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February 21, 2022

What is Rosehip Essential Oil?

Rosehip oil is now gaining popularity due to the wonderful benefits it can give to the skin. In fact, it has been dubbed as “the oil of youth” for it can promote radiant, healthy and younger-looking skin. Some also say that this oil is a natural alternative to botox for it effectively reduces wrinkles, making your skin firm and supple.

A lot of people are now using this product as part of their skincare regime. As a matter of fact, even Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr reveals that rosehip oil is one of her beauty secrets for having a radiant and blooming skin.

Aside from the phenomenal benefits to the skin, rosehip oil is also famous in different industries, especially when it comes to cosmetics for its invigorating and skin-conditioning qualities. Moreover, studies show that rosehip oil may also help in reducing joint pain among people with arthritis.

According to the Australian Family Physician, rosehip powder has demonstrated anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as well as clinical benefits in common types of arthritis such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Read and learn more about the amazing benefits you can get from rosehip oil.


Origin of Rosehip Oil

Rosehip or rosa canina is a wild shrub that is a member of the Rosaceae family. Rosehip fruits are usually orange or red in colour. They say that the plant is native to Europe, but it is now widely grown to the different parts of the world. 

Back in the days, rosehip has already been highly valued and used by ancient Mayans and Egyptians since it is a natural remedy for various ailments. Rosehip oil does not smell like roses because it is extracted from rosehip and not rose petals. Instead it has a mild, fatty and slightly earthy scent. 

The extraction method used can be steam distillation or cold-pressing of rosehip seeds. But, cold-pressed rosehip seeds are much better since more nutrients remain, such as essential fatty acids and various vitamins.


Major Composition of Rosehip Oil

      ● Palmitic Acid                 ● Palmitoleic Acid                
      ● Stearic Acid                  ● Oleic Acid
      ● Linoleic Acid                 ● Linolenic Acid
      ● Arachidic Acid               ● Limonene


Uses and Benefits of Rosehip Oil 

1. Skin Care. You may include rosehip oil as part of your skincare routine. Perfect for acne prone skin for it reduces visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne and scars. A natural moisturizer and anti-aging oil that brightens skin tone, promote collagen production and regenerate skin cells due to its antioxidant properties.

2. Reduces Stress and Anxiety. This oil can produce calming and relaxing effects when used in aromatherapy. It has been proved that this can reduce chronic stress, anxiety levels and can cure depression.

3. Regulates Blood Sugar and Cholesterol Levels. Reduces the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. It also helps improve the circulation of blood throughout your body.

4. Nourishes Hair and Nails. This oil will make your nails stronger preventing breakage. Also, gives nourishment to your hair while giving you a dandruff-free scalp. It also boosts hair growth and prevents dehydration of your hair.

5. Anti-Cancer Properties. Rosehip oil also contains lycopene and Omega-3 which are essential substances for the prevention of certain types of cancer. With this, it can fight free radicals in your body to make you safe from different kinds of disease.

6. Immunity Boost. Rosehip oil is a rich source of Vitamin C, that’s why it is effective for boosting your immune system, protecting you from different kinds of diseases. It was also used as a citrus replacement during World War II and has been found that its Vitamin C content was much higher than any other citrus fruits.

7. Easy Breathing. Rosehip oil also helps in promoting the respiratory system for easy breathing. It can help treat inflammation in the lungs and other bronchial conditions during the winter season.

8. Aids Digestive Problems. It can treat different digestive problems such as constipation, indigestion and stomach cramps for it provides a laxative effect. You can take rosehip supplements to regulate your weight and boost the health of your gut.

9. Treats Joint Pain. Rosehip oil for arthritis has been scientifically proven to be an effective natural remedy that may help in managing pain and stiffness. May give instant relief when you are suffering from various forms of arthritis like fibromyalgia, arthritis and osteoarthritis which affects your daily living.

10. Anti-inflammatory. The oil contains anti-inflammatory properties which can be helpful for treating rashes or inflamed areas of your skin. Studies show that it can effectively treat eczema, rosacea and other skin ailments.


Directions for Use

Always keep in mind that natural substances are not always safe and require proper usage, that’s why it is very important to always follow the directions on product labels. Furthermore, consult your healthcare provider and ask for professional advice before starting to use any kind of product that can affect your health.

For essential oils, proper consultation and assistance are needed from a qualified aromatherapist. Aside from the different benefits that you can get from the rosehip essential oil, it can be used in various ways. Some of these are:

  • Diffuser. Add the desired number of drops of rosehip oil or mix with other essential oils in your diffuser. This will promote tranquillity and easy breathing. 
  • Massage. You can mix 5 to 10 drops of rosehip oil with one tablespoon of carrier oil such as jojoba or coconut oil, then gently massage over the skin to address joint pain and skin problems since it can promote healthy skin. 
  • Spritz. You need to add at least 5 drops of rosehip oil to a 100 ml spritz bottle filled with water. You need to shake well before spraying to your body or face to hydrate and refresh your skin. 
  • Inhalation. You can inhale the oil inside the bottle or put a few drops on your handkerchief, it will help ease your stress and anxiety levels.
  • Bath. Mix 3 to 5 drops of rosehip essential oil with one tablespoon of any carrier oil such as coconut oil or jojoba oil on your bath water for a relaxing bath after a tiring day at work.



Try these Rosehip Oil recipes for your skincare daily routine:

For Moisturising Face and Hair 

-2 to 3 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil (optional)
-1/3 ounce of Rosehip Seed Oil
-2/3 ounce of Jojoba Carrier Oil

For Treating Acne

-15 ml of Rosehip Essential Oil
-4 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil
-4 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil 

For Skin Rejuvenation

- 10 ml Jojoba Carrier Oil 
- 10 ml Rosehip Essential Oil 
- 4 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil 
- 2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 2 drops of Geranium Essential Oil


Precautions and Side Effects

Children and Pregnant Women. Essential oil products need to be kept out of reach of children for it may cause serious side effects when not properly administered. If you are pregnant or nursing, you should consult your healthcare provider or aromatherapist.

Allergic Reactions. There are cases where some individuals can experience an allergic reaction to rosehip. Some of the signs include rashes, difficulty in breathing and chest pain. Therefore, an allergic reaction to rosehip oil should be considered a medical emergency.

Sensitive Skin. People with sensitive skin should be cautious when using this kind of product for it may irritate and damage their skin. They should dilute the rosehip oil with another carrier oil such as coconut oil. It is better to do a skin patch test first to make sure that your skin is safe from any serious reactions when the oil is applied directly to the skin. 

Disclaimer: The health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. VitaminsOnly strongly recommends to consult health care professionals for any questions concerning your health.


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