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Gathering Winter Rose Hips

Gathering Winter Rose Hips:

Nature offers an incredible abundance of medicinal plants, if one knows where to look It takes deep work to abandon the dross of our modern culture, and re-tune our senses to have deep and clear perception of the natural world again In this article, I’ll be discussing an easily available, and abundant wild plant that you can go out and look for as soon as you finish reading this article

As I always share through my plant walks, once one learns to navigate through the wall of green that most may see, a mysterious world is revealed This world, when respected, is one that can, through practice and repetition, gradually become more and more familiar Within this wall of green, or in this case, white, snow covered area, we will travel to the brambles (thorny places), where there are clusters of beautiful and small little red berries And in fact, one of them is a wild rose hip

Multiflora rose, similar to other roses, develops a hip with many small seeds within itself In fact, most rose hips can be used, but some are better than others All rose hips contain Vitamin C; an antioxidant that shows a large scale action against colds and flu Remember, the plant itself has engineered these antioxidants, such as vitamin c, within its own body to ensure its protection and survival

Antioxidants work against free radicals A free radical cell contains an electron, which goes out of orbit, and eventually explodes through the cell wall, causing a mutation A mutated cell that reproduces itself is essentially what cancer builds from

On your winter walk, when you have found the thick patch of brambles, you first want to look at all the thorny plants, and start to discern Among them; blackberries, raspberries, wineberries, and smilax, there are clusters of fruits with a small red berry with a crown on it This is not to be confused with the red berry of oriental bittersweet which divides in four clusters and is a large climbing vine, or Japanese barberry, which has red oblong berries, but are very bitter tasting – yet a good medicinal Also, both of these plants have their fruits in the spring/summer months Over the winter only a few plants still produce fruits, multiflora rose being one of the last ones standing At first, the rose hips start out as a light red colored fruit, but very hard to squeeze, which is an important identification factor When you can squeeze the berry between your fingers and it smashes, you will have ripe rose hips Taste them to see if it is a bush that you like the taste of There is a tremendous variation among each plant Don’t forget that some of them can go “bad”, meaning that the sugars within the hip can become fermentedIt also helps to protect the bodys cells from damage and is known for its antioxidant properties. If you eat too many, you might catch a buzz, or get a little nauseous, depending on which comes first…

After harvesting and collecting the hips, lay them out to dry on an old screen, or keep them in a paper bag on the dashboard of your car, and shake them up every few hours After a few days they will be ready for storage I recommend to use glass ball jars with metal tops and to keep them away from direct sunlight