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Dog Rose (Rosa canina)
Photo: Dog Rose (Rosa canina) Parts used: Hips, leaves, petals

Not only beautiful to see and smell, Dog Roses are a truly multipurpose part of the wild and garden, and very much underrated. Their cousins the Japanese Rose have many of the same properties. Do not think to limit them to your bath and perfume.

At one point, these roses were used to prevent scurvy because of their high vitamin C content.

Teas made from rose hips have mild laxative and diuretic tendencies. They help regulate the menstrual cycle, and stem heavy periods. Infusions made of the leaves and petals are soothing to the skin, and can help heal rashes and abrasions. Taken as a tea an infusion of the petals is good for bringing down fevers, aiding the liver and gallbladder, and treating the symptoms of colds and flus, such as runny noses and sore throats.

Contradictorily, petals are also good for stopping diarrhea.

Other types of roses, particularly those native to the Middle East, have fewer healing properties, though all rosewater is astringent and good for the skin. These are still considered helpful in regulating menstrual flow.

Used for:

  • Anger
  • Emotional Fatigue
  • Sadness
  • Antispasmodic
  • Congestion
  • Burns, cuts & skin irritations
  • Infections in urinary tract
  • Asthma, Bronchitis, Emphysema
  • Respiratory
  • Acne
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Promotes menstruation
  • Diuretic
  • Antidiarrheal
  • Laxative
  • Boils
  • Astringent
  • Emmenagogue
  • Depression
  • Fever
  • Slows Menstrual Bleeding
  • Eczema
  • Liver tonic
  • Constipation
  • Moisturizing


Essential Oil Rosehip oil (cold pressed from the seeds in the hips) is a fantastic carrier oil. On its own, it helps reduce the signs of aging because it has regenerative properties for skin cells. It is also a wonderful agent for reducing stretch marks, scars, and blemishes.
Because of its expense, rosehip oil is often blended with other carrier oils in before the addition of an essential oil.
Edible Flowers Roses can be added to your diet in a variety of ways, as teas, marmalades, or the petals can be candied or eaten in salads. They are high in vitamin C among other benefits. Roses mainly taste as you would expect, with some varieties having a stronger scent and flavour than others, but sometimes they will surprise you with overtones of strawberries or green apples. As a rule of thumb, the darker the rose, the stronger the flavour.

The petals are great for salads, syrups, jams, herbed butters, and for crystallizing for ganishes. Be sure to remove the white portion of the petals, as they are bitter. They can also be made into teas, with or without the leaves.

Rose Hips are also used to make teas, but additionally, soups, marmalades, and even just eaten pureed.

Other ideas: rose vinegars, infused wines, scented sugars, with/in ice cream, infused vodkas, and infused teas.

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