For centuries the wild or dog rose was valued most for its galls, used to eliminate the stone. It was only in the 1930s that the value of the hips was proven, just in time for their use in a vitamin-rich syrup given to Britain’s wartime children against infection.
Rose is the plant of love, the petals being the basis of the perfume industry. Herbally, rose petal supports the immune system, is a gentle astringent and is cooling to the body. It has antiviral properties, and helps maintain a healthy balance of gut flora.