rosa roxburghii chestnut rose cili shiri fruit

Rosa Roxburghii, also known as a chestnut rose, is a species of wild rose native to China. William Roxburgh discovered this unique flower thus its taxonomical name. Endemic to the Guizhou province,  the rosehip produced by the flower is known as Shiri fruit in Asian medicine. It first made its appearance in the United States and Europe in the early 1800s. It was not only loved for it's bright pink and fragrant flower but it's medicinal uses were passed along, as well.

Rosa Roxburghii is a thick shrub that can grow up to 4 feet tall, with small light green leaves. Rose Roxburghii flowers in one color: pink. The petals are small and round, making them look like tiny bubbles rather than flowers. These flowers are incredibly fragrant and appear on small branches at the base of the plant. Many people have said that the smell is similar to cherries, citrus, or even roses.

What is the Medicinal Use of Rosa Roxburghii?

The flowers and fruit of Rosa Roxburghii are used for medicinal purposes due to their high content of vitamins and minerals. This includes high concentrations of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Niacin.

It is also rich in tannins, which is often used to create an astringent. Tannins help strengthen the heart, improve memory and protect connective tissues in the body from free radical damage. Tannins also help the body get rid of harmful bacteria through their antibacterial properties.

You can even use Rosa Roxburghii in tea or as a compress to help soothe inflammations. Additionally, the rose hip extract is often included in ointments and decoctions of antiseptic and antimicrobial.

Rosa Roxburghii for Skin

You'll find this unique flower used in antioxidants and to treat skin conditions such as acne. The antioxidants in Rosa Roxburghii and it's fruit, help keep the skin looking young by fighting free radicals.

By removing destructive free radicals, they help prevent cell damage and nourish healthy new cells. Rose Roxburghii is an excellent source for Vitamins C, P, E, and other bio-active compounds that reverse the signs of skin aging brought about by UV light.

Dubbed as the king of Vitamin C, it is also highly recommended for preventing skin cancer. As an alternative treatment for some inflammatory skin conditions, Chestnut Rose is applied to the skin as a compress or infused into hot water for drinking.

Edible Parts of Chestnut Rose

You can either cook or eat the fruits of this plant raw. Shiri fruit, also known as Cili fruit, is highly aromatic and very spiny. The fruit remains greenish even when ripe, with a thin layer of flesh surrounding the many seeds. The seed is a valuable source of Vitamin E. The best way to consume them is by grinding them and adding them to other meals. The flowers are also edible but need to process before eating them. You can either dry them or infuse them in hot water for drinking purposes.

Rosa Roxburghii is a rare flower that is still virtually unknown in the western world. As you can see, there are many medicinal uses for Rosa Roxburghii. It's an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, but it is also rich in antioxidants, phenols, and flavonoids. This is exactly why it was paramount for us to use this little known, yet powerful ingredient in our award-winning SPF formula. 

We are proud to bring Shiri, the one-of-a-kind fruit of the Rosa Roxburghii flower, to level up your skin care routine.

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