Wild roses typically grow as a shrub in dense thickets that may reach nine feet in height. Roses reproduce both by seed and by sending out suckers from the roots. All wild rose flowers have five petals and numerous stamens. The flowers are commonly a shade of pink or, less commonly, white. The leaves grow alternately up the stem. Rose Hips are the fruit of the rose bush and first appear on the plant when the petals of the flowers fall off. At that time, they usually appear green and then ripen through shades of orange and red. Very ripe Rose Hips can be almost black in color. Rose Hips historically have been used to help with skin disorders, hepatotoxicity, renal disturbances, diarrhea, inflammatory disorders, arthritis, diabetes, and cancer. Of Course None of that has been verified by the FDA.
History and Folklore:
The ancient Chinese, Persians, Romans and Greeks all understood the benefits of Rose Hips. Rose Hips have been used for the bites of rabid dogs, stomach complaints, menstrual problems and diarrhea. Rose Hips occupied a space in the British pharmacopeia well into the 1930s. During World War II, rose hips were gathered and made into a syrup for the troops to supply them with vitamin C in the absence of citris fruits.
Cultivation and Harvest:
Harvest the hips in the fall, after the first frost. When fresh off the bush they often have more vitamin C per weight than an orange.
Do not use while pregnant or nursing.
Traditional Herbal Actions:
Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Astringent, Diuretic , Immune Stimulant, Nutritive
Rose Haw, Rose Hep, Dog Rose, Dog Brier, Brier Rose
Tincture Ingredients: Rose Hips (Rosa spp.)
*These statements have not been verified by the FDA and is only referenced here as a fun fact and/or for historical commentary, is not to be used as medical advice in any way. Consult your doctor before ingesting any herbal product.
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