Rose Hips

Reviewed on 8/26/2021

What Is Rose Hips and How Does It Work?

Rose hips suggested uses include as a rich source of Vitamin C, with about 1700-2000 mg per 100 g in dried product; remedy for rheumatoid arthritis; reduces symptoms of knee and hip osteoarthritis; helps the immune system to fight off foreign invaders and out of control cells; facilitates fat metabolism; protects tissues from free radical damage; assists the nervous system by converting certain amino acids into neurotransmitters; prevents scurvy; protects joints and connective tissues; protects adrenal function; ability to prevent urinary bladder infections, and assist in treating dizziness and headaches; used externally in oil form to restore firmness to skin by nourishing and astringing tissue; brewed into a decoction, can also be used to treat constipation; and rose hips contain lots of iron, rose hip tea is used during menstruation to make up for iron loss.

  • Rose hips is available under the following different brand names: Rosa canina.

What Are Dosages of Rose Hips?

Dosages of Rose Hips:

Suggested Dosing


  • 500-750 mg/day, preferably with meals


  • Steep 2-2.5 grams of the crushed rose hips in 150 mL boiling water for 10-15 min, then strain the liquid before ingesting
  • No limits are placed on amounts of rose hips tea that may be consumed per day
Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:
  • See "Suggested Dosing"


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What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Rose Hips?

Common side effects of rose hips include:

  • Kidney stones
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach cramps
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Inability to sleep
  • Allergic reaction (from inhaling rose hip dust)

This is not a complete list of side effects and other serious side effects may occur. Call your doctor for information and medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What Other Drugs Interact with Rose Hips?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider, or pharmacist first.

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your physician if you have health questions or concerns.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Rose Hips?


This medication contains rose hips. Do not take Rosa canina if you are allergic to rose hips or any ingredients contained in this drug.

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.


Effects of Drug Abuse

  • None

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Rose Hips?"

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Rose Hips?"


  • Headache
  • Heartburn
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • It is unknown if rose hips are safe for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor.
  • Rose hips are considered safe for use while breastfeeding.


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