Rosehips, also called "dog rose" (Rosa canina) due to the historic use for rabid dog bites (please don't do this!) has a long and rich history in natural health and herbal medicine. It's usage goes back even further than Hippocrates himself!
Traditionally used for it's anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, anti-scorbutic, and astringent properties, it is highly valued for it's action on the cardiovascular system in particular. We are seeing it relied upon more and more for it's immune building properties thanks to it's very high vitamin C content, but it also has vitamin A, B1, B2, B3 and potassium! Yet another reason we've incorporated it into our tea blends like ImmuniTea and Rise & Shine!
It's affinity for the cardiovascular system is well documented in the annals of natural health- it is used as an overall cardiovascular tonic, helping with vasculature on many levels, from improving the healing of bruises and wounds, to varicose veins, and even degenerative vascular disease. We've even seen it used to improve allergies and balance blood sugar levels as well.
The dried herb has wonderful mucilaginous properties, which act in a demulcent action on sore throats and mucous membranes. We see this soothing action used again for digestive problems when recovering from the stomach flu, bowel irritation from antibiotic use, dysentery, and giardia.
Key Constituents: Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), organic acids (malic and citric acid), flavonoids (chiefly flavonols: quercetin, rutin, hesperidin, kaempferol), pectin, sugars (invert sugar, glucose, fructose, sucrose), tannins (proanthocyanidins), carotenoids (carotene, lutein), polyphenols, leucoanthocyanins, catechins, riboflavin.2-7
Nutritional Properties: Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), flavonoids (see above), and carotenoids. Rose hips also contain high amounts of betacarotene, chromium, niacin, riboflavin, selenium, sodium, thiamine, tin, crude fiber, and dietary fiber. They contain average amounts of calcium, fat, and phosphorus, and low amounts of cobalt, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, silicon, and zinc.2-4(p147),5,6(p118)
Saefty: Rosehips are considered safe for general usage, however, pregnant and nursing women should always use herbs with the consultation of their doctor.
Suggested Usage Guidelines:
- Tincture: Fresh [1:2 or 1:3, 70 - 95% alcohol] or dry [1:5, 50-60% alcohol]; consume 10-60 drops, one to three times a day.
- Tea: Consume 8-12 oz. of the hot or cold infusion or strong decoction, three to four times a day. To obtain the nutrient content, the hot or cold infusion is ideal; however, the decoction extracts the most mucilage.
Tea: 2 oz wt (56 g)
Tincture: 2 fl oz (60 mL)
Tea Ingredients: Rosa canina
Tincture Ingredients: grain alcohol, Rosa canina