The nutrient-dense accessory fruit of the rose plant.
Rose hips are the little, round, seed-filled bulbs that sit just underneath the rose flower. They begin blooming just after the rose petals have bloomed and are beginning to fall off. They have a red-orange color and are most commonly known to be used in oils and teas.
Health Benefits of Rose Hip:
Rose hip is an excellent source of antioxidants, particularly vitamin C and vitamin A. Their color comes from the plant pigments lycopene and beta carotene. These antioxidants and pigments have been known to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, ultimately reducing the risk of chronic disease. They’re also a great source of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which support a healthy heart.
How To Use:
Rose hips can be used whole and fresh. Their seeds have a bit of a rough, fuzzy inside, therefore it’s best to remove them first. They can be made into syrups, added into soups, or dried and ground into a powder you can add to beverages and smoothies.
Always be sure to check with your physician before deciding to add any natural home-remedies to your diet.