Rose Hips

Antique Climbing Rose in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Antique Climbing Rose (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

When visiting a garden surrounded with exquisite rose blossoms, we seldom think about the health benefits to be gained from such a beautiful plant.  Yet, when the blooms fade, precious vitamin enriched pearls form in their place.  These showy reddish-orange orbs not only add ornamental value to the fall/winter garden, they are also chock full of healthy benefits, if you choose to partake.  Rose hips, said to contain substantial concentrations of vitamin C and bioflavonoid, are popular worldwide for a variety of uses such as: boosting the immune system, reducing joint pain, lowering cholesterol and skin treatments for aging, scarring and hyper pigmentation.  The Chinese used hips medicinally dating back to 470 A. D., even our native Indians used them for a multitude of ailments, from respiratory infections to healing salves. [Read more…]

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