About Rose Hips
In addition to Vitamin C, rose hips contain vitamins A, B1, B2, E, K and beta-carotene. The minerals, bioflavonoids, tannins and pectin round out the components that make rose hips so effective in preventing and fighting infections and inflammation.
Vitamin C helps prevent infections because it strengthens resistance by boosting production of immune cells. It is also effective in fighting infection because it is so rapidly absorbed. Metabolism as well as immunity relies on vitamin C, as does adrenal function. Tissue repair also requires vitamin c, making it essential for wound healing.
Rose Hip tea acts as a diuretic, helping the body eliminate accumulations of water in the tissue. It is also beneficial for mild rheumatic pain. Simmer 5-6 Tbsp. of rose hips for 30 minutes in one quart of water and strain. Drink 2 cups of the tea daily.
Rose Hip tea relieves urinary tract irritation, because it stimulates the immune system, increases the flow of urine and has a mild disinfectant effect. Drinking 1 cup of this warm tea, 3-4 times a day can sooth irritation of the urinary tract.
Rose Hips contain pectin. Pectin binds waste in the intestine, bonding with fats and cholesterol before they can be absorbed into the blood, and helps with their removal from the body. Rose Hips help the body to gently cleanse the intestine and regulate elimination.
Dried Rose Hips are available at many natural markets and local herb stores.
Rose Hip Tea
2 tsp chopped dried rose hips
sweetener if desired
A small saucepan
Fine mesh strainer
1. Pour one cup of boiling water over 2 tsp. chopped dried rose hips.
2. Steep the tea, covered, for 15 minutes.
3. Strain and sweeten if desired.
Jude’s Herbal Home Remedies by Jude C. Todd, C. H., M. H.