Last winter was not a good winter for ailments around our house. We were pummelled by cold after cold brought home by baby. Worn out by general busy-ness, working and being a mama, my immune system wasn't in tip-top shape. So there was a nice bit of suffering and a good bit of whinging.
Friends and family were very sympathetic and super helpful. After a mid-winter hike with one dear girlfriend, she took care of me by brewing some rosehip tea - so yummy and sky-rocketingly high in vitamin C. Rose hips have so much vitamin C in fact that one teaspoon of pulp equals four or five navel oranges.
So, during a recent morning walk, I picked rosehips while Willa giggled and watched. I dried them in the oven - at 250 degrees for about an hour. I have them in a sunny windowsill in a glass container right now - if I see any moisture, I will dry them some more - to avoid mildew.
I'll probably just pop one dried rosehip in my pre-bedtime herbal tea for most of the cold season. Keeping the cooties at bay as best I can!