loved it, only it didn’t set up; it was more like syrup.

I did some research online and compared all sorts of recipes and came to the conclusion that I had too high of a liquid to pectin ratio.

So, the making of batch two ensued. It turned out perfect. Though the flavor is difficult to describe, most of the people that I had taste it described it as grape-ish, myself included.

Just a note: Violets have mild laxative properties when eaten in excess. So please enjoy this jelly in moderation!

Homemade Violet Jelly Recipe

For a printable PDF of this recipe, click: HERE

  • 2 to 3 cups loosely packed violet blooms
  • the juice of one large lemon
  • 2 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 package of Sure-Jell pectin
  • 3 1/2 cups sugar

 

Directions to Make Violet Flower Jelly

First you’ll want to make a violet infusion just as we did when we made violet soap. Gather two to three cups of violet blossoms and pour 2 1/2 cups of boiling water over them.

The mixture will begin to turn aqua then eventually a deep blue or purple depending upon the shades of violets used.

After the violets have infused for a sufficient amount of time, strain and add the juice of one lemon.

The blue will quickly turn a bright pinkish violet – as you can see in progress in the photo below. (Your kids might enjoy watching this change too.)

Now, you’ll make the jelly just as the Sure-Jell pack instructs. Mix the pectin with the flower/lemon mixture, stir over high heat until it reaches a heavy boil. Boil for one minute then add the sugar all at once. Keep stirring, return to a boil for one minute. Remove from heat and quickly ladle into prepared jars. Process in a water bath for five minutes. Remove from water and let sit for 24 hours.

Serve with hot homemade rolls and enjoy!

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Looking for more ideas for using violets? You may also like:

Violet Leaf Balm | Violet Flower Vinegar | Violet Leaf & Honey Cough Syrup

Violet Leaf Balm  Violet Vinegar Recipe five ways to use  Violet Leaf Cough Syrup

 

How to Make Violet Flower Jelly