Last update March 22, 2015

Sweet Briar


Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.

The seeds of this shrub are very rich in saturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids: Linolenic, Linoleic, Oleic and Palmitic acids. It contains also a large amount of ascorbic acid.

Commonly used as emollient and wound-healing agent without a valid clinical proof on effectiveness.

Cooked products of the fruit are used for treatment of colds and gastrointestinal disorders.

Commission E of German Ministry of Health has not evaluated the effectiveness of this oil yet. It is not toxic when topically used.

At latest update, relevant published data on excretion into breast milk were not found.

Based on its low toxicity, an occasional and moderate use is not regarded as risky while breastfeeding.

Do not apply on the breast to prevent ingestion by the infant. If necessary, apply after a feed and clean thoroughly with water before the next.


We do not have alternatives for Sweet Briar since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.


Sweet Briar belongs to these groups or families:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Sweet Briar in its composition:

  • Reduc-Té™. Contains other elements than Sweet Briar in its composition


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  2. Paula Jiménez P, Lilia Masson S, Vilma Quitral R. Composición química de semillas de chía, linaza y rosa mosqueta y su aporte en ácidos grasos omega-3. [Chemical composition of chia seed, flaxseed and rosehip and its contribution in fatty acids omega-3]. Rev Chil Nutr Vol. 40, Nº2 2013 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  3. Santos JS, Vieira AB, Kamada I. [Treatment of open wounds using Mosqueta Rose: a review]. Rev Bras Enferm. 2009 Abstract
  4. Franco D, Pinelo M, Sineiro J, Núñez MJ. Processing of Rosa rubiginosa: extraction of oil and antioxidant substances. Bioresour Technol. 2007 Abstract
  5. Hornero-Méndez D, Mínguez-Mosquera MI. Carotenoid pigments in Rosa mosqueta hips, an alternative carotenoid source for foods. J Agric Food Chem. 2000 Abstract
  6. Moreno Gimenez JC, Bueno J, Navas J, Camacho F. [Treatment of skin ulcer using oil of mosqueta rose]. Med Cutan Ibero Lat Am. 1990 Abstract

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