Rose hip (Rosa canina) are naturally high in vitamin C (2000mg per 100g) which is higher than citrus fruits and also contain folate, vitamin A, E, K, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, calcium, magnesium, manganese and iron. Rose hips are also rich in flavonoids, carotenoids, betasitosterol, malic acid, tannins, zinc and copper.
Recent studies have suggested that rose hips may have an anti-inflammatory effect due to presence of galactolipids that have been shown to protect cartilage against osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, reduce pain and disability as well as altering the immune response in osteoarthritis.
Other studies have suggested that rose hip beside its anti oxidant and anti inflammatory action may also be beneficial in lowering lipid and blood glucose levels, IBS symptoms, muscle relaxation and for topical use in skin disorders such as eczema.
Honey has a number of medicinal properties mainly due to its antibacterial and antiseptic action.
Traditionally honey has been used as a remedy for various health aliments such as sore throat, colds prevention, stomach ulcers, wound healing, fatigue, burns, acne, high cholesterol levels, cardiovascular issues and colon related problems and even bladder infections.
The health benefits of honey may be due to number of constituents naturally present in honey like niacin, calcium, copper, riboflavin, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, antioxidants although 200 other chemicals were also reported such as flavonoides (such as apigenin, pinocembrin, kaempferol, quercetin, galangin, chrysin and hesperetin), phenolic acids (such as ellagic, caffeic, p-coumaric and ferulic acids), ascorbic acid, tocopherols, catalase (CAT), superoxide dismutase (SOD), reduced glutathione (GSH), fructose and glucose.
It must be noted however that those number varies between types of honey, their handling, processing and storage.
Recent studies have shown that honey may be useful against several bacterial strains like Salmonella, Shigella, Escherichia coli and Helicobacterium pylori and MRSA (methicilin-resistant Staph. aureus) but also a valuable remedy against influenza virus H1N1 in dose dependent manner.
Other studies have also suggested that honey may be useful for post infectious cough and nocturnal coughs in children probably due to the demulcent and antibacterial action.
To make a Rose hip and honey syrup you will need:
Always identify plants correctly, if you are unsure ask your friends who know plants by heart
Do not ingest rose seeds; they are irritating to the mucus membranes and skin.
Sterilize your bottles it will prevent bacteria overgrowth
Wash your hands before and keep everything clean
Support local bee keepers, local products can be more beneficial then imported from abroad
You can add a bit of cinnamon for a taste
Rose hips are great for children but less is better, small dosages are better tolerated
Do not take it you are allergic to any of the ingredients, pregnant or breastfeeding as there is no sufficient data
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