“Deep-ruby jewels emerging from forest-green foliage in the autumnal months, rosehips are most commonly harvested from the beautiful dog rose, Rosa Canina” – Erin Lovell Verinder
Rosehips have been used since the 9th century.
The traditional use of this ancient herb was based primarily on its astringent properties. Leading to its use in the alleviation of dysentery, diarrhoea, and coughs, conditions where it was believed to help ‘dry up’ the condition.
As medical knowledge has changed, we know more about how rosehips work. Health benefits from rosehips are being astringent, as well as anti-inflammatory, and they contain large amounts of vitamin C. It is this vitamin C content that often sees them included in the make-up of different infusions, tonics, and syrups that are used to support immune health. Vitamin C is also involved in collagen synthesis, making it an important component when it comes to wound healing.
In addition to vitamin C, health benefits from rosehips include antioxidants, such as quercetin, which also aid your body in fighting off diseases. They also help to reduce oxidative stress and reduce inflammation.
We will explore in much greater detail the many benefits of rosehips during our 3-hour Autumn Immune Workshop on Saturday, the 26th of March 2022, 10 am-1 pm. Reserve your spot here.
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