The rose is believed to have originated in Persia. There are ten thousand varieties of roses, but most of the medicinal ones are natives of Europe. The blooms are of different colors. In ancient Rome, a rose had multiple functions, and was popular as a tribute, blessing and decoration at feasts. The wild dog rose has been used from earliest times as a remedy for bites from mad and wild dogs.
Roses belong to the apple family, and most rose bushes have rose hips. Rose hips are the small berries or seed pods left on the stems when the flowers have died. The reddish colored coverings are also called “false fruits.” The English used the rose hip as food during famines. Rose hips have a number of culinary uses, but they are most popularly used to make tea.
Contents of Rose Hips
Rose hips are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and nutrients.
Rose Hip, used to make tea, has antibacterial, anti-viral, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, rose hip tea is not only tasty and refreshing, but has a number of health benefits.
Rose hip tea is anti-aging, as it heals tissues and cells, while its antioxidant property fights cell damage due to free radicals. It also tones the organs and regenerates cells.
Phytochemicals prevent cancer and cardiac problems.
Rose hip tea acts as a tonic, invigorates and refreshes, and increases energy.
The nutrients in rose hip boost immunity and health. The vitamins ensure vitality and longevity, and prevent colds and viral infections.
The tea cleanses the respiratory tract and eases breathing by clearing mucous congestion.
It has anti-inflammatory properties, and is useful in minor ailments like urinary tract infections.
The tea has a calming effect, prevents stress and also acts as an anti-depressant.
In herbal lore, the rose is good for the skin; it also heals the skin, muscles and bones. In Chinese medicine, rose hip was used for kidney and urinary problems, while ayurveda (the traditional system of Indian medicine) uses it as a mental tonic. It is good for hormone regulation, skin hydration and circulation, and acts as a cleanser, astringent, antispasmodic and antiseptic. Therefore, a cup of this healthy brew has many benefits