Rosehip – sounds beautiful, doesn’t it, but what actually is it? Rosehip tea is derived from the dried fruits and buds of the rose flower that develop after being pollinated. The rosehip buds themselves form in two main varieties; rosa gallica and rosa canina, originating primarily from Asia and North Africa. Roses aren’t just pretty, they have a huge historical presence, from the War of the Roses, to even as recent as World War II – where rosehip tea became a reliable source of vitamin C to prevent against diseases such as scurvy when citrus fruits were blockaded at the British border. Intrigued? Then, read on for our Top 5 Health Benefits of Rosehip Tea!
1.Your Skin Care Ally
Packed with antioxidants, rosehip tea is great for looking after your skin. Ultimately, this can help to reduce visible signs of aging, heal dry or broken skin and help prevent the outbreak of acne, blemishes and eczema. The oil within the rosehip is deeply nourishing, and due to its vitamin A and C content, this tea and oil are often the favourite of celebrities – most famously Victoria Beckham and the Duchess of Cambridge – to prevent the appearance of wrinkles and to keep their skin as blemish-free as can be.
2. Good Source of Iron
The quantity of iron in rosehip-based products is key in improving blood circulation around your body. In fact, rosehip-based products are often used by vegetarians and vegans to fight against anaemia and iron deficiency.
3. Promotes Stomach Health
Regularly drinking this tea is a great way of protecting your body against stomach disorders, ulcers and spasms, as well as treating a stomach acid deficiency. In fact, it is often recommended for diseases of the mouth, as those are often indicative of stomach-related issues.
4. Helps with Stress-Related Issues
Naturally caffeine-free, rosehip tea can act as a coffee-substitute to energize you, lifting your body of fatigue. Unlike caffeinated drinks, rosehip tea is excellent for stress and anxiety as it possesses antidepressant properties.
5. Supports Kidney Health
Historically, rosehip tea was used in Chinese medicine to treat kidney and urinary-based complaints, (UTI’s – Urinary Tract Infections) acting as a cleanser within the kidney and helping to prevent the build up of kidney stones. Additionally, the diuretic properties of rosehip tea can also help you when suffering from bladder infections.
So there you go – more than just a pretty flower – rosehip tea is characterised by its distinctive taste; often likened to that of cranberries, known for its zesty and tart flavour. Why not try it combined with peppermint or spearmint leaves for sweetness, or even iced with hibiscus flowers for an enhanced floral scent and flavour twist? Whether it’s steering away from caffeine, or looking after yourself from the inside out, rosehip tea is the way to go. Love rosehip tea? Let us know below, join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter & Instagram. (Tea addict? Don’t worry, so are we! Consume our other tea articles to help you Keep YOUR Fit ON!)