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Rosehip, also spelled rose hip or rose-hip, and also known as rose haw or rose hep, is a fruit from the rose plant. Rosehips require pollination of the rose bush flowers. The rosehip ripens from later summer into autumn.[1]

Rosehips have a higher level of vitamin C than citrus fruit.[2]

Most rosehips come from the wild or old-fashioned roses. The rosehips will turn bright red after being left on the rosebush for the first frost.[2] They become softer with the first frost, which is desirable.

Culinary use of rosehips[edit]

Rosehips have many culinary uses, both when fresh and when dried. One typical example of using roesehips is to make rosehip jelly or jam. Other uses for rosehips in a culinary way include rosehip soup, inside fruit pies, as puree, and as a syrup or sauce.[2]

Rosehips are also useful in beverages, including rosehip tea, rosehip wine and rosehip summer drinks.

If eaten raw, care must be taken to avoid the hairs inside the fruit, as these are itchy.

To prepare rosehips for cooking or eating:[2] Trim the blossom and stem ends off using a knife or scissors. Cut the rosehip in half down its length and use a small spoon to remove both hairs and seeds inside the rosehip. Discard of these and rinse the fruit.

Caution: Rosehips should only be consumed from safe sources. If you don't know whether or not a rose bush has had food-safe pesticide applied to it, do not use the rosehips. As long as you're certain the rosebush is either organic or has only been treated with food-safe pesticide, then the rosehips can be used. Note also that not all rosehips are good to eat; your taste buds will tell you.

Drying rosehips[edit]

Prepare the rosehips as outlined above. Set out in single layers in a dehydrator or place on a screen and place in the oven to dry at its lowest setting.[2] The rosehips can also be dried on mesh screens in a dark and dry place with adequate airflow.

Once dried thoroughly, store in airtight containers until needed. Keep them in cool and dark storage.

Other uses for rosehips[edit]

Rosehips can be used in nature crafts, such as for decorating a craft item, adding to potpourris, used as a fragrance or added to wreaths.

Medicinal uses needs to be covered, with appropriate referencing. For example, rosehip may have a role to play in reducing blood pressure, cholesterol and improvement of heart health in the obese - see U Anderson. Effects of rose hip intake on risk markers of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease: a randomized, double-blind, cross-over investigation in obese persons. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition advance online publication 14 December 2011; doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2011.203.

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Rose Hips

Botanical name: Rosa canina 

Rose Hips can go by the names Rose haw, Rose hep, or Rosehip and is actually an accessory fruit of the rose plant. The Rose Hip is the oval shaped fruit or seed pod of the rose plant and is found directly beneath the flower after successful pollination. They begin to develop in the spring or early summer and are not usually seen because people prune their rose bushes back to encourage more flowers. Rose hips can range in color from an orange-red to a dark purple or even black depending on the species and harvesting time. 

Our bulk Rose Hips are always in stock and come dried for a variety of uses. Whether you are looking for a few ounces or hundreds of pounds, look to Bulk Apothecary to be your number one Rose Hip supplier. 


Dried Rose Hips

Dried Rose hips are a common ingredient in many crafts, decour, and potpourri. They are popular in both fall and winter blends as they can be earthy and harvestfull or brightly festive. 

Many people use dried Rose Hips in potpourri for their color, texture, and ability to fragrance. To make your own RoseHip potpourri you will need the following. 

  • 1 pound (16 oz) dried rose hips

  • Favorite essential oil or fragrance oil  (cinnamon is an office favorite and blends very well)

  • Sealable Glass container

  1. Place rose hips in a glass container

  2. Add 25-40 drops of essential/fragrance oil

  3. Store in an airtight container for 1 week before use

  4. Shake daily


You can use our Rose Hips on their own for your potpourri, or add additional ingredients. Pine cones, Pine needles, dried orange peels, cinnamon sticks, cacao slices, and lotus pods all make great eye catching additions to your personal potpourri. Rose Hips can be used for more than just potpourri. They can be placed in glass jars alone or with other botanicals for a decorative centerpiece, or scatter them over the table at your next party for a pop of texture. An autumn wreath can be fashioned with Rose Hips still on their stems, they work well as a filler at the base of a candle, they can even be used in making those popular miniature fairy houses or gardens! We are more than just one of the nation's top suppliers of rose hips, we have many unique items in our Decorative Botanicals section for additional crafting and potpourri inspiration. 


Rose Hip Benefits 

Rose Hips are rich in vitamins A and C and studies show fresh rose hips can contain 8 to 40 times more vitamin C than oranges! In fact, during World War II the British government used rose hips to make rose hip syrup as a supplement for vitamin C to prevent scurvy because citrus fruits were impossible to get.  The benefits of Rose Hips can be traced back many years. It was popular in folk remedies for wound healing, arthritis relieving, diuretic and laxative properties. People also thought that sleeping with rose dhips under your pillow would help relieve nightmares. Rose hip oil is used in many of today's beauty products because it is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins A and C, and antioxidants.  The beauty industry claims these properties can hydrate, moisturize, reduce inflammation and boost the collagen in your skin.  



As this is a natural product appearance will vary from season to season. The dried plant materials are bleached, dyed or painted to contribute to artistic designs. These may be further treated to increase the durability and preserve the composition of the product. Here at Bulk Apothecary - we care about our customers furthermore we feel that is it our obligation to advise you, our valued customers, that our botanicals should only be used for decorative purposes, and are therefore deemed to be inedible. They are not to be added to food, beverage or supplement preparations.

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Wild Rose Hips for Decorating Crafts Dried bunches Holiday Berries FALL Decor DIY Wedding flowers Christmas Decor Real Rose Hips Harvesting.

Rose hips–the fruit that comes from the rose bush–are one of my favorite herbs to work with. They are full of vitamins and minerals and are great for herbal projects.

Why You Should Be Using Rose Hips

Rose hips are full of antioxidants, including one of the most important: Vitamin C. Pound for pound, most rose hips contain more Vitamin C than oranges. They also have other nutrients like Vitamin A, pectin (a water soluble fiber), manganese, and calcium. They’re good to eat, and an excellent ingredient for DIY skin care products.

How to Find Rose Hips

After the flower is done blooming, there is a green knob that forms at the stem end of the flower. This will get larger and will gradually become red to orange in color. If you leave these, they will dry on the bush and contain seeds that can be planted to grow more rose bushes. It takes a few years for them to mature enough to grow flowers, but it’s worth it. There are many types of roses and they can all produce hips, which range in size from very tiny to as large as a ping pong ball.

If you can’t forage them for free you can buy them online here or at a natural food store. As with any plant based product, be sure to not use hips from plants that have been sprayed for pests or diseases. Inspect for bugs and be careful when you pick them, most roses have nasty thorns.

Eating Rose Hips for Health

Rose hips can be eaten directly from the plant, but most people find them too acrid to just eat plain. Try them one of these ways instead:

Syrups, Sauces, Jellies, or Jams

Rose hips are perfect for making a syrup, jelly, or jam. Learn how to make your own Delicious Rose Hip Syrup with our instructions. To make a tasty sauce for ice cream, simply cut them in half, scoop out the seeds, and puree.

Make a Pie

When I traveled to Denmark, rose hip pie was one of my favorite desserts. Prepare them just as you would apples, and bake. No need to peel them though!

Make a Tincture

In the winter, I seek out the local multi-flora rose hips here in North Carolina. They are tiny, but pack a punch. If harvesting your own, be sure they have gone soft (the frost helps to soften them) which is the reason I wait for winter.

  1. Fill a quart jar about half full with the bright red berries.
  2. Cover them with brandy and mash it all together.
  3. Place in a sunny window for a few weeks.
  4. When the mixture turns reddish-brown, strain and use as a health tonic.

Anytime I start to feel like an illness is coming on, I take a dropper full. Once is usually enough to chase it away. In cases when I end up with full-blown illness, I use a dropper full a few times daily.

Make a Non-Alcohol Tincture

Have little ones and don’t want to use alcohol for your tincture? You can make the same thing with vegetable glycerin. Follow the same directions above. (Find organic vegetable glycerine here.)

Using Rose Hips for Body Care Products

There are so many ways you can use rose hips in your beauty routine. Here are just a few suggestions:

Facial Toner

Make a tincture as above, but use vodka instead. When you strain the liquid, use about ¼ cup in a bottle and then add a cup of distilled water. Shake and label. Dab on your face with a cotton ball.

Body Scrub

Grind dried rose hips with Epsom salt and oats. Use equal amounts of each. Place in the palm of your hand (or wash cloth), wet, and scrub your body well, avoiding sensitive areas. Rinse well.

Body Lotion

Boil rose hips in a small amount of water (just covering the amount you want to use) and let sit to cool. Strain when completely cool. Add the liquid to your favorite lotion. This will provide your skin with Vitamin C, a nutrient thought to have benefits that help keep your skin from aging.

Handmade Soap

Follow the recipe and instructions for this Handmade All Natural Soap. At the trace, add ¼ cup of crushed dried rose hips. You can also add rose essential oil.

Do you use rose hips for health or body care? If so, how are you using them?


Drying Rose Hips and Rose Hips Puree Recipe

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At this time of the year there is an abundance of rose hips growing wild and ripe for the picking in the hedgerows or more sedately in domestic gardens on species that have not been dead-headed. They are the fruits of the flowers and vary enormously in colour and shape depending on the variety of the parent plant. Some are as big as plums – dark, juicy and luscious in their appearance – others are tiny red jewels no bigger than a holly berry but nonetheless beguiling.

They all look fantastic brought inside as a seasonal home arrangement - displayed with other flowers and foliage or more dramatically  as the sole perfomers in a tall glass vase.  Unfortunately, the warmth indoors will cause them to wrinkle and dry out quite quickly so that they soon lose their plumpness and intensity of colour. To prevent this from happening  just follow these simple steps:

1.Remove lower leaves and hips so there is at least 10cm of clear stem. Discard any browning foliage and damaged hips at the same time. Recut stems at a sharp angle.

2. Mix one part liquid glycerin with two parts warm water in an appropriate vase or container and stir well. Liquid glycerin is readily available from a chemist or pharmacy as a skincare product.

3. Arrange the rose hips in the glycerin solution and allow them to drink it up, topping up from time to time as necessary. The end result is a vase of strikingly beautiful hips that will last for many weeks  and long after they have disappeared outside.

NB Whilst there is a bountiful supply this year, remember not to strip a bush completely – always leave some hips for the birds and other wildlife.

This post was written by guest blogger Carolyn Dunster, we love her ideas!

WATCH THE VIDEO ON THEME: Making Powdered Rose Hips

Purchase or pick your rose hips in the fall from plants free of pesticides and Rose hips used for decorative crafts can be dried whole and kept in a cool, dark.

Jewel-toned rose hips stand out in garden and crafts

The possibilities are endless with wreath design. Making wreaths from fresh garden greenery is an easy project that adds style and (often) fragrance to your front door. These DIY wreaths are not just the hallmark of winter holidays – you can make one for any season. Here are some of our favorite autumn-inspired wreaths to adorn your door this fall.

The fall provides even more options, it seems, from dried seed heads to moss to fresh vegetable and flowers. You can come up with endless creative ways to make a fall wreath, but here are a few ideas to get you started. Use these as a jumping-off point and let your imagination go wild!

Related: Learn How to Make a Basic Wreath Here

Ideas for DIY Wreaths

Bleached Pinecones

Collect a bunch of pinecones and bleach them to make this rustic-yet-modern wreath. See the full instructions here. You could also do this with untreated pinecones if you prefer, but we love the softer look of bleached pinecones.


Autumn Berries

Make a rose hip and hawthorn berry wreath with a foam wreath form, berries, and some pruners. Just cover the form with tightly packed rose hips and hawthorn berries by poking their stems into the foam, and voila!

…or make a sweet mini rose hip wreath by stringing them on wire shaped into a circle and hanging from a ribbon.

Herb Wreath

A fresh herb wreath can be created in the late summer or fall as a way to harvest and dry garden herbs. It’s pretty, useful, and it smells like heaven too!

Hydrangea Wreath

This is by far the easiest way to make a gorgeous fall wreath with hydrangea flowers that will dry beautifully and keep their color.

Felted Succulent Wreath

It’s sweater season again, and even the wreaths are getting cozy! This project uses old sweaters upcycled into pretty felted succulents affixed to a grapevine form, creating a warm welcome at any entrance way. 

Living Succulent Wreath

Oh, and you can make a gorgeous wreath out of real succulents too. This beauty is lovely any time of year, as long as you have warm weather. For those of us with seasons, these succulent wreaths look their best in the fall after a summer of filling in and growing. 

Succulent Wreath Refresh

Once you make a living succulent wreath, you will probably need to refresh it every now and then to keep it looking its best.



Fall Gourd Wreath

This autumn wreath gets a burst of color from the ornamental gourds, pumpkins, and artichokes that decorate it.

Related: Follow my Wreath Board on Pinterest for More inspiration!

Follow Stephanie @ Garden Therapy’s board ✽ Wreaths on Pinterest.

How to Make a Basic Grapevine Wreath

If you have a bounty of grapevines then this wreath tutorial is for you. Learn how to twist those vines into a beautiful wreath that can be the basis for any project, or even hold its own with no extra adornment!

Lavender Wreath

Fresh lavender sprigs drying on a wreath form makes a lovely welcome to guests. I hang these out in the garden to decorate while they dry and I can harvest the buds. You’ll be surprised at what I use for a wreath form too!

Related: How to Harvest English Lavender

Dried Flower Wreath 

If you are lucky enough for someone to give you flowers, or you grow plenty in your garden, this is a great way to display them once they have dried.


Related: How to Preserve Ornamental Flowers, Leaves, and Pods for Crafting

Air Plant Wreath

This lush living air plant wreath looks at home in any season, and because the project doesn’t use any harmful glue, your air plant wreath will stay happy and healthy for a long time.




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