Easy-to-make rosehip powder is a vitamin and mineral-rich herbal substance that will enrich your meal and enhance your skin.
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There is however one less rough version of processing rosehips and that is making rosehip powder.
What is rosehip powder?
Rosehip powder is a vitamin powerful bomb made of dried and crushed fruits of rosehips. This research suggests that drying or freeze-drying rosehips preserve their antioxidant activity. (1)
Once you make this rosehip powder don’t forget to make these tasty raw protein balls with it. You will not regret it.
Rosehip powder is also very beneficial for skin so we used it in this rosehip soap which is an excellent moisturizer.
Benefits of rosehip powder
Rosehips have been used by our ancestors for centuries. They used their valuable nutrients to survive during the cold months of winter. Thanks to their high content of vitamin C, rosehips replaced citrus fruits that were hard to get during World War II. They also contain vitamin E and vitamin B1 and B6 and 23 minerals including phosphorus, iron, zinc and magnesium. In addition, rosehips also possess antioxidant components such as flavonoids, phytochemicals, and carotenoids that contribute to their health benefits.
Moreover, their power is also hidden in their seeds that contain galactolipids GOPO. It has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and stimulates the synthesis and restoration of collagen. It is believed to ease joint inflammation and prevent joint damage.
The researchers also studied the effect of rosehip powder on wrinkles, moisture, elasticity and cell longevity of the skin. 34 participants of the blind study found a significant improvement after 8 weeks of rosehip powder treatment. (2)
This powerful moisturizer – homemade rosehip seed oil heals your skin, nails and hair.
How do you make rosehip powder?
There are basically two methods that you can use to make rosehip powder
is more time consuming and results in a rosehip powder almost free of any seeds. The seeds cause throat irritation and it is not recommended to eat too many. However, if you intend to use the powder in cosmetics to improve the elasticity of your skin or in antiaging products you want to keep the seeds in (use the method #2).
a) Once you collect as many rosehips as you want (at least 4 handfuls) wash them from dust and other dirtiness, remove the stalk and the little point where the flower was. By using a sharp knife cut each rosehip in half carefully and dig out the seeds and itchy hairs that are inside. This part is the most time-consuming, so for 4 handfuls of rosehips, you will need 30 minutes of cleaning time.
b) place them off the clean paper and let them dry in a sunny place for 2 days. You can also use a food dehydrator just make sure the temperature does not exceed 42 degrees celsius.
c) once dried completely, place them in a high powered grinder or food processor and powder them
is faster and allows you to keep some seeds in. Depending on your intention, more seeds mean more vitamin E and fatty acids that are used in skincare for their antiaging properties.
a) After you have your 4 handfuls of ripe rosehips you will start with a powerful food processor and you will mix all the rosehips
b) place the mixture on the paper and let it dry for 2 days
c) Place it in the grinder and powder. This takes some time, depending on the power of your grinder you might want to stop and start again to prevent overheating of the grinder. If the grinder is too powerful it might destroy the seeds.
d) use a large sieve to sift the mixture. You might end up repeating the sifting process depending on the size of your sieve and also how many seeds you want to keep in. Shake well to remove all pesky hairs.
Can you harvest your own rose hips?
Any type of rosehips is edible. There are articles that they should be picked after the first frost. Well, it depends where you live, In the place I live there’s hardly any frost so I just collect them from September all the way to December. Red or orange in colour they provide a great treat for squirrels or birds. Just make sure you avoid places that have been treated with pesticides.
How to store rosehip powder?
Store it in a closed glass jar in a cool, dark place. The shelf life is at least 1 year.
How to eat rosehip powder?
- Add 1 teaspoon of rosehip powder to a smoothie – blend with 1 banana, 1 apple, 1 orange and a bit of ginger.
- put a teaspoon in a glass with warm water and add lemon juice – this will make powerful drink full of vitamins and antioxidants
- sprinkle a teaspoon of rosehip powder over white, or any of your favourite yoghurt and add berries on the top
- enrich your healthy breakfast cereal, muesli, or oatmeal with rosehip powder for extra flavour and nutrition
- Add some goodness to your ice cream
- you can use it in raw cakes and desserts such as these truffles – the recipe is coming soon
What is the daily dosage?
The recommended daily dose is 5-10 g/ day split into two doses
How to use rosehip powder for skin?
When you decide to keep some seeds in the powder you will get all the fatty acids and vitamin E in it which are powerful antiaging agents. So you can add it to
- face masks
- bath bombs
- soaps (recipe is coming soon)
- natural bath tea recipes
Rosehip powder for dogs?
If your dog suffers from arthritis or joint pain you can improve its joint health and wellbeing with rosehip powder.
Add this substance to food. It helps reduce joint pain/inflammation or for prevention of joint issues/wellbeing.
Some individuals may experience mild irritation from the hairs on the seed.
Rosehips are not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women, for diabetics, for people experiencing kidney stones or for a bleeding condition or iron-related disorders (3)