More than just a pretty face, roses offer medicine. They are able to relieve emotional and physical pain, can be used for wound healing and also decrease inflammation. Roses should only be used, if not sprayed, for medicinal purposes. They should also be fragrant. In England, when famine was rampant, rose hips were used for food. If you can't eat them, don't use them especially from a florist. Studies have shown medicinal benefits of rosehips with dosages from 5 grams to 45 grams per day.
Roses have an astringent property and can be used to help heal wounds. Another use for astringency of roses is to reduce inflammation and relief of pain as a mouthwash, especially canker sores. This property is also used for the skin to repair and regenerate.
Rose hips in tea have an anti-aging and invigorating combination of nutrients for immunity and well-being including vitamins A and D, B-complex, C, E, K, calcium, iron, silicon, selenium, magnesium, manganese, pectin, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, and zinc. This tea is also cleansing for your respiratory tract which makes us breathe easier. As a tonic for energy, we tire less easily. It can also give us disease protection, so we are not as susceptible to every cold and virus and also rebound from exhaustion and stress.