After gathering many rose hips the other day in Kelowna, I could hardly wait to try rose hip tea. I also, really want to make rose hip oil as well as dry the rose hips. Rose hips don’t have much flesh under their skins but they are filled with tiny seeds covered with silky hairs. The skin of the hip, which can taste like an apple, is where most of the nutrition and food value lies.
Read my recent post about the health benefits of rose hips: Rose Hips for the Health of It
Rose Hip Tea
The tea was very easy to make. We cleaned about 10 rose hips and cut them in half. We boiled them for about 20 minutes. I drank it without adding honey. It was tasty and I enjoyed it, especially knowing it was very healthy. My friend added honey to hers and really enjoyed it also.
Drying Rose Hips
Cut the hips in half. Remove the seeds and spread out on wax paper and dry. Once they are totally dry, put them in jars or bags. They will mold if not completely dry. Add these to recipes or eat as it.
You will need:
Dark coloured jars
A sieve with a piece of cloth in to strain it
Fill one third of jars with clean, dry rosehips. Top it up with nut oil. Place in slow cooker on lowest setting for 12 hours.
Strain into another clean jar.
Rosehip Oil is a little sensitive to light so if you do not have dark coloured jars, keep in a dark place.
Rose Hip Lotion
You will need:
3 tsp jojoba oil
1 tsp coconut oil
3 tsp apricot kernel oil
3 tsp Rosehip seed oil
5 drops carrot-seed essential oil
1 1/2 tsp beeswax pastilles
5 tsp rose-water (optional)
Place beeswax, coconut oil, jojoba, rosehip and apricot oils in a double boiler. Heat very gently to melt wax. Continue to stir, then remove from heat after about 5 minutes. Stir in the rest of the ingredients slowly. Put it in the fridge until it is set. This will make a small 2.5 oz jar. Use under eyes in the twice a day, morning and evening.
What is your favourite tea? lotion? oil? Comment below.