The root of the rosacea ( Althaea officinalis ) is a fibrous, brown bark which, as its name implies, comes from a variety belonging to the rosacea. It is a perennial plant native to Europe, West Asia and North Africa. Its extract is used, for example, in the manufacture of cough medicines and skin care products.
In addition to all this, it seems to have other medical uses due to its specific properties. So far, however, there is no solid scientific evidence of the effects of the root on health, as studies commissioned in humans have been small-scale and the results of the studies have not been able to provide an unambiguous answer to the health properties of the root.
For this reason, and although many use it as an herbal treatment for many different ailments, the root of the rosacea should not be utilized as a primary treatment for various diseases. In addition, because of the potential for side effects and interactions, it is also recommended that you consult your doctor before trying it.
Benefits of the root of the herbaceous rose
The medicinal properties of the root of the rosacea are largely due to its mucilage content. Mucilage refers to the jelly-like plant material of plants. It is very similar to the sap secreted by trees, which in turn has been used as a thickener.
The root of rosacea has antioxidant effects, and based on the results of studies, ingestion of the root helps prevent skin irritation and digestive problems. Next, do you want to know what other benefits are associated with consuming it? Below we explain in more detail the most important health properties of this root.
Promotes the treatment of coughs and colds
Some liquid and tablet cough medicines contain the root of the rosacea. Why? Because the mucus contained in the root of the rosacea can help cover the esophageal mucous membranes and thus also reduce the irritation caused by dry cough. According to Complementary Medicine Research , some supplements made from extracts from this root can help fight dry cough.
At the same time, a small study reported in the Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine found that children who used a herbal mixture made from this root in combination with chamomile or sage, for example, had fewer coughs and fewer cough-induced nocturnal awakenings compared to children who received placebo.
Therefore, it is believed that rosacea root can be a useful helper against the symptoms caused by flu and colds, for example. However, further evidence is needed to support this claim. Of course, the root can be ingested in the form of tea, tablets or syrup, as long as the doctor has first determined on a case-by-case basis that it is safe to consume the natural medicine in question.
Helps soothe irritated skin
Herbal rosacea has its own anti-inflammatory effects, which can prove to be a useful aid when the goal is to soothe irritated skin, for example in the case of hair follicle inflammation, rash or eczema. Indeed, the publication Advances in Dermatology and Allergology, which specializes in dermatology and allergies, states that the cream, which contained 20 percent extract of the root of the rosacea, proved to be a useful aid in the treatment of irritated skin.
At the same time, it has also been suggested that topical use of products containing rosehip root may help to mitigate the negative effects of UV radiation or sun exposure. At the same time, however, it is worth bearing in mind that it should not, of course, replace traditional sunscreen, as the rosacea root does not provide adequate protection.
Protects against gastrointestinal ulcers
The extract from the root of the rosacea alone does not have the ability to prevent the formation of gastrointestinal ulcers. However, in the context of a healthy lifestyle, ingesting it can help reduce the risk of developing these ulcers, as shown by an animal study published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biosciences.
According to the researchers, the mucus and flavonoids contained in this plant are responsible for the antiulcer effect of the digestive tract. In particular, it would appear that ingestion of the root of the rosacea covers and protects the gastrointestinal mucosa, which in turn helps to reduce the formation of possible ulcers.
Other potential benefits of the root of the rosehip rose
- Herbal preparations containing the root of the rosacea have shown positive effects against dry mouth.
- The plant and its extracts have also been found to promote wound closure and healing. It is even believed that it could reduce the potential risk of wound inflammation.
- The root of the rosacea has diuretic properties that can help promote the removal of fluids accumulated in the body. In this case, however, the root should be used with caution, especially if other medications are used at the same time.
Possible side effects of the root of the rosacea
The root of rosacea root is well tolerated by the majority of healthy adults and should not cause unwanted side effects when ingested in moderate doses. However, in some people, rosacea root can cause stomach upset and dizziness. Therefore, it is recommended to start with a lower dose until the doctor or the person responsible for preparing the food supplement recommends increasing the dose.
At the same time, it should be borne in mind that in some people, ingestion of the root of the rosacea can cause a fall in blood sugar. This has been found, for example, according to information provided by the American WebMD. In addition, as there is insufficient evidence of its safety and efficacy, ingestion of the root should be avoided in the following cases:
- During pregnancy and lactation.
- If a person suffers from bleeding disorders.
- If a person suffers from diabetes.
- In addition, root ingestion should be avoided before and after surgical procedures.
In addition, it is known that the root of rosacea can have undesirable interactions with lithium, antidiabetic drugs, and oral medications. For this reason, it is important that you always consult your doctor first so that he or she can determine, in terms of your own health, whether herbal rosacea is right for you.