Rosehip/Rose Haw/Rose Hep (rosa spp.)
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ENGLISH COMMON NAME: Rosehips
ALSO KNOWN AS: brier rose, dog rose, rose haw
LATIN NAME: rosa canina and rosa rubiginosa
Plant Family: Rosaceae
PART(S) USED: Dried, shelled fruit.
OVERVIEW: Rose hips are the fruits of the rose which appear in early summer and continue to ripen into late autumn. When fresh, rosehips have a tart flavor and can be consumed as food. Dried rosehips can be infused into herbal syrups and steeped as rosehips tea. These fruits are one of the most concentrated sources of vitamin C available in nature and are rich in several phytonutrients, of which may act as powerful dietary antioxidants. Fresh rosehip contains plenty of vitamin C. Unfortunately, processing and drying of the plant destroys most of it. Traditionally, Rose hips have been used as a "stomach tonic" to treat intestinal and urinary tract disorders, fluid retention, pain, and quenching thirst. Today, Rosehips are being tested for their potential to treat diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, fever, increasing immune function during exhaustion and more. Rose hips can be used to make jelly, jam, soup or oil, or can be alternatively used to flavor tea. During World War II, the British government used rose hip syrup as a source of vitamin C (as citrus fruits that were impossible to get).
PREPARATIONS: Keep dry. Store in an airtight container in a dry cupboard away from light. Will keep for many years. Usually used as a tea or in liquor.
PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS: No known side effects. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have allergies, or are on any medications. Although most herbs are generally safe, it is recommended that you avoid self-prescribing especially when there is an underlying ongoing medical condition.
This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.