What are rose hips? These actually come from rose bushes! They are the seed pods of roses. If you leave the flowers on the bush till the end of its season, you should see these small, berry shaped seed pods on the tips of the stems. Both rose hips and the flowers themselves are edible. The best time to pick these is right after the first frost of the year. The frost sweetens the flavor. 🙂 If you are preparing your own rose hips, remove the seeds inside the pods as they are hairy. To do this you will want to slice the pod in half. Before I go into how to use this herb, let me go over the benefits. as this herb offers many! Rose Hips are anti-inflammatory, blood purifier, and diuretic and contain powerful antioxidants.
Rose Hips Benefits:
- Prevents and treats various cold and flu infections including fever
- Treats sore throat
- Helps with uterine cramps and heavy menstrual flow
- Treats breast disorders
- Boosts the immune system
- Stimulates the bowels
- Cleanses urinary system including kidneys and bladder
- Strengthens organs
- Remedies pulmonary and other lung diseases
- Prevents development of kidney stones
- Treats diarrhea
- Aids circulatory and respiratory systems
- Helpful to the thymus gland
- Lowers abnormal body heat and relieves thirst
- Heals internal hemorrhaging or spitting of blood
- Treats dysentery
- Strengthens the stomach
- Prevents and relieves chest infections and coughs
- Prevents fluid retention
- Helps with gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis
- Nourishes the skin as it promotes collagen production (which is why you might see this as an ingredient in skin creams and lotions)
- Prevents bladder infections, ulcers, intestinal diseases, and gallstones
- Treats sciatica, diabetes, high cholesterol, weight loss, and high blood pressure
- Increases blood flow to limbs increasing circulation
- Treats joint stiffness and pain
Contains: Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, P, C, K, E, Calcium, Citric Acid, Iron, Niacin, Phosphorus, Tannin
Cautions: rare side effects include headache, heartburn, insomnia, or nausea. Do not use if pregnant or breast feeding. Do not take if you have any iron related disorders as Vitamin C in rose hips can increase iron absorption. Do not take with antacids, estrogen pills, blood clotting meds, diuretics, or aspirin.
Directions on How to Prepare and Use Rose Hips
Fresh Rose hips are great in jellies, sauces, syrups, soups and seasoning. To get a sense of the taste of rose hips, start out brewing yourself a cup of tea.
Rose Hip Tea: You can use fresh or dried rose hips, for a simple rose hips tea. You’ll need about twice as many hips, if using fresh. For fresh rose hip tea, steep 4 – 8 hips in a cup of boiling water for about 10 – 15 minutes. For dried rose hips, steep 2 tsp per 1 cup of boiling water for about 10-15 minutes.
Tonic for Coughs: Boil dried rose hips in 1 pint of liquid and 3/4 lb coconut sugar till dissolved, store in fridge. This can be used as a cough medicine or throat gargle.
Cough Syrup for Children: This recipe treats coughs, cold, and flu. I’ve used it many times and it’s highly effective in treatment. Take 1 cup fresh/dried rose hips to 2 cups of boiling water and 1 cup of coconut sugar. Bring rose hips and water to a boil, simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, mesh up rose hips in the water, add coconut sugar, bring to a boil again, and then simmer. Make sure the sugar is dissolved. Strain through a sieve and bottle. Keeps about 1 year in the fridge.
Compress: 4 TBSP rose hips in a small pot of boiling water, simmer 10 minutes, soak a rag in the liquid, and apply to skin wounds.
How to promote collagen production: Soak rose hips (dried or fresh) in a carrier oil such as almond or olive oil for 4 weeks to make a soothing oil and boost collagen production in the face and neck.
Best Place to Buy Organic Oils (including Almond and Olive) and Dried Rose Hips – Starwest Botanicals Inc.
Nutiva Organic Coconut Sugar, Unrefined, 1 Pound (Pack of 3) – This is really good coconut sugar and Amazon.com actually offers a really good price for a pack of 3. I’m finding I pay at least $6.99 for a Nutiva bag of coconut sugar at my grocery store so for the price this isn’t bad at all!