Rose hip


Rose hips are the fruits that develop from the blossoms of the wild rose (Rosa species). They contain high levels of vitamin C and are commonly used in soup, stew, tea, juice, jam, jelly, sauce, syrup, puree, and oil.
Rose hips have traditionally been used to treat and prevent respiratory infections, gallstones, and ulcers. They have also been used to treat inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis, and as a tonic for the stomach and the kidneys.
Clinical evidence supports the use of rose hip to boost antioxidant status in healthy young adults and rose hip powder (Hyben Vital®) to treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Also supported by clinical evidence is massage combined with aromatherapy using rose oil, together with other oils, to treat painful menstruation. Other treatments, which are supported by unclear or conflicting evidence, include skin conditions, eye disorders, immune function, and wound healing.

Related Terms

Altisimo, briar bush, Burr Rose, cabbage rose, Camellia Rose, Cherokee Rose, Chestnut Rose, CiLi, Cili, coumaric acid, Dog Rose, Eglantine, French Rose, fructus Rosa laevigata Michx., gallic acid, Gallic rose, Glaucous Dog Rose, Gooseberry Rose, hansa, hedge-pedgies, heps, hip berry, Hyben Vital®, Japanese Rose, LiTo (Chinese), Mardan Rose, m-coumaric acid, melroset, mosqueta rose, Multiflora Rose, nippernails, oil rose of mosqueta, pig's noses, pixie pears, pyrogallol, Redleaf Rose, rhodon (Greek), Rosa aff. rubiginosa, Rosa canina, Rosa centifolia, Rosa damascene, Rosa davurica spp., Rosa domescena, Rosa dumalis, Rosa eglanteria, Rosa family, Rosa family plant extracts, Rosa gallica, Rosa gigantea (syn. R. x odorata gigantea), Rosa glauca (syn. R. rubrifolia), Rosa hybrida, Rosa lucida, Rosa majalis, Rosa mosqueta hips, Rosa multiflora, Rosa x odorata gigantea, Rosa persica (syn. Hulthemia persica, R. simplicifolia), Rosa pimpinellifolia, Rosa roxburghii spp., Rosa rubiginosa, Rosa rubrifolia, Rosa rugosa spp., Rosa sericea, Rosa simplicifolia, Rosa species, Rosa stellata, Rosa virginiana, (syn. R. lucida), Rosa woodsii, Rosaceae (family), Rosae pseudofructus cum fructibus, rosamultin, rose de mai, rose haw, rose haws, rose heps, rose hip extract, rose hips, rose oil, rose pollen, rose-hip, rose-hip drink, Rugosa Rose, Sacramento Rose, sweet brier, sweet chestnut rose, Sweetbriar, syrop of roses, Virginia Rose, wild boar fruit, vrda (Persian), wild-briar rose.
Combination product examples: Equiguard™ (Herba epimedium brevicornum stem and leaves, radix Morindae officinalis root, fructus Rosa laevigata Michx. fruit, Rubus chingii Hu fruit, Schisandra chinensis fruit, Ligustrum lucidum W.T.Aiton fruit, Cuscuta chinensis Lam. seeds, Psoralea corylifolia L. fruit, Astragalus membranaceus root), Hyben Vital® (dried fruits, seeds, and husks of LiTo, a subtype of Rosa canina), Ophthacare® (Carumcopticum seeds, Terminalia belirica fruits, Emblica officinalis fruits, Curcuma longa rhizome, Ocimum sanctum leaves, Cinnamomum camphora crystals, Rosa damascena petals, and meldespumapum honey), Long-Life CiLi, also called CiLi (Rosa roxburghii Tratt., superoxide dismutase, vitamin C, vitamin E, polysaccharide, and trace elements).

evidence table

These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
Antioxidant (Grade: B)
Preliminary evidence suggests that the concentrated fruit extract of
Menstrual pain (Grade: B)
Preliminary evidence suggests that aromatherapy using oils of lavender (
Osteoarthritis (Grade: B)
Research suggests that rose hip may decrease symptoms of osteoarthritis. Future research will provide additional useful information on the use of rose hip for this condition.
Eye disorders (Grade: C)
Preliminary evidence suggests that an herbal formula (Ophthacare®) containing rose hip may be useful in the treatment of a variety of eye disorders. Additional study of rose hip alone is needed before a conclusion can be made.
Immune function (Grade: C)
Limited research suggests that some compounds isolated from rose hip may have positive effects on immune system function. Additional studies with whole rose hip preparations are needed before a conclusion can be made.
Skin conditions (Grade: C)
Limited research has used rose hip oil to treat skin conditions. High-quality clinical trials are needed before a conclusion can be made.
Wound healing (Grade: C)
Preliminary research suggests that a rose oil-containing preparation applied to the skin aids healing of surgical wounds and ulcers. Additional research is needed before a conclusion can be made.