Rose hip tea is very easy to make with either fresh or dried rose hips. It has a lovely fruity and slightly tart taste and has immune-boosting properties. Warm up this season with this simple rose hip recipe!
Rose Hip Tea Benefits
Rose hips are the fruit of roses, and they appear beneath the flower once it has dropped off at the end of the summer season. You’ll find the hips sometime in the fall or early winter.
Some rose hips are oblong and some are more of a round shape, and the size varies depending on the variety of rose. If you don’t have any roses growing in your yard, you can forage for rose hips.
But for today, we are using rose hips in tea for their internal benefits!
Rosehips have tons of internal health benefits, and this simple rosehip tea is a super easy way to access the powers that these beautiful floral fruits possess.
With one of the highest concentrations of vitamin C paired with antioxidant properties, rosehips are excellent for immune support.
Rose Hip Tea Recipe
Rose hips are very high in vitamin C, especially when they are minimally processed. In this recipe, using boiling water will slightly diminish the vitamin C content, so I prefer to use hot water that is not yet boiling.
The ingredients for this rose hip recipe could not be any easier! Just like my dandelion tea recipe, all you need is two things, easy peasy.
Hot water: Use water that is not yet boiling to preserve the vitamin C content of the rose hips.
Whole fresh rose hips: Any variety of rose hips will work to make this tea. Rosa rugosa is a variety of roses that produce very large hips, which makes it easier to scoop out the seeds and hairs. Substitute with dried rose hips if you prefer.
Note: If you use dried rose hips instead of fresh it will result in a tea that is more red or orange in color. Either fresh or dried works wonderfully.
How to Make Rose Hip Tea
If you are using fresh rose hips that are large, before making the tea cut them in half and scoop out the seeds and any small hairs.
If the fresh rose hips are small, leave them whole. Dried rose hips are fine to use too.
Put the prepared rose hips into your favorite mug or a jar. Then pour the hot water over them to fill the mug.
Let the rose hip tea steep for as long as you like, depending on how strong you prefer the flavor and how hot you like your tea.
Note: Alternatively, the tea can be steeped in a jar covered with a lid on it as an overnight infusion. This will give it stronger flavor.
You can strain the rose hips out before drinking, but it’s not always necessary.
However, if you see any small hairs in the tea I recommend straining it because they can be irritating. It works best to use a fine mesh strainer lined with a few layers of cheesecloth.
It’s Tea Time
Enjoy this delicious tea anytime you need to warm up on a chilly day. The fresh floral fruit and tart flavor that rose hips liven your mood! I recommend having it alongside toast with this Scottish rose hip jelly.
This easy tea is perfect for the fall and winter seasons as it provides natural vitamin C and immune support.
If you are looking for a super simple recipe to enjoy the benefits of rose hips, curl up with a good book for tea time!
More Rose Hip Recipes
- Rose Hip Syrup
- Conifer Hot Toddy w/ Rose Hips & Ginger
- Rose Hip Whiskey Smash
- Reishi Mushroom Infused Red Wine with Rose Hips
- Immune Boosting Herbal Tea Blend
- Vitamin C Gummies w/ Rosehips
For even more rose hips recipes see my post with 60+ Rose Hip Recipes for Food, Health & Beauty
Rose Hip Tea
- 8-10 whole fresh rose hips or 1-2 tablespoons dried rose hips
- 2 cups hot water not boiling
- If the rose hips are large, cut them in half and scoop out the seeds and any small hairs. If the rose hips are small they can be left whole.
- Put the prepared rose hips into a mug or jar and pour the hot water over them.
- Let the tea steep for 10 minutes or as long as you like.
- The tea can be strained before drinking if you prefer – if you see any small hairs in the tea it’s recommended to strain using a fine mesh strainer lined with several layers of cheesecloth as they can be irritating.
- Any variety of rose hips will work for this recipe. Rosa rugosa is a variety of roses that produces very large hips, which makes it easier to scoop out the seeds and hairs.
- Dried rose hips can be used instead of fresh and will result in a tea that is more red or orange in color.
- Boiling water will diminish the vitamin C content of the rose hips, so it’s best to use water that is hot but not boiling.
- The tea can be steeped as an overnight infusion if you prefer a stronger flavor.