How To Make Rose Hip Tea!

Rose hips are the best source for vitamin C. They contain 50% more vitamin C than oranges! To put their high nutrients value into perspective, one tablespoon of rose hip pulp fills the recommended daily intake of 60 milligrams of vitamin C. Rose hips can be used for a variety of purposes. They can be used for medicine, jams/jellies, decorations, tea, and skin care.

One way to utilize the health benefits of rose hips is to make rose hip tea. It is a simple process once the rose hips have been dried. If you plan on harvesting your own rose hips there are a few steps to follow, harvesting, preparation, drying and dehydration. It is best to pick the rose hips in the winter because there is more flavor in the hips after the first frost. To prepare the hips, slice the hips in half and gut them of the seeds. After they have been gutted and rinsed off with water, there are two options to dry them. One option is to place the rose hips in the oven on low for three and a half hours, take out and put in an airtight container in a cool dark place for about a week before using for tea. The second option is to use a food dehydrator, place the hips in layers, leave in the dehydrator until they are bone dry, place in an airtight container and put in a fridge or freezer.

After the preparation process has occurred making the tea becomes simple. Put 4 tablespoons of the whole dried rose hips into a warmed teapot. Pour boiling water over the rose hips, cover, and steep for 10 minutes. Now, enjoy your delicately tangy beverage while reaping medicinal benefits.