For more than three millennia, rose has been a source of inspiration, for poets anddoctors alike. Doctors in ancient India, Greece, Persia, Arabia and China had prescribed rose therapy for beauty as well asgood health. Flowers and fruits of the rose plant have always been part of the herbal systems of medicine theworld over. Rose fruits or hips are capable of preventing and controlling human influenza or commoncold. The rose hips get this flu-fighting properties from the large quantities of vitamin C present in them. They arealso helpful in controlling the water content in the body and proper functioning of kidneys, urinary bladder, heart and liver. Ayurveda and Unani doctors prescribe rose hips to prevent cardiovascular diseases, treatarthritis, skin problems and as a general tonic for a healthy living. The importance of rose petals and rose hips can be gauged from the fact that almost allthe pharmacopoeias of important nations including the USA and the UK recognise their medicinal properties. Thegrandma's recipe of "gulkhand", or rose candy prepared by using dried rose petal and sugar syrup or honey,continues to be a valid prescription in Ayurveda and Unani.Rose hips should be collected from common natural red rose plants. Hybrid roses should beavoided. Practitioners ofherbal medicine caution kidney patients, pregnant women, lactating mothers and smallchildren against using rose hips. Home remedies People suffering from knee pain connected to arthritis may consume daily raw rose hips orextract for relief. Cut rose hips from rose plant grown in your garden, or purchase them from stores sellingtraditional herbal medicine. Clean the stuff with water. You may take the rose hips raw. Rose hips contain chemicals like flavonoids that fight swelling and inflammation. Applyrose hip oil on the affected portion for quick relief. For general well being and to prevent cardiovascular diseases, a daily dose of rose hipsis the best natural bet. Rainy season is the time when the flu virus is active. Herbal tea prepared from rose hipsis said to fight flu. Ayurveda and Unani doctors claim that it also prevents common cold or flu. Rose hip oil keeps the skin glowing, free from blemishes including those caused by blackheads. Aroma therapists claim that rose oil will give relief from depression and stress, bykeeping the mind calm and cool. Rose hip oil is a natural rejuvenant for those conscious of their beauty and also forthose who want to hide their age. It kills the wrinkles on the skin.