Rosehip Seed

Family: Rosaceae

Genus & Species: Rosa canina and Rosa rubiginosa
Common Names: Rose hep, Rose haw
Overview: Rosehip seeds are found in clusters within the accessory fruit of the rose plant. All rose plants have rosehips, however, Rose canina and Rosa rubiginosa are most commonly used because of their impressive oil and vitamin content. Both the rosehip and its seeds are packed full of antioxidant compounds. The outer coating of the rosehip contains water-soluble antioxidants such as quercetin and ascorbic acid (vitamin C), and the seeds contain many fat-soluble antioxidants. While more research should be done, bioactive compounds in rosehips have been shown to help treat inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis, assist in the management of diabetes and atopic dermatitis, and even reduce signs of skin aging. [1]
Therapeutic Properties: Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiscorbutic, cardio-tonic, demulcent, nutritive
Typical Uses: Whole rosehips are commonly infused into tea to take advantage of its high vitamin C content, its ability to soothe the digestive system and liver, and its significant antioxidant activity. [2] Another common way to utilize the benefits of rosehips is through topical application of the seed’s oil. With this method, the skin can reap all the benefits of this herbs potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging benefits. [1] With such a wide array of properties that support the overall vitality of the skin, rosehip seed oil is an ideal addition to any skincare routine. 


1. Therapeutic Applications of Rose Hips... | PubMed Central® 

2. Rose Hips | The Northwest School For Botanical Studies