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Vitamin C–Rose Hip Decoction: Everyday Tonics for Vitality - Issue #40

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Vitamin C–Rose Hip Decoction: Everyday Tonics for Vitality - Issue #40
By Ifayomi Fasola • Issue #40 • View online
We all need our daily boost of nourishing vitamins and minerals, amino acids, probiotic cultures, and other sustaining and body-building nutrients. Usually we get these through our diet, as most food contains a perfect combination to suit our bodies’ needs. But sometimes we don’t eat properly or eat the wrong amounts. Or our immune system may be out of balance because of illness or stress, so the foods we eat don’t nourish us as optimally as they should. Herbal medicine excels in these situations because of the tonic properties of herbs.

Fresh Rose Hips
Fresh Rose Hips
Many herbs come replete with all the nutrients we need, if only we consume them in the proper quantities. Often, this means taking them as teas, since we replenish water-based vitamins in our bodies when we drink teas. The body can more easily process the nutrients it gets throughout the day from several cups of tea than those delivered all at once in a pill or capsule.
This Rose Hip is meant to supplement a wholesome, balanced diet. If used consistently, it can provide vitality in the form of better energy, a more positive outlook, a feeling of being in shape, glowing skin, shiny hair, and better endurance.
  • 2 cups dried rose hips
  • 3 cups water
This recipe creates 3 cups of the tonic.
Vitamin C is easy to come by: it’s in guavas, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, kiwis, red and green bell peppers, brussel sprouts, and melons such as cantaloupe.
It’s also extremely high in rose hips; dried rose hips contain nearly 2,000 milligrams per 100 grams of hips, whereas oranges contain only 45 milligrams per 100 grams of orange.
The recommended daily allowance of vitamin C is 90 milligrams for men and 75 milligrams for women.
  1. Rub the rose hips in a tea towel to remove the tiny hairs and bristles.
  2. Put them in a saucepan and cover them with the water.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, tightly covered, for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. The decoction will taste very tart.
  5. Sweeten as desired (diluting it with apple juice is a delicious balancing option), and drink 1 to 3 cups daily.
This tonic can be taken over a long period of time, without the worry of over exposure.
Happy Medicine Making!
REMEMBER: This does not replace medical advice. Always remember to check with your Doctor before changing your regimen.
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