A wild rose (rosehip) is the perennial wild plant, referred to the pink family. Its bushes have a height of about five to eight feet, the branches of bushes dangle like arcs, and the leaves of this plant have strong sickle-shaped spikes. In this article, we will discuss the valuable properties of rosehip, its medicinal effect on the human body and why it is really so useful.
The rosehip blossoms pink or white-pink flowers, from May to June. Its fetuses are similar to the berries and have a red-orange hue, as well as a variety of hairy achenes that ripen by September-October. Gather the rosehip before the frost because when freezing, they lose the most useful and medicinal properties. After gathering, the berries are dried in the oven, at a temperature of 194-212 °F. The ready fruits are closed in the cans or the bags, and stored up to two years. The rosehip's flowers are also gathered and harvested in the same way.
Composition and Caloric Value of Rosehip
By its nature, the rosehip is a low-fat, low-calorie product. So, in 100g of fruit's pulp, there are only 51 calories. It should be noted that it is a very interesting feature for those people who want to get rid of excess weight. In the dried form, on 100g of rosehip there are 284 Kcal, therefore in this case it is necessary to use it moderately.
The berries contain about 1.7g of proteins, 0.6g of fat and up to 22.5g of carbohydrates per 100g of this product. Also, 3.5 oz of rosehip contains about 2.2 oz of water. In the fruit of plant there is a huge number of minerals, potassium and sodium, calcium and magnesium, phosphorus and iron. There are also in this composition the vitamins B1 and B2, B6 and K, as well as the vitamins K and PP. The rosehip contains the tanning and the coloring substances, the carotene and the riboflavin, the citric and malic acids, the essential oil and sugar.
It is one of few products that help purify the circulatory system. Its fruits improve the metabolism because they are rich in vitamins. Therefore, it is also prescribed for the anemia and scurvy, as well as for the kidney and the bladder or the liver disease.
The rosehip is useful due to the large content of vitamin C − it is more in this product, than in the black currant and the lemons. The fruits of plant have a general strengthening, tonic and relaxing effect, prevents the development of atherosclerosis, increases the organism's resistance to infectious diseases, acts as a vitamin remedy. To cook it, two tablespoons of crushed dry fruit pour with 17 oz of water, boil for 15 minutes on a low heat, insist, wrapped, and then, filter. Take this tincture with a honey throughout the day as tea and instead of water.
The roots of rosehip contain the tannins, so it is useful to use them as an astringent remedy. You can prepare oil from the rosehip, which will contain fatty acids and vitamins. In turn, this oil has an anti-inflammatory and healing effect.
You have heard surely about the beneficial properties of rosehip as a decoction, have not you? This is a real multivitamin and cholagogue drink that can reduce the blood pressure, increase the production of red blood cells, and strengthen the vessels. To prepare this rosehip infusion, two tablespoons of dried berries are enough. Crush them, pour with two cups of boiling water, insist in a thermos for six-eight hours and necessarily strain through the several layers of gauze. Take for children from a quarter to a half of cup, for adult − a cup of decoction three times a day before meals for three weeks.
A juice from the rosehip is extremely useful for the normal kidney and liver function, for the moderate work of stomach, and also for the gastrointestinal tract. Also, it helps remove the wastes, helps normalize the blood circulation, strengthens the body's resistance to the infections, and also improves the immunity. During a cold or flu, the rosehip is especially useful.
Recipes and Use of Rosehip
Folk-medicine is rich in ways of applying the rosehip.
The infusion of rosehip and guelder rose
The fruits of the viburnum strengthen the action of rosehip for colds, such infusion acts as an antipyretic. For its preparation, brew one tablespoon berries of rosehip and one − of guelder rose in the two cups of boiling water, it is better to do it in a thermos. Take inside half a cup of mixture four-five times a day.
The infusion of rosehip with black-currant
If you are preparing such decoction, it is necessary to add for the rosehip's berries the dried or fresh black currant's berries, so, you will get a delicious drink that strengthens immunity well. Take for its preparation one spoonful of dried rosehip and one − of black-currants, and brew in the 17 oz of boiling water in a thermos. You can also use the fresh fruits, but in this case you need to take them twice as much. The drink turns out very fragrant.
Broth of rosehip
To prepare this broth of rosehip it is necessary 0.7 oz of rosehip's berries and one cup of water. Cook the berries in boiling water for ten minutes under the lid. Then, the broth of rosehip should be infused within a day or a little less. Filter and take the ready broth twice a day of half a cup before meals. Store this infusion in the cold for no more than two days.
Infusion of hawthorn and rosehip
An infusion with the addition of hawthorn fruits or flowers is useful at the insomnia, with the heart rhythm disturbances and with the hypertension. For its preparation you need to take two tablespoons of rosehip and two tablespoons of flowers or one spoonful of hawthorn fruits. All put in a thermos and pour in them three cups of boiling water from the evening. In the morning filter and drink for the half a cup twice a day.
A tea with the rosehip and the raspberry
Vitaminized tea with the addition of rosehips and raspberries is perfect at the colds in the winter. The recipe for the preparation: rosehips and fresh raspberries (you can use freshly frozen) in equal parts to pour about seven oz of boiling water, let it be brewing until the tea achieved the room temperature. You can add a honey or a black-currant in the same proportions. Drink three-four times a day; be sure to prepare a fresh broth for each time.