Rosehips are a fruit rich in vitamin C and make great flavoring in jams, jellies and sauces, but they also make fantastic potpourri. Scented rosehips can get expensive though, and it is much easier and less expensive to scent them yourself. Enjoy the fresh smell they can scent your home with, throughout the entire year, and refresh the smell yourself anytime they might need a touch-up.
Things You'll Need
- Bloomed rose bushes going to seed
- Glass container with airtight lid
- Essential oils
Pick rosehips. You want to pick as many as you think you need for the next year, until the roses bloom and go to seed again. If you feel ambitious and want to make tea, jelly or other recipes as well, you probably want quite a few.
Spread one pound of rosehips on newspaper and let them dry in the sun for two to three days. If the weather is not cooperative, you can also dry them in a dehydrator or the oven.
Pour the dried rosehips into a glass container and add thirty to thirty five drops of an essential oil, or you can use a fragrance oil. Place the lid on it tightly and shake the bowl once every day for the next week.
Remove the lid and spread the dried, scented rosehips into potpourri, or use them as potpourri by themselves.
Tips & Warnings
- Depending on humidity, quality and amount, it can take several hours in the dehydrator.
- If you dehydrate them in the oven, spread them in one layer on a tray and dry them 18 to 24 hours at 110 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring them once in a while.
- Try making some rosehip tea with any unused dried rosehips.
- Try making jam with the rosehips you did not dry.
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