dog rose

Name: dog rose

Rosaceae – Rosaceae.

Common name: wild rose.

Parts used: false fruits with or without nuts, nuts.

Pharmacy name: wild rose with seeds – Cynosbati fructus cum semine (formerly: Fructus Cynosbati cum semine), wild rose without seeds – Cynosbati fructus sine semine (formerly: Fructus Cynosbati sine semine), rosehip seeds – Cynosbati semen (formerly: Semen Cynosbati).

Botanical description. It is a shrub that can reach a height of more than a meter. The drooping stems are covered with pinnate leaves, which have stipules at the base on both sides. Most often, the leaf consists of 5 or 7 ovate-elliptical leaflets. Stems and leaves have hard spines. The flowers are light pink-red, odorless. The fleshy receptacle develops into a false fruit, which when mature appears orange-red and contains numerous hairy nuts, traditionally referred to as seeds. Blooms in June-July. It occurs at the edge of the forest, borders, in thickets of shrubs, hedges and on sunny slopes.

Collection and preparation. In the fall, fully ripe rose hips are harvested. Before drying, they are cut; seeds are removed if they want to have them separately or it will be necessary to obtain a remedy without seeds. Drying must be very fast. Artificial drying with heating up to 40°С is possible. The material must be kept in well-closed containers in order to preserve the active ingredients.

Active ingredients: a lot of vitamin C, other vitamins (A, B, B2, K, P), minerals, organic acids, flavonoids, tannins and sugar; in seeds – vanillin.

Healing action and application.The presence of these substances makes rose hips a valuable plant, tea from which is not only pleasant to the taste, but also popular as a prophylactic against colds, providing a refreshing effect and at the same time increasing the body’s defenses. The fact is that vitamin C stimulates the formation of antibodies and, therefore, activates the defenses against infections. And since vitamin C is especially quickly consumed by the body at high temperatures, this is another indicator that a person needs vitamin C for his protection and how important it is to introduce it into the body. In addition, its effect on the adrenal glands, that is, on the formation of hormones important for the body and, consequently, on an increase in vitality, has been proven. Finally, vitamin C is indispensable for wound healing. Rosehip tea is thus beneficial for high fever infections, with general weakness and poorly healing wounds. It is also important for the elderly, in whom the intestines only hardly perceive the vitamins introduced into the body. Due to the presence of organic acids and pectins, rose hips also act as a mild laxative. And, of course, it is very good as an additive to mixtures for the spring course of treatment.

  • Rosehip tea: 2 teaspoons topped with crushed rosehips are poured into 1/4 liter of water, heated to a boil and boiled for 10 minutes, or poured with boiling water and allowed to infuse for 15 minutes. If in other teas the content of vitamins traditionally quickly decreases, then rosehip tea retains vitamins in full composition for several hours. Therefore, it can be recommended for thermoses.

My special advice. With the help of rosehip tea, you can actively prevent colds. However, other medicinal plants that increase the defenses of our body also help to resist infections. If, for example, lime blossom is mixed with rose hips in equal parts, then the active ingredients of both remedies are combined in an extremely effective and, moreover, very pleasant-tasting tea, which should be given in case of danger of catching a cold.

  • Tea mixture of wild rose with linden: Rosehip with seeds 25.0 Linden blossom 25.0 Pour 1/4 liter of cold water over two teaspoons with the top of this mixture, heat to a boil and boil for 5 minutes or pour boiling water and infuse chickpeas for 10 minutes. Drink very warm, sweetened with honey or mixed with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice before dinner (maybe 2-3 times every day). Do not sweeten for diabetics.

Application in folk medicine. Rosehip tea (mainly with seeds) in folk medicine is used to improve health, especially for coughs and colds. Syrup or puree prepared from rose hips is given with a loss of appetite in a teaspoon. It is believed that rose hips plucked from a bush (if you ate them with seeds) expel tapeworms (more valuable). Rosehip seeds are used in folk medicine against stones in the urinary tract, as a mild diuretic and for rheumatism and gout.

Side effects. Very rarely, with prolonged use (many months), allergic skin reactions may occur. So far, only one such case is known to me from my practice; after stopping the intake of rosehip tea, the skin allergy completely disappeared.

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