7 Incredible Benefits of Rosehip Tea

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The top benefits of rosehip tea include reducing inflammation, lowering your risk of heart disease, fighting cancer, and detoxifying the body. It is also good for strengthening the immune system, protecting the skin, easing chronic pain, and optimizing the digestive system.

What is Rosehip Tea?

Rosehip tea is made from steeping crushed or dried rosehips, which are the fruits of the rose plant. Following pollination of the flowers, rosehips begin to develop and are typically bulbous red fruits, ranging from the size of a cherry tomato to the size of drupe fruits. Provided you don’t prune back the flowering stems of your rose plant, the majority of species will produce rosehips of some kind.

These fruits have many different uses, both in culinary, medicinal and alternative areas, but tea made from dried rosehips is one of the most popular applications.

Nutrition Facts of Rosehip Tea

The many health benefits available from rosehips are due to the presence of vitamin Cflavonoids, carotenoids, polyphenols, catechins and other phytochemicals present in both the fruit and extract of the rose plant. While every species of the rose plant is slightly different in their nutrient concentrations, they share many of the same compounds, vitamins, and antioxidants.

A kettle containing rose hip tea and rosehips and a wooden dipper on a saucer and red leaves on a wooden table

Benefits of Rosehip Tea

You should consider drinking rosehip tea if you suffer from a weak immune system, skin conditions, chronic pain, indigestion, high toxicity levels, arthritis, gout, inflammatory conditions, high cholesterol, and hypertension, or if you are at an increased risk of heart disease or cancer.

Prevents Cardiovascular Diseases

There is a large body of research into the cardiovascular impact of rosehips, primarily due to the high levels of antioxidants present in these fruits. Studies have shown that leucoanthocyanins and polyphenolic compounds in rosehip tea can lower the risk of heart diseases. This tea is also rich in lycopene, which has been directly linked to lower the occurrences of cardiovascular diseases.

Rich in Antioxidants

Many of the antioxidants in rosehip tea are praised for their anti-cancer abilities. They seek out and neutralize free radicals before they can cause oxidative stress and inhibit the growth of cancerous cells. According to a study by Tumbas VT, et al. suggests that polyphenols found in rosehip tea are responsible for preventing the growth of malignant cells.

Research on the link between cancer and rosehips is ongoing, but early results show a very promising connection.

Reduces Inflammation

Studies done on rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis showed that rosehip tea can significantly improve mobility and reduce inflammation, thus improving the quality of life and lowering oxidative stress in those inflamed tissues. This is also helpful for digestion, as these anti-inflammatory properties can soothe the tissues in the gut while regulating bowel movements and ensuring proper nutrient uptake.

Detoxifies the Body

Rosehip tea is known to have both laxative and diuretic properties, which can help the body eliminate toxins, and unwanted fats and salts in an efficient way. If you are struggling with constipation, low metabolism, or a weakened immune system, it can be a good idea to flush the toxins out and reduce the load on the kidneys and liver. This tea can help you do that by stimulating faster digestion and increasing the frequency of urination.

Acts as an Analgesic

The carotenoids and flavonoids found in rosehip tea have analgesic properties, making this tea a great pain reliever. Whether it is chronic pain of arthritis or acute pain of injuries or sprains, the anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties can work very quickly.

Skin Care

Many people drink rosehip tea to improve the appearance of the skin, as this herbal blend is known to be astringent, while also delivering powerful antioxidants to the areas of the skin that need it most. This can help reduce 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, and acne.

Strengthens Immunity

This fruit is extremely high in vitamin C, which can pack a major punch for a better immune system. It will increase your white blood cell count and stimulate growth, especially if you are recovering from an injury, illness, or surgery.

How to Make Rosehip Tea?

Rosehip tea can be easily made at home, but the process can be somewhat complicated, depending on which recipe you follow, and how you want to prepare your rosehip tea. Let’s take a look at the two ways you can brew rosehip tea at home.

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How To Brew Rosehip Tea?

Most people choose whole, dried rosehips as these require less preparation. But those who want a more potent tea that releases more nutrients and antioxidants often choose to cut and sift their rosehips. We will share both ways of brewing this wonderful herbal tea!
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: Tea
Cuisine: Italian, Roman
Keyword: Rosehip Tea
Appliance: Saucepan, Tea Strainer
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Raksha Hegde

Ingredients

  • 4 tsp dried rosehip whole or crushed/cut/sifted
  • 4 cups water filtered
  • 4-5 spearmint or peppermint leaves
  • 1 tsp honey or stevia optional

Instructions

Rosehip Tea From Whole Rosehips

  • Add whole rosehips and water to a stainless steel pot. 
  • Slowly bring the mixture up to a boil, and then reduce it to a simmer.
  • Allow the mixture to steep for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add the spearmint/peppermint leaves or stevia, if desired, for sweetness.
    A kettle containing rose hip tea and rosehips and a wooden dipper on a saucer and red leaves on a wooden table

Rosehip Tea From Ground Rosehips

  • If you follow this method, you will need to grind your dried rosehips in a spice mill or blender, and then sift the ground mixture through a sieve. 
  • At that point, you can brew your tea with the resultant powder. Boil water and add the ground rosehip tea powder to it and let steep for 5 minutes. 
  • You can add the spearmint/peppermint leaves or stevia, if desired, for sweetness. Enjoy your rosehip tea! 

Side Effects of Rosehip Tea

While many people praise the many health benefits of rosehip tea, side effects such as gastrointestinal issues, sleep problems, bleeding and kidney stones, do exist. Some people should also avoid using rosehip tea based on their medical history or present conditions.

  • Stomach Problems: The most common side effects of drinking rosehip tea are gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhea, cramping, nausea and bloating. Constipation and vomiting may also occur. This is commonly seen when people drink too much rosehip tea, but these symptoms can also affect anyone with an allergy to rosehips. Allergic reactions may also include swelling of the lips, tongue, and throat, and should be taken seriously.
  • Insomnia/Fatigue: Occasionally, people experience disturbances in their sleep patterns when taking rosehip tea. This can take the form of fatigue or weakness during the day, or an inability to fall asleep at night. Speak to your doctor before taking this tea, particularly if you struggle with sleep.
  • Bleeding: The active compounds in rosehip tea can exacerbate bleeding conditions, as it can prevent blood clotting, so this tea is not recommended for those with bleeding disorders.
  • Kidney Stones: Studies have shown that high concentrations of vitamin C, which this tea contains, can increase your risk of developing kidney stones. Speak to your doctor about your particular conditions and risks before adding this tea to your health regimen.
  • Pregnancy: There is a lack of research on the effects of rosehip tea on pregnancy, but due to the hormonal effects and suppression of menstrual cramps that occur after having this tea, it is not recommended for pregnant women, particularly those in their first and second trimesters.
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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