Rosa canina, R. spp.
Rose hips provide a rich source of vitamin C and flavonoids. The
flavonoids synergize the effects of vitamin C which enhances the
integrity of connective tissue and reduces inflammation. The
vitamin C and flavonoid content also support the immune system
and counter the stress response. Rose hips have antioxidant
properties that support the heart and cardiovascular system. Rose
hips can be used for long-term treatment of varicose veins,
degenerative vascular diseases, and diabetes and allergies. They
are useful in speeding the healing of bruises and wounds.
Rose hip tea has mucilaginous properties that coat and soothe the
mucus membranes. The tea is beneficial as a demulcent for
treating a sore throat, cold, or flu. The tea soothes the digestive
tissues after stomach flu, antibiotic use, dysentery, or giardia.
Yellowstone National Park 2014 Jo Anne K. Richards