Do It Your self Herbal Medicine
PART 2. THE HERBS
While this beautiful red fruit is revered for its vitamin C content, it’s like a multivitamin grown on a tree, thanks to vitamins A, D, E, essential fatty acids, and antioxidant-rich flavonoids. Eat them straight up off the tree to help with bladder infections, headaches, and more, or craft a DIY skin cream for a firm, youthful radiance.
Did You Know?
Rosehips are used to flavor teas and jellies, which is a good thing for your immune system. They have 20 times more vitamin C than oranges. While fresh rosehips are a major source of vitamin C, dried rosehips? Not so much. The act of drying the plant zaps a good bit of its C content.
MEDICINAL: Treats osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, menstrual cramps, fever, infections, stomach issues like diarrhea, cramps, and irritation; reduces cholesterol; prevents and treats colds; boosts immunity.
COSMETIC: Replenishes, repairs, and protects skin; evens skin tone; brightens; improves elasticity.
•Apply as a cream, oil, salve, face and body cleanser, tincture
•Drink in a tea
•Use as a body wash, splash, or moisturizer
While rosehips are considered safe, talk to your doctor before taking the herb as it may slow blood clotting, impact diabetes management, increase kidney stone risk, and impede the absorption of iron.
Locating & Growing
Rosehips, the seed pods of the rose plant, prefer light, sandy soil and loads of sunlight. To DIY like a pro, start with cuttings or seedlings and make some room for them to grow. Plants can top five feet when grown in conditions they love.