Prevent winter ailments with Rose hips (with syrup recipe)

Have you ever foraged rose hips (Rosa canina)? They can be harvested in autumn to make a lovely syrup to treat colds and sore throats, or simply to get extra vitamins. They are particularly high in vitamin C, with good supplies of vitamin A, B and K too. For this reason, rose hips syrup used to be a common “multivitamin” in the past. They also have immunostimulant, anti-inflammatory, astringent and antioxidant properties. Rose hips can be also consumed as a tea, in powder form, or as an extract. In my practice, I often provide nutritive powders to add to smoothies or juices in order to supplement nutrition and I love to include rose hips powder in them for my clients. Besides boosting the immune system and preventing or treating colds and flu, this remedy can also be used to soothe inflammation, improve skin condition, increase iron absorption, treat allergy symptoms, and support heart health.

Here’s a rosehip syrup recipe

1kg of rosehips

  • Wash and trim your rosehips
  • Blend them in a food processor
  • Put them in a saucepan and add 1 and a half liter of water. You can also add lemon and ginger if you wish.
  • Bring to the boil and simmer for at least 20 minutes.
  • Strain using a cheesecloth and a strainer to get the juice out.
  • Put the juice in a clean saucepan and add one and a half cup of sugar. I like to add some cinnamon as well.
  • Boil for 10 minutes and then pour in your bottles or jars.

Take a teaspoon or two daily to prevent colds and flus, or more frequently as needed to help treat sore throats and colds.

Enjoy ❤️