Rosehips are one of my most favorite herbs! Tiny little fruit bodies that are packed with more vitamin C than oranges and full of antioxidants that help the body fight off free radicals. Their beautiful red color comes from lycopene and carotenoids, which have been proven to assist with skin and eye health. The abundance of vitamin C offers better iron absorption, improves immunity and plays a key role in collagen synthesis. They have been studied in the prevention of rheumatoid arthritis, help manage diabetes, are good heart aids, and regulate blood pressure. They have also been known to enhance blood circulation, lower cholesterol and improve kidney health.
Rosehips have been used for centuries dating back to 77AD where they were recorded as useful in over 30 different ailments. There are many ways in which you can add rosehips into your diet. You can get the powdered herb in the form of capsules, dried herbs and drink them in tea, you can also make jam, ice cream or a variety of soup, syrup, chutney and vinegar. You can infuse the rosehips in oil and apply it topically to the body or make a tincture of it and drink it as part of your daily regime. You can ferment them into soda, soak them in honey, and even make wine or bandy out of them! Whatever you decide to do, they will add a sweetness to your palate and your life!
Take good care ~