Used by Chileans for centuries, the amazing healing benefits of rosehip seed oil have only relatively recently been validated in the last 30 years.
Now gaining popularity with the general public, this cold-pressed, sensitive, “dry” oil has thoroughly impressed the scientific community at large. Two important studies on rosehip seed oil are explained below :
The first major confirmation of its capabilities came in 1983, when the University of Santiago conducted research on 180 individuals. These tests studied people with extensive facial scarring, acne scarring, deep wrinkles, UV damage, radiation damage, burn scars, surgical scars, premature aging, dermatitis, and other skin related problems. In these tests, rosehip seed oil regenerated the skin, reduced scars and wrinkles, prevented the advancement of wrinkles and aging, and helped skin to regain its natural color and tone. Since this time, other universities and labs have also completed studies, also yielding positive results.
Another well-known study in 1988 was conducted on twenty women between the ages of 25-35 with extensive premature aging to their skin. Their skin was wrinkled, and had sun spots from overexposure to the sun. After four months of applying rosehip seed oil daily, their wrinkles and sun spots had almost completely disappeared, and the skin had a fresher and healthier look.
With it’s amazing healing properties and ability to moisturise, this diversely capable oil is very useful for allergy sufferes and has many atopical beenfits
Most of the rose hips used for rose hip seed oil grow wild in the southern Andes although that is not the only habitat for the Sweet Briar, or Eglantine rose. It is a deciduous shrub with delicious apple-scented leaves. It is from the “hip” of this plant that bears a tiny seed that is then pressed into rosehip seed oil.
The rosehip seed is made up of 77% fatty acids. High in linoleic and linolenic acids, vitamin C, and vitamin A (retinol); all essential for skin and hair health.
With research conducted by scientist over the last 30 years Rosa rubiginosa has been found to regenerate tissue and eliminate wrinkles, fine lines, scars, sun damage and stretch marks. The essential fatty acids it contains when absorbed through the skin, convert to prostaglandins which assist in cellular membrane and tissue regeneration whilst helping prevent premature aging, soothes, heals and moisturizes mature skin, and prevents the formation of keloid scar tissue, which is the characteristic thickening of the skin in scar formation.
It also helps to heal conditions such as:
- Age spots
- Brittle nails
- Burns, radiation and sun
- Dry and damaged hair
This amber-to-orange hued oil has a nutty scent and may be used ‘straight out of the bottle.’
It is perfect for use undiluted on the skin– even sensitive skin, but it is not recommended for those with very oily skin, due to it’s high fatty acid content.
Note: Cold Pressed is a method of mechanical extraction where heat is reduced and minimized throughout the batching of the raw material. This helps the oil maintain its original state, constituents, and depth. Temperatures are rigorously controlled to ensure that it does not exceed 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit. Although not a practical method of extraction for all vegetable oils on the market it is highly regarded as the extraction method of choice