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I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden…

Now is the time to pick some rosa canina which is commonly known as dog rose and a magical plant. Its main ingredients are: vitamin E, essential oil, vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, pectins and especially carotenoids bioflavonoids, natural pigments from the important antioxidant.

In medicine its internal use is in cases of colds, flu, gastritis and diarrhea. The fruits are used to prepare syrup, used as a food supplement, especially in the diet of infants and used by the pharmaceutical industry as a flavoring of medicines. The fruit extracts are added to the tablets of Vitamin C.

At this time of year we pick the leaves and buds and dry them to make tea. Herbal teas, decoctions and infusions made with leaves, flowers or rose hips roots are recommended for colds and infections, as well as being a mild decongestant and toning; the rose hips are also attributed immunostimulant properties and antiallergic.