Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Rose Hip Tea

Rose hip tea is an excellent source of Vitamin C.  When I had gum problems I drank lots of rose hip infusions.  This is a natural way to get your Vitamin C without taking a lot of pills.  You can even mix it with other teas or infusions.

Roses were used by American Indians for a number of ailments such as mouth sores, fever sores, blisters, diarrhea, and for the male and female reproductive systems.  The parts of the rose that can be used are the petals, hips (buds), leaves, leaf buds and bark.  Use rose hips for colds and flu and to boost the immune system.  Rose hip nutrients are:  Vitamin C, B complex, carotenes, Vitamin E, selenium, chromium, niacin, phosphorus and many more.

Here's how I make my Rose Hip Tea
1 quart jar
1/4 - 1/2 cup dried rose buds (or 1-2 handfuls)
boiling water

Pour the rose buds into the jar, pour in boiling water and steep up to 4 hours.  You can drink part of it and refrigerate the rest for the next day.  Or just drink it throughout the day.

A great place to get rose hips is Mountain Rose Herbs

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