The beautiful jewel like fruit of the Dog-Rose (Rosa Canina) are at their best right now and look stunning in the hedgerows.
They vary from the tiny delicate hips of the wild rose to the large, almost gobstopper size of the Rugosa, although the wild variety has more flavour and is of greater medicinal use.
Due to its exceptionally high levels of vitamin C it has traditionally been used as a cold and flu remedy but it also provides an abundance of other nutrients. This pretty little fruit offers vitamins A,E,K and B complex, calcium, iron, phosphorous, selenium, sulphur,magnesium, silicon and zinc and is particularly rich in antioxidants.
Rosehips have been shown to regulate blood sugar levels by assisting the balance of insulin and glucose within the body, so helping to prevent plunges in blood sugar. Being a rich source of bioflavenoids they give support to the heart and blood vessels and the iron content is essential for the health of red blood cells. They are also proving to be successful in helping joint pain, as the high levels of vitamin C help to produce healthy collagen.
With this in mind they were an essential addition to a number of the nutritive herbal blends particularly, Golden Years for Senior dogs, the seasonal blend Natures Harvest and the Working Dog blend, for very active dogs.
We can also enjoy the health benefits of rosehips ourselves by making rosehip tea or a fragrant cordial or jelly as a vitamin c boost to fend off winter colds.