Rose hips are the edible and nutritious fruit of the rose plant, the smooth skin of the hip is first green, then turns shades of orange and when fully ripe, a deep red but might be dark purple to black in some species. Among the species of rose particularly valued for the hips are Rosa rugosa, known as Japanese rose.
Nutrient Content: Rose hips are rich in Vitamin C (about 1700-2000 mg per 100g in the dried form) A, D and E and flavonoids. It also contains essential fatty acids which are involved in tissue regeneration and retinoic acid, responsible for skin rejuvenation and quickens the healing of skin damage.
The vitamin content of the hips varies depending on the species, the growing environments, climate, manner of harvest, and the care taken in drying and storage. The hips of roses grown in cooler climates have been found to have a higher content of vitamin C.
Uses of Rose Hips: A variety of products using rose hips are now available in the market, this includes; tea, jam, jelly, marmalade, wine, beverages, bread, essential oil, syrups, perfumes, lotion, etc. Rose hips are also use as food supplement to horses. The dried and powdered form can be fed at a maximum of 1 tablespoon per day to help increase coat condition and help with new hoof growth.
Health Benefits of Rose Hips:
- Use regularly as food supplement (about 6-8 fresh hips taken daily), rose hip will help prevent and cure ailments such as: rheumatoid arthritis, urinary bladder infections, constipation, chronic diarrhea, gastritis, dizziness, infertility and to regulate kidney function.
- Rose hip tea is rich in iron, that is why women drink rose hip tea during their menstrual period, to replace the blood during menstruation.
- Rose hip tea, taken following a course of antibiotic therapy, will help re-establish the beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. Because the natural balance of the intestinal flora may be disrupted or destroyed by the action of antibiotic drugs.
- Rose hip tea can soothe the nervous system and relieve exhaustion.
- The pectin and fruit acid content of the seeds have a laxative and mildly diuretic effect.
Rose hip oil contains high amounts of Vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin also known as retinol that, when applied to the skin, can leave your skin more toned and revitalized.
Benefits of Rose Hips Oil:
- Rose hip oil is ideal for use on sensitive skin because it is very gentle; it is even gentle enough to be use in babies.
- Rose hip oil can help restore normal skin color.
- Rose hip oil can visibly reduce the appearance of stretch mark, wrinkles, age spots and other discolorations known as hyper-pigmented skin.
- Rose hip oil can help reduce surgical and accidental dermal scars. It can also help prevent the formation of the keloid, type of scar resembling a small to medium sized lump under the skin that can form in scars.
- Rose hip oil is an excellent skin re-hydrator. As we age, oil glands diminish in size. People produce 10 times more oil at age 25 than at age 50. This condition is aggravated by climactic and environmental conditions such as dryness and air toxicity. Due to a lack of oil and depleted moisture, the skin starts to deteriorate. Rose hip oil, with its high absorbing level, penetrates the skin almost instantly to restore this needed moisture balance.
- Rose hip oil can help reverse the effects produced by the sun radiation on the skin. It is also a good preventive therapy to retard the appearance of skin-aging signs. This is especially recommended to those who are always exposed to sunlight for long periods of time.
- Rose hip oil is also used to treat a number of other skin issues such as acne, dermatitis and eczema.
- Rose hip oil can also be use as a hot oil treatment for brittle, damaged hair. Just massaged into dry or flaking areas of the skin or scalp. Rose hip oil goes to work instantly to improve texture and help promote healing.
Buying Tips: When purchasing Rose hip oil always look for 100% pure oil. Blended oils do not have the high concentration of active ingredients.