Rose hips are round, seed filled bulbs that are usually found underneath the petals of roses. Rose hips are rich in nutrients and are high in antioxidants, specifically Vitamin C. Rose hip oil has anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and anti-aging properties which makes it useful in beauty and healing products. Rose hip oil has natural astringent properties that helps with tightening pores and brightening skin. Rose hip seeds are high in polyunsaturated fats and vitamin C which support a healthier skin membrane and protect skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Consuming rose hips is another method to obtain its benefits. Inside of rose hips are small, edible seeds that are a good source of nutrients and vitamins. Rose hip seeds can be eaten, it can be grounded into a powder to go into smoothies, or you can make rose hip tea. The antioxidants in rose hip can reduce cell damage which can make it helpful against heart disease and type II diabetes. The high concentration of vitamin C makes rose hips great for supporting a stronger immune system. While research backs the finding of these benefits, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved these health benefits for rose hip.
Rose hip is generally safe to use, but it should be avoided if you are allergic to roses. The safety of rose hip tea has not been studied in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, so it is best to consult with a physician before usage. The high levels of vitamin C could increase the risk of developing kidney stones. High levels of vitamin C could also interfere with estrogen-based contraceptives and anti-psychotic drugs, so again consult with a physician before adding rose hip to your general diet. All things should be done in moderation, so do not over consume rose hip because it can have a more harmful than beneficial effect on internal health.