The fruit that grows on the wild rose bushes is called rosehips. It is found from late summer to autumn. It can be consumed in the form of powder or as tea. The oil is also extracted from this rosehips seed. It has the laxative and diuretic properties as well. It is the only vegetable oil which possesses vitamin A and also rich in linoleic acid, fatty acid and antioxidants such as beta-carotene and lycopene. It is also included in the skin care products such as lotions and creams.
Health Benefits of using Rosehip seed oil
The oil is extracted from the seeds of specific variety of rose named Rosa moschata or Rosa aff.rubiginosa. The oil should be refrigerated and stored in a cool and dark place. The presence of vitamin E, B-carotene, Vitamin C, fatty acids and a form of vitamin A provides various skin benefits. Some of the benefits of the Rosehip seed oil are:
1. Dry hair
Massage warm Rosehip oil to the hair and scalp. It should be left for an hour then after washing; the hair will be soft and revitalized.
2. Nourishing oil for dry skin
The essential fatty acids such as lionelic acid (omega-3 and omega-6) are great for skin. It helps to fight against the signs of aging. The application of rosehip oil helps to rehydrate and nourish the dry and cracked skin. It is great for dry knees, cracked lips, elbows and heels.
3. Dull hair
The warm Rosehip oil should be massaged to the hair before washing the hair. It helps to provide shine to the dull, permed and colored hair. Rosehip oil possesses vitamins which help to add bounce and silkiness to the limp and lifeless hair.
4. Anti-aging properties
Rosehip oil is rich in antioxidants which is entered to the deep layers of the skin. The presence of vitamin A and vitamin C helps to enhance the collagen production. It enhances the moisture level of the skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Rosehip oil has the skin rejuvenating properties with the lycopene and Vitamin C. It also restores the elasticity and repairs the skin surface.
The presence of essential fatty acids in huge amount helps to hydrate the skin. A mixture of rosehip oil and water should be sprayed little to the skin which helps to rehydrate as well as lock in the moisture.
6. Helps with eczema and reduce scarring from acne
The presence of essential fatty acids such as emollients helps to eliminate the scars and reduce the eczema effects by enhancing regeneration of skin. The essential fatty acids help to upgrade the flexibility and permeability of the skin. Vitamin A helps to improve the tone and texture of the skin. The essential fatty acid helps to lower the dry scalp and itchiness which are caused by the chemicals.
7. Eliminate blemishes
Rosehip seed oil also acts as an astringent. The rosehip seed oil if used as a moisturizer cleanser helps to make the skin soft and supple. It cleans the dead skin cells and pores of the dirt. For the better results, rosehip oil should be used with a microfiber cloth.
The scalp condition such as dandruff is helped with the rosehip seed oil. The rosehip oil should be massaged into the scalp and let it remain for 30 minutes then it should be washed.
9. Soothe redness and irritation
The anti-inflammatory properties in rose hip seed oil helps to calm dilated and damaged capillaries which is the cause of redness in fair skinned individuals. The rosehip oil if applied carefully helps to treat the acne and rosacea effectively.
10. Boost immune system
Vitamin C helps to enhance immune system and treat infections. It assists in the collagen production which is essential for muscles and bones. Vitamin C assists in the absorption of iron which produces red blood cells.
The lasting effects of the sunburn could be eliminated by the application of rosehip essential oil which helps to speed up the healing process of sunburn and also protects from damage. It eases and soothes inflammation. This oil should be refrigerated for extra cool treat.
12. Treat chronic dryness
Rosehip seed oil possesses essential fatty acids which makes the skin strong and healthy. These fats must be consumed because EFAs is not produced by the body. This oil helps to heal the itchy and dry skin which is caused by skin allergies, environmental factors, poor diet and chemical exposure.
13. Helps reduce Osteoarthritis
The daily intake of a cup of rosehip tea helps the osteoarthritis patients. The inflammation can be relieved if rosehip oil is added to the bath water.
14. Protection from Age Spots
The sun’s UV rays leads to face discoloration and age spots. The antioxidants present in rosehip oil helps to counteract free radicals which causes sun damage. The vitamin A found in rosehip oil helps to promote the skin texture, tone and pigmentation. Vitamin C helps to aid to increase collagen. It also eliminates the redness and also treats rosacea.
15. Grow stronger nails
Essential fatty acids presented in the rosehip seed oil helps to strengthen and moisturize nails and also prevent the infections along with improvement in appearance.
16. Prevent stretch marks
Rosehip seed oil is rich in essential fatty acid which helps to improve the skin elasticity and strength. The rosehip seed oil if used as a part of daily skin care regime then it eliminates the stretch marks of pregnancy, pubescent growth spurts and weight gain.
17. Controls sebum secretion
The rosehip seed oil maintains the natural oil balance and prohibits excessive sebum production. It also forbids the pore clogging and reduces the white heads and black heads. It is very light in weight due to which it is absorbed by the skin quickly.
18. Make your skin glow
The regular use of rosehip oil eliminates the wrinkles and fine lines and provides the beautiful and natural glow to the skin.
19. Cures shoe bites
Rosehip seed oil helps to reduce the black patches and the scar tissue formation which is caused by shoe bites. It helps to vanish the scars of minor wounds and cuts.
20. Heal Environmental damage
It helps to reverse the effects of UV radiation and prevents from the oxidation caused by free radicals. The rosehip seed oil helps to nourish the skin and also prevents from cancer. It also enhances the regeneration of skin cells which helps to reduce the skin damage.
21. Heals foot crack
The moisturizing property of the rosehip seed oil helps to provide the soft feet and evens out the tans of the feet. It recovers the crack of the feet and lowers callus by softening skin.
How to use Rosehip Essential Oil
- Skin care routine: The rosehip oil should be gently massaged to the affected area in a circular motion.
- Combat dryness: The rosehip essential oil should be applied to the skin twice a day to eliminate aging, dryness, scarring and hyperpigmentation. It should be absorbed fully before moving to the next step of skin care routine.
- The rosehip essential oil heals the sunburn but does not protect from harmful UV rays. So sunscreen should be applied before going out in a daytime.
- The rosehip essential oil helps to heal the scars but it should not be applied on the active acne.
- The health care provider should be consulted before treating any health or skin condition.
- An allergy patch test should be made to make sure that it does not have any allergic reactions to you.
- Rosehip essential oil should not be inhaled.
- The oily and acne prone skins are not recommended rosehip essential oil due to its high presence of fatty acids.
- Rosehip essential oil is very sensitive to the light and heat exposure. So, it should be placed on the refrigerator.
- The addition of pure Vitamin E oil helps to add the shelf life of rosehip essential oil.