The rosehip, also known as rose haw or rose hep, is the fruit of the rose plant that typically is red-to-orange, but ranges from dark purple to black in some species. Rose hips begin to form after successful pollination of flowers in spring or early summer, and ripen in late summer through autumn.
Rose hips have very high vitamin C content, providing even more than citrus fruits. During World War II, when citrus imports were limited, rose hips became quite popular in Britain where they were used to make nutritious rose-hip syrup.
Content of Rose Hips
• Rich in vitamin C, D, B complex and K
• Citric acid, malic acid and ascorbic acid
• Rich in pectin, selenium, manganese
• Lycopene and antioxidant flavinoids
• Trace amounts of magnesium, potassium, sulfur and silicon
Health Benefits of Rose Hip Tea
• strengthen the immune system
• stimulate circulation
• Helps to maintain a healthy digestion
• reduce inflammation and help prevent heart disease
• Prevents bladder infections
• Ease headaches and dizziness
• Anti-aging as it heals tissues and cells. It also tones organs and regenerates cells
• Calming effect, prevents stress and also acts as an anti-depressant
In herbal lore, the rose is good for the skin; it also heals the skin, muscles and bones. In Chinese medicine, rose hip was used for kidney and urinary problems, while Ayurveda (the traditional system of Indian medicine) uses it as a mental tonic. It is good for hormone regulation, skin hydration and circulation, and acts as a cleanser, astringent, antispasmodic and antiseptic. Therefore, a cup of this healthy brew has many benefits. (Via Murkherjee, 2010)
Basic Rosehip Tea Recipe
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 heaping teaspoons of chopped rose hips (you can use dry rose hips, available on any herb store). You can use rose hips with or without their seeds. Steep the herbal tea, covered, for 15 minutes and strain. Sweeten the refreshing, slightly sour tea with honey, if desired. Drink the tea lukewarm at bedtime for maximum effectiveness.
More recipes for specific conditions see this helpful link Grandma’s Rose Hip Tea Recipes and Medicinal Benefits.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.