Botanical Name: Rosa laevigata
Chinese pin-yin: jin ying zi
Amazingly, these are not picked until the petals have fallen from the rose. They are one of the most of concentrated forms of Vitamin C. The lighting needed to be just right so the color variations would shine through but as you can see the variations of reds and purples make this a beautiful kitchen addition. Although, it is not JUST about the looks.
Steeped and a small honey addition makes this a wonderful morning tea. It is a mild diuretic and laxative so beware but who doesn't want a little detoxing? Also known to be an adrenal stimulant to help support you throughout the day. The high amounts of Vitamin C can assist in cutting down on the length and severity of a cold or flu.
Rosehips are also used in many skin remedies as it is high in antioxidants. It soothes blemishes and fine lines and helps the skin retain elasticity by stimulating collagen growth. Also high in Vitamins E, K, beta-carotene, pectin, and bioflavanoids, it helps heal eczema, mild burns, scrapes, and skin irritations.
Rosehips has been used for centuries as a uterine tonic to help reduce the intensity of cramps, reduce menstrual flow, soothe headaches, and tension in the body.
They are associated with the planet Venus and the month of June. They are also great for matters or love and peace. We will keep this herb around as we delve further into subjects of divination, health, intuition, and sensual awareness. Hopefully, rosehips will become one of your tea time favorites as well!