Rose hip tea is an age old remedy for many ailments and there are many benefits of rose hips.
The benefits of rose hips are not new. The most well known fact about rose hips is that they are rich in vitamin C.
Rose hips are a gentle bowel stimulant and also help to cleanse the urinary tract. Rose hips have also been found to be beneficial in treating pulmonary lung disease.
When to Harvest Rose Hips
One of the most common questions we get i when to harvest wild rose hips for medicinal use.
The answer is after the first frost. The frost will sweeten the rose hips. Choose firm, brightly colored hips and you will have the best quality. Rugosa Roses produce the best tasting rose hips. They are best used fresh, however you can dry them for later use.
Making Rose Hip Tea
Once you have harvested your rose hips, boil up 8 ounces of water. Add 4 or 5 rose hips that you have cleaned. Allow the rose hips to steep in the tea for 4-15 minutes depending on your personal tastes.
To clean the rose hips is simple, just remove the stem and the opposite end with the little leaves (4-5) that held the flower petals in place.
Buying Rose Hips
If you don't have some nice pesticide free rugosa roses growing in your garden, you can buy organic rose hips from Mountain Rose. Follow their banner below.
Commercial Rose Hip Infused Teas
There are several commercially sold teas that conain rose hips. Here are some of the top selling brands.
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