It’s a sensation to know that something you love is good for you!  In this case, the excitement is all about rose hip tea and its close relationship with vitamin C.  The cold season is almost here and many of us will be caught off-guard with sniffles, sore throats, and body aches.  Why mess with that when you can sip yourself into a healthy state of being?   Rose hip tea has been used for centuries for its taste and its healing power.  Rose hips pack a powerful boost of vitamin C at 1500 mg per 100 grams of dried rose hips.  That’s more than 20 times the amount of tea’s rival: orange juice.  Vitamin C is a great anti-cold measure.  Science has demonstrated that vitamin C can decrease the duration and severity of colds as well as enhance the body’s immune responses.

Now, don’t start chewing on those roses yet!  The fundamental piece of the rose is the base.  If you do want to use the entire rose, just shorten the steeping time.  Gather about five rose hips per cup of tea, steep for about ten minutes, and remove the remnants of the rose hips.  Although rose hip tea can be bought in tea bag form, it is often included in an herbal mix as well.  The search for this rare tea may be tedious, but it is well worth it.  Not many grocery stores carry such an indulgent tea, but that is why we have tea rooms, right?  Enjoy the tea hot or cold – whether you are sick or healthy.  The pink tangy tart tea will be sure to awaken your taste buds and jumpstart your immune system.

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