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Dog Rose - Foods & Nutrition


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Dog Roses

The wild roses, also called dog roses, are widespread in Europe and many parts of North America and have been added to the official weeds list in Australia. Chances are, you won’t have to go far to find a stand near you. Dog roses have prickly thorns, generally bloom in the months of May and June, and have pink five-petaled flowers. They produce rose hips, which are ready to harvest in the fall.

The rose hip is the main part of the dog rose that is used for medicinal purposes. Some may prefer to eat the rose hips out of hand, but they are most commonly used to make rose hip tea. Rose hips are very high in vitamin C, and making a tea with them will help the body to fight illnesses, as well as to prevent scurvy. In fact, during WWII when there was a shortage of citrus fruit in Britain due to lack of imports, the government called for people to gather rose hips, which were then made into syrup and helped to prevent scurvy during the war. Rose hips can also be used to make rose hip jelly, a rare skill in these modern times.

Rose hips, like cranberries, are specifically beneficial for bladder disorders and urinary tract infections, due to the ascorbic acid (vitamin C) they contain. Consuming high dosages of ascorbic acid, via rosehip tea, helps to acidify the urine and make it less friendly for bacteria to grow.