Want to learn how to make rosehip decoction for natural immunity? Continue reading and find out how to make this healing decoction.
Rosehip decoction is an amazing natural remedy for boosting natural immunity, anemia, and convalescence since rosehip is the most bioavailable source of natural vitamin C in the world. Before we show you how to make rosehip decoction and use it at home, first, let’s see how to harvest the rose hips.
How to Harvest Rose Hips
The harvesting time for rose hips (Rosa canina) is in September-October, when the berries are well-ripe, meaning that the active principles are at their peak. We can tell if the rosehips are fully ripe by the taste and appearance. Rosehips, depending on the species, can range from red-orange to brick-red in color and have a sweet-sour taste. Do not use soft rosehips that have been affected by frost. Before drying, split the rosehips in four, and remove the seeds.
Dry the rosehips in shaded places, away from moisture, in a very thin layer (ideally the berries should not touch each other). The drying process is quite long, taking about 1-3 weeks, and it is done when the pulp of the berries is completely dehydrated and slightly brittle, breaking easily when cutting the berries with a knife. Do not dry the rosehips in the oven, as heat drying contributes to the inactivation of an enzyme – ascorbinase – which, after harvesting, destroys vitamin C in the berries. After drying, keep the rosehips in gauze bags, or paper bags, and store them in the dark, in dry places.
How to Make Rosehip Decoction
Boil 2 teaspoons of coarsely chopped rosehips over low heat for about 15 minutes in 500 ml (2 cups) of water, preferably in a stainless steel or enameled saucepan. At the end, supplement with water to make for the evaporated water, so you have 2 cups of decoction. Strain while hot through a piece of gauze moistened in a little water. Sweeten the rosehip decoction with raw honey to taste.
How to Use Rosehip Decoction at Home
You can enjoy 2 cups of rosehip decoction twice a day, as this is a natural remedy for the following health problems:
- anemia and lack of appetite
- cardiovascular system problems (heart failure, angina pectoris),
- peripheral circulatory problems (varicose veins, phlebitis, hemorrhoids, capillary fragility)
- respiratory tract problems (tracheitis, bronchitis, bronchial asthma, pneumonia)
- viral conditions (cold, flu, whooping cough)
- urogenital conditions (cystitis, pyelitis)
- metabolic and endocrine conditions (diabetes, thyroid disorders)
- neurological conditions (headaches, migraines, vascular accidents, neurovegetative dystonia)
- age-related conditions (atherosclerosis, senile dementia)
- osteoarticular conditions (arthrosis, spondylosis, coxarthrosis)
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