“A man may esteem himself happy when that which is his food is also his medicine.” – Henry David Thoreau
Rose hip tea is made from the dehydrated fruits of the common, ornamental floribunda rose and indeed many other members of the Rosa genus.
Properties of rose hips
Rose hips are extremely high in vitamin C, with 50% more than an orange, and are therefore great for boosting the immune system as well as treating colds and flu. The compounds contained within the fruit are not only able to deter bacteria, but prevent virus infection as well. The antioxidants these tiny orange gems contain are considered to be not only a cancer preventative but also may help to prevent cardiovascular disease.
These little fruits are also great in aiding the kidneys because of their diuretic properties. Having trouble keeping your bathroom visits regular? A cup of rose hip tea may be the solution as they contain pectin which is able to aid mild constipation. Rose hips have daily strong anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to benefit those with rheumatoid arthritis as well as osteoarthritis.
Making your own rose hip tea
- The first step is to allow the flowers on your rose bush to fully mature. The petals will fall off and over time the fruit will ripen.
- Once the hips are orange to red in colour and nice and plump they are ready to be harvested.
- Once you’ve picked the fruit simply cut off the tops and tails, then cut them in half.
- Place them on a drying rack in a cool, dark and airy space until they have completely dried out.
- Next, pop them in a food processor, this will turn them into smaller pieces and loosen those pesky hairs.
- Pour your processed hips into a sieve and shake away to separate out the hairs from the fruit. (You can separate out the seeds at this point too but I don’t usually bother.)
- To turn this into tea simply put a tea spoon or two into a tea pot and let them infuse for about 15 to 20 minutes and strain into a tea cup.
Super easy, super healthy and who can pass up free medicine?
With light and love, Jen