Wednesday Wisdom - Rosehip
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.