Rosehip mother tincture: preparation, properties, benefits and use

The mother tincture of Rosa canina is useful against vitamin C deficiency and to strengthen the immune system. Let’s find out better.

Properties of Rosa canina mother tincture

Rosehip is a plant very rich in vitamin C, present in small fruits, and in bioflavonoids. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and vitaminizing properties, it is very useful in the treatment of colds, conjunctivitis and asthma, but it is also taken to facilitate the absorption of iron and calcium.

The anti-inflammatory property is in fact an important therapeutic use in inflammation of the nasal mucous membranes, eyes and upper airways with consequent production of phlegm.

The mother tincture is therefore excellent in case of colds, allergies and in the treatment of rhinitis, conjunctivitis and asthma due to contact with pollen; but it is also generally recommended for tonsillitis, nasopharyngitis, ear infections, coughs and colds of infectious origin.

The body’s immune defenses find a valid ally in rose hips, just think that 100 grams of berries contain the same amount of vitamin C as 1 kilo of traditional citrus fruits.

The vitaminizing action is linked to the antioxidant action of the bioflavonoids, contained in the pulp and in the peel, which act synergistically with Vitamin C, optimizing blood circulation. This beneficial effect on blood quality is due to its ability to promote the absorption of calcium and iron in the intestine, balancing the cholesterol level.

Rosehip is also an excellent tonic to cope with exhaustion and fatigue, it helps to defeat stress; finally it stimulates the elimination of toxins through diuresis and the berries have an astringent action due to the presence of tannins, therefore useful in case of diarrhea and intestinal colic.

Description of the plant

Rosehip is a spontaneous species belonging to the Rosaceae family

The leaves are composed of 5-7 oval or elliptical leaflets with toothed margins (simple teeth). The pink flowers have large petals and are not very fragrant. It blooms in the months of May and June. Its fruits are ovoid and fleshy berries and colored from yellow to intense red, called “rose hips” reach ripeness in late autumn.

The species is widespread over a large area in temperate zones around the world. It grows in the countryside and in the hills up to 1500 meters above sea level. It is easily found in hedges, clearings, scrubs, along paths. It adapts to any soil as long as it is well nitrogenous and sunny.

How to prepare the mother tincture of Rosa canina

The mother tincture of dog rose is a hydroalcoholic preparation obtained by cold maceration in hydroalcoholic solvent, obtained from fresh or dried berries.


Rosehip mother tincture is used for all cases of vitamin C deficiency and consequent symptoms, such as lowering of the immune system defenses, colds, flu, asthenia, kidney stones, urinary tract problems and circulatory disorders.

Generally we recommend about 45 drops 3 times a day between meals, but it is good to hear the opinion of an expert or specialist in the field for each individual case.

No particular contraindications have been highlighted. Side effects are usually due to overdose of the remedy, which provides a strong supply of vitamin C and which has diuretic effects: nausea, vomiting, headache, heartburn, diarrhea, fatigue. It is not recommended for use during pregnancy and in children.

Rosehip has an interaction with some drugs such as antacids, which may contain aluminum, and lithium taken in cases of mood regulation, which then needs to be quickly disposed of by the body. Vitamin C can interact and slow down this elimination phase.

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