Rosehips are the fruits of what is commonly known as the Dog Rose. It is a climbing wild rose species in the Rosacea family native to Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia. It typically grows up to 5ft tall, but if climbing on a small tree, it can reach up into the canopy through the aid of it’s hooked prickles, which help it climb. It has small pinnate leaves that grow in leaflets of 5-7, and it’s radial, 5 petaled flowers are typically light pink to white with ovaries that mature into golden orange to red globular fruits in the fall.
Rosehips are mild laxatives, mild diuretics, and mild astringents. They are also very nutritious and high in vitamin C, beta-carotene, and fatty oils. Because it contains such high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C, its useful for preventing and treating colds, and is a good spring tonic for general exhaustiveness and fatigue. It can also help in cases of mild constipation and mild problems with the kidneys, bladder, and gall bladder. Because of it’s mild qualities and pleasant flavor, it’s suitable and safe for children. It’s also a mild carminative and can be used to settle the stomach. It’s often an ingredient in skin care cosmetics due to it’s nourishing fatty acids and anti-oxidants.
Rose hips have been used culinarily worldwide since Egyptian times to flavor waters, candies, and food. The petals of the flowers have and are often used in desserts, wines, cordials, and in waters to freshen and restore the skin. Because rosehips and roses have heating properties, they are often considered aphrodisiacs.
In a tincture, 2-4ml three times a day. Rose hips can be prepared to taste in syrups, teas, and decoctions as often as desired.
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