Edible flowers are not only beautiful, but can add a subtle and lovely flavor to any dish or dessert. One important thing to note: some flowers can be poisonous to ingest. However, do not let this scare you off, because resources are available to help you determine which flowers are safe for consumption. Try this website by Tree Hugger, which lists 42 varieties of flowers that are safe to eat.

 

Another thing to note, edible flowers are not the same as the flowers you would find in your local grocery store or florist. Those flowers are more likely to be treated with pesticides and herbicides that are poisonous to humans. Therefore, endeavor to purchase flowers that are organic and edible. If you are not too sure, then consider planting your own edible flowers. If you go that route, refrain from using fertilizers, so that the flowers can grow organically and be safe to eat. For more tips on growing your own edible flowers, check out The National Gardening Association.

 

 

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1. Pressed Flower Lollipops: These pressed flower lollipops found on the Free People Blog are an easy treat to make for individuals of any age

 

First, gather up some tiny edible flower, a lollipop mold, some lollipop sticks, a candy thermometer–all of which can be found on Amazon. Then, get your other ingredients ready: 1 cup of granulated sugar, 1/2 cup light corn syrup, 1/4 cup water, and if you would like, some food coloring — For natural food coloring, try adding a tiny amount of beet juice.

 

To get started, lightly grease your lollipop mold and put your pressed flowers in the middle of the mold.  Set this aside. Next, put the sugar, light corn syrup, and water in a small saucepan on medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, and then let it sit with the candy thermometer in the liquid until it reaches 295 degrees. Immediately remove from heat.

 

Add a few drops of coloring to your mixture once it stops bubbling. Then, spoon the mixture into the molds with the lollipop sticks set in place. Make sure to cover the sticks, so that the lollipop will stay on.  Set them aside for an hour to cool down.

 

 

1771063222. Milk Flower Bath: A beautiful bath can take all the stress and anxiety of the day away.  Moreover, there is no better use of flowers before they wilt than adding them to a milk flower bath.

 

To make your own milk bath, do not just add milk from your fridge — you will need milk powder.  Therefore, try this super simple and luxurious milk bath recipe from One Good Thing by Jillee.

 

 

To begin, simply combine 2 cups of milk powder, 1/2 corn starch (soothes dry and itchy skin), and 1/2 cup of baking soda (skin softener) in a mason jar. Shake all three items together to make sure they are combined well.  Once you have done that, add about 10 drops of an essential oil — try lavender, it is great aromatherapy for relieving stress — to the mixture.

 

Then, add some beautiful flowers for a dash of color and a more delectable fragrance. Let it sit for about 24 hours so everything fully combines, then add about 1 cup to your bath. For a thicker, milkier, bath, add 2 cups.

 

If you want to give this away as a present, attach an adorable gift tag around the neck of the jar, or try these stickers from Lillian Rose!  A milk flower bath is perhaps one of the most beautiful and soothing baths that you have to experience.

 

 

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3. Flower Ice Cubes: Are you one of those people who loves the finer things in life but does not like running around, cooking for hours, and stressing out about a meal that will only last 2 hours? Then these adorable little ice cubes are perfect for you.

 

Simply fill your ice cube tray 3/4 of the way (or 1/2 way, depending on how big your flowers are), then freeze. Once frozen, take them out, put your pressed flowers on, and then, cover them with more water, and freeze again. Once completely frozen, you have an adorable set of ice cubes to add color to any drink you serve, whether it be water, lemonade, or strawberry lemonade!

 

What do you think of these fun ways to use edible flowers? Will you try them? Let me know what you think in the comments below or tweet me @kateeb790!