Scientific Name: Rosa canina
These hips don’t lie—and even if they did, there’s no denying their healthful benefits. Also known as rose haw or rose hep, Rosehips are the fruit of roses. A great source of Vitamin C, they actually contain 50% more than oranges. So, it should come as no surprise that they’ve long been used as a way to boost the immune system and stave off cold and flu symptoms. But more than that, these delicious little herbs have astringent qualities and a high Vitamin A content that can help regenerate new skin cells; fruit acids and pectin to relieve symptoms of kidney disorders; anti-inflammatory properties that can be very beneficial in treating rheumatoid arthritis; and antioxidants, flavonoids and carotenoids that contain a host of additional benefits.
The perfect addition to jams, jellies, syrups and oils, Rosehips have a sweet, yet tart, taste that blends well in an array of preparations. Most prefer to mix it into their tea for an added boost of flavor, as well. But, no matter how you enjoy it, one thing is for sure—you’re going to fall in love with these hips.
Considered one of the best sources of vitamin C, Rosehips are an antioxidant-rich ally to the body’s immune system. Helping to protect against free radicals and other harmful foreign bodies, they act as a natural healing agent and promote optimal conditions for cell regeneration. Also, beneficial in the absorption of iron and the production of collagen, they can aid in proper bone health and muscle growth.
Rosehips are a natural diuretic, making them extremely beneficial in the removal of waste and other toxins from the body. Containing various healthful acids, as well as pectin, they stimulate urination and excretion; the processes by which the body alleviates harmful substances such as excess salts, liquids, fats, and overabundant nutrients.
Also offering natural astringent-like qualities, Rosehips can aid in skin protection and alleviate certain signs of aging. Research suggests that by helping to tighten and tone the outer most layers of the epidermis, Rosehips improve elasticity, lessen healing time for certain blemishes, and promote proper moisture retention throughout.
Aside from those listed above, Rosehips also hold a number of other internal benefits for the body. They are shown to improve circulation and red blood cell production; better regulate blood sugar levels and minimize the risk of developing diabetes; reduce strain on the cardiovascular system by lowering cholesterol levels; and neutralize conditions that often lead to chronic disease.
There is no recommended dosage for Rosehips, though they are most often enjoyed as a soothing tea.
- Additionally, they can be used to provide a subtle, sweet, and floral note to jams, jellies, soups, sauces, and more.
- We highly recommend infusing them into sugar for a delightful play on the well-known sweetener.
Used for thousands of years as a traditional remedy, Rosehips were a much-beloved source of strength for American Indian tribes. With one handful containing as much Vitamin C as sixty oranges, they often praised the herb’s therapeutic properties in treating infections and sores. During the height of WWII, the British government even collected Rosehips to replace the citrus they could no longer import at the time. Today, they continue to be enjoyed throughout much of Europe, especially by previous generations who remember them as a source of solace during the war. They are also growing in popularity amongst younger individuals, who are seeking out natural and organic health aids in an increasing number.
If stored correctly, our Rosehips have a shelf life of up to 2 years. To maintain its freshness, it is recommended to always reseal the bag after opening it and removing as much air from the bag as possible. Store in room temperature, away from any heat source or sunlight.