Have you ever heard of Rose Hips?
Rose Hips are the fruit of rose bushes and are primarily edible after the first frosts. You can actually pick them off wild rose bushes, dry them out and freeze them. Or you can just buy them if you don’t want to put your wilderness hat on and go around stomping into the wild.
They can also have 60 times more Vitamin C than an Orange, making it the best source for Vitamin C of any North American plant. Wowzers! Move over, Oranges. There’s a new Sheriff in town. And HER name is Sheriff Rose…
But what are these Rose Hips good for?
A boat load of things.
- They are an amazing antioxidant that helps fight free radicals, which ultimately can prevent cancer growth.
- They can be used to treat scabs and wounds. (Boil the rose hips minus the seeds and then soak a rag in the water)
- They can treat Rheumatoid Arthritis. One specific study done in Berlin and published in Phytomedicine Magazine in 2010 reported a 40% reduction in joint pain after using rose hips in powder form.
- They can be great cold and flu fighters. With their high dose of Vitamin C, they are sure to boost that immune system. Drink as a tea during cold and flu season.
- They are rich in Iron, Potassium and Phosphorus. Iron is essential in the production of red blood cells and therefore beneficial in helping with anemia.
- It makes a great skin care regime. It can help with cell turnover and contains great essential fatty acids. This is one of my favorites and highest performing Rose Oils with additional oils to radiate beautiful skin.
Get your hands on some Rose Hips today. They are a fantastic little gem to add to your natural and holistic regime.
The best way I like to consume them is in tea and oil form. Simply boil the “hips” and drink as a hot or cold tea. It has a very mild and floral flavor.