The rose hip is a fruit that comes from the rosehip, of the Rosa genera, belonging to the Rosa canina family. It is a perennial climbing plant with erect and drooping branches. It has pinnate leaves, with pinkish or white flowers which produce fleshy red ovoid fruits. It can reach up to 3 m in height. Native to Europe and the temperate regions of Asia and North Africa, it grows on the edge of hedges, on fallow land and in thickets. Phytotherapy is particularly interested in its fruits. These consist of vitamins (A, B1, B2, C, P, K), flavonoids, tannin, citric and malignant acids, carotenoids, essential oil and D-sorbitol.
How can it be indicated?
- Studies report that the active principles of this fruit act on the cardiovascular health. The researchers carried out tests on the consumption of this in obese people. It results from tests that the fruit significantly lowers systolic blood pressure, total cholesterol, LDL / HDL, the risk of cardiovascular disease, low density lipoproteins. The procedures and the results of the tests can be consulted on the “European Journal of Clinical Nutrition” (2012 May; 66(5): 585-90.”
- The tannin contained in the fruits also provides antidiarrheal, astringent and diuretic actions to the person who consumes it. However, a person who does not have diarrhea should not eat too much of it to avoid constipation.
- Stimulating, these fruits can strengthen the immune system of the organism. It can be recommended in case of flu, feeling of cold caused by fever.
- Fortifying, the plant can be an alternative in the eating habits of convalescents. Indeed, its fruit is suitable for all those who work their mental and physical faculty a lot, because it prevents fatigue.
- Its fruit quenches thirst and soothes gastric inflammation.
- Its flowers appear, according to some people, to firm the pores of the skin.
- Herbalists use the hairs of the fruit to deworm roundworms.
In what form can it be used?
Phytotherapy naturally uses the rose hip by its natural form. Its fruits can be used to produce jam, juice, puree or liqueur. A decoction can also be made with the fruits.
How to consume it to make the most of its therapeutic benefits?
- To take advantage of its high vitamin content, it would be ideal to consume rose hips daily in their natural state. Remember that vitamins are essential for our body. Deficiencies in these can lead to chronic diseases (cardiovascular pathology, chronic fatigue, stress, depression, etc.). Warning ! Remember to vary your eating habits.
- In case of diarrhea, prepare a decoction. To start the preparation, boil 30 to 50 g of its fruits in 1 liter of water for 5 minutes. Then remove it from the heat and leave to infuse for 15 minutes. Filter the preparation and drink it when you are thirsty.
- Roundworms can be eliminated just by eating the fruit with honey on an empty stomach. To do this, coat the fruit in honey with an amount that seems reasonable to you.