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The Beauty of Rosehip

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How Rosehip can help with health, wellbeing and beauty

Lets talk about Rosehips. I see them most days, as I am walking my dogs> Yet, many people are not aware of the beauty in those delicate summer flowers and winter red berries.

Rosehips are created from fertilised flowers on the wild rose plant. Sometimes called Dog Rose. They are normally a bright orange red colour. The Roses are normally seen in hedgerows with pale pink flowers in June and July and supported on long thorny branches.

It is thought the dog rose was originally named the ‘Dag’ rose after its dagger like thorns. Another reason for is the use of the roots to treat dog bites.

The petals of the dog rose are not often used in the UK. Yet, it is possible to use them to gently flavour yogurt, syrup, rose water, sorbet, jam and a form of Turkish delight.

A common use is in teas. The rose hip contains Vitamin C (up to 10 times more than an orange) and E along with other anti-oxidants. These can help to lower inflammation and reduce cell degeneration caused by stress. Rosehip is available in supplement and powdered forms. It is used in traditional Chinese medicine to stabilise kidneys and stop diarrhoea. The red-orange colour is from the carotenoid pigments (lycopene and beta carotene) which promote skin and eye health. The seeds are high in polyunsaturated fats.

Rosehips in Powder and Supplement Format

The use of Rosehips and their effects on osteoarthritis pain has been studied and tested extensively. Osteoarthritis is defined as a gradual decline in cartilage in the joints. Which causes pain and inflammation. It effects approximately 10% of men and 13% of women over 60. Studies have shown taking supplements of rosehips help to relieve symptoms. People taking Rosehip powder were twice as likely to report improvements (1). Although the range of movement appears to stay similar (2).

Another widely held claim is that Rose hips may lower cholesterol and blood pressure. A study (3) showed significant reductions in blood pressure, total cholesterol and LDL. The high fibre and antioxidant levels of Rosehips may also help. More studies are required.

As referred to above, Chinese medicine uses Rosehips to treat diarrhoea. A study (4) shows Rosehip appears to slow the contraction of the intestinal muscles nearly as effectively as the commonly used drug within the study. They also appear to alter the pH in the stomach and create a hostile environment for a bacteria (Helicobacter pylori) and therefore reduce the risk of ulcers.

Rosehip Oil

Rosehip oil is used extensively in the beauty industry for anti-aging and healthy skin support. It aids to protect against things such as ultraviolet rays and pollution. It increases the skin elasticity and moisture content. The high Vitamin C content is thought to help protect and replenish the skin barrier, increase cell regeneration and collagen synthesis. For this reason, it has been thought to assist in wound healing. It tends to be a clear and light oil. And is perfect for use in Revive All’s Facial oil with other nourishing oils and essential oils picked to reduce wrinkles and increase cell regeneration and found here

Possible Side Effects

Overall, Rose hips are considered safe. Although effects during pregnancy and breastfeeding is unknown. It is thought that the high Vitamin C content may create nausea, upset stomach, constipation and heartburn and may be unsafe with kidney stones, sickle cell anaemia and hemochromatosis. It is also thought the high Vitamin C content may affect the effects of estrogen based contraceptives or anti-psychotic medication.

Rosehip also contains a substance that promotes the formation of blood clots. It should be avoided if an individual has ever experienced DVT or pulmonary embolism or any other blood clot associated conditions. It may decrease the effect of blood thinners and so further study is required. Please check with a medical practitioner before embarking on using Rosehip.

As always, the ingestion of Rosehip essential oils is strongly discouraged. Essential oils are created for aromatherapy and external use only. Rose hip extract and tinctures are normally alcohol based and can be used internally.

  1. Rosa canina – Rose hip pharmacological ingredients and molecular mechanics counteracting osteoarthritis – A systematic review – PubMed (nih.gov)
  2. Rosa canina fruit (rosehip) for osteoarthritis: a cochrane review – Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (oarsijournal.com)
  3. Effects of rose hip intake on risk markers of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease: a randomized, double-blind, cross-over investigation in obese persons – PubMed (nih.gov)
  4. IJMS | Free Full-Text | Therapeutic Applications of Rose Hips from Different Rosa Species (mdpi.com)

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