Rosa Canina is very similar to Alnus Glutinosa except that Rosa Canina is mainly metabolic, whereas, Alnus Glutinosa is mainly anti-inflammatory. Rosa Canina, however, can also be used for recurring inflammatory ailments in a deficient terrain. Its activity is complementary to numerous gemmotherapy remedies. It is a remedy for certain anemias and types of decalcification. Rosa Canina is indicated for conditions such as recurring childhood inflammations such as otitis media, tonsillitis, and boils, as well as migraine headaches, allergies, chronic sinusitis (adult), goitre euthyroidism, herpes, osteoporosis and childhood rhinopharyngitis.
Rosa canina is a deciduous shrub with a rambling and scrambling habit. Its spiny (modified leaves) stems bear pinnate leaves, composed of 5 to 7 dark green leaflets with serrated margins. Its early summer fragrant hermaphrodite flowers have five petals and can vary between deep pink and white. Following on from the flower in autumn scarlet red fruit 15mm-20mm long are produced, commonly known as hips. These are edible and rich in vitamin C. This plant spreads by suckers.
Rosa canina isa deciduous shrub native to Europe, northwest Africa and western Asia. The plant grows to about 5m depending on it’s position. The flowers are light pink, but can vary from a pale to dark pink colour. The stems are covered with hooked spines which help the plant in climbing. Rosa Canina is also better known as the Dog Rose.
Rosa canina or dog rose not only looks beautiful, but it is also used for a wide range of medical ailments. This perennial plant is native to Europe, North Africa, and temperate parts of southwestern Asia. It is used as a source of vitamins, to treat diarrhea, to reduce thirst, to prevent inflammation of the stomach, and as a diuretic .
Flowers of Rosa canina are not only attractive, but also contain numerous therapeutic properties and, hence, are recommended for treating an assortment of medical conditions. As mentioned before in this article, Rosa canina or the dog rose is a permanent plant that is indigenous to Europe, northern Africa as well as the temperate regions of south-western Asia. Since the dog rose plant is a natural source of a number of vitamins, it is recommended to cure diarrhea , quench thirst, as a diuretic to increase urination and also to avert stomach inflammation.
The hips of rosa canina contain a wide range of vitamins and other essential nutrients . For example, the hips are quite high in vitamin C. They also contain vitamins A, B 1 , B 2 , B 3 , and K. Other elements include flavonoids, tannins, polyphenols, vanillin, oil, and carotenoids. Each plays a valuable role in the human body.
One of the best tasting rose hips is Rosa Canina. “In the dead of winter her arching branches hang with myriad red-toned spheres of ripening fruit. Nearly alone in the sleeping landscape, the flowers and leaves long gone, this hardy perennial awakens the spirit.” The hips are abundant, being sweet and enticing. The plant grows from a tight clumped base and arches gracefully. It does not tip root or run. The hips can be enjoyed right from the plant. They ripen in winter, their ripe color burnt orange to faded red. One-half cup of these hips have 1200-1800 mgs of natural ascorbic acid (vitamin c) plus many other vitamins and minerals. Id’ choose these for my vitamin C tablet.