With the cold weather getting closer we are starting to worry more about how to strengthen our immune system. And since traditional medications are costly and potentially can have side effect, we want to introduce or remind you or a great grandmother's recipes to strengthen our immune system. The most powerful and affordable natural immunostimulant is a rosehip, or rather its decoction.
Benefits of the Rosehip
So what's the use of this rosehip decoction? This very popular and loved by many drink is actually best known as a tonic and restorative tool that improves the immune system. Medicinal properties of rosehip have been used for the problems with digestive system, kidneys and various inflammatory processes, heart disease, pulmonary tuberculosis. Decoction from the rosehip is effective for the prevention and treatment of SARS in winter and autumn times of the year. Effectively used for the treatment of diseases of the kidneys and bladder, as an anesthetic and accelerating fragmentation of kidney stones. Traditional medicine uses rosehips as an additional tool for the treatment of high blood pressure and problems with blood vessels.
Powerful healing properties of rosehip is a fact which does not require evidence. Rosehip has some valuable multivitamins and sets a record for the amount of nutrients that are necessary for the person every day to take care of their health. Rosehip contains vitamin C (ascorbic acid) that is about 10 times higher than in the berries of the famous black currant, and 40 times more than in lemons and other citrus fruits, significantly higher than all the berries, fruits and herbs used to strengthen the immune system . Rosehip as natural immunostimulant has a leading amounts of carotene, and gets ahead of carrot, sea buckthorn fruit and apricot. The composition of rosehip includes vitamins such as B1, B2, C, K, E. It also contains glucose, fructose, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and iron.
How to prepare decoction from the Rosehip
To properly prepare the rosehip decoction and get the maximum benefit from it, we should know that the ratio of rosehip and water should be one to ten, that is for the 200 ml of water we need 20 grams (1 tablespoon) of rosehip. Before you prepare a decoction, rosehip fruit can be crushed using blender or food processor, this will decrease the time for decoction readiness. To prepare the decoction, water with rosehips should be brought to a boil, then removed from heat and let sit in a thermos or a sealed container for 4 to 10 hours. If desired, honey or sugar can be added to a decoction for a better taste.