Some of the benefits of Rosehip Tea include help in reducing inflammation, lower risk of heart disease, fights cancer, detoxification of the body, boost immune system and digestive system, ease chronic pain and good for skin health.
What Is Rosehip Tea?
Rosehip tea is made from fruit of rose plant by steeping the crushed or dried rosehips in to the water.
After pollination of the flowers, rosehips begin to developed in to bulbous red fruits, ranging from the size of a cherry tomato to the size of drupe fruits.
These fruits has, both culinary, and medicinal uses.
Most popular use is rosehip jams or tea.
Rosehips has many health and beauty benefits mainly because of the presence of vitamin C, flavonoids, carotenoids, polyphenols, catechins and other phytochemicals present in both the fruit and extract of the rose plant.
How To Make / prepare Rosehip Tea?
Rosehip tea is easy to make. It can be easily made at home, from whole dried rosehips. You can either grind the dried rosehips or cut or sift or can be used as whole too.
It may have strong taste, so you can sweeten it with honey, stevia or can add spearmint leaves too as a natural sweetener.
- 4 teaspoons of dried rosehip (whole or crushed/cut/sifted)
- 4 cups of water (filtered)
- 4-5 spearmint or peppermint leaves (for sweetness, if desired)
Step 1 – Add the rosehips to a stainless steel pot along with the water.
Step 2 – Slowly bring the mixture up to a boil, and then reduce it to a simmer.
Step 3 – Allow the mixture to steep for 5 minutes.
Step 4 – Remove from heat and add the honey /spearmint/peppermint leaves or stevia, if desired, for sweetness.
Step 5 – Enjoy!
Rosehip Tea Benefits
Good for Heart health
Drinking this tea helps to prevents Cardiovascular Diseases, primarily due to the high levels of antioxidants present in these fruits.
Many studies have shown that leucoanthocyanins and polyphenolic compounds in rosehip tea can lower the risk of heart disease.Also, this tea is rich in lycopene, which is directly linked to lower the occurrences of cardiovascular diseases.
Many studies has confirmed that the antioxidants found in rosehip tea has anti-cancer abilities, which help to neutralize free radicals before they can cause oxidative stress damage to the body. Due to which it becomes difficult for cancerous cells to multiply, generate energy, and continue attacking the body.
Reduce Inflammation / anti-inflammatory
Many studies found that drinking rosehip tea can significantly improve mobility and reduce inflammation, improving the quality of life and lowering oxidative stress in those inflamed tissues. It is useful in many chronic health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Daily intake of rosehip tea is found helpful for digestion problems too, as anti-inflammatory properties can help soothe the tissues in the gut while regulating bowel movements and ensuring proper nutrient uptake.
Rosehip tea is known to have both laxative and diuretic properties, which can help the body eliminatetoxins, and unwanted fats and salts in an efficient way. Thereby, reducing the load on the kidneys and liver.
Pain relief or Acts as an Analgesic
Studies has shown that carotenoids and flavonoids found in rosehip tea have analgesic properties, making this tea can be a great natural quick pain reliever. In fact, it is found useful in chronic pain of arthritis or acute pain of injuries or sprains, due to the anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
Beauty or skin health
Daily intake or topical application of rosehip tea helps to improve the texture, appearance of the skin, as it is rich in powerful antioxidants and has great astringent properties too.
It helps reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, speed healing of irritated or dry skin, and prevent infections and inflammation, such as flare-ups of psoriasis, eczema, acne and more.
It helps to strengthen the immunity due to presence of rich amount of vitamin C, that improves the functioning of immune system. It will increase your white blood cell count and stimulate growth, especially if you are recovering from an injury, illness or surgery.
Caution/ side effects of rosehip tea
There are many health benefits of rosehip tea, but it does has sideefects too such as gastrointestinal issues, sleep problems, bleeding and kidney stones etc.
Also it is not recommended for pregnant women. As, it has hormonal effect plus it helps ease out menstrual cramp after drinking this tea.
So consult your physician before taking this tea if you has any of the above health issues.
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