The fruit of a rose plant is called a rosehip, rose hep, or rose haw. They range from dark purple to red to orange, to yellow and usually form in the early spring, under the flowers after they have been pollinated. They are filled with seeds and ripen as the seasons change to fall, and they become a powerhouse of benefits for the body. They are packed with Vitamin C (60x more than oranges!) Vitamin C helps prevents colds, keeps skin supple, helps muscles work smoothly, helps prevent cancer, and reduces histamine in the body, helping with allergies. Along with all the benefits of Vitamin C, rosehips are also known to help with constipation, back pain, and arthritis. They have a tart taste, slightly citrusy and very tangy.
Raspberry leaf, which comes from the raspberry plant has a taste similar to black tea, but without the caffeine. Raspberry leaf also features high levels of Vitamin C, along with Vitamins A, E, and B, and minerals* potassium, iron, calcium, and magnesium. These vitamins and minerals are said to be important for women’s health, and many believe that the mix of vitamins and minerals found in raspberry leaf can help ease pregnancy, labour, PMS, endometriosis and menopause symptoms.
1 Tbsp. Dried, Crushed, Red Raspberry Leaf
1 Tbsp. Dried Rosehips
½ Tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
Honey to Taste
2 Cups Fresh, Cool Water
Boil water. Add raspberry leaves, rosehips, and lemon to boiled water. Strain into two mugs, add honey and enjoy!
*This article does not replace medical advice - please consult with a doctor before consuming rose hips or raspberry leaf.