Even though today they are commonly known for their use in beauty products, rose hips have been used for medicinal purposes for generations. Rose hips, also known as rose haw or rose hep are the fruit of rose bushes and come from two rose varieties: Rosa gallica and Rosa canina, which are native to Asia, Northern Africa and Europe.
These typically orange or red colored tiny fruits are edible and known for their characteristic sweet and tangy flavor. They are used to make a variety of desserts such as jams, jellies and syrup and of course Tea!
The ruby-colored herbal infusion known simply as rose hip tea, is a delicious brew, full of insurmountable health benefits and refreshing, fruity taste. And it’s very easy to make also!
In this post, you will learn about the benefits of drinking rose hip tea and how to prepare your own.
Nutritional Value & Health Benefits of Rose Hip Tea
- Antioxidant powerhouse
Rose hip tea is rich in vitamin C and flavonoids, which are responsible for its powerful antioxidant effect. It also contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, E and K and other essential nutrients such as potassium, calcium, iron, pectin, carotenoids and rutin. All these nutrients and antioxidants are responsible for the tea’s antibacterial, anti-viral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Boosts immune system
The abundant contents of vitamin C and other antioxidants found in rose hip tea can help strengthen your immune system and reduce the severity and frequency of common bacterial and viral infections such as colds and the flu and help you fight existing ones.
- Boosts energy levels
Even though rose hip tea is caffeine free, it can effectively tone and invigorate you with its pleasantly tart taste while filling you up with energy.
- Treats minor ailments
Rose hip tea is recommended for the relief of common conditions such as nausea, menstrual cramps, headaches, bladder and kidney infections, diarrhea, dizziness and urinary track infections. It is also used for treating disorders like allergies, asthma, bronchitis, etc.
- Slows down the aging process & Benefits the skin
The powerful antioxidants of this herbal tea can fight cell damage caused by free radicals, tone the organs and cause cell regeneration. Drinking rose hip tea regularly can ensure vitality and longevity. Moreover, consuming rose hip oil can enhance the skin’s appearance and texture by hydrating it, and improve circulation while also regulating hormones which can lead to a more healthy complexion. The infusion is also a great healing agent and can be used topically to treat skin wounds, rashes or burns.
- Fights cancer
In a study published in the “Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture” in 2012, scientists found that the polyphenols quercetin and ellagic acid found in rose hip tea hindered the reproduction of tumor cells in test tubes. Also, according to “Experimental Biology and Medicine”, another chemical compound known as lycopene – which can be found in tomatoes also – when at normal concentrations, has been proven to block the growth of human prostate cancer cells without damaging cells.
- Helps with digestion
Rose hip tea can help treat digestive issues effectively. It can fight dysentery and strengthen the stomach and is effective for occasional constipation since it helps cleanse the intestines.
- Supports cardiovascular health
Regular consumption of rose hip tea may reduce the risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol while helping you maintain healthy weight. It is also caffeine free so you don’t have to worry about it raising your heart rate in case you are caffeine sensitive.
How to Make Rose Hip Tea
You can make rose hip tea with either fresh or dried rose hips. If you use fresh fruits you will need to double the amount used. Rose hip tea tastes amazing hot and iced and can be combined with any kind of tea or herb. To compliment its taste you can use fresh lemon juice or sweeten with honey.
-To make hot rose hip tea, use 1 tsp of dried rose hips (or 2 tsp of fresh fruits) per each cup of water. Bring your water to a boil and pour into a teapot. Add rose hips, cover and let steep for 10 minutes.
-To make iced rose hip tea, follow the same steps but double the amount of rose hips used. When your tea is steeped refrigerate until well chilled.
Tips: Avoid boiling rose hips in water, as this can destroy its vitamin C content. Always steep them as an infusion. Never simmer them in aluminum pans and don’t store in meta tins, as aluminum discolors the tea and destroys its vitamin C content also.
Caution: Always consult a physician before consuming rose hip tea as it may not be suitable for everyone.