Rosehips are the berry fruits of the dog rose or wild briar rose, a scrambling rose species native to Europe, northwest Africa and western
Asia. This plant can grow up to ten feet tall and bears a white, fragrant flower. Once the flower has bloomed and the petals have fallen off, the hip is harvested for a variety of uses.
Rosehips 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. They are also often used as a supplement to prevent or treat a cold. The pulp from rose hips may be used in sauces or made into jelly.
In addition they are some of the most nutritionally packed fruits of any plant. This is why they have become such a desirable and sought after product in markets around the world. The skin beautifying properties and health benefits of rosehips are endless.
5 Food Facts: Rosehips
- High in vitamin C content, in fact one of the richest plant sources available.
- You can eat rosehips raw like berries.
- Rosehips are used for herbal teas, jam, jelly, syrup, marmalade and wine.
- High in folate and contains vitamins A, B3, D and E along with flavonoids, carotenoids, betasitosterol, fructose, malic acid, tannins, magnesium, zinc, copper and numerous other phytochemicals including recently characterised galactolipids.
- Rosehips have several health benefits:
Diuretic & laxative – rosehip tea is a mild diuretic and laxative can also relieve symptoms of kidney disorders and mild constipation.
Treats skin ailments – rosehip tea daily will benefit your skin.
Aids immune system – vitamin A can help prevent infections from bacteria and viruses.
Anti-inflammatory properties – research suggests rosehip is beneficial for treating inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis.
Antioxidants – rosehip is considered to be a good cancer preventative and prevent cardiovascular disease.
5 Fun Facts: Rosehips
- Rosehips can be used to make pálinka, the traditional Hungarian fruit brandy. This brandy is popular in Hungary, Romania, and other countries sharing Austro-Hungarian history.
- Rosehips have been used since the Stone Age.
- Don’t only take the time to stop and smell the roses, take a bit more time to eat the fruit too.
- If you decide to harvest your own rosehips, make sure you do not use any herbicides or pesticides on the plant. Although you may be tempted to prune off old flowers, you have to let them die and the petals fall naturally to get the hips.
- Rosehips belong to the plant family known as Rosaceae. Other edible fruits belonging to this family include apples, pears, apricots, peaches, cherries, plums, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries.
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This product contains high levels of Vitamin C and antioxidants. They are great for purifying the complexion and provide a clear matte finish to the skins surface.
Face The Facts
These orange and red little rosehips are not only decorative but are often used in treating skin ailments. People all over the world want their skin to look more beautiful, blemish-free and youthful. The astringent qualities of rose hip oil makes it a valuable addition in cosmetic preparations.
Due to the high Vitamin A content, rosehips are commonly referred to as the “skin vitamin”. They also have the ability to help regenerate new skin cells, healing wounds and scars, treating acne and burns. They help to rehydrate the skin, locking the moisture in keeping the skin elastic and nourished. This will not only prevent wrinkles, but can actually help to minimize any that have already appeared, making the skin look younger and more vibrant.