Looking for a natural way of improving your immune system? Here is a perfect recipe that is right from nature: Rosehip tea. It is made with fruits of rose plants and has an amazing effect on your body. We NEED it these days especially to protect ourselves from the flu.
Rosehip tea is a herbal miracle that I learnt from dad. He is one of those who hates using medicine and prefers herbal remedy instead. He always says that nature always serves us what we need.
What Is Rosehip?
Rosehips or rose hips are the fruits of wild rose plants. Regular roses have hips too but they are not the same as wild species and not used. Wild rosehips mostly from ragusa roses are red in color but there are orange species too.
Late autumn is the season to find them ripe. Although they are described as fruit, rose hips are not consumed as regular fruits. They are brewed in simmering water and turn into a healing tea.
In addition to making rosehip tea, you can make rosehip jam, marmalade, oil (for skin and wounds) or powder(to make tea) from these unique rose plant fruits. Because of their health benefits, people use them either fresh or dried in as many ways as they can.
Our favorite way is to make their tea because it makes a super healthy hot drink in winter. We love the sweet and tart flavor of rosehip tea. In winter you can drink it hot while it makes a perfect cold drink in summer.
The most well-known benefit of rosehips is that it strengthens immune system as it is a a stock of vitamin C, about 40 times more than citrus fruits. So rosehip tea is mostly consumed as a natural protection against the flu.
Its benefits are not limited to this. Also, rosehips are one of those foods that are a good source of antioxidants, so they might be helpful against chronic diseases and cancer.
How To Make
The recipe is quite easy. You can use fresh or dried rosehips to make this tea.
Fill a saucepan (with a lid) or a teapot with water. Throw a handful of rose hips into it. You can halve them in two if you want, but not really necessary. Put the lid on. Bring it to boil and let it simmer over medium low heat for 15-20 minutes or until it has a nice color and taste. Then, serve it in cups and sweeten it with a little honey.
Tip: You can make rosehip tea with store-bought tea bags that are containing crushed dried rosehips if you are in a hurry. Fill a teapot or a mug with hot water. Steep rose hip tea bag in it for 5-10 minutes, sweeten with honey and enjoy.
If you would like to drink it cold as a summer treat, pour all into a jug, mix it with honey and chill in the refrigerator until cold.
You can combine it with another herbal tea like hibiscus and create your own tea blend.
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Healing tea made with rosehips
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Drink
- Method: Brewing
- Cuisine: Turkish
- ½ cup (A handful of) rosehip
- 5 or 6 cups of water
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Pour water in a saucepan with a lid or a teapot. Throw the rosehips into it. Put the lid on.
Bring it to boil and let it simmer over medium low heat for 15-20 minutes or until it has a nice color and taste.
Serve it in cups sweetened with a little honey.
- If you would like to drink it cold, pour all into a jug, mix it with honey and chill it in the refrigerator until cold.
If you want, halve the rosehips and then put in the saucepan.
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 33
- Sugar: 3.8 g
- Sodium: 10.2 mg
- Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 8.3 g
- Protein: 0.2 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: rosehip, rosehip tea, rose hip tea
delicious! I collect rose hips and this recipe really helped me. I did halve them. Excellent flavor with or without honey.
i love tea and i wanna be an herbalist so when i found this i looked delish but sadlyits still winter time but i know where to find these so when they are grown i will defntly try them
Victoria fiske says
What about the hairs in the rose hips. They are the original ingredient for itching powder. Do you strain them out? Scoop them before steeping?
Keira Ball says
Loved it! Will definitely try it soon!!
so yummy!! i love it! i ll definitely try it!!
In my country it was very popular, my mom used picked them fresh and then dried them, then she made rosehip juice. I will also add another comment about rosehip. the rosehip tea is really good for your kidneys.just make a tea and drink with or withouth sugar.
I don't know what rosehip is; I've never seen(or heard of) it before in my life - and I'm intrigued by it. But I've got to say: I'm coming back here for the writing. Well done. The anecdote about your father and the general recollection about times past ... well done. I'm hooked.
Connor Bell says
the good thing about herbal remedies is that they do not have side effects.'`-
I love rosehip tea! It's so full of Vitamin C and other good stuff. Thanks for reminding me...
Rosehip tea is the tea we drink at home in Croatia. With honey and lemon if we're feeling poorly. 🙂
Tom Baker says
Where is the best place to get rosehips? Sounds great because I'd much rather use herbal remedies.
I was so happy to discover Istanbul this past holiday and my daughter and I fell in love with the city. I was also lucky to walk around the Bazaar and I brought back some natural apple tea, which I love; I also brought back sahlep and other spices.
I did not know about this type of tea, or I would have bought it! Next time!