Also known as dog rose, rosehip, rose, wild rose, queen of flowers, wild rose or dog rose, rosehip belongs to the rosaceae family and has been used for medicinal purposes for a long time.A universal symbol of beauty and love, roses have been cultivated for over three thousand years, symbolizing, when white, the most innocent love, and when red, a more intense and passionate love. Pink roses symbolize simpler and happier love, while yellow ones represent friendship, ambition and jealousy.

“Pink” is a word derived from the Greek, rondon , which means red. Its most curious name, “dog rose” or “dog rose” comes from the use of the plant to treat mad dogs. Another curiosity about roses is that, during the period of World War II, English soldiers and civilians used them as a natural supplement to replace vitamin C.

Benefits and properties

Its use is dedicated to treating inflammation and may also be used as a laxative and diuretic. The plant is rich in vitamins A, C and E, acting as an excellent antioxidant, in addition to being rich in pectin, iron, calcium and carotenoids.

It is a natural medicine that works as a stimulant of the immune system, since it is a source of vitamin C. It is used to treat colds, flu, sore throats, as well as being used to treat lung diseases.

The herb can also be used by women to treat cramps and also to treat heavy menstrual flow or breast disorders. It is effective in treating urine infections, reduces abnormal heat in the body, cures internal bleeding and also helps to strengthen the stomach.

It can be used to treat amenorrhea, tonsillitis, anxiety, tiredness, catarrh, conjunctivitis, high cholesterol, colic, conjunctivitis, bruises, depression, dislocation, dysmenorrhea, dry skin, anger, muscle tension, frequent urination and dizziness.

Its benefits come from its properties, which involve its action as an astringent, blood tonic, aphrodisiac, renal tonic, antibacterial, sedative, antidepressant, nourishing, anti-inflammatory, laxative, expectorant, diuretic, carminative, aromatic, antiviral, antiseptic and antispasmodic.

Use of rose hip tea

In folk medicine, only flowers are used to treat irregular menstruation, just as only fruits are used for diarrhea, tiredness and frequent urination. It is important to remember that rosehip tea should not be boiled.

In the cosmetics area, the plant is used to moisturize dry skin, soften and smooth wrinkled skin, in addition to being used in ointments to treat bruises, dislocations and sore muscles. Tea compresses can be used to treat sore eyes and conjunctivitis.

Its use is still applied to cooking, in which the flowers can be consumed raw or even added to sweets, such as pies, breads, cookies, and also to savory foods such as sauces and soups. You can also make vinegar and ice cream with rose petals.