In case you ever wondered if roses have fruit, the answer is yes. The fruit of the rose is the beautiful rose hip. Most modern roses don’t produce rose hips, but they are commonly found on rugosa roses (Rosa Rugosa) and dog roses (Rosa Canina). The rose hip pictured here is courtesy of ‘Lena,’ a shrub rose in the Helena Earth Kind Rose Trial and is shared with the permission of Brian Puckett of the Helena Beautification Board.
Did you know that a fresh rose hip can have more than 60 times as much vitamin C as one orange? David Hoffmann in The New Holistic Herbal: “Rose hips are one of the best sources of vitamin C, which will help treat infections and boost the body’s immune system.”
Vitamin C has also been found to assist in the absorption of iron, making it a helpful ally for overall health, specifically anemia and other iron absorption disorders.
Additionally, studies conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Center indicate that vitamin C is also helpful for the production of collagen, an important element in the structure of bones and muscles. This may be related to the findings of another study performed by the Institute for Social Medicine in Berlin. Their findings, published in International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology on February 1, 2010, suggest that the use of rose hip powder can reduce symptoms related to rheumatoid arthritis.
David Hoffmann also suggests using rose hips for cough or throat issues. Here’s his recipe:
- Remove the seeds from the hips and add to one pint of boiling water.
- Pour the boiling rose hip liquid onto 3/4 lbs. of sugar, stirring gently until sugar is dissolved.
- Store your rose hip syrup in the refrigerator and use as a cough medicine, as well as a tonic or throat gargle.
If you prefer taking your Vitamin C in tablet form, consider Beeyoutiful’s Rosehip C. (nutrition facts below). Rosehip C is a big part of our family’s sickness-avoidance regimen and was featured in Staying Well last month.
Thanks again to the Helena Beautification Board for the photo of the beautiful rose hip. And thanks to the health researchers who have helped us discover its beautiful health benefits!
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