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Rose Hips  Rosa canina

Parts used:    rose hips

Contains:  Volatile oil, Vitamins C, B, E, K, tannins

Actions:    Antidepressant, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, sedative, digestive stimulant, increases bile production, cleaninsing, expectorant, antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, kidney tonic, blood tonic, menstrual regulator, anti-inflammatory.

Forms:  Capsules, tablets, syrup, tincture, teas, cream, and extracts.

Used in commercial teas, syrups, and fruit drinks, tincture, decoction, essential oil.  
     The leaves were once used as a substitute for tea.  Harvest in the fall.

Tincture:    Take as astringent for diarrhea, to relieve colic, or as a component in cough remedies.

Syrup:        Use to flavor other medicines, add to cough mixtures, or take as a source of Vitamin C.

Rose hips are the fruit of a plant blossom that is an unusually rich source of vitamin C. It was used in England during World War II to offset the shortage of citrus fruits and prevent scurvy. It contains 60 times more vitamin C than lemons and other citrus fruits or raw brocolli.  However, processing may destroy more than half the Vitamin C.  For this reason, purchase rose hips powder and take in capsule form for maximum Vitamin C effect.

Used for constipation, to boost the immune system, to strengthen the capillaries, wound healing.


If you have diabetes, be aware that high Vitamin C doses can interfere with home glucose tests.

Some sources recommend not to take rose hips if you are pregnant or nursing.

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