Rosehip, a mine of vitamin C. Properties and benefits

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Dog rose, also called scrub rose, is a wild shrub that grows in uncultivated areas and in the woods. The name rose comes from the Celtic and means redwhile canine comes from the ancient belief that the root of this plant could heal the anger of the dogs and people who were bitten. «The Arab and Persian doctors of antiquity considered dog rose as a plant factotumvery useful to dissolve the calculations and cure heavy menstruation, while Hippocrates, father of modern medicine, used it against lung diseases », he explains Marilla Buratti, phytotherapist and expert in natural therapies in Milan. In the not too distant past they were made infusions with tonic and detoxifying virtues with the bedegar, a gall (growth) produced on the leaves by an insect. «Today, however, the dog rose is especially appreciated for its people false fruitrose hips, berries bright orange color very rich in vitamin C and exceptional to strengthen the body “, continues the expert. “It is no coincidence that these fruits ripen in September-October when it is time to gear up for the winter, confirming the fact that nature always offers us the right remedies at the right time”.

Active ingredients and properties

The most rich of active ingredients are the berries, rose hips, even if flowers and leaves are also used in herbal medicine. Rose hips are one vitamin C mine: they contain from 0.3 to 1.7 percent, which makes it one of the richest plant sources of this powerful antioxidant. They also have an abundance of flavonoids and carotenes, pigments that enhance the action of ascorbic acid. For this reason, natural vitamin C is better assimilated by the body than the synthetic one.

  • Rosehip extracts help you prevent influences and winter diseases; they are in fact particularly active on the respiratory system.
  • They strengthen the organism, energize and fight stress. They also boost your defenses against pollution and keep you young.
  • In herbal tea this plants is diuretic and detoxifying; with its richness of astringent tannins it fights diarrhea and intestinal inflammation.
  • The fruits are prepared in jam laxatives because rich in pectins. For an even more stimulating action on the intestine, do not remove the hairs that cover them; in children, they help eliminate parasites.
  • Thanks to the high content of anthocyanins and flavonoids, rose hips strengthens the capillaries and is also used in skin protective products.

Alternative uses

  • For beauty Try this one mask firming and revitalizing. Blend a handful of fresh, hairless rosehips in the blender and add just enough almond oil to make a homogeneous mixture. Spread the preparation on your face and remove it with warm water after a quarter of an hour.
  • For health Against inflammations of the oral cavity and for relieve pain from the teething pink honey is excellent. Cover 40 grams of petals with boiling water, leave them to rest for 24 hours, then filter by gently squeezing the flowers and add 200 grams of virgin honey.


How do you find it

  • Dried rose hips In herbal medicine you will find the berries clean, chopped and ready for use. Prepare them in decoction, boiling a teaspoon per cup of berries for 10 minutes. Take two to three cups a day, sweetened with honey, as a detoxifier and to strengthen defenses in the winter.
  • Tincture (Rosa canina TM) 40 drops twice a day help you prevent and treat flus. With the same dose you strengthen the capillaries and improve couperose.
  • Tablets Choose products that contain dry extract titrated and standardized in vitamin C; they guarantee you a good defense against infections and you can also use them to recover more quickly from convalescence or to “get vitamins” while taking antibiotics.
  • Bud extract (Rosa canina MG1DH) An excellent tonic for the little ones who spend the winter between tonsillitis and the other. 40 drops twice a day in a little water.

School of botany

The dog rose belongs to the large family of the rosaceae. With the Gallic rose it is one of the only two wild varieties found in our country, the ancestors of all roses grown since ancient times. It grows easily in clearings and thickets, forming intricate and thorny hedges which however have the important ecological property of consolidating the soil.

It blooms from May to July with simple five-petalled flowers. The pale pink corollas have a fresh and fragrant scent. In September-October the red and fleshy rose hips ripen. Gently collect the petals one by one: you can use them fresh for infusions against red eyes. Take a walk in the countryside to pick the rose hips, then use them fresh or dry them in the sun and store them in dark glass containers.

There folk medicine invented various home recipes to harness the powers of rose hips. The best known is that of marmalade; Fausto Coppi, the legendary racer, never missed it, convinced that he was giving him the charge! But the rose, as a gentle flower astrologically linked to the planet Venus, is also a lucky charm for love. If you are looking for a soul mate, prepare this amulet; fill a heart-shaped bag with rose petals and hang it around your neck on a string.

With the advice of Marilla Buratti, phytotherapist and expert in natural therapies in Milan

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