The wild rose hips are ready! Yesss! I’ve been watching these little jewels grow and ripen over the summer, musing about ways I could turn them into nourishing and edible remedies. Rose hips are best known for their high vitamin C content, which make them perfect for boosting immunity before winter and helping us get through the cold and flu season. With three kids constantly battling school viruses, creating a raw honey syrup designed to stimulate our immune systems, sooth sore throats, and ease dry coughing seemed like a logical thing to do.
Collecting wild rose hips can be a pain. They are small, the canes are thorny and grab your clothing or skin, and they ripen at different stages making picking them all the more difficult. As excited as I was to have the hips, I was not necessarily looking forward to collecting them… that is, until I got out there and immersed myself in their rapturous domain. There may not be an easier way to experience gratitude than to reflect on your life in silence and in nature, with the fall’s evening sun illuminating the already flaming tree leaves. There seems to be something exceptionally special about nature that quickly transmutes the negative mind and allows us to open our hearts and view the world a little more softly. At least for a few moments before popping onto Facebook…
In addition to this honey syrup being infused with rose hips, love, and intention, it also has a few other immune encouraging herbs. While both orange zest and hibiscus offer an additional punch of immune boosting “C”, hibiscus imparts a pretty rosy color and orange zest offers a sweet familiar flavor. Orange zest also helps to prevent the formation of mucus (Tierra). Ginger, cinnamon, and clove are flavorful and warming spices. They help with circulation, congestion and help increase resistance to colds and flu. I think we’re all familiar with echinacea, it has become a mainstream “pill to pop” to strengthen our system while enduring a virus, understandably so, as it helps our immune cells become more efficient at attacking bacteria and viruses (herbwisdom). Marshmallow root is a mildly sweet mucilaginous herb. Similar to oatmeal, it becomes sort of slimy and slippery when moistened. It offers nourishing and soothing support for sore throats and irritating dry coughs, making it a nice addition to any cold remedy.
- 1 cup fresh rose hips
- 3 cups water
- 1 Tbls grated ginger
- Zest of 1 organic orange
- 1 Tbls echinacea root
- 1 Tbls marshmallow root
- 1 Tbls hibiscus flower
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 5 whole cloves
- Raw honey
- Place the ingredients, with the exception of honey, into a saucepan, cover, and simmer on low heat.
- Using a potato masher or fork mash your hips to help the juices flow…
- Continue simmering and occasionally mashing/stirring until the liquid is reduced to half.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- Strain through a cheesecloth reserving as much juice as possible. I recommend double straining to remove any possible irritating rose hip hairs. Use a few layers of cheesecloth or a coffee filter.
- Measure your liquid and add equal amounts of raw honey. You may need to reheat the mixture slightly to help mix the honey, but be careful not to overheat the honey to prevent damaging its healing properties.
- Pour your syrup into small sterilized jars and store in the refrigerator. It will last several weeks to months – use your best judgement!
Take a teaspoon as needed to aid in soothing a sore throat or dry cough, while helping to boost your immune system.
All information from Life Infused is meant for educational purposes only. The methods on this site have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. Please conduct your own research and make decisions in partnership with your health care provider – especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition, or are taking any medication.
Tierra, Michael. The Way of HERBS. New York: Pocket, 1998. Print.