The rose hips make their appearance when the petals of the wild rose fall. Rosehip is the fruit of the wild rose. This fruit is rich in many vitamins, pectin and various organic acids, which are essential for the body. Rosehip can be used dried, in tea or as a beverage and in addition to its excellent aroma to take advantage of its unique properties.
The Latin name of the herb is Rosa canina (Rhodes the canine) and belongs to the family of Rhodoids. There are many varieties of the plant. The native species in our country are estimated at 25 of which the most remarkable are the Evergreen (Dioscorides’s canine bed), the Akanthodestati (Rodonia of Theophrastus), the Rat, the French, the Canine and the Muscovite. In our country we find the plant with the names rosary, linden, wild rose.
It is a plant known since antiquity. According to mythology, the rose was initially white. He was painted red with the blood of Aphrodite, when he went barefoot to save Adonis from the hands of Mars and pressed the thorny wheel which he painted with blood.
Rosehip was used as a healing and refreshing drink. Its name is due to the fact that in Roman times it was the herb for the bites of angry dogs. According to Pliny, its root acted against the hydrophobicity caused by the rabies virus and thus brought about the cure. Their fruits have been used for centuries as sour fruit but only during World War II were they recognized as a rich source of vitamin C.
The leaves of the wild rose were used in the past as a substitute for tea and to make syrups, while the pulp of the fruit was used for sweets.
Rosehips are traditionally used to treat colds and flu. Modern science is investigating its use in the treatment of certain inflammatory disorders such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is a safe alternative for those who can not take medicines for colds due to high blood pressure.
If we grind the rose hips, we will have a thick red puree with which we can make syrups, jams and desserts with rich taste.
Decoction: 30gr rose hips per liter of water, which we boil for 2 minutes. Drink 3 to 4 cups a day. Rich in vitamin C.