Taking the Confusion Out of Infusion: How to Make a Rosehip Infusion

| 1/18/2011 10:16:37 AM

DebDeb's family owns a small herb farm and herbal skin care business in Porterfield, Wisconsin. It is there that they play and work with herbs on a daily basis.  Deb is a Master Gardener Volunteer, organizer of a local herb group, and a teaches herb-related and soap-making classes for a local technical college, folk school, and right on the farm. (www.petermanbrookherbfarm.com)

As a first time blogger for The Herb Companion, I have a little confession to make. Quite frankly, I am a bit on the chubby side. One of my goals for 2011 is to simply drink more water, and I plan to do that by drinking a variety of infusions.

My favorite simple infusion is made with rosehips (Rosa canina), also known as rose haws, hip berry or wild rose. Rosehips contain a fair amount of vitamin C and can help stave off cold symptoms.  They are the fruit of the rose and have also been used to make jams, jellies and soups.

An infusion is basically the same as a tea, except the herbs and the hot water have been left to steep longer with the hopes of a stronger brew. Let’s get started!

1-17-2011-rosehip no water 
Rosehips without water. Photo by Deb Doubek 

I start with a quart jar that is filled with herbs about 1/3 to 1/2 full. Insert a metal knife, as this should help conduct some of the heat and help avoid chances of your jar cracking. This is a tip I learned from herbalist Linda Conroy.