Rose hips are one of the most natural and abundant sources of vitamin C. Once the petals have fallen off a rose all that remains attached to the stem is the rose hip, also known as the dried fruit of the rose. Besides being a major supplier of vitamin C, rose hips also contain vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin, and folate.
Rose hips help the body defend itself against infections, especially colds and flus, by stimulating the immune system. Rose hip's anti-inflammatory properties are also useful in relieving inflammation caused by sore throats and skin irritations.
The astringent properties of rose hips also make it beneficial for treating diarrhea, bladder, and kidney problems.
Considered to be a great body tonic, rose hips help combat exhaustion, as well as alleviate stress and nervousness.