The rose hip, or rose haw, is the fruit of the rose plant. Rose hips are used for herbal tea, jam, jelly, syrup, soup, beverages, bread, wine, and marmalade. Rose hips are particularly high in vitamin C content C, one of the richest plant sources. Rose hips also contain some vitamin A and B, essential fatty acids and antioxidant flavonoids. A study of a rose-hip preparation for treating rheumatoid arthritis concluded that there was a benefit, apparently due to both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects. Rose hips are used for colds and influenza.
According to BBC website: "Rose-hips could offer a cheap and effective way of treating debilitating rheumatoid arthritis, research from Germany and Denmark has suggested."