When you think about roses, you see flowers, right? That’s all fair and well, but forgotten for too long is Rosehip Tea benefits. Though not as beautiful as their floral counterparts, these small, seemingly insignificant fruits have much to offer.

So what is Rosehip Tea? What are its benefits? These questions and many more will be answered in this article. Once you know the facts and figures, you can try Rosehip Tea for yourself. The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company stock a wide variety of Teas and blends that contain Rosehips.

What is Rosehip Tea? 

What is Rosehip Tea?

Rosehip Tea comes from the fruit of the Rosa (Rose) plant belonging to the Rosaceae family. The plant itself is a herbaceous shrub found throughout much of the world. Evidence suggests that it originated from Northern Persia (modern-day Iraq and Iran).

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was one of the first practices to recognise Rosehip Tea benefits. According to TCM, known for being a holistic view of medicine, Rosehips can treat kidney and urinary issues. Indian Ayurvedic Medicine later used them for improved brain function.

Rosehips played a small but significant role for the Allies during the Second World War (1939-1945). German naval blockades around the British Isles had resulted in a lack of citrus fruit. This, in turn, meant that the British people were not getting enough Vitamin C. Rosehip Tea became an excellent alternative due to its exemplary nutritional value - one of many Rosehip Tea benefits.

How To Make Rosehip Tea

How To Make Rosehip Tea

There is nothing better than a cup of this Herbal Tea during the colder winter months. But how do you make it? It’s actually pretty simple. All you need is boiling water, a cup and, of course, Rosehips - dried ones, specifically.

  • Put Rosehip Herbal Tea into one of our Loose Tea Filters or a loose leaf tea infuser.
  • Boil water, making sure it’s fresh for better oxygen levels and, ultimately, better taste.
  • Put your Tea into a cup.
  • Add freshly boiled water.
  • Let the infusion steep for between 5 and 10 minutes. It’s worth noting that the longer you leave it, the stronger it tastes.

Sit back, relax, enjoy.

When brewed, it has distinct tart notes reminiscent of cranberries of pomegranates, with earthy and fruity undertones. Some people even add honey for a touch of sweetness, depending on personal preferences. Most, however, enjoy it in its truest form.

Calories and Nutrition

Calories and Nutrition

Rosehip Tea reportedly contains no more than four calories per 8 oz serving. This makes it an excellent alternative to unhealthy beverages such as soft and fizzy drinks. It may also help in the fight for weight loss (you’ll find out more about this later!).

Furthermore, it contains an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants capable of improving life in small yet significant ways. Its antioxidants, in particular, can combat free radicals in the body. This ultimately reduces the risk of developing a multitude of chronic conditions.

Its abundance of Vitamin C, meanwhile, supports the immune system. This, in turn, can ward off minor colds and influenza (flu). But that, of course, isn’t all that it can do. It’s other constituents include, but are not limited to:

Rosehip Tea Constituents

Vitamin D

Vitamin E

Vitamin K Vitamin P
Calcium Carotenoids
Flavonoids Magnesium
Magnesium Pectin
Potassium Rutin
Sodium Sulphur

Tannins

Zinc

Rosehip Tea also contains trace amounts of ascorbic, citric acid, copper, cobalt, iron, malic, phosphorus and silicon. Combined, these chemical compounds can do wonders for your health and wellbeing. You can find out more about Calories in Tea and Nutritional Facts in our article.

Rosehip Tea Caffeine

Does Rosehip Tea Have Caffeine?

Around 60 plants naturally contain caffeine. This includes Tea, Coffee and Yerba Mate. Rosehip Tea, on the other hand, isn’t a “Tea” in the conventional sense. It contains no leaves from the Camellia sinensis (Tea) plant, and as such, is entirely caffeine-free.

Why is this important? If you’re looking for a caffeinated beverage, you’d be better off looking at a different type of Tea. If, however, you’re wanting a caffeine-free beverage, then you’ve come to the right place. Rosehip Tea is an excellent choice for those who’re looking to cut down on caffeine in tea.

Rosehip Tea Benefits

Rosehip Tea Benefits

Rosehip Tea benefits the mind, body and soul in a plethora of ways. It can strengthen the immune system, reduce inflammation, support digestion and improve cardiovascular health. There is also research to suggest that it might work as a diuretic. Some even consider it a Detox Tea.

These are just some of the reasons that health-conscious individuals flock to this brew. Whatever your reasoning, you’ve chosen well with Rosehip Tea benefits. Read on and find out more about how it can help you with numerous everyday ailments and issues.

Rosehip can Help and Acne

Rosehip can Help and Acne

Many people drink this Tea to improve skin health. The reason it works is because of its antioxidants. As mentioned previously, antioxidants combat free radicals in the body, the product of natural, though harmful, human oxidation. Free radicals are unpaired (and unsafe!) electrons that latch onto their healthy counterparts, thus creating more unpaired electrons.

This chain reaction can create untold damage. It increases the risk of several chronic conditions, including skin issues such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. Rosehip Tea benefits, on the other hand, reduce the risk. As such, it can keep your skin looking healthy, fresh and young. What more could you want from your morning cuppa?

Weight Loss

Weight Loss

Rosehip Tea benefits might promote weight loss. This is according to a randomised, double-blind clinical study published by Dovepress. Researchers examined the effects of Rosehip Tea on thirty-two pre-obese individuals.

It saw each participant consume Rosehip extract or a placebo for twelve weeks. The results established that those who took Rosehip had significantly lower abdominal visceral fat compared to those who took the placebo.

Although not yet proven, Rosehip Tea might also boost the metabolism of fat cells. This could mean that the body burns fat quicker and more efficiently. In turn, this could result in periods of moderate exercise producing better, more noticeable results.

It can Help with Rheumatoid Arthritis

It can Help with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an often chronic condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. It most commonly affects the hands, feet and wrists. More than 400,000 people in the UK experience Rheumatoid Arthritis; but are Rosehip Tea benefits the answer? Maybe.

The anti-inflammatory properties of this Tea might at least help. Preliminary research suggests that it can improve mobility and reduce inflammation, thus improving the quality of life while lowering oxidative stress. Until we know more, however, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company strongly advise you seek medical consultation before using Rosehip Tea for this purpose.

Side Effects

Side Effects

Many health professionals advise against drinking Herbal Tea during pregnancy. There is not enough research either for or against Rosehip Tea while pregnant. For this reason, we strongly advise you to exercise caution. Talk to your doctor or midwife if you have any concerns.

Although unlikely, consuming large amounts of Vitamin C may increase the risk of developing kidney stones. Again, if you have any concerns, consult a medical professional. Here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, the welfare of our customers comes first.

Our Selection Online 

Our Selection Online

We stock a wide variety of herbal and fruit infusions, including four types of Rosehip Tea. Traditionalists tend to like our Rosehip Tea Whole. This is a beverage that, as its name suggests, uses whole Rosehips. It boasts a strong tangy taste with flavoursome earthy notes. Alternatively, you could try the cut variety, which has the same great character in cup.

The other two options are a blend of Rosehip and Hibiscus Tea Tea Bags, this blend we also have a loose leaf option. This blend is a popular choice among those who like particularly tart, floral flavours. Better still, it also comes with the well documented Hibiscus benefits.

Whatever you’re looking for, you’ve chosen well with us. We pack every Loose Tea, Tisane and Coffee fresh to order. This ensures not only quality but also consistency.