When you think of roses, you probably think of fragrance, beauty, softness, but how often do you think vitamin C, the vascular system, or capillaries? Rose Hips are reported to have up to 60 percent more vitamin C than citrus fruit and are rich in bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids are important to build and strengthen body tissue. This in turn strengthens the vascular system. During World War II, the English government organized the harvesting of all available Rose Hips to make vitamin C syrup, since fruits were virtually unattainable at the time.
Rose Hips are the edible and nutritious fruit of the rose plant. The smooth skin of the hip is first green, then turns shades of orange and when fully ripe is a deep red but might be dark purple to black in some species.
Rose hips are taken by many today as a natural way to get vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K. Rose hips are also taken to encourage the healing process for bruises and skin irritations. In addition to vitamins C, E, and K, Rose Hips contain calcium, citric acid, iron, niacin, phosphorus, tannin, vitamin A, B1, B2, and P.
Note: Rose Hips are generally considered safe to take in teas, but please consult your healthcare practitioner if you are pregnant, nursing or on any medications.