Posted on Oct 27, 2015 | 0 comments

Love love love those beautiful wild roses! And guess what?! They have a multitude of benefits! Let’s explore….

So, let’s start with the pretty little flower. Remember, we’re talking about those pretty little pink wild roses that grow without all the fuss and care of the fancy named ones, the untamed wily wild little girl with  so much hidden beauty … who knew?

What we’re going to gather and use are the petals and the fruit (which is called rosehips). The petals have so much to offer – they are rose-hip-teaoftentimes mildly sedative, they are antiseptic and anti-inflammatory – and guess what – even help rid parasites in the body! Another great aspect of the wild rose petals are that they are a great tonic for the heart, lower cholesterol and can even be used for a mild laxative. Because they are antiseptic you can make a solution to help treat wounds, bruises, even a rash. As a tea, they help with sore throats and might stimulate the liver increasing your appetite and boosting circulation. Look how much is offered in a few petals!

There are a lot more uses to rose petals – so much it is almost endless. You can google for more on rose petal therapy – and can expect to find info on bringing on delayed menstrual cycles, a uterine tonic, healing cysts, soothe the nervous system, ease tension and pain … and oh so much more! Have fun exploring the uses of rose petals!

Now let’s move on – let’s look at the fruit of the flower – the rosehip – the little hard nub that forms after the flowers fade and fall off.  They make delicious teas and you can use them for the fruit in recipes for preserves. Rosehips are very high in Vitamin C but also contain vitamins A, B3, D, and E.  Because of this they are great for using during the cold and flu season. Rosehips have been proven to be a strong antioxidant which helps in keeping free radicals at bay. Another great advantage to using rosehips are that they contain iron which not only eases pain and discomfort during one’s monthly but helps with anemia.  Rosehip tea also helps with soothing pain, gout and soreness.

So here’s the skinny on the how-to:

Tea:

1 cup boiling water
up to 4 tsp of dried rose petals
Cover and steep for 15 minutes.

To this tea base you can add 1-2 tsp of honey to soothe a sore throat. If you like it a little stronger…you can add a dash of brandy and a bit of lemon juice – but both of those last two are not necessary for the added benefits. If you have an upset tummy, and are fighting diarrhea you can add a bit more of the rose petals and it will help you because of the tannins in the petals. As for the rosehip tea, usually 4 teaspoons of the dried or four tablespoons (or a small handful) of fresh rosehips per cup of water. Just simmer the whole concoction for about 5-10 minutes for a srong tangy chock vull of Vitamin C tea. If you want to feel a bit pampered you can add a splash of almond milk, a little vanilla and a squirt of whip cream. Sit back….relax…and enjoy!

 

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