Herb Reference Guide

Rose Hips

History

Rose hips are the fruits of various rose plants. The fruits form in the spring and ripen into deep red or orange fruits from June to August in most places that they grow. They are good sources of Vitamin C and During World War II the people of Great Britain were encouraged to collect them and make syrup for children due to commercial ships carrying citrus fruits being sunk by German submarines. Citrus fruits were scarce during this time in the British Isles. Native Americans have used them as a food source. Rose hip soup, “nyponsoppa,” is especially popular in Sweden. “Rhodomel”, a type of mead, is made with rose hips. Jams, Jellies, syrups, tea, potpourri, pies, bread, wine, Vitamin C supplements and now supplemental foods for horses and small animals, are all places you will find rose hips when you aren't enjoying them along the beaches and countryside.

Function

Since the bright red color fruits are good sources of bioflavonoids and Vitamin C, they function as supplements, which help to support proper immune function, a healthy inflammatory response, and the overall health of skin and most other tissues in the body. They are well known for their antioxidant properties.

Uses of Rose Hips

Disclaimer

This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.

Active Constituents

L-Ascorbic Acid (.03-1.3%), Carotenoids, Catechins, Flavonoids, Malic Acid, Pectin, Polyphenols, Quercitin

Parts Used

  • Hips

Important precautions

Not for use during pregnancy. If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical drugs please consult your doctor prior to use.

Additional Resources

Hasan K?l?çgün, Dehen Alt?ner. Correlation between antioxidant effect mechanisms and polyphenol content of Rosa canina. Pharmacogn Mag. 2010 Jul-Sep; 6(23): 238-241.

U Andersson, K Berger, A Högberg, M Landin-Olsson, C Holm; Effects of rose hip intake on risk markers of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease: a randomized, double-blind, cross-over investigation in obese persons

Eur J Clin Nutr. 2012 May; 66(5): 585-590. Ziegler SJ, Meier B, Sticher O (October 1986). “Fast and Selective Assay of l-Ascorbic Acid in Rose Hips by RP-HPLC Coupled with Electrochemical and/or Spectrophotometric Detection”. Planta Medica 52 (5): 383-7