The fruit of this plant is the most nutritious part of it. The right time for picking it is after the flowers fall off. The color may vary from red to purple and sometimes even black. Due to their excellent health properties, rosehips have become common all over the world.
Rosehips contain many important and healthy substances that boost the immunity. They are rich in vitamins and they provide the body with vitamin A, K and a part of the B-vitamin complex. Minerals like magnesium, selenium, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc and phosphor are also found in the rosehips’ pulp.
All these active ingredients help the organism form antibodies, which fight viruses, bacteria, infections, as well as keep us free of diseases.
Here are a few health benefits of rosehips and ways in which they can help us during the cold season!
- Boost immunity
Pour one cup of water on 2 teaspoons (approximately 10 grams) of dried and crushed rosehips. Cover the bowl and let them soak for 24 hours. Stir the mix every 6 hours. After that, strain the liquid into a glass bottle and add one teaspoon of honey and a couple of drops of lemon juice.
Use: Drink one cup in the morning and one cup in the evening for two weeks.
- Cure airway infections
It’s good for preventing respiratory tract infections, such as viral and bacterial bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis, rhinitis or pulmonary conditions.
Use: Take one teaspoon of rosehip powder, 4 times a day for 3 to 4 weeks.
- Improve poor peripheric circulation
During the cold season, many people suffer from cold hand and feet. Take rosehips to improve the circulation of the smaller blood vessels from hands and feet.
Use: Eat 3 or 4 tablespoons per day, for at least one month.
- Reduce fever
Besides raising our body’s defense mechanism, rosehip tincture can lower the fever.
In a glass jar, mix one tablespoon of rosehip powder and 2 teaspoons of rosemary powder. Pour over the ingredients 200 ml of 70-degree alcohol. Close the jar and leave the ingredients to soak for 10 days. Shake the mix 3 or 4 times per day. After the 10-day period, strain the mix and leave it another 6 days for decantation.
Use: Dissolve 20-30 drops of the mixture in a glass of water and drink it. Repeat the procedure 2 or 3 times per day, before each meal, during the cold season.
- Treat urinary tract infections
In a pot, add 500 ml of water and 4 tablespoons of dried and split rosehip, and let them boil for half an hour. Strain the liquid through a gauze while it’s still hot. Sweeten the liquid with honey.
Use: Drink half a liter per day, until noon, for 2 weeks. Take a 2-week break, then repeat the treatment.
Other health benefits of rosehips are the ability to minimize the symptoms of arthritis, prevent cancer, lower cholesterol levels, manage diabetes or regulate the digestive system. This plant will help your cardiovascular system while boosting your immunity and maintaining a strong bone structure!