The canina species is given the common name, dog rose, due to the belief that its medicinal value extended to curing rabies. It is the variety of rose most commonly used for its rosehips in jams, syrup, tea, and wine. Leaf tea is said to have a wound-healing benefit. Native to Europe (imported to Britain via the Roman Empire), northwest Africa, and western Asia, it now grows wild or is cultivated in many parts of the world [PRIMA FLEUR No. 515].
More about Dog Rose ~ by Marianne Griffeth
This reddish-yellow clear oil, produced by supercritical CO2 extraction from the fruits and seeds under the use of natural carbon dioxide has a valuable fatty acid content of 41-59% linoleic acid (C18:2, omega-6), 20-35% alpha-linolenic acid (C18:3, omega-3), 12-22% oleic acid (C18:1, omega-9), small amounts of stearic and palmitic acid, tocopherol and traces of carotenoids. This makes it very useful in treating chapped skin, neurodermatitis, and irritated skin. It is a rich source of bio-active compounds such as flavonoids with high antioxidant capability. It is currently being studied for its food use as well as its possible use in halting or reversing the growth of cancers and its ability to inhibit oxidative stress.
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