Grandma's Rose Hip Tea
Recipes and Medicinal Benefits

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Rose hip tea is refreshing, pleasantly tart and contains vitamins A, B, C, E and K, pectin and organic acids. Besides battling colds, the nutrient-rich tea boosts your health in other ways as well. This popular medicinal tea strengthens the body's resistance to infection, reinforces digestive function, combats all kinds of illnesses with fever, flushes out the kidneys and urinary tract and relieves mild rheumatic pain.

When you think of vitamin C, you are most likely to think of grapefruit and oranges. But rose hips, the fruit of the wild rose, have even more vitamin C than do citrus fruits. Rose hips were long known as a food, but only since the mid-twentieth century has their medicinal value as a premier source of the essential vitamin been recognized. The vitamin C content gives rose hip tea its primary benefit, the ability to help prevent and treat colds and flu.

Once brewed, Rose Hip Tea retains its flavor and effectiveness for the rest of the day. You can drink this herbal tea hot or cold.

You can find our more about vitamins and what the lack of certain vitamins can do to the body at Grandma's Vitamin Deficiency Guide .

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Medicinal Rose Hip Tea Recipes

Basic Rose Hip Tea Recipe

Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 heaping teaspoons of chopped rose hips. You can use rose hips with or without their seeds. Steep the herbal tea, covered, for 15 minutes and strain. Sweeten the refreshing, slightly sour tea with honey, if desired. Drink the tea lukewarm at bedtime for maximum effectiveness.

Rose Hip Wine Helps Circulation

Rose hip wine stimulates the appetite and increases blood flow. Steep 3 ½ ounces of dried rose hips in 1 quart of strong, dry red wine for 2 weeks. Filter the wine. Drink 2 small glasses per day.

Medicinal Tea Mixture for Cold Prevention & Relief

  • 1 ½ ounces rose hips
  • 3/4 ounce marsh-mallow root
  • 3/4 ounce mullein flowers and leaves

This tea stimulates the immune system. When you have a cold or flu, the tea loosens bronchial mucus and makes coughs more productive. For a cup of tea, use 1 cup of water and 2 teaspoons of the tea blend.

Herbal Tea Mixture for Abdominal Cramps and Mild Diarrhea

  • 1 ounce rose hips
  • 3/4 ounce peppermint leaves
  • 3/4 ounce lemon-balm leaves
  • 3/4 ounce blackberry leaves

This tea regulates bile flow and relieves intestinal cramping and mild diarrhea. It is also a first-aid remedy for queasiness and nausea. Use 1 cup of water to 2 teaspoons of the tea blend.

Here's more information about Abdominal Cramps . You can also try Grandma's Home Remedy for Diarrhea . Or if you have Chronic Diarrhea give this remedy a try.

Try this Medicinal Tea to Relieve Gout & Kidney Gravel

  • 1 ½ ounces rose hips
  • 3/4 ounce nettle leaves
  • 3/4 ounce goldenrod leave
  • 3/4 ounce horsetail leaves

This tea flushes gravel from the kidneys, combats chronic urinary-tract infections and helps eliminate uric acid and gout patients. For each cup of tea use 1 cup of boiling water and 2 teaspoons of the tea mixture. Strain and enjoy!

Here's Grandma's Home Remedy for Gout if you're suffering from a chronic or severe case.

Rose Hip Tea Medicinal Uses for
Relief and Prevention

In addition to vitamin C, rose hops contain vitamins A, B1, B2, E and K and beta-carotene. Minerals, bioflavoniods, tannins and pectin round out the components that make rose hips so effective in preventing and fighting infections and inflammations.

Vitamin C Prevents Infections

Vitamin C helps prevent infections because it strengthens resistance by boosting production of immune cells. It is also especially effective in fighting off infection because it is so rapidly absorbed and can go to work quickly. This is why you need more vitamin C when you have an infection. Metabolism as well as immunity relies on vitamin C, as does adrenal function. Tissue repair required the vitamin, making it essential for wound healing.

Rose Hip Tea and Pectin Binding

Pectin binds waste in the intestine, bonding with fats and cholesterol before they can be absorbed into the blood, and thus aids in their removal from the body. This means that Rose Hip Tea helps lower cholesterol, cleanses the intestine and gently regulates elimination.

Rose Hip Tea Relieves Urinary-tract Irritations

Because it stimulates the immune system, increases the flow of urine and has a mild disinfectant effect, Rose Hip Tea can help treat irritations of the urinary tract. Drink 1 large cup of the tea, as warm as possible, 3-4 times every day to soothe these irritations.

Here's another one of Grandma's Home Remedy for Urinary-Tract Infections .

Rose Hip Tea Protect the Body Against Flu

In the spring and fall, a regimen of Rose Hip Tea protects the body against flu. Use the whole rose hip, including the seeds when brewing. Drink 3-4 large cups daily for 2 weeks at the start of each season.

Water Retention and Rheumatism & Medicinal Tea

This medicinal tea acts as a gentle diuretic, helping the body eliminate accumulations of water in the tissues. It also relieves mild rheumatic pain. Simmer 5-6 tablespoons of rose-hip seeds for 30 minutes in 1 quart of water and strain. Drink 2 cups of the tea daily.


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