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Rose Hip and its Use in Herbal Medicine
Biological Description
Rose hips are the red fruits that develop on the rose (Rosa canina) in autumn, as soon as the flowers drop off. The rose hip is actually the fruit of the rose and encloses the seeds, called achenes. Due to the rich amount of ascorbic acid present in it, the hip has zesty acidic and fruity taste. The plant itself is a shrub reaching up to 2 meters, with stout, hairy stems. The flowers are produced abundantly since June over the long period of time and vary in color from purple to white.
Rose hip is easily adapted to wide range of soil types and climatic conditions. Nevertheless, it favors sunny locations to produce juicy fruits.
Parts Used
Shelled or powdered fruit is used for the wide range of herbal preparations. Since fresh rose hips contain much more active chemicals than dried ones, it is much preferable to take the benefits from this by using fresh forms in various remedies.
Rose hips are used for making tea and liquors, it sometimes found in capsule or extracts form. The plant is often used as the compound of remedies for common cold, since it is the powerful source of vitamin C (60 times as much this vitamin as in oranges). Other forms include herbal tea, oil, jam, jelly and marmalade. Rose hip soup is popular in Sweden.
The major active compound of the plant is, of course, vitamin C. Dried product contains about 1700–2000 mg per 100 g, and it is the reason that rose hip is considered to be one of the richest sources of it. Vitamins A, D and E, fatty acids and antioxidant flavonoids are also presented in the herb in quite high amounts. Rose hips are also the source of iron, which is greatly beneficial for menstruating women. 
Health Benefits
Antioxidant actions of flavonoids in rose hip help prevent and treat the effects of stress, aging and the environment. Powder made of the plant is an effective remedy for rheumatoid arthritis. Digestive problems, such as constipation and diarrhoea, are handled with rose hips when brewed into a concoction. Due to the diuretic properties, urinary bladder infections are successfully treated with the plant’s herbal preparations, too. Rose hip oil is used topically for variety of skin conditions: scars, eczema, burns, wrinkles and irritation. But the most potential action of rose hip is that related to the treatment of common cold and various related conditions. Vitamin C increases the body’s resistance to colds and removes inflammations out of the body, treats dizziness and headaches.
2012-06-30 06:25:51
Ask for your doctor to get and MRI of your back maybe a Tarlov Cyst there which efcftes your hips then your legs 24/7 I'm in wheelchair now over it and searching for real help and i'm 38 alot of doctor dont' know about them, believe me you will need a very caring doctor to help you with it cause as far as i've found out there is only 2 doctors that will do surgery and the only reason why is because they actually know what pain it causes they've had and family has it. But my luck there out of state. good luck and MERRY CHRISTMAS
william p
2011-06-19 09:26:52
This information is clear and very helpful. I have always loved this tea for 2 simple reasons: 1, it smells and tastes great; 2, it is super cheap. I can buy a pack of 20 for $1.25 at my chinese market. it is so underated because so few people know its incredible value. Now, after doing research, have come to love this tasty treat for a myriad of reasons. Thanks for the clear information
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