Rose hip side effects

Negative consequences of taking rose hips

Rose hips could irritate the throat

Among the main adverse effects or dangers of dog rose fruit are the possible effects of its stinging hairs on our body.

Ingestion of a badly filtered rosehip jam, or of recipes with fruits that have not been well cleaned, can cause discomfort in the throat due to the adhesion of these hairs on the neck. However, this is not usually a problem since they usually disappear when eating a little potato or bread, or drinking a little liquid. Nor should it worry that they bite or sting when defecating.

Does rosehip have side effects?

wild rose flowers
Fruit of the wild rose (Rosa canina), with flowers

It should be borne in mind that rose hips and wild dog rose flowers are edible and therefore do not present toxicity. For most people, the plant is well tolerated, except for specific cases of allergy or hypersensitivity, or cases in which the fruit is poorly prepared.

In some cases, dog rose could give the following side effects:

  • Allergy: People with  allergy  to Rosaceae may have allergy to dog  rose.
  • Dermatitis by contact with the leaves, flowers or fruits of the fresh plant.
  • Urticaria: The fruit and its seeds are covered by stinging hairs that can irritate the digestive tract.
  • Vertigo, headache and drowsiness due to the essence of the plant. Nervous side effects such as insomnia or fatigue may occur.
  • Itching when making stools: stinging components can cause itching when making stools. You must remove the seeds and clean the skin of hairs before taking the fruit. Stinging properties are removed by cooking.
  • Gastrointestinal disorders: vomiting, diarrhea, gastritis, heartburn.
  • Constipation: due to the high tannin content of flowers and leaves.
  • Laxative effect: due to the high pectin content of the fruits and the irritating effect it can have if the stinging hairs are ingested. These effects can be produced by the intake of large quantities, such as jams or jellies.

Do the petals of the rosehip flower have adverse effects?

The petals of the flowers are practically harmless and their toxicity is unknown. Only those with an allergy to Rosaceae, pollen, or other cases of hypersensitivity to certain plants should be careful.

Can pregnant women and young children eat rose hips?

In principle, rose hips are not contraindicated for pregnant women. In children, special care must be taken to avoid choking on the fruits and seeds.

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This article was endorsed by Montserrat Enrich - Journalist specializing in edible wild plants and plant uses.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

10 October, 2019

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