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What are Rose Hips? Many Uses of Rose Hips

Updated on June 29, 2016
Rose Hips
Rose Hips | Source

Rose hips are ripe ovaries or seeded fruit pods of the wild rose plants.

Rose hips are known as Brier Hip, Dog Brier, Dog Rose Fruit, Hip Berries, Witches Brier and Hip Rose. They belong to the Rosaceae family.

Rose hips are mostly picked from Rosa canina, Rosa rugosa, Rosa acicularis and Rosa cinnamomea plants.

In ancient time Rose hips were used in folk medicine to cure ailments of the digestive, urinary tract, and kidneys. They were also used to treat rheumatism, gout, and colds.

Rose Hips were used by the Mayans, Egyptians and Native Americans to heal wounds.

Description of the Rose Hip Plant

The Rose Hip plant is a shrub measuring about 1 to 3 meters in height. They are perennial plants with branches covered with thorns. The flowers are pink or white in color with deep receptacles. After pollination, these flowers ripen to form scarlet fruits called the hips.

Rose Hips are fleshy and oval in shape. Inside the hips, there are three or four seeds that are yellow or brown in color. The rose hips are picked during the autumn season. They are surrounded by irritating hairs that have to be removed before using them.

Rose Hip Nutrition Facts

Rose Hips are rich in -

  • vitamin C
  • pectin
  • tannin
  • flavanoids
  • carotenoids
  • vitamin A, B1, B2, B3 and K

The vitamin C content of Rose Hips is twenty times more than oranges. They are very low in sodium and are an excellent source of vitamin E, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, manganese and dietary fiber.

Beauty Benefits of Rose Hip Oil

Antioxidants such as beta-carotene and lycopene in Rose Hip oil helps to prevent premature aging by protecting skin cells and repairing damaged skin cells.

Rose Hip oil is a rich source of fatty acids like omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9. These fatty acids are essential for healthy skin.

Rose Hip oil helps to cure skin conditions such as dark spots, itchy skin, and dry skin. It also helps to erase scars and fine wrinkles on the skin.

Due to the many benefits of the rose hip oil for the skin, it is used in many cosmetic products such as creams, lotions, bath oils, and makeup.

Washing Rose Hips for Tea
Washing Rose Hips for Tea | Source

Health Benefits of Rose Hip Tea

Rose Hip tea is rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and flavonoids. Antioxidants prevent premature aging by protecting the cells from the damage caused by free radicals. The lycopene present in rose hip tea inhibits the growth of prostate cancer cells in humans.

Rose Hip tea -

  • boosts immunity of the body system
  • helps to protect the body from bacterial and viral infections
  • used for the treatment of conditions such as diarrhea, allergies, asthma, cold and flu
  • used as a diuretic, to reduce thirst and for gastric inflammation

Rose Hips for Cooking

Rose hips have a tangy flavor and are used for cooking purposes. They are used to make sauce, soups, syrups, puddings, marmalade, tarts, pie, jam and jelly.

Rose hips should not be cooked in aluminum pots, pans or any other aluminum utensil because the aluminum will deplete vitamin C content in the rose hips and alter the color.


How to Make Rose Hip Oil


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      Paula 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you Vellur! I see wild roses growing now and then. How great this is part of nature's gift to us! I look forward to harvesting some, and making some tea. It sounds great with honey.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Jackie Lynnley thank you and great that you have rose hips on hand you can make delicious Rose Hip tea! Merry Christmas to you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is really something. I nearly always have rose hips and now I will know what all it is good for thank you. Will file this in my keepers folder to never forget!

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Jackie Lynnley thank you for stopping by.

      Audrey Howitt thank you for your visit and Happy Holidays to you too!!

      oceanssunsets Rose Hips are from the wild rose plant, thank you for reading.

      tillsontitan thank you and am glad you came to know through my hub. Thank you for vote ups.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      I've heard of rose hips but actually didn't know what they were or what they were used for. Thanks to your great hub I now know the answers to those questions!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Paula 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      I love the idea of using rose hips. I hadn't realized they were "fleshy." Do rose hips not form on all roses that have pollinated? I do not know, and perhaps assumed that it was all roses that formed rose hips. This is so interesting, thank you for sharing!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Such an informative article! Thank you!! And happy holidays to you!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I missed this; going to mark it to come back when I have more time. Looks like something I don't want to miss! Shared.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Nancy Owens tea with Rose Hips is delicious! Thank you for stopping by.

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      Nancy Owens 3 years ago from USA

      This is a very informative article. I have been drinking tea with rose hips for many years now.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      PhoenixV thank you.

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      PhoenixV 3 years ago from USA

      When I have or feel like I am coming down with a cold I sometimes try to eat a rose hip or two. I've always heard they were a great source of vitamin C. Excellent hub on the health benefits of rose hips.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      LadyFiddler thank you for stopping by.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi Vellur very interesting hub about the rose hip fruit ;)

      Thanks for sharing this informative info with us

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      DDE thank you, go ahead and make the Rosehip tea and enjoy.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A very useful and interesting hub on rose hips. I have Rose Hips and have been told many times to make tea from the ripe ovaries but I just did nt get myself to do it. Now I am more sure of doing so.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Denise Handlon thank you and am glad you relived happy moments. IT must have been great to have had many Rosehip bushes in your backyard!! You must be missing the place where you lived. Thank you for the vote and share, much appreciated.

      Audrey Howitt thank you. Rosehip tea is great!!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I love rose hip teas! Lovely hub Vellur!

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      I loved reading this hub, Vellur. It brought back memories of a special friend who practiced folk medicine as a way of life, and who taught me many things. One of those plant lessons was about the Wild Rose bush and the benefits of Rose hips. I had a couple of huge bushes growing at the back of my yard where the woods took over the end of our property. She showed me how to harvest them and prepare them for use for tea.

      Useful information that brought a smile to my face. I no longer live on that property anymore, but I miss it and my friend...we lost touch about 20 years ago.

      UP/U/A/I and sharing.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      rasta1 thank you for stopping by and yes it is the same.

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      Marvin Parke 3 years ago from Jamaica

      Interesting fact about the aluminum pots. I wonder if it is the same for all vitamin c rich foods.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      teaches12345 thank you and am happy you came to know about them.

      midget38 thank you, do give it a try!

      Pamella99 thank you, you can use it now!

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      I never knew much about rose hips, and the benefits sound great. I should have been using it before now, so I will try some. Very useful and interesting hub.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      .I have never heard of this. From what I have read, I must give it a try! Thanks, Nithy!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I see this listed on my herbal teas and now I know what they look like. Thanks for the education and history.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      always exploring yes you do get it in America, thank you for your visit.

      tramvaj thank you, yes the industry is booming with rose hip products!! Am sure they will come up with many more!!

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      Most informative and memorable. I also remember my mother giving me rose hip syrup when I was small. We also used to collect rose hips around and about. Now products associated with rose hips are booming. I'm going to try the tea next and I intend to look for other products. Thank you Vellur. Voting.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Are rose hips grown in America? I certainly am interested in the oil. Very useful hub. Thank you...

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Faith Reaper thank you for your visit and vote up much appreciated.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I have always heard of rose hips, but never really saw any that I know of or knew of all of the great benefits they provide. Wow, this is a great eye-opener hub here. Thank you for sharing all of this useful information.

      Up and more and away


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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Rachel thank you, yes the pharmacist did know!!

      Nell Rose thank you for your visit, vote up and share.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Vellur, this brought back memories, I remember my mum always giving us rose hip syrup for health when we were little, but I had no idea what it was for or the benefits! lol! great information, voted up and shared, nell

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      Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

      All I know is that rose hips comes in with my Vitamin E softgels and I never knew what they were for. I figured they were good for something, probably to boost the power of the Vitamin E. I guess I figured that if they were added by some pharmacist at the vitamin company, that knew what they were doing when they did that. lol Thank you for the enlightenment.


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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      billybuc thank you for your visit, s nature helps us in many ways.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Never heard of them. It's amazing how many natural things are so useful and helpful for us, and that makes articles like this one very important. Thanks for the information.


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