Also called the ”fruit of the rose‘, rose hips are the the round, seed-filled bulbs found underneath the rose petals of the plant.
Rich in nutrients and disease-fighting properties, rose hips have gained attention for their role in health and beauty.
They have traditionally been used to treat a range of health conditions including diarrhoea, bladder infections and diabetes. They are high in vitamins B, C and E as well as flavonoids, carotenoids, polyphenols and catechins.
There is a large body of research into the cardiovascular impact of rose hips, which may be due to the high levels of antioxidants present in these fruits.
A study from the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming a rose hip drink for 6 weeks may have significantly reduced systolic blood pressure and cholesterol levels, lowering the risk for cardiovascular disease by 17%.
Neutral (slightly cool), sweet, sour
Astringent, stomachic, diuretic, anti-inflammatory
- Gastritis, Diarrhoea
- Mild infections especially of the respiratory system and the common cold
- Adjuvant for the pain and joint stiffness associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- As a dietary supplement