How To Make Homemade Wild Rose Jelly

How To Make Wild Rose Jelly | Jills Home Remedies | Learn how to make wild rose jelly with this easy recipe! Did you know that roses are edible? There was a day that I never gave it a thought! Roses make me think of romance and courtship, but not food. When I stumbled upon a magazine that showed women preparing salad that contained rose petals, I knew I just had to make something yummy with the wild roses growing in the woods.

The fruit of roses, called rose hips (buy here), are most often the edible part of the rose used because it’s so high in vitamin C. The rose petals, however, are also edible and are especially high in polyphenols, an important antioxidant. 

I found a wild rose bush out in the woods and decided to make some jelly. You can use roses in your yard also, as long as you’re SURE it has not been sprayed with pesticides. This is very important with eating flower petals. So, don’t ever buy roses from the store for your next meal. Those are not edible.

Here’s what a wild rose looks like.  All roses have thorns on the stems, too.
 
 
It sure was a prickly situation picking these rose petals. I had thorns from the wild rose bush, and thorns from blackberry bushes intertwined with the rose bush to deal with. You can snip off the flower head from the bush because you want to use the petals right away since they lose their nutritional value quickly.
 
It was too prickly around the bush for me, though, to be able to cut the heads off. I had to give it everything I had just to reach some of the petals! At one point I had thorns grabbing my hair and clothes from all directions at the same time. The more I moved, the worse the situation got!  I know I looked hilarious. Next time I need to be clothed in all leather, or something! :)
 
I did manage to get about a cup of petals. A lot of the petals had fallen off the bush, so next year I’m going to get them sooner!
  How To Make Wild Rose Jelly | Jills Home Remedies | Learn how to make wild rose jelly with this easy recipe!
 
Just when I was positive that I had every last petal, and I managed to work my way out of the thorns, I turned around and saw a small cluster of 2 or 3 flowers mocking me that I missed them. I decided it wasn’t worth it to venture back to get those few petals because they were in the prickliest part of the bush. I’ll leave those to the insects!
 
Like I said, make sure you do something with the petals as soon as you can before they lose their nutritional value. Wash each petal well and pat dry.
 

Homemade Wild Rose Jelly

Ingredients

1 C. fresh rose petals or 1/2 cup dried rose petals (buy here)
1 1/2 C. water
juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tbs.)
1 1/2 C. granulated sugar
1 Pkg. Sure-Jell pectin

Directions

  1. Combine the rose petals, 3/4 cup water and lemon juice in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Slowly add the sugar and blend well.
  4. Bring the remaining 3/4 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan.
  5. Stir in the pectin and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  6. Pour the hot mixture into the blender with the other ingredients and blend 1 minute.
  7. Pour into sterilized jars.
  8. Wipe the rims of the jars clean and seal with canning lids.
  9. Process in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes.
This recipe yielded 2 half pints (or jelly jars). The taste is tart and sweet. It’s perfect on homemade bread, ice cream, or pancakes! 
Homemade Wild Rose Jelly
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C. rose petals or 1/2 cup dried rose petals
  2. 1 1/2 C. water
  3. juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tbs.)
  4. 1 1/2 C. granulated sugar
  5. 1 Pkg. Sure-Jell pectin
Instructions
  1. Combine the rose petals, 3/4 cup water and lemon juice in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Slowly add the sugar and blend well.
  4. Bring the remaining 3/4 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan.
  5. Stir in the pectin and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  6. Pour the hot mixture into the blender with the other ingredients and blend 1 minute.
  7. Pour into sterilized jars.
  8. Wipe the rims of the jars clean and seal with canning lids.
  9. Process in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes.
Notes
  1. Yields 2 half pint (or jelly) jars.
Adapted from Herb Mentor
Adapted from Herb Mentor
Jill's Home Remedies http://jillshomeremedies.com/

Have you ever made rose jelly?

This post is linked to: Like a Bubbling Brook 

This post is updated from its original posting of  July 1, 2011.

Natural Living Spring Giveaway

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With spring right around the corner, it’s time for a natural living giveaway! But not just any natural living giveaway, I have joined with a few naturally minded friends who also want to share a few of their favorite things!

And what happens when 3 herbalists and a chiropractor get together to bless their readers?

You get this amazing package of goodies:

Essential Oils

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Sara Elizabeth from A Mama’s Story is giving away a mini-diffuser and a bottle of citrus fresh. Citrus Fresh is one of my favorite blends. With its wonderfully uplifting fragrance, I love how it supports clarity and focus.

Ways to use Citrus Fresh in my home:

  • Diffuse around my children while they’re doing school.
  • Add a few drops to a cup of vinegar to soften and freshen clothes in the washer.
  • Add a few drops to a cloth and toss into the dryer to add fragrance to clothes as they dry.
  • In the evenings, I love to add Citrus Fresh to Lavender in my diffuser to promote relaxation.

Herbs

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I’m shipping a 1/2 pound bag of Red Raspberry Leaf to the winner! This is an herb I keep on hand all the time because it’s so nutritious, beneficial for the whole family, and safe for any age!

Red raspberry leaf boasts a long lists of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are a great benefit for any member of the family. Whether it’s consumed for daily nutrition or as needed nourishment during times of illness, this herb can make a huge difference for the whole family!

While anyone can use this herb, red raspberry is most popular for women’s health. It nourishes the uterus, tones the reproductive areas, and may make for an easier birth for pregnant mamas. It also can help to balance hormones and ease menstrual cramps for all ages.

Organization

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My friend Nicole of Some Call it Natural is providing an absolute treat, especially if you’re a planner junkie like me. She’s generously giving away one copy of her 2017 Some Call it Natural Planner.

If you don’t want to wait to see if you won a copy, you can head over and purchase one. The planner is available in both an undated and dated format. You can also check out some sample pages while you’re there. Included is just about anything you need to keep your days smoothly.

Homemade Goodness

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And finally, leave it to my friend Meagan of Growing Up Herbal, to provide something wonderful–a DIY Elderberry Syrup kit! Elderberry syrup is a mainstay in my home, and there’s nothing like one made in a mama’s kitchen. If you haven’t visited Meagan’s site recently, she’s an absolute treasure trove of information.

What an awesome bundle of gifts. Take your time and enter below. Some options can be used once a day, so take advantage of that. Have an awesome week ahead!

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How To Relieve Sinus Congestion With Essential Oils

How To Relieve Sinus Congestion With Essential Oils | Jills Home Remedies | Relieve the misery of sinus congestion with these powerful essential oils!

Having your sinuses congested might make you feel miserable, but you don’t have to stay that way! I’m going to show you how you can quickly relieve sinus congestion with the power of healthy essential oils!

Have you ever had your sinuses congested so badly that you couldn’t breathe in or out of your nose? Not only that, but they were so completely stopped up that you could hardly swallow? Just try swallowing while holding your nose really tightly and you’ll see how difficult it is.

That’s the predicament I was in a few weeks ago and I had a tough time even resting because of it. Everything was completely stopped up. I grabbed a few essential oils and was able to clear my congestion considerably in just a few minutes!

 Here’s how to do it.

How To Relieve Sinus Congestion With Essential Oils | Jills Home Remedies | Relieve the misery of sinus congestion with these powerful essential oils!

How To Relieve Sinus Congestion With Essential Oils

Ingredients

2 drops eucalyptus essential oil (buy here)
2 drops rosemary essential oil (buy here)
2 drops peppermint essential oil (buy here)
2 drops thyme essential oil (buy here)

Directions

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Pour into a pan or bowl.
  3. Add essential oils to water and stir.
  4. Drape a towel over your head and hold head over the steaming bowl.
  5. Inhale vapors deeply for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Repeat as needed.

What I did was breathed the vapors deeply for about 3 minutes, took a break for a minute or two, and then repeated the essential oil steam for another 3 minutes or so and took a break, etc. until my sinuses were clear. This so greatly relieved my congestion so that I could breathe again! 

I repeated this procedure throughout the day if I got stuffy again. It is necessary to make a whole new pan of essential oil steam if you repeat later in the day as the essential oils vaporize into the air and do not stay potent in the pan of water.

How To Relieve Sinus Congestion With Essential Oils | Jills Home Remedies | Relieve the misery of sinus congestion with these powerful essential oils!

Essential Oils For Sinus Congestion
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Ingredients
  1. 2 drops eucalyptus oil
  2. 2 drops rosemary oil
  3. 2 drops peppermint oil
  4. 2 drops thyme oil
Instructions
  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Pour into a pan or bowl.
  3. Add essential oils to water and stir.
  4. Drape a towel over your head and hold head over the steaming bowl.
  5. Inhale vapors deeply for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Repeat as needed.
Adapted from Essential Oil Benefits
Jill's Home Remedies http://jillshomeremedies.com/
 How do you naturally relieve sinus congestion?