I have a firm belief in natural remedies, and I often resort to natural medicine to address health issues.
Rose Hip Seed Oil is hip by any number of factors. Traditional use of rose hip seed oil is often linked to its skin healing properties and today, it continues to be a great natural oil for skin care. I stumble upon this oil quite by accident. Ok, it’s the on sale sign that caught my attention first but as I read through the uses, I’m fascinated by the claims. Are they for real? What better way than to buy one and try it, right? That’s exactly what I did. I have to say that I love it for a number of reasons. For a start, it’s much cheaper than most branded moisturizers out there (and they’ve a list of ingredients long and small enough to make you cross-eye), it’s natural and organic and the litmus test—my skin feels nourished and healthy.
What’s Rose Hip Seed Oil?
Rose hip seed oil is extracted from the red berry looking fruits of wild rose bushes that grows on the rainy valleys of Southern Andes in Chile. The people of Chile called it “Rosa Mosqueta,” but scientist named it as Rosa Affinis Rubigninosa. It is light golden in color and since it’s extracted through a cold or expeller-pressed process, it should be stored in a cool place.
What’s So Good about Rose Hip Seed Oil?
The Chileans have long used rose hip seed oil for skin care. However, in 1983, a team of researchers from the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacology at the University of Concepcion, a university in Chile, found evidence that rose hip seed oil does indeed have skin healing properties. In their study involving the application of rose hip seed oil to 180 patients with surgical, traumatic and post-burning scars and also with women with premature aging skin, they found that rose hip seed oil has a regenerative effect on skin. Continuous application reduces scar marks and stalls wrinkles.
Rose hip seed oil can restore radiance to skin.
So, what’s the Secret?
Some moisturizers contain oleic acid, linoleic acid or linoleic acid to tackle wrinkles. How do you like all three in one oil, occurring naturally? Rose hip seed oil contains all three unsaturated essential fatty acids. They are essential as the body cannot produce it. If you like some numbers, here they are:
Oleic acid (15 to 20%), linoleic acid (44 to 50%) and linolenic acid (3-to 50%)
These unsaturated essential fatty acids are super skin nutrients.
But that’s not all the goodness you can find. Vitamin C is known for strengthening capillaries and connective tissue. Rose hip seed oil has plenty of that. In addition, it also has vitamin a—a big skin protector. Vitamin A helps to generate cell regeneration, promote collagen production and increase skin’s elasticity. In particular, rose hip seed oil contains Tretinoin (an acidic form of vitamin A) that helps find wrinkles and many dermatologists have recognized this and use tretinoin in enhancing skin health. To complete the vitamin profile, it also has vitamin E (also promotes healthy skin) and together they spell ACE—right, they help to ace skincare.
Rose hip seed oil is also antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and acts as an astringent. That means it can be used as a skin balm to heal and soothe irritated and chapped skin.
What are some Uses for Rose Hip Seed Oil?
Our skin is like a teak table—it needs constant oiling and sanding down to retain its glory. Consider the number of elements the skin has to battle: the natural aging process with its gifts of wrinkles, crow’s feet and deep lines down the sides of the mouth; UV radiation from the sun causing age-spots, premature aging, hyper pigmentation and dry dull skin. Rose hip seed oil is a rich emollient, richly nourishing skin to restore glow and health. Used daily, it helps to tone and smooths skin to achieve skin’s elasticity and revitalizes dull, dry skin.
Scars can result from surgery or accidents, from acne or chicken pox. Rose hip seed oil can reduce redness, hyper pigmentation as a result of scarring and make it less apparent. It may also prevent the formation of keloid scars (lumps) that may accompany surgical procedures.
Great Skin Moisturizer
Unlike many essential oils, which need to be diluted with carrier oils, rose Hip Seed oil can be applied directly to skin. It hydrates skin depleted by dry weather conditions or the environment. Rose hip seed oil is considered “dry,” meaning it gets absorbed readily without leaving a greasy feeling. Apply once in the morning and again, at night, before you go to bed.
Its rich moisturizing power can be used for treating brittle nails and dry and damaged hair.
How to Use Rose Hip Seed Oil?
As mentioned, it can be applied directly to skin, nails and hair. You can also incorporate rose hip seed oil into moisturizer, lotion, facial oil, or massage oil. However, it is not recommended for very oily skin or skin with acne.
Make Your Own
You can make your own rose hip oil by using fresh or dried fruits/seeds of roses. Crush them and put them in a dark jar and add any type of vegetable oil such as olive oil, grapeseed oil or sweet almond oil.
More Health hubs by anglnwu:
Health Benefits of Nutmeg: http://healthbitsntips.wordpress.com/2010/10/15/health-benefits-of-nutmeg/
Natural Cures for Oral Lichen Planus: http://hubpages.com/hub/Natural-Cures-for-Oral-Lichen-Planus
Colon Cleansing the Natural Way: http://hubpages.com/hub/Colon-Cleansing-the-Natural-Way
Herbal Cures for Osteoarthritis: http://hubpages.com/hub/Natural-Cures-for-Osteoarthritis
Fight gum disease the natural way: http://hubpages.com/hub/Healthy-Gums-Is-Possible
Home Remedies to get rid of acne: http://hubpages.com/hub/Banish-Acne-Angst-With-Simple-Tricks
anglnwu (author) on July 22, 2011:
Thanks, Rtalloni, for commenting. Nature's best, defintely.
RTalloni on July 21, 2011:
Now I know more about something I've wondered about. Thanks for info on this beneficial oil!
anglnwu (author) on February 14, 2011:
Denise, you bring out a good point. If you're having an acne outbreak, it's best not to apply rose hip oil. But if you've acne scar and you're not experiencing any more outbreak, then rose hip oil may lessen appearance of scar. Hope that helps and thanks for commenting.
Denise on February 12, 2011:
Your article says it's good for fading acne scarring yet at the same time is not recommended for skin with acne. How then should I use it when I have acne scarring and acne?
anglnwu (author) on December 16, 2010:
katrina, thanks for visiting my hubs (more than once) today. It's been a month since I tried the rose hip oil and I can tell you I'm very happy with the results.
katrinasui on December 16, 2010:
I never heard about Rose hip seed oil. Its good to know about so many benefits of Rose hip seed oil. Nice hub Anglnwu!
anglnwu (author) on December 15, 2010:
It's good to see u again. Rose hip sounds like a cool name for a skin saver. Thanks for dropping by.
prettydarkhorse from US on December 15, 2010:
Nice hub angel, I heard it before but of course in your hub I learned more of it - multi functional oil indeed. I also like the name Rose hip seed oil, Thanks angel. It is good reading your hubs again. Maita
anglnwu (author) on December 09, 2010:
prasetio, you're always so sweet with your comments and I love the way you express them too. Thanks for dropping by and you've have a good evening!
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on December 09, 2010:
Good evening, anglnwu. I never knew about Rose Hip Seed Oil before. Deep in my heart, I learn much from you. Thanks for share with us. Thank you very much!
anglnwu (author) on December 07, 2010:
Om, hehe, i wonder too. Thanks for dropping by and commenting.
Om Paramapoonya on December 06, 2010:
Why isn't it called "rose torso" instead of "rose hip"? Eh, enough for my silly joke. Very interesting hub. I've learned a lot from this. And.....happy holidays! :)
anglnwu (author) on December 05, 2010:
Vera, I enjoy hearing stories about your childhood and what your uncle did with the rose hips. In Asia, we love rose syrup in our drink and actually have a favorite drink called "bandong" made from rose syrup and carnation milk.
Thanks for adding to this hub with your insights. Take care!
ReuVera from USA on December 05, 2010:
How could I forget about all the benefits of rose hips products! I am going to run and buy it.
In my childhood we had many wild rose bushes in the neighborhood and we used to pick up the rose hips and eat whatever we could eat from them, mostly the tangy/sweet skin, cleaning out the inside seeds. You should have been very careful with those tricky "fruits", or you would end up scratching yourself all over if the inside powder gets on you. I remember, my uncle used to boil rose hips and drink the water for his stomach problems.
anglnwu (author) on December 03, 2010:
Thank you, Listlady, again for your wonderful support. I greatly appreciate that.
TheListLady from New York City on December 03, 2010:
Well, this is just wonderful. What a well done super hub. I love it, have learned so much and will bookmark it. Yay! Rated up!
anglnwu (author) on December 01, 2010:
Haha, Jill, we're more than one of a kind. We should go shopping together. I'm glad to hear that it works for your husband. I use it now daily--got to keep the skin looking good--haha.
Thanks for dropping by with your encouraging comments. I wil talk to u via email when all this madness quiets down. Miss u!
anglnwu (author) on December 01, 2010:
BKCreative, I love when you visit. Thanks for rating it up. It means a lot coming from the queen of health hubs. Thanks again and I hope to visit your hub when I get the chance.
anglnwu (author) on December 01, 2010:
skye, so good to hear from u. Glad that castor oil is working on the age spots. I use it every night too, as a carrier oil to rose hip seed oil. Like you, I'm so glad that God has provided us with natural means to treat wrinkles--none of those moisturizers heavy with chemicals.
Let me know how you like rose hip seed oil. You cud possibly be my poster child for this hub. Thanks for dropping by.
anglnwu (author) on December 01, 2010:
Pamela, thanks for being the first to comment. I'm always happy to hear from u.
jill of alltrades from Philippines on December 01, 2010:
Hahaha, we are attracted by the same thing - a "sale" sign! If I saw that, I would have stopped to inspect too!
Seriously though, I can attest to the scar removal effect of rose hip seed oil. My husband used it in his scar and it evened up with the surrounding skin after several weeks of use. Rose hip seed oil is however rather expensive here so we use it sparingly. How I wish I could slather it on my skin!
Thanks for this wonderful hub!
Voted up and awesome!
BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on December 01, 2010:
Wow and all three of the fatty acids. I love the way this sounds, the way it looks - everything about it. Ah, natural living. How lucky to have everything growing naturally that we can ever need.
I've learned something new - and beneficial. Thanks a million for such a well done hub.
Rated up of course! Yay!
skye2day from Rocky Mountains on December 01, 2010:
hello sister I have been meaning to come for a visit. I am so grateful I did. I am on this one. May you be so Blessed my friend for giving of your time in sharing these natural God given Blessings. The Castor oil removed age spots per your awesome article. ( continued use or will return) but that is all good, it lasts a long time.
I will report back to you my youthful looks after I try the rose hip oil. Blessings Galore sister. I love ya
up and awesome I hope to be over much sooner to visit.
loved the video linked out
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 01, 2010:
Anginwu, This is very interesting information as the rose hip oil does so many beneficial things. Thanks for the information.