How To Use Rosehips - The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need
When the vitamin C content of rosehips is higher than even oranges, you can see why this plant has become a sensation. The more you learn the more you see why everyone wants to learn how to use rosehips.
🌿 Related: Learn more about the health benefits of rosehip here.
They help support your immune response to ills and chills, and skin irritations. They also help support your nervous system, as you need vitamin C to produce your stress hormones. Rosehips are often recommended as a nutritive, which means it helps to boost our diet with extra minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.
You’ll probably have seen that rosehips have also become very popular in a beauty sense as the vitamin C content helps support collagen production and can also help with joint inflammation.
We love this powerhouse plant and its incredible health benefits are why we use it in our Daily Boost. Since autumn is rosehip season, you might want some ideas on how to use rosehips. This blog is a comprehensive guide to finding, identifying, harvesting and using rosehip.
The rosehip obsession has a historical origin
Despite their recent popularity, the health benefits of rosehips have been known for years. During the second world war, people were finding it hard to find fresh fruits and vegetables. In response, a Kew botanist in the UK worked with the government to develop a rosehip syrup to supply vitamin C to the nation.
People of this generation remember collecting rosehips for syrups to help support their diet and keep their immune system healthy, as we do not store vitamin C and need to replenish it daily. Giving children rosehip syrup continued well into the 1960s - a great way of using an abundance of nature to support health.
What rosehips can you eat?
Before you learn how to use rosehips, you need to know how to properly prepare them. After harvesting your rosehips, wash them and trim both ends off with a sharp knife. Cut them in half and scrape out the seeds and hair using a butter knife or small spoon. Rinse the halved hips and lay them on a dry tea towel to remove excess water.
To store rosehips, it's best to dry them thoroughly using a dehydrator, low temperature oven, or air dry method. When drying, spread them out flat and away from each other to ensure air circulation. If air drying, store them in a dry location to prevent mold growth and check them often to ensure thorough drying.
If using an oven, place the rosehips in a single layer on a lined baking tray and dry at the lowest temperature for several hours until they feel light and brittle. In a dehydrator, place them in a single layer and set it to the lowest temperature. Move the layers around to ensure proper dehydration. Once fully dry, store the rosehips in a labeled jar with a tight lid.
How to use rosehips
Now that you've harvested and prepared them - you'll want to know how to use your rosehips. Here are 11 different ways you can use your hips.
1. Add rosehips to herbal tea
3. Make a rosehip powder
Knowing how to use rosehips as a powder is an easy way to incorporate them into your everyday. By making a rosehip powder, you can add them to cereals, baking or smoothies in seconds. In a spice grinder or high-powered blender, add 500g of dried rosehips and process them until they are a powder. You may need to do this in batches. Add the powder to a sterilised labelled jar and use it throughout the year to boost your meals.
4. Try making rosehip jam
If you're wondering how to use rosehips, one popular way is to make them into jams, which pair nicely with other autumnal berries like hawthorn or blackberries. This jam is full of antioxidants and easy to make! The BBC has a great recipe that you can find here. We suggest you halve the amount to start and see if you like the jam first, as 2kg of rosehips is a lot to forage!
5. Rosehip jelly
6. Opt for a sweet rosehip syrup
Syrups are a tasty way to use rosehips, as their natural sweetness makes them delicious and versatile. Add your syrup to sparkling or plain water for a refreshing drink, or it to cocktails or smoothies. You can even super boost your yoghurt or ice cream by pouring it on top! There are so many options for how to use a rosehips in a syrup.
- 1 litre of water
- 500gm of fresh and washed berries
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Chop or process your rosehips and add them to the boiling water.
- Lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes then let it cool.
- Pour the contents through a filter or a muslin bag to strain the rosehip from the syrup.
- Add the sugar and heat until all the sugar has dissolved.
- Decant into sterilised bottles that are labelled. This should keep for 3 months.
7. Rosehip oxymel
- Add rosehips to a large jar - it should be a 1/4 full.
- Lightly heat the honey to make it liquid.
- Add equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and honey until the jar is full
- Tightly add the lid to the jar, label it and shake it thoroughly.
- Place it somewhere you can see it and shake it daily for 2 weeks.
- After 2 weeks strain out the rosehips and pour oxymel into another sterilised and labelled jar.
- You can take a tablespoon of this oxymel every few hours if you fall sick or add it to warm water as a nourishing drink. This will store for 3 months.
8. Rosehip shrub
- 2 cups of fresh, clean and roughly chopped rosehips
- 2 cups water
- 1.5 cups honey
- Boil the rosehips and water together for 10 minutes, lower to a simmer and leave simmering for 15 minutes.
- Add the honey and simmer until dissolved.
- Strain the rosehips out.
- Add the liquid back to the pan with the apple cider vinegar and heat gently for 10 minutes.
- Bottle into sterilised and labelled bottles.
- Add this to sparkling water for a refreshing drink.
9. Make your own rosehip oil
- 1 cups of dried rosehips
- 1.5 cup of a carrier oil like almond, coconut, sunflower oil
- Add your rosehips and oil into a double boiler.
- Gently simmer the double boiler to heat the rosehips and oil.
- You could also do this in your slow cooker on low overnight.
- Leave to cool, then pour into a sterilised and labelled bottle.
- You can add essential oils at this time if you had wanted, lavender is a calming oil that can help the skin or calendula to help with skin healing.
10. Rosehip balm
- 2 tablespoons of beeswax
- 1 tablespoon cacao butter
- In a double boiler add the oil, beeswax and cacao butter.
- Once the beeswax and the cacao butter have melted pour into balm containers.
- You can add essential oils at this stage if you wanted
- Tea tree to help protect the skin
- Calendula to help with skin irritation
- Lavender to help with healing and also sleep
11. Use rosehips to boost your winter foods
As you can see, rosehips are incredibly versatile and there are so many different ways you can use them. If you make any of the recipes in this blog, be sure to let us know in the comments. We'd love to see how you use your rosehips.