玫瑰果 (méi guī guǒ)
Rosehip or Dog Rose and Dagger Rose (because of sharp thorns) is a delicate and elegant wild rose plant with fragrant pink flowers and and round red fruits (hips).
The name Dog Rose is said to derive from old belief that the plant’s roots can cure the dog bite. Another explanation is that the wild rose shrubs had a little value in gardens.
In natural medicine, however, this plant is one of the most valued, with hips full of vitamin C and carotene, oil-rich petals and seeds, and leaves and roots used in herbal healing as well.
First appeared around the mountains of Iran and Himalayas region, wild rose has been cultivated by ancient Romans, Greeks and Persians and Egyptians. Used as a decoration during the festivities, rosa canina was also utilized for healing and beauty.
In Russia it was believed that the fragrance of wild rose flowers is not only pleasant, but healing and calming. Weak or anemic people were placed near the flowering shrub to inhale warm, rich aroma. Young women believed that the touch of the flower petals will make skin smooth, soft and pure.
Rose water was invented by Persian physician Ibn Sina (Avicenna) in the First Century A.D. to treat eye inflammation and revive spirit. During World War II, when the citrus fruit was unavailable, rosehips were used as source of vitamin C and as a remedy to heal wounds.
Asia, Europe, later naturalized in North America.
Rosehips contain from 6% to 18% of vitamin C, making them a higher source of ascorbic acid then lemons and oranges. Also they contain vitamins A, B, E and K and valuable complex of elements and minerals - flavonoids, pectin, organic acids, precious essential oil, iron, calcium and others. No wonder this plant has been used for healing a number of conditions.
Rose hip and petals made into a vitamin infusion are powerful immune system boosters, protecting from colds, coughs, relieving gastrointestinal pains and treating effectively skin conditions. Rose oil is also believed to have anti-rheumatic property
Wild rose petals are used in culinary as well. They make aromatic and unique jams, especially if combined with walnuts. Also the rosehips are used in making vitamin teas, syrups and liquor wines.
One of the most valued part of rosa canina for skincare is the rosehip oil, derived from their seeds by cold press method. Golden colored oil is rich in vitamin C and has a moisturizing, nourishing and firming effect particularly for mature, dull and extra dry skin.
This anti-aging oil contains over 15 types of essential fatty acids, which form protective barrier for skin (from sun, toxins) and enhance its cell regenerating function. Rosehip oil enhances overall immunity of the skin and its ability to heal itself. The oil is great for face massage, as it works its way into a deeper layers of skin.
Rosehip oils is light easily absorbed and does not leave a greasy residue on the skin, which makes it an ideal remedy for eye care as well. You can use a few drops of the oil itself, or mix it with your favorite eye cream.
Due to its unique qualities, rosehip oil is also widely used for more serious dermatological problems, such as eczema and psoriasis.
Rosehip berries and oil are generally very safe, however due to high levels of vitamin C it should be used in moderation particularly by people with sensitive stomach.
The best way to make a rose hip vitamin tea is to crush 2 teaspoons of berries and pour 0,5 liter of boiling water over it, using a ceramic cup or thermos. Put a lid on it and let it infuse for 4-5 hours. Take it with honey for winter immune system boost!
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