Rosehip – Rosa Canina


Common Name: Dog Rose, Wild Briar, Briar Rose.

Habitat: Throughout Britain, Europe, N. Africa, parts of Asia, naturalised on the East Coast of the US and cultivated extensively elsewhere in the world.

Part used: The fruits (hips).

Actions of Rosehip: Astringent, aperient, anti-diarrhoeal.

Rosa Canina, the dog-rose, is so named because it was believed that the root was a cure for rabies. Most of us will know it better as the source of rosehip syrup which children have grown up on since the 1940s. The hips are a rich source of vitamin C (approximately 3000mg per kg, although in a recent analysis a figure of 6000mg per kg was reported) as well as vitamin A, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin K and volatile oil. Excellent for use as a spring tonic or in cases of general debility, rosehips are a mild astringent, and will help with scouring. The have been used most successfully as part of a mixture of herbs to help horses return to full health after lengthy illnesses. The high vitamin C levels will help the horse fight off infection and restore its defences. Rosehips can also be used to help encourage strong, healthy hoof growth.

Rosehip can be found in our Canine Vital Daily Health & newly improved formula of Hoof & Health – now with added pure Biotin!