Rose Hips (Rosa canina), in the Rosaceae family, has a long history of use for nutritional and medicinal purposes. Sometimes referred to as the “dog rose”, Rosa canina is native to Europe, Asia, and Africa. It grows as a wild shrub, often found climbing invasively and forming thorny thickets on the edges of roads and forests.
Though somewhat less showy than its fancy, fragrant, and highly cultivated cousins, Rosa canina produces 5-petaled pinkish white flowers in late spring to early summer, that mature into plump, oval-shaped, red-orange fruit referred to as “hips”.
Rose hips have been used for centuries to make teas, syrups, jams, jellies, soups, powders and tinctures, and offer a broad range of health benefits. Rose hips were found to support urinary tract and gastrointestinal health. They were also used to modulate inflammation, offer immune system support, and as a popular ingredient in cosmetics, soaps, and skincare.