Rose Hips: “Helpful Hints”

Colds, Flu

Also Known As: Hipberry


Rose has been prized as the queen of flowers since the dawn of history. Rose hips contain vitamin C, but little is known as to how much. Some herbalist say it is the best source of vitamin C, while others claim it takes about a dozen cups of rose hip tea to provide the recommended daily allowance and more for the common cold or flu.

Nevertheless, rose hips is a great benefit in clearing up colds and the flu.
Rose petals are also used as fragrant air fresheners and as rose water for perfume. Americans have always had a love for roses. They were among the first flower planted around the White House.


  • Infusion:

Boil 1 cup of water. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of chopped, dried hips to the boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes before drinking.

  • Tincture:

Use one half to one teaspoon as needed.
Diluted rose hips may be given to children under the age of two.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Roses can be bred in any climate. It is best to consult a nursery as to what is best suited for your specific climate.


Taking high doses of Vitamin C causes diarrhea and can strain the kidneys, not so much for people with healthy kidneys. The FDA lists rose hips as a generally safe herb. Consult a doctor if cold and flu symptoms do not improve in 2 weeks.