The infusion of rose hips with hibiscus is one of those classic combinations that are usually recommended in the presence of colds, flu or colds. In fact, both plants exhibit a wide variety of health benefits.
Have you ever drunk them? Although the rose hip, or fruit of the wild rose bush, has a somewhat insipid taste, the hibiscus brings very interesting dimensions to the infusion such as its fruity and slightly sour taste.
Health properties of rose hips with hibiscus
Natural medicine recommends consuming an infusion of rose hips with hibiscus against the presence of all kinds of ailments and, also, as a prevention of diseases and premature aging or as a treatment for hypertension. But is there any scientific research that supports these common uses? Let’s see it below.
It increases the body’s defenses
Perhaps the main benefit of drinking rosehip infusion with hibiscus is its effect on the immune system. Rose hips are rich in vitamin C (426 mg / 100 g), A and E, three components that would help increase defenses.
For this reason, its consumption is usually recommended during the fall (to “prepare for winter”) and in the presence of viruses and bacteria, or in the face of a cold or sore throat.
Ayurvedic medicine experts maintain that rose hips have anti-inflammatory properties capable of relieving headaches and joint discomfort.
Helps treat diarrhea
Without a doubt, this combination is the best to end diarrhea. It is not in vain that the so-called tapaculos (common name for rose hips) are combined with an antidiarrheal flower.
As you read, rose hips have astringent properties, while hibiscus has shown its antibacterial effects in different investigations, capable of fighting bacteria such as E-Coli, which causes diarrhea and gastroenteritis. So now you know: the next time you suffer from liquid stools, prepare this infusion and that’s it!
Prevents bladder infections
The antibacterial action of rose hips, added to its diuretic function, would contribute to the proper functioning of the kidneys and would prevent the appearance of urinary infections.
Contributes to weight loss
Both hibiscus and rose hips are known for their weight loss benefits. Rose hips are rich in tiliroside, a component with antioxidant functions that has been proven to help eliminate abdominal fat and, therefore, body weight.
On the other hand, being a diuretic infusion, thanks to the hibiscus, it promotes weight loss by helping to eliminate swelling caused by fluid retention.
Collaborates with the production of collagen in the skin
Natural medicine indicates that consuming hibiscus and rose hips contributes to the production of collagen and, therefore, would help prevent premature aging.
Remember that collagen is a substance that contributes to the hydration and elasticity of the skin. The greater elasticity and hydration, the less likely it is that wrinkles will occur.
This classic combination can also help you digest food better. Both hibiscus and rose hips help prevent heartburn and slow digestion. On the other hand, its nutrients favor the health of the intestinal flora.
How to prepare the hibiscus and rosehip infusion
Like most infusions, preparing it is not difficult, but it is necessary to take into consideration some things such as the quantities to be used, the temperature of the water and the infusion time.
- three hibiscus flowers
- two rosehip fruits
- 1 cup of water
- optional: honey
- Bring the water to a boil. In this case, it is important that the water reaches very high temperatures in order to extract the essential oils of hibiscus and rose hips.
- Add the hibiscus flowers and the rose hips (preferably fresh so that they retain their nutrients better) and after two minutes, turn off the heat.
- Let stand 5 minutes with the pot covered.
- Strain and drink.
- If you wish you can sweeten with a teaspoon of honey.
Take advantage of the benefits of the infusion of rose hips with hibiscus and take the opportunity to strengthen your immune system. If the flavor is too subtle for you, you can increase the amount of hibiscus or rosehip: the greater the amount of these, the more intense the infusion.
A recommendation? You can also add lemon or orange peel to slightly change the flavor and even serve it with ice during the summer. What are you waiting for to try it?