Rosehip: we tell about this fantastic and plant and its use in herbal medicine. A focus about Rosa canina bud extract and its properties.


Rosehip (or wild rose, or dog rose or rosehip) belongs to the great and important family of the Rosaceae and precisely to the genus Rosa, which includes over two hundred species of shrubs and wild creepers with thorny stem and flowers with five sepals and five petals. It is also known as canine because in ancient times a particular anti-rabies effect was attributed to its root.
The shrub, with deciduous leaves, is up to three meters high and has a greenish stem bearing numerous branches: those of the lower part are erect, and those of the upper part falling with many short branches. The whole plant is sprinkled with more or less hooked spines.
The true fruit of the Rosehip is what is usually referred to as a seed. The false fruit, whose scientific name is rosehip, during maturation appears as an ovoid, red and smooth berry, surmounted by withered sepals and containing numerous “seeds” (the true fruits!) Which are oval achenes covered with stiff hairs .
After the leaves have fallen, these berries remain on the plant for a long time and are often edible even after the thaw.

Rosa canina is used for its young fresh shoots, as a bud extract and for its fresh fruit when ripe for mother tincture: taking Rosa canina bud extract or Rosa canina mother tincture is not the same thing, even as an action.

Rosehip: bud extract or mother tincture?

The bud extract is useful for the anti-inflammatory action, rebalancing the protein profile and for increasing the immune defenses; the mother tincture of Rosehip is instead useful for its purifying, astringent and also to increase the immune defenses.

Rosehip bud extract: what is it?

It is a liquid preparation resulting from the solvent action of a mixture of water – glycerol – alcohol on a vegetable origin drug used in the fresh state. It is obtained by cold maceration of young fresh shoots from Rosa canina plants that vegetate in their natural environment, harvested at the height of their balsamic time, used a few hours after harvesting. The Rosa Canina bud extract is prepared in an authorized laboratory, generally following the method of the French school (and reported in the Pharmacopoeia), with a 1 DH dilution.


  1.  Rosehip against nasopharyngitis, tonsillitis and also recurrent otitis:

The young Rosa canina shoots are widely used in the pediatric field as they are very effective in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases affecting the respiratory system (nasopharyngitis, otitis, tonsillitis). P. Henry said that Rosa Canina bud extract is the remedy of localized and regenerative inflammation in recurrent inflammation “.

For the prevention and treatment of recurrent respiratory infections, Dr. Campanini points out that in pre-school age (from 3 to 6 years) it would be useful to use the Rosehip bud extract 20 drops, diluted in water, once a day for 20 days month for 2 months, then continue with the fir bud extract (Abies pectinata MG1DH) 20 drops in water 1-2 times a day or with the birch bud extract (Betula pubescens MG1DH) for 20 days a month for 2 months. Repeat as needed and suspend with the arrival of summer. Instead for the school age (from 6 years) we recommend, for 20 days a month, the Blackcurrant bud extract 20-40 drops, diluted in water, in the morning in association with the birch bud extract (Betula pubescens MG1DH ) 20-40 drops, diluted in water, in the afternoon and Rosa Canina bud extract 20-40 drops, diluted in water, in the evening.

For the recurrent otitis Dr. E. Campanini in her text indicates useful the Rosehip bud extract (or birch!), 20 drops in water before breakfast and of the fir bud extract (Abies pectinata MG1DH), 20 drops in water before lunch and dinner, for 20 days a month for 2-3 months. In case of acute: Blackcurrant bud extract (Ribes nigrum MG1DH) is more recommended. Brigo (1986), on the other hand, indicates these gemmoderivatives for recurrent otitis: the Blackcurrant bud extract, 50 drops in the morning on an empty stomach; the birch bud extract (Betula pubescens, gems, MG1DH) 50 drops, fasting, before lunch.

2. Rosehip to strengthen the immune system

The use of young Rosa canina jets can help in these cases to increase the body’s defenses and it is therefore important to start its administration in time, in autumn, and maintain it, albeit in cycles, for the whole winter: the Rosa Canina bud extract 20-30 drops, diluted in water, before meals for 20 days a month for 2-3 months. This treatment will allow the child (but also the “poor” adult) to be able to face winter better.

Furthermore, the Rosa Canina bud extract can be administered simultaneously or immediately after the antibiotic. The administration of antibiotic therapy, even when fully justified from the therapeutic point of view, determines a decrease of beta and gammaglobuline, that is of globulin
responsible for an adequate immune reaction by the body: this decline can last several weeks after the end of treatment. This explains the succession of flu, pharyngitis, etc., which occur in relapsing form throughout the winter. The prescription of Rosa canina will instead contribute to avoiding the possible fallout consequent to such treatment.

3. Rosehip against afta

Afta is a painful ulcer that affects the mouth, tongue or gums. We recommend taking at least 20 drops of Blackcurrant bud extract for at least 20 days 15 minutes before breakfast, 50 drops of Rosa Canina bud extract 15 minutes before lunch and making touches with Birch Sap.

4. Rosehip against migraines

The Rosa Canina bud extract, young shoots, MG1DH is also indicated for the treatment of the “soil migraine “and specific remedy in headache / migraine both vasomotor and of food origin: in particular, according to Max Tétau (1989), the Rosa Canina bud extract ” acting on the blood immunoproteins, favors the neutralization of tyramine, amino acid whose release is the trigger of a good number of migraine crises “. In the case of headaches, the Rosa Canina bud extract can be associated with the elm tree bud extract (Alnus glutinosa), for the vasomotor component, where it will shorten and distance the seizures, and to the Blackcurrant bud extract in the headaches at whose base there is a component allergic. In her book Gemmotherapy, Dr. Campanini indicates the migraine on Blackcurrant bud extract (50 drops in water before breakfast), Rosa Canina bud extract (50 drops in water before lunch and dinner ) and Lime (Tilia tomentosa MG1DH, 20-40 drops in water before bedtime), for 20 days a month for 2-3 months.

5. Rosa canina bud extract and cosmetics

Among the first buds used in cosmetics – for prof. G. Proserpio (1995), in addition to Beech and Horse Chestnut, those of Lilac (Syringa vulgaris L.), Almond (Prunus amygdalus Stok.) and Linden (Tilia tomentosa Moench.), including Rosa Canina bud extract (Rosa canina L .): they find in cosmetics a valid and safe application, as they favor the maintenance of an ideal “cutaneous homeostasis” and therefore help the skin, as delicate “phytostimulators”, to remain in good physiological conditions.

Rosehip bud extract: how to take it

We recommend taking 50 drops of Rosehip bud extract, diluted in water and sipping slowly, 1-2 times a day.

Dr. Laura Comollo

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