The rose is known the world over, but fewer people are less aware of the rose hip. It is, in fact, the round part of the flower that sits just below the petals, containing the plant’s seeds. Though it has many health and food applications rose hips are also used in traditional itching powders. This is because they contain fine hairs that trigger the desire to itch when in contact with the skin.
When being used for medicinal purposes, it is usually the dried rose hip and the seeds that are used. Some of the key components of the rosehip include beta-carotene, lutein and lycopene – all carotenoids that give it its vibrant colour.
Fresh rose hip is an excellent source of vitamin C, so it has something of a reputation as an immune booster. However, the process of drying and storing this botanical means much of its vitamin power is lost. Healthcare remedies using rose hip are often fortified with additional vitamin C to counter this. It can be used to treat stomach conditions including ulcer prevention, spasms and stomach acid deficiency, as well as helping diarrhoea, constipation and kidney disorders.
The rose hip is no different from its sisters. One of its key applications is in stretch mark creams. The rich oil is highly nourishing to help minimise the appearance of the marks and keep skin soft and supple. The oil extracted from rose hips is naturally a great source of essential fatty acids and antioxidants. It is absorbed well into the skin and its vitamin A content helps to regenerate skin tissues that have already been damaged.
Rose hip tea is a common use of the ingredient – where it’s often blended with hibiscus to make the herbal drink. But it is also mixed into jams, jellies, wine and more. In Slovenia, rose hip steals the show in cockta – a popular fruity soft drink. Palinka is a traditional Hungarian fruit brandy that calls on the rosehip for flavour, and in Sweden, it’s used for nyposopppa – a rose hip soup.
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Rose Hip Powder – Botanical name: Rosa canina
Rose Hip Shells Cut – Botanical name: Rosa canina
Rose Hip Shells Cut Fine – Botanical name: Rosa canina
Rose Hips Whole – Botanical name: Rosa canina
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