Beautiful Autumn Berries
We’re too late for blackberries and raspberries but have you noticed all the beautiful other berries hanging around at the moment? I was running on The Downs in Bristol this morning and found a woman picking rose hips which, according to her, are currently ripe for harvest. Why didn’t I know this? Well, I’m probably more focused on raspberries, blackberries and sloes (no surprises) but I think I’ve been missing out, because they’re the most wonderful little berry and can really help our body function optimally at this time of year.
These lovely hips are brilliant because they contain huge amounts of vitamin C, antioxidants and other important vitamins and minerals. The are also anti-inflammatory so can assist our bodies in fighting the seasonal disorders of coughs, colds and bronchitis. In addition they can reduce symptoms of allergies, asthma, osteoarthritis or any phlegm related complaint AND they are also excellent at strengthening the digestive system and the nervous system.
I’ve written in previous posts about Autumn and the connection with the lungs and the metal element. Remember, if our lungs/metal element is out of balance, we are especially susceptible to the seasonal lurgy, so filling up your boots with some rose hips could be a wise move.
So, if you find some luscious little hips (be sure that you’ve identified them correctly), harvest them from the stem but make sure you leave some for wildlife and don’t pick any that are near busy roads. It’s better to use them immediately but you can always freeze them and use at a later date. Why not make some jam or tea? If you’re feeling creative, you can make jelly and add them to apple cider vinegar to make a season tonic perhaps?
The only downer about using rose hips is the prep; you will need to de-seed them and this can be quite time consuming (and slightly annoying) as they have little hairs inside that could irritate your skin. Don’t let that put you off though. Maybe do this when watching a film or listening to the radio (because we all have time to sit and do this?!) or enlist your children or other half to help, it could be a Sunday afternoon project perhaps…?
Anyway, if you fancy having a go at putting ‘living with the seasons’ into action, see below for some cool little recipes and more info.
To make tea follow this method:
Rose Hip Tea
Grind approximately 3-4 cups of rose hips. Boil in 2-3 cups of water for 20 minutes. Strain the liquid to remove the pulp. It’s delicious hot or cold.
When Using Dried: 2 tsp per cup of boiling water, steep for 10 to 15 minutes.