Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Rosa canina

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Rosa canina L., Rosa communis



Traditional name

Syn.: Rosa communis

German: Gemeine Heckenrose, Hundsrose, Cynosbatus, Hagebutte
English: Dog rose, wild rose
French:  églantier commun

Used parts

Tincture of ripe fruits


Rosa canina
     Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Dicotyledonae; Rosiflorae / Rosidae; Rosales; Rosaceae - Rose Family


Rosaceae - Rose Family

Original proving

Clark  - Remedy for urin tract problems
proved by Burnetti ( 1840-1901) himself -
only  Symptom - more urine

Description of the substance

There are more than a hundred species of wild roses, mostly from the temperate northern hemisphere. The species form a group of generally thorny shrubs or climbers, and sometimes trailing plants.
The fruit of the rose is called a rose hip. Rose hips of some species, especially Rosa canina or the Dog Rose, have been used as a source of Vitamin C, (rose hip syrup). They can also be used to make herbal tea, jam, jelly and marmalade.
Most roses have thorns. Some species of roses have thorns that are so fine as to be called spines, and some others have vestigial thorns that have no points. Some cultivated forms, such as the Lady Banks rose have no thorns at all.

Rosa canina is a shrub-like rose species native to northern Africa, western Asia, northern Europe. It has also been introduced to North America. The rose ranges in height from 2 to 12 feet and its stems are covered with small sharp spines. The plant produces a small red-orange fruit, or hip. The fruit is noted for its high vitamin C level and is used to make tea and marmalade.
During World War II in the United States Rosa canina was planted in victory gardens, and can still be found growing in wet, sandy areas up and down the eastern U.S. coastline.
Other common names are: Brier rose, dogberry, dog rose, eglantine gall, hep tree, hip fruit, hip tree, hop fruit, hogseed, rose hip, sweet brier, wild brier, witches' brier, and Brier hip.

Description: Brier hip is a bushy shrub that grows in open fields and thickets and on dry banks from Nova Scotia to Virginia and Tennessee. It is naturalized from Europe, where it is found around the edges of woods, hedges, garden fences, and on sloping ground. Varying in height from 2 to 13 feet, its numerous stems are covered with sharp spines and prickles. The leaves are odd- pinnate, usually consisting of 5 to 7 leaflets that are opposite, ovate, acute, serrate, and hairy beneath. The flowers are red, pale red, or nearly white and appear from May to July. The Oblong, scarlet to orange-red fruit contains many one-seeded achenes that ripens in the fall.


Also known as Wild Briar. Pretty tree which can grow to 9 ft or so (3 m). Large pale pink or white flowers from June to July followed by scarlet fruits (hips) from August to November.
Any plant given the name dog" was christened so because it meant that it did not smell or was inferior to other plants.
The fruits make rose hip syrup, which is full of Vitamin C. It was believed that the root was effective against the bite of a mad dog. In the time of Henry VIII, Dog Roses were the symbol of the monarchy.
Dog Rose is the food plant of the caterpillars of the following moths - V-Pug, Little Thorn, Shoulder Stripe, Barred yellow and Streamer.
The plant can be trained over a trellis, arbour or a dead tree to good effect. Host to many insects, including a gall-forming wasp which produces balls of crimson "moss", known as Robin's pin cushions, on the leaf stalks. Hips are eaten by blackbirds.