A Rose hip is the fruit of a rose. The wild dog rose is the type of rose most often cultivated for their hips. This plant grows up to ten feet tall and bears a white, very fragrant flower. Once the flower has bloomed, and all the petals have fallen off, the hip is picked and used in a wide variety of preparations. Rose hips are the best source of vitamin C; they contain 50% more vitamin C than oranges. A single tablespoon of the pulp gives an adult more than the recommended daily allowance of 60 mg. They can be eaten raw, after being put through a blender, or soaked in water overnight and then cooked in the water for about half an hour. Because of the high vitamin C content they are an excellent immune system booster, and are often used as a supplement to prevent or treat a cold.
The fruit acids and pectin in rose hip tea is a mild diuretic and laxative. It is used to improve, and relieve the symptoms of kidney disorders, or to help in the case of mild constipation. To make the tea simply pour a cup boiling water over a tablespoon of crushed, dried hips and let steep. After straining out any pieces of the hips you can add honey and drink.
The astringent qualities of rose hip oil makes it a valuable addition in cosmetic preparations. It has the ability to help regenerate new skin cells. This can be used to treat scars, acne and burns. While it is an astringent, it does not dry out the skin; actually it helps to rehydrate it, keeping the moisture in. Drinking rose hip tea daily will also benefit your skin. Rose hips have a high vitamin A content. Vitamin A is commonly referred to as the "skin vitamin". It helps to regenerate skin cells, healing wounds and scars. It also helps to keep the skin elastic and nourished. This will not only prevent wrinkles, but can actually help to minimize any that have already appeared.
The vitamin A is also beneficial to the immune system. It can help to prevent infections from both bacteria and viruses. It helps the immune system to fight off any infections that do occur too.
Rose Hips Health Benefits
As said above, rose hips are particularly high in vitamin C. But that's not all. They also contain vitamins A, D and E, essential fatty acids, and high levels of antioxidant flavonoids which are known for their antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antiallergenic properties.
Here are just some of the health benefits of rose hips:
- Frequently used as a common-cold treatment (due to high concentrations of vitamin C)
- Improving immune system
- Reducing skin blemishes and irritations
- Strengthening cardio-vascular system
- Improving blood quality and circulation
- Soothing arthritis and joint inflammation
- Strengthening the digestive tract
- Calming the central nervous system
- Alleviating depression, anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive disorders
- Assisting in treating dizziness and headaches
- Aiding in the maintenance of the skin
- and more
Rose Hips For Arthritis
Studies have shown that supplements made from rose hip extract can help reduce symptoms related to arthritis. People consuming these supplements experience joint pain relief, reduced inflammation, and reduced stiffness in the joints.
The active ingredients in rose hips may help protect and possibly rebuild damaged joint tissue. They may help produce collagen and cartilage, essential components of a healthy joint.
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