~Herb of the Month~

October:

Rosehips (Rosa canina)

 

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Rosehip (Rosa canina)

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Some herb meanderings on Rosehips..

In traditional medicine, all parts ( petals, sepals, hips, stalks, roots, root bark, thorns) of both wild and domesticated rose have been used in many different preparations. 

As we turn into fall, the bright red beacon of the rose hips appear. Along with ripening hawthorn. I'm brought to the scene of long fallen hay coloured grasses, leaves of browns and yellows and oranges and still some greens, barks darkening with dampness, and on those treasured days, a crisp blue sunny sky..all dapple with gems of bright red hips and the smell of cool clean air that kisses your face and urges you to bundle up and hold your loves and losts close to your heart. I like to think this scene is perhaps pointing to some of the medicine of the rosehips. Rosehips offer us nourishment, healing for the heart, cooling excess heat and excitement (think a sweet breath of fresh fall air) and astringency (toning up tissues and strengthening boundaries within).
The hips are so deliciously vibrant, I almost forget the sweet perfume of the petals that precede them. The hips feel mature, rich and hopeful. 

As the season turns, many of us are prone to colds and flus as we adjust. Rose hips can be drank as tea, or made into a syrup as a vitamin rich and preventative immune tonic. While also can assist in acute inflammatory conditions of the respiratory tract such as a sore throat, runny or stuffed nose, irritative cough. When the mucus membranes could be dried and cooled down. Matthew wood recommends rose hip (and rose petals) for "chronic inflammation, convalescence, old age, and delicate children" as well as cooling digestive heat (diarrhea, dysentery, and more stubborn inflammation). Could also help repair damage to gut flora after the use of antibiotics!

Rosehips can be helpful for those with iron deficiency, because of their nutrient content and because the b vitamins and vit c help with absorption.

Along with it's immune boosting, cardiovascular toning, digestive healing nutrient rich profile, rose has a long history of its lessons of the emotional heart and of teaching boundaries. Robin rose Bennet describes rose as helping to strengthen boundaries without closing your heart, and to better see the view of another- something I think most of us could use a hand with these days.

Be well,

Self heal herbal centre