The wild rose is a gnarled bush not very tall, stems armed with sharp spines. The leaves are supported by a stem and are composed of 2 or 3 pairs of leaflets plus an odd number. Dan a showy white roses, pink, red or yellow, all shades possible.
One grows spontaneously in hedges and banks and on slopes with little or no trees. It is also grown throughout the country.
It blooms from May to June, giving a wonderful wild roses that brighten the light to anyone who has the healthy habit of walking in the country. Collection used the leaves, flowers, rose hips (fruit), especially the petals: the latter should be collected before flowering and dried rapidly in air. To pick the first thing to do is deprive each petal of the base that connects it to the corolla, spread them on a stand or clean cloth and stir constantly so they can dry out as quickly as possible. They can be kept indefinitely provided they are not from moisture. The roots-are also in use-are started in March or April, just when the plant awakens from its winter sleep. The leaves are harvested in May.
In general, the plant is rich in tannins, being sometimes more than 3% of these substances. We also have gallic acid, flavonoids, rubbery materials, small amounts of essence, vitamin A and carotenoids.
For the tannins it contains in large amounts, the wild rose is widely popular taste as astringent and antidiarrheal. Flavonoids present in the hip determine a diuretic and protective capillary action. The flowers have a mildly laxative and tonic action in general. Normally, the wild rose is indicated for diarrhea, capillary fragility, edema, varicose veins, obesity, cystitis and wounds.
Infusion (leaves, flowers). It adds a teaspoon of the herb in a cup of boiling water. It is recommended to take 3 or 4 cups a day.
Fruit fresh. The hips can be eaten fresh, like any fruit. Also prepared into jam.
Infusion external use. Prepared from 30 gr. Leaves that are added to a cup of boiling water. Once the tea warm, applied as compresses or washes.
The wild rose are multiple preparations that can be purchased at pharmacies or herbalists, without forgetting that it is always advised by specialist staff.
HABITAT: In hedges around the country
PART USED: Leaves, flowers and cinorrodón
CASTILIAN: Rosal montés
CATALAN: Rosar salvatge
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