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The Truth Behind Itching Powder

What's it made of? Is it dangerous?

(HealthDayNews) -- You've seen the packages of itching powder in the novelty stores.

If you've always wanted to know what the substance really was, here's the answer according to the Australasian Journal of Dermatology: rose hips.

Rose hips are the green petals at the base of the rose flower. They're rich in vitamin C if you care to eat them, and they cause an itch because they have little irritant burrs, like a woolen sweater. The itching can be irritating, but it's not an allergic reaction and isn't dangerous.

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