As a health coach, I believe in finding natural sources of nutrients and nourishing your body through foods and herbs in order to live a vibrant life.
My love for herbs began in 2005 when I enrolled in many courses at Mrs. Thompson’s Herb Store in Eugene, Oregon. This is when my curiosity blended with a foundational education that blossomed into a love and respect for herbalism. At this point in my life I was exploring ways to heal my body in hopes of strengthening it against my common illnesses. Adding herbs into my life was One Simple Change that I chose to do years ago, with the help of Mrs. Thompson and I continue to enjoy and share them with others.
After a long day, many of us create habits, like drinking a glass of wine, to reward ourselves and relax our minds. For many, it’s the only true time set aside in the day for you. So when we enroll in clean eating programs, like with nourish-mint, many of us struggle to eliminate our evening ritual.
Today is the last day of our 6-week detox program. While I restricted myself from pouring my evening glass of wine, I began to get creative in the kitchen. I realized that instead of just “skipping” my evening ritual, I replaced it with another beverage - an enjoyable cup of tea. My cravings for wine began to decrease as I held a beautiful cup of rosehip tea. It’s light and fruity flavor and aroma delighted my senses and I easily embraced it as my evening drink.
Rosehip is the fruit of the rose plant that is found just below the flowers’ leaves. It produces a mild, fruity and tangy tea and is one of my favorite caffeine-free teas. It is a great source of Vitamin C – ounce for ounce it has more of this vitamin than an orange. Rosehips also contain antioxidant properties that benefit the body in many ways. I encourage you to explore this delicious beverage for your evening ritual and consider tea as a wonderful addition to your healthy lifestyle!
How to Make Rose Hip Tea from Dried Hips:
· 2 teaspoons of dried rose hips placed in a tea ball
· 1 cup of boiling water
· Pour water over hips and allow to steep for 10 to 15 minutes
· Remove tea ball
· Optional – sweeten with a little stevia, honey or agave
Serve immediately or cool, cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
*I am not a certified herbalist. Rosehips are considered gentle, safe herbs, but before using any herb it is always best to check with a qualified healthcare professional if you are taking medications, if you are pregnant or lactating, or if you have serious medical problems.
By Paige Moreno; Owner of Prevana Wellness & Nourish-mint Health Coach