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Common names: Dog Rose, Wild Rose
Taxonomic name: Rosa canina
Uses: soothing, relaxing, colds
Area of origin: Europe. North Africa & Asia
Warnings: Nasty thorns on the plant. Don’t eat the Rose Hips, they’re full of irritating hairs.
Dog Roses (Rosa canina) form prickly tangles highlighted with beautiful, pink flowers. They can be so tangled that folks have thought them to be Blackberries.
Dog Roses, like all Roses, bring peace. The beautiful flower, growing from a tangle of thorns s, suggests peace within trouble. All the Roses cool and soothe, a tea made from the fresh petals is a sure way to relax and soothe the mind. Using Rose Oil is a very common way for people to seek peace and heal heartache.
Rose Hips are a fruit common to many species of Roses and have amazing healing properties. Their shells are full of vitamin C and other antioxidants. Don’t eat them though, they are full of tiny hairs that will get stuck in your mouth and throat. They are so bad that they were the material used for the original itching powder.