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How to Make an Herbal Shrub with Roses

Our Roses are happily blooming away in the garden and I’ve been enjoying being able to use them in all kinds of kitchen and apothecary recipes, including herbal shrubs. A shrub is an herb-infused preparation that is usually made with vinegar, honey and fruit. My husband really inspired me to like shrubs when he fell in love with them before they were even really a popular thing. Since then, I’ve been experimenting with different combinations and this one has become a star in our kitchen. It’s the sort of recipe that you re-make when you’re running low on the last batch because it’s just that good. It’s rich in yummy vitamin C too, so it’s pretty much a win-win!

Ingredients:

  • organic Rose petals
  • organic Rose hips
  • organic cherries
  • raw, organic apple cider vinegar
  • raw honey

To make your shrub, fill your jar 1/4 of the way with dried Rosehips, then add cherries until the jar is about 2/3 full. Top off with fresh Rose petals (organically grown; not from a florist). Pour apple cider vinegar over the plant material, secure the jar’s lid, and refrigerate the mixture for a week or two (or four, depending on how strong you like your shrubs). Strain out the herbs and stir in honey until it’s sweet enough for your liking.

An extra tip: Honey infused with Ginger and Cinnamon powders
makes a lovely addition to this recipe!

Shrubs can be added to lemonades, teas, sparkling waters, juices and other beverages and they can also be used in homemade vinaigrette recipes. Have you ever made one? Let me know how it went in the comments section below.

Much love,
Erin

Tell me your favorite herbal shrub recipe in the comments section below.

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Erin Stewart is an herbalist, NAHA certified aromatherapist, organic gardener and urban homesteader. She grows over 150 kinds of aromatic and medicinal plants for her own apothecary and distills essential oils and hydrosols in her PNW garden. Erin is the founder of Floranella and of AromaCulture’s herbalism + aromatherapy magazine.

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6 thoughts on “How to Make an Herbal Shrub with Roses”

  1. Looks so incredible I had to give this a try. My
    Shrub" is percolating away! Thanks for sharing

  2. I love making shrubs!!! Your recipe for the heart healthy shrub is always a favorite. Lately I have made a wild cherry shrub with ACV and organic sugar and a shrub with yarrow, dandelion, blackberries, calendula, lemon balm and I forget what else I put in it! 🙂

    1. Erin Stewart

      Yay! I’m so glad you liked the heart tonic shrub. =) It’s one of our favorites too.

      Your shrub recipe sounds delightful!

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