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