Next level Rosehip Tea
So it is the time of the Rosehips, but what to do with them? Tea is lovely but have you tried ''a decoction''? If you dare, I promise you won't regret it. Find a rosehip shrub and get some nice red rosehips. It is OK if they are a bit soft, they will be sweeter. Then get home, wash the rosehips if they need it, halve them to enable even more goodness get into your tea and put 100g halved rosehips in a pot with 1 litre of water. Cover and bring to boil, then turn down the heat and let slowly bubble for 15-20 minutes. Turn of the heat and let sit covered for another 20-30 minutes. Then strain through a dense sieve (like the ones in teapots) and enjoy your well deserved cup of goodness. And the colour, is just amazing! I wanted to add a photo, but my kids drank it all and I drank mine too.
This goodness does not only taste great, it is a miracle in a berry, well protected by its thorns. Thanks to scientists and their research papers, there is now plenty of information available on what it is exactly that makes Rosehips so beneficial for our bodies. I found this article that you can read for a further study.
We herbalists might prescribe them for our patients with period problems, arthritis, diabetes, blood disorders and respiratory infections while emotionally, rosehips enable us to get strong again after debilitating illness, emotional upset or in times of grief. Yes, herbs can help with psychological problems too.
And what to do with any rosehips that are left? Just spread them on some baking parchment to dry. Later, put them to an airtight container in a dark cupboard to enjoy your tea in the winter months. For more information, contact your local herbalist :)