Roses: Most commonly known for their beautiful flowers, the fruit of the rose plant often goes unnoticed, but did you know these fruits, known as rosehip, have 50% more vitamin C than oranges? And that’s not all these ‘poor cousins’ of the rose plant offer.
Not only are they a powerful immune-booster, thanks to the high concentration of Vitamin C, they are also rich in Vitamin A which helps to repair and renew skin cells – valuable in treating scars, wounds and burns.
Research has shown that due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, rosehip is particularly beneficial when treating rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis – patients have reported less pain and increased mobility. Rosehip extract contains polyphenols and anthocyanins, the anti-oxidants which are believed to ease joint inflammation and prevent joint damage. Because of the presence of these anti-oxidants, rose hip could also help with preventing cancer.
Rosehips are delicious when used to make herbal teas, jams, and even puddings and pies! Just be careful not to eat the fine hairs found inside the fruit – they’ll make you itch.
So, next time you want to smell the roses, take the time to appreciate the rose fruit too!