The Benefits of Rosehip Oil for Health and Skin Care

Which is loveliest in a rose? Its coy beauty when it’s budding, or its splendour when it blows?

-George Barlow

The beauty of roses is undeniable yet they can also pack a powerhouse of health benefits. Roses’ gorgeous petals and beautiful aroma draw us to admire them. Underneath all the beauty though is where that flower’s true health benefits lie. Beneath the bloom and behind the fragrance there is the fruit of the rose, or the rose hip. Rose Hips are reddish and berry-shaped and contain a host of beneficial components.

What is Rosehip Oil?

The oil comes from the crushed seeds from rose hips (the seedpod of the flower) suspended in a “carrier” oil. Commercial preparations are available through many sources, but there are also recipes for making it at home which uses the rose fruit and almond oil combined and cooked in a slow cooker.

Traditional Uses of Rosehips

Species grow throughout the world and they have played a part in foods and medicines for eons prior to the recent resurgence of their popularity. In the Chilean Andes, their virtues are held in high regard, and have been for centuries. Traditional uses include treatment of arthritis, colds and the flu, indigestion, bladder stones, and gonorrhea. Rose hips are ingredients used to make tisanes, jams, and jellies, and even wine.

The Benefits of Rose Hip Oil

Rose Hips pack a serious amount of vitamin C, and along with it, bioflavonoid substances and essential fatty acids. The oil which is made from a cold extraction process is an important tool in medical and spa treatments alike. In the medical field the oil may help people with osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis. This makes sense as a diet high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids helps in the treatment of RA. A University of Copenhagen study found that powdered rose hips were three times better at reducing the pain of osteoarthritis than some analgesics. They may also help to prevent kidney stones. Reports indicate possible cancer preventative properties. Some rose hip preparations treat bladder and kidney problems, stomach complaints, gout, and high cholesterol. They may even work as a weight loss aid.

Beyond medicines, there are the cosmetic powers which are popular with those who are looking for natural skin care and hair care products. The natural oil of the hip contains substantial levels of vitamin A and other skin friendly compounds. It helps scars heal and it is often recommended as a natural moistuurizer. It reduces the appearance of sun damage, both discoloration and wrinkles. The UK’s Daily Mail has described the oil as being rich in vitamin C, high in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, retinoic acid while also being non-greasy, and a favorite skin treatment for a number of celebrities.

Contraindications of Rose Hips

Whilst it is generally safe for use by most individuals, but some people should take precautions prior using it for medicinal reasons, including diabetics, people with certain types of anemia and since it may can increase how much estrogen the body absorbs, those on estrogen therapy also need to be careful.

If you wish to use it for a skin care product and you have oily or sensitive skin then you should consult with a health care professional before starting on a Rose Hip Oil regime.

Introduction to the Care Quality Commission’s Regulation of Health and Social Care Providers

Since April 2010 the Care Quality Commission has gradually introduced legal requirements for a number of organisations, in relation to the provision of health, adult social care and dental services. These requirements relate to all providers of a regulated service as defined by the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

The Care Quality Commission has developed a document detailing the Essential Standards of Quality and Safety that they have identified providers should be meeting in order to be delivering services in a safe and patient focused way. These essential standards replace the previous guidance provided in the form of The Standards for Better Health for NHS Trusts and the previous regulations under the Care Standards Act 2000.

Under the CQC’s new system, the intention is that all registered providers will be demonstrating the same set of essential standards of quality and safety whilst also demonstrating respect for their service users’ dignity and rights. This uniform set of standards applies across the board, whether providing community based healthcare, domiciliary care within the home or long term residential nursing care. The focus of this new registration system is the assessment of outcomes from the point of view of the patient or service user.

This means that providers will need to be able to demonstrate that their patients are happy with the services that they are receiving and that they have proactively consulted with them in designing and re-designing their provision. This patient focused approach thus demonstrates a slightly different approach to the previous regulatory body, who were more targeted towards the implementation of robust policies and procedures. Further differences can be seen in the fact that providers will need to be registered for each regulated activity that they carry out rather than as an organisation as a whole; the regulated activities that require registration are listed below:

– Personal Care
– Accommodation for people who require nursing or personal care
– Accommodation for people who require treatment for substance misuse
– Accommodation and nursing or personal care in the further education sector
– Treatment of disease, disorder or injury
– Assessment of medical treatment for people detained under the Mental Health Act 1983
– Surgical procedures
– Diagnostic and screening procedures
– Management of supply of blood and blood derived products
– Transport services, triage and medical advice provided remotely
– Maternity and midwifery services
– Termination of pregnancies
– Services in slimming clinics
– Nursing care
– Family planning services

With such a broad spectrum of activities that need to be registered it is hoped that this new system of registration will ensure that services are being provided in line with service users’ needs and that patients can expect a uniform approach to the care and treatment that they receive regardless of when or where it is delivered. Additionally, with details of registrations being made available on the Care Quality Commission’s website it will be possible for the general public to assess a service’s registration status and compare it with alternative options, thus providing choice and an incentive for providers to maintain and/ or improve standards.

Choosing the Right Websites for Health and Medical Information

Use of internet has increased rapidly over the last few years. This has affected people in many ways, both good and bad. And medical and health fields are no exception. In fact, more people search for health and medical information than any other subjects. This just indicates that people take their health seriously and are ever searching for information to improve their health and well-being. But for many of us, even logging into an internet site is often daunting. We get lost with the volumes of information, advertisements, and promotions which are all eye-catching and very difficult to resist. This may lure readers to sites which are neither useful nor serve any purpose. Besides, the information may be loaded with medical jargons, terminologies, and other medical ideas which are hard to understand as a non-medical person.

So, how do we get the right information? And how do we know which one is right when there are piles and layers of information to choose from? To make the matter worse, the information are often contradicting or even misleading.

In this article, I will briefly highlight some important points that can help readers in choosing the right health and medical information from the internet. I urge the readers to ask the following questions in analysing a medical website, and the answers they get can determine the quality of information on the website.

Website ownership

Is the website owned by the government, educational institutions or private companies? In general, most websites owned by government are not biased and are promoted in the interest of the public. Majority of privately or company owned websites are developed for promoting products for sale or for other vested interest.


Who is the author of the site? Is the author a doctor, medical scientist, health professional or any expert in health and medical field? Or is he/she a patient who has suffered an incurable condition for a long time, such as, multiple sclerosis patient or cancer survivor? Is the author a well-known figure or has he/she published any other credible articles or books? The information on the website will be more authoritative if the author does not have any personal interest or the site is not sponsored by commercial organizations. Also the site that has the contact details of author or publisher gives more weight to the site than those which do not have such information.

Website content

Is the content up-to-date? When was it last updated? Does the content show references to other authoritative sources? Is the information evidence-based? Is the language clear or is it loaded with medical jargons, terminologies or other ideas hard to understand? People love to read articles which are easy to understand and written in plain layman’s language. Simple demonstration or easy to understand diagrams and charts help people understand health and medical terms better.

Does the website promote holistic approach to health?

This is an important factor in choosing the right website for health and medical information. The site should provide complete and in depth information on the subject of interest. For example, if a website is about breast cancer, the readers should be able to get answers to questions such as:

What is breast cancer?
Is there a cause of breast cancer?
What are the risk factors for breast cancer?
Does it run in family?
How is it diagnosed and treated?
What happens if a patient refuses treatment?
Does the site give information on complications of treatment or follow up schedule?
Does it give information on any alternative modes of treatment?
What about prevention and screening for breast cancer?
Does the site address other issues related to breast cancer including psychological and sexuality issues, family and financial hardships etc?

Does the site provide links to other sources of information for help and support?

For example, a website on “Quit Smoking’ should have Quitline telephone numbers, counselling services for smokers, or contact details of health professionals involved in quit smoking programs.

Is the information specific to a country or a region?

Many websites provide information that is relevant to a particular country or region and are not tailored to the international readers. So, obtaining such information from a website which is country or region-specific may not be relevant or accurate. For example, immunization schedules differ between countries, level of health care services and types of treatment differ, and even drugs usage differs. It is therefore important to identify whether the information on the internet is for readers in a particular geographic area or country or it can be used internationally.

Different Career Paths in the Health and Social Care Industry

Health and social care relates to services which involves helping and assisting those who need extra care and support due to disability, old age, illness and poverty. Local authorities and private organisations with an aim to help them lead a normal life and keep their independence and dignity provide these services.

There are a range of vocational and academic courses like GNVQ, A-Level and S/NVQ, which can be pursued to qualify as a care provider. Subjects involved in health and social care studies are sociology, biology, law, ethics and nutrition that cover every aspect of issues that carers deal with. Those who pursue this line of study get hands on experience through work placements alongside their studies in nurseries; care homes, hospitals and other related establishments.

Various jobs in the health and social care industry are categorised into:

Care Assistant Jobs – Varies according to the nature of the job and is further classified into-

Personal Care Assistant or PCA – Assist people with disability and illness in their day-to-day activities within or outside their homes.

Emergency Care Assistant or ECA – Assist qualified paramedics and medical technicians in accidents and emergency’s. Responds to emergency calls and usually the first responder who observes patients vital signs and take necessary information at the scene.

Ambulance Care Assistant or ACA – Assist in transporting patients to and from the hospital and also admits, transfers and discharges patients. Helps patients to get to their appointments and make sure that they are settled after transporting them back home. Maintaining constant contact with control room when out and about and updating the team with any changes. Responsible for routine check-up and maintenance of allotted hospital vehicle.

Care Home Jobs – Duties involve coordinating care and resources, house cleaning, maintaining personal hygiene, making meals and health improvement activities and exercises.

Community Care Jobs – Provide aid and access to patients based on their personal care plan. Assist in personal hygiene, toilet functions, prescriptions, diet monitoring, attending medical appointments, walking, and exercising, shopping, pension collection, reading, writing and providing companionship.

Nursing Jobs – This role involves a range of duties and a broad scope of responsibility. The job involves working closely with the health care team and administering the prescribed treatment, medication and care given by physicians. Since the role involves close contact and interaction with patients, nurses are expected to have a calming personality and the ability to aid in the recovery process.