Thursday, December 31, 2015

DIY Vitamin C-Rich Herbal Tea Blends Featuring Rose Hips

"Rose hips have a tart flavor and can be used to make jelly, jam, soup or oil, or can be alternatively used to flavor tea. During World War II, the British government used collected rose hips to make rose hip syrup as a source of vitamin C to replace citrus fruits that were impossible to get. Rose hips have a long history of use in traditional medicine. Rose hip tea is a rich source of vitamin C, carrying all the benefits of that vitamin. In addition, the various flavonoids in rose hips have potent antioxidant action."

Rose hip tea is one of the loveliest ways to utilize this vintage herb and it is such a blessing to be able to drink your vitamins! Your body recognizes these herbs as they were both made by the same Creator. This is better than any man-made vitamin. The best part is that the tea blends we are sharing today are safe for daily drinking and enjoyment. They help to sooth stress and build up the immune system. We also use these vitamin C-rich teas for aiding allergy relief. And remember, these recipes can be doubled and tripled for larger batches to keep on hand in your pantry.


Before you begin perusing these rose hip tea blends, you may be interested in reading this little warning so that you process these herbs properly :)


Classic Rose Hips (Vitamin C-Rich) Tea

~ rose hips

Use 1 tbsp. of rose hips per cup of boiling water when you need of boost of vitamin-C. Directions for medicinal tea making will be found here.


Tension Taming Tisane Blend

~ 4 tbsp. chamomile
~ 3 tbsp. rose hips
~ 2 tbsp. lemon balm
~ 1 tbsp. borage

Mix herbs together in jar (and label contents). Use 1 tbsp. of tea blend per cup of boiling water. Directions for medicinal tea making will be found here.


Children's Vitamin-C Tonic Tea Blend

~ 4 tbsp. rose hips
~ 3 tbsp. hibiscus
~ 2 tbsp. lemon grass
~ 1 tbsp. cinnamon chips

Mix herbs together in jar (and label contents). Use 1 tbsp. of tea blend per cup of boiling water. Directions for medicinal tea making will be found here.



Flexibili-Tea

Sometimes we don't have every herb in a recipe but that doesn't mean you shouldn't make it (just make do). You could either omit it altogether or replace it with something else.  For instance, in the Vitamin-C Tonic blend above, we didn't have hibiscus. We did however, have an abundance of dried lemon peel (which is full of vitamin-C) and so we used it instead. Just make sure the herb you are replacing is safe for the person who is going to be drinking it.


Make Up Your Own Herbal Tea Mix ~ DIY Rose Hip Blends

I also love to get ideas from pre-bought tea blends. Here are some herb mixtures that looked delicious from various companies which included rose hips. You can tinker with the ingredient amounts to make a blend to suit your palette. 

Bulk Herb Store Tea Blends:

Hibiscus Orange Delight Tea ~ hibiscus flowers, orange peelrose hips, green tea, red raspberry leaf

Herban C Tea ~ red raspberry leaf, orange peel, hibiscus flowers, rose hips, red rooibos, ginger root

Lemon Drop Tea ~ orange peel, stevia, lemon peel, lemon grass, rose hips

Double-E Immune Booster ~ nettle leaf,  peppermint leaf, echinacea root, echinacea tops, elderberries, eleuthero root, rose hips


Hibiscus High Tea ~ hibiscus flowers, rose hips, lemongrass,  orange peel, spearmint, rose petals, stevia


Tazo Tea Blends:

Passion ~ hibiscus flowers, licorice root, orange peel, cinnamon, rose hips, lemongrass

Citrus Bliss ~ rooibos, rose hips, lemongrass

Japanese Sakura ~ green tea, rose petals, rose hips, blackberry leaves

Egyptian Ruby ~ hibiscus, dried pineapple, peppermint, lemongrass, rose hips  blackberry leaves

Lemon Ginger ~ lemongrass, orange peel, ginger, licorice, rose hips

Wild Sweet Orange ~ lemongrass, blackberry leaves, rose hips, spearmint leaves, orange peel, hibiscus flowers, rose petals,  ginger root, licorice root, licorice extract


Homemaking Hints:

It is interesting to note how many of these recipes contain orange peels! Visit this post to make your own for an extra thrifty tea blend! The same tutorial would apply for lemon peels which is also a common tea ingredient. For "How to Make a Medicinal Tea", visit here. We also share some "tea blend" labels here to help you organize your pantry full of vitamin rich tea blends. Here's to a healthy new year! 

“If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.” 
~ William Ewart Gladstone


Disclaimer #1: I am not a certified herbalist but a homemaker interested in the arts of natural healing. The information I have learned has been gleaned through study of some of the following favorite books; Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide, Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health, Grow Your Own Drugs by James Wong, and The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs by Reader's Digest and websites of herbalists (such as the Bulk Herb Store Blog).

Disclaimer #2: I am not a doctor. While I do seek scientific confirmation of the safety and effectiveness of the herbs and remedies I use, remember that using remedies is a personal decision. Nothing I say on this blog is approved by the FDA or intended to diagnose, treat or prevent disease. All things on this blog are my opinion or the opinion of others. Also, if you have a medical condition, are taking pharmaceutical drugs, or are pregnant, please consult your physician prior to taking herbs.

Source of Inspiration for Tea Blend Recipes: Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health.

5 comments:

  1. Lovely post, JES! The Egyptian Ruby tea blend sounds wonderful. Love the rose hips and fairy graphic, too.
    Happy New Year!!
    Toni9

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    1. Hi Tony! It has been so fun getting to know you a bit through the blogs! :) May your new year be blessed with all good things from heaven above! :)

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  2. I loved this post-thank you so much
    Happy New Year
    Kathy

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    1. Hi Kathy! Thank you for the kind comment! May your new year be bright and beautiful! :)

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