Rosehip (Rosa spp.)

Rosehip (Rosa spp.)

As far as 2.5 thousand years ago, Hippocrates wrote that dog rose is a good anti-inflammatory agent. A great Avicenna more than a thousand years ago prescribed it as a medicinal plant for a variety of diseases.

It should be noted that people who constantly (with small breaks) take the infusion of rose hips, feel much better. They are less likely to get sick, they have increased efficiency.

Rose hips are used by scientific medicine as an antiscorbutic agent.

Multivitamin tea from rose hips has a tonic, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, diuretic, choleretic, hematopoietic and regenerating effects. It has a positive effect on the central nervous system, heart, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, endocrine organs.

The use of rose hip infusion reduces and stabilizes blood glucose levels in diabetics. The fruits lower blood cholesterol, slow down the deposition of atherosclerotic plaques in blood vessels. The content of vitamin P helps to reduce the fragility of capillaries, improves the use of ascorbic acid by the body.

The rose fruits in the form of decoction are used for anemia, water retention in the body, the presence of sand and stones in the urinary tract, cystitis, nephritis, gallstones, uterine bleeding, diarrhea, gastric colic, exhaustion, for normal bone growth in fractures, improving hematopoietic bone marrow and metabolic functions as an adaptogen in infectious diseases, and externally – in burns and wounds. The fruits are also useful for bronchial asthma, cataracts and some other eye diseases. Rose hips also help to treat prostatitis.

Medicines from rose hips stimulate metabolic processes, increase the body’s resistance to certain infectious diseases and efficiency in mental and physical fatigue. Its seeds’ syrup is used for cholecystitis and hepatitis. Rosehip seed oil is applied externally for cracked nipples, bedsores, dermatoses, trophic leg ulcers.

Rose hip infusion is an effective remedy for chronic anacid forms of gastritis. Its pectins protect the intestinal mucosa, relieve inflammation, slow down peristalsis and remove radionuclides.

Professor G.M. Lipkan recommends for colds and headaches strong green tea (boiled for 60 minutes) with rose hip extract (Cholosasum, syrup) instead of sugar.

Representatives of the genus Rosa are multivitamin plants with a high content in the fruits of vitamins C, P, K1, B2, E, carotenoids (lycopene among the latters). Plants of the genus also contain flavonoids, tannins, macro – and micronutrients (iron, copper), sitosterol, fatty acids, including linolenic acid, pectins, organic acids. The composition of fatty oil of seeds includes oleic acid, tocopherols, carotenoids.

Rose hips contain the highest yield of vitamin C among all plants. The fruits of the species of the Cinnamomeae section contain a significant amount of ascorbic acid (R.cinnamomea – up to 14%, R.rugosa – up to 6%), in the fruits of the Caninae section its content does not exceed 1%.

* For uses in liver disease, hypovitaminosis: 1 tbsp. of whole rose hips (pre-washed quickly) pour 2 cups boiling water, cover and boil for 10 minutes, then the decoction in a tightly closed container is transferred to a dark place, where infused 22 – 24 h, then filtered through a thick cloth and take half a glass 2-3 times a day before meals.

* 1 handful of powdered rose hips (and flowers) pour a glass of hot water. Infuse for 15 – 20 minutes. Take 1 tbsp. 3 times a day.

* In gastritis with reduced secretory function is effective an infusion of 3 tbsp. of rose hips per 1 liter of water, used half a glass 3 times a day.

* Recipe for “rosehip wine”: is prepared from 500 g of crushed dried rose hips or 1 kg of fresh, 500 g of sugar and 5 liters of water. Infuse for 6 days. Drink the obtained infusion instead of water.

Rose hips are ingredients of a delicious and healthy fruit and berry tea for daily use “Вітамінний заряд”/”Vitamin Charge”, produced by APC “Antea”.