Updated: Apr 7, 2019
Autumn is one of
The approach of Autumn is one of my favorite times of year! Here in Colorado, I can’t wait to get into the mountains to begin harvesting a bit of nature’s bounty. Wild Rose Hips are on my list every year. The wild rose bushes literally line the dirt roads just begging to be used. As we approach Autumn and winter, rose hips are a staple in our home. Time to strengthen the immune system!
Rose hips, also known as rose hep and rose haw are the fruits of the rose plant. Once the rosebuds fall off, most people don’t give them a second thought. The rose hips are highly beneficial!
Rose Hips pack a very powerful nutritional punch! Rose hips contain impressive levels of vitamin C. Vitamin C stimulates the white blood cells and boost the immune system. Rose hips are highly beneficial in reducing down time due to colds and viruses. They also contain vitamins A, B1, B2, E, and K. Minerals, bioflavonoids, tannins and pectin are also important components of rose hips and are what make them so effective in preventing and fighting infections and inflammation. Rose are hips are a good cancer preventative and a preventative against cardiovascular disease. Another great benefit is due to the pectin content. Pectin binds waste in the intestine, bonding with fats and cholesterol before they can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Rose hip tea helps lower cholesterol, cleanses the intestine and gently regulates elimination.
My favorite way to use them is to make a hot tea.
Rose Hip Tea
15 rose hip berries
1 ½ cups filtered or spring water
Wash the rose hips and place in a small pot. Cover with water. Bring the water to a boil and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and use the back of a spoon to mash open each berry. Let steep for about 10 minutes. Pour through a fine mesh sieve or coffee filter to remove seeds and any other impurities from the tea.