by Dr Phil Day, GP

What are Rosehips and what are they used for?

Rosehips, which are also known as rose hep or rose haw, are the red fruit of the rose plant that are found just below the petals. Rosehips contain the seeds of the rose plant and the dried rosehips and seeds are combined to make medicine. The rosehip has multiple uses and has been linked to medicinal uses for decades because of its high vitamin C content and antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to vitamin C, rosehips contain a small content of vitamins A and B, essential fatty acids and antioxidant flavonoids. They are also rich in lycopene, which is a strong and powerful antioxidant that can prevent oxidation of low density lipoprotein.

Here are some of the benefits that taking rosehips could have for our overall, general health:

  • Reducing pain, inflammation and repairing joint damage for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Their high vitamin C content can help to treat and prevent colds, the flu and vitamin C deficiencies
  • Relieving stomach disorders including stomach spasms, stomach acid deficiency and preventing stomach irritation and ulcers. It can also be used as a “stomach tonic” for intestinal diseases
  • Relieving symptoms of diarrhoea and constipation
  • Relieving lower urinary tract and kidney disorders and fluid retention
  • Easing back and leg pain
  • Reducing high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure
  • Helping to control diabetes
  • Helping to reduce fevers and high temperatures
  • Maintaining healthy immune function, particularly at times of stress and exhaustion