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Pharmacist – Formulator Phytotherapy expert

#Rose hips

Rosa canina


Who’s this?

Rose hips grow wild and is much widespread. Despite that, her beauty distinguishes her, thanks to her attractive pink-to-red flower and the sturdy grace of her fruit, “harmoniously surrounded and covered with a glistening coral shell”, according to the description of Leclerc, a famous phytotherapy doctor.
Rose hips is ready to use all of her capabilities that are hidden exactly inside that red shell. She is the wild cousin of the Rose and belongs to the family of the Rosaceae.


Since Rose hips’ active substances are altruistic and targeted, they enhance the bioavailability of the ingredients of other plants, by promoting their entry into the cell and increasing immune defenses.
Rose hips protect the blood flow and the cardiovascular system, and activate the body’s defensive powers. Rose hips also have a depurative and mild diuretic and laxative action. She also acts as an emollient on the intestinal mucosa.
Rosehips – the fake fruits of the rose – keep a wealth of vitamin C and polyphenols, important antioxidants, under her red armour.
Dogs don’t really need to get vitamins from external sources, since they synthesize them from glucose, but they can find a good friend in Rose hips in cases of fever, profuse diarrhea and acute inflammatory conditions. Just like Achilles’ heel and Superman’s kryptonite, even Rose hips has a weakness: the drying process. Indeed, this assault drastically lowers her content in vitamin C from 95% to 40%, so special care must be taken.

Where to find her

Given her powers, Rose hips acts in Forza10 Oto Active together with a wonderful team of superheroes, that also includes Melaleuca and Linden, and is led by Garlic. But Rose hips’ many capabilities are also required elsewhere, therefore you can find her in Forza10 Intestinal ActiveMaintenance Puppy Juniorand Legend Skin.


According to the Doctrine of Signatures, those herbs that look like a specific part of the body can be used to treat the disorders of that same organ. Therefore, since the scratches caused by Rose hips are similar to bite marks of dogs infected by rabies, Rose hips were considered as a cure for this disease, and is the reason for her name.
Anyway, among common people, Rose hips used to be called by different names. The funniest one is the French name “grattecul” (literally, “bum scratcher”), that comes from the shape of Rose hips, which are covered by a slight and stinging down, and from the fact that she has laxative effects.
According to Persians, Rose hips extracts were able to treat kidney stones, reduce heavy menstrual bleeding and ultimately… raise the dead!

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