And just like that winter arrived again. Getting out of stuffy houses and into the fresh
air is just so invigorating and strangely calming for my psyche. The long dark nights
are the hardest to acclimatize to coming from a predominantly warmer climate.
Whilst walking through country lanes, heritage gardens or urban streets, where once
voluptuous summer roses bloomed, now bright red fruit interlace and snuggle
together between barbed thorns. Rosehips are the red or orange fruits of the rose
plant. Packed with nutrients, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and antioxidants
these edible but somewhat subtle-tasting fruit have been used for centuries,
essentially in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments. Now medical
research is supporting many of these traditional uses.
I have a great fondness for Rosehips. I use organic rosehip oil and butter in many of
Sōlseed’s skincare products. Rosehips are a great source of lycopene. Lycopene is
an antioxidant that helps protect the skin from skin-damaging free radicals. Also rich
in Vitamin F – a lesser-known vitamin which helps trap moisture and protects one's
skin against damage from the sun or other environmental adversities. Rosehip oil
can be applied directly to the skin and is wonderful for reducing scar tissue.
Quite a few years ago I had a traumatic bicycle accident and split my lip quite badly.
For years my upper lip was dense with scar tissue and with regular application of
pure rosehip oil, I now have no scar tissue. I still have a scar but it is nothing like what
it was. It has healed well thanks to rosehip oil.
I pick rosehips each year and make a cordial from the fruit to add to my second
fermentation of Kombucha, whilst it isn’t of intense flavour it adds a myriad of health
benefits into my diet.
Health Benefits of Rosehips
Here are some of the potential health benefits of rosehips:
•Boosts the immune system: Rosehips are a rich source of vitamin C, which is
essential for a healthy immune system. Vitamin C helps to produce white
blood cells, which fight off infection.
•Reduces inflammation: Rosehips contain antioxidants and other compounds
that have anti-inflammatory properties. This makes them potentially beneficial
for conditions such as arthritis, asthma, and inflammatory bowel disease.
•Protects against heart disease: Rosehips have been shown to lower
cholesterol levels and improve blood pressure. This may help to reduce the
risk of heart disease.
• Improves skin health: Rosehip oil is a popular natural remedy for skin
conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. It is also thought to help
reduce the signs of ageing.
• Aids digestion: Rosehips contain fibre, which can help to keep the digestive
system healthy. They may also help to relieve constipation and diarrhoea.
•Relieves pain: Rosehips have been shown to be effective in relieving pain
from arthritis and other conditions.
How to Consume Rosehips
Rosehips can be consumed in a variety of ways. They can be eaten fresh, dried, or
made into tea, jam, jelly, or cordial.
How to Make Rosehip Tea
Rosehip tea is a delicious and easy way to enjoy the benefits of rosehips. To make
rosehip tea, simply steep dried rosehips in hot water for 5-10 minutes. You can add
honey or lemon to taste.
Side Effects of Rosehips
Rosehips are generally safe for most people to consume. However, they may
interact with certain medications, such as blood thinners and diuretics. It is important
to talk to your doctor before taking rosehips, especially if you have any underlying
health conditions or are taking any medications.
Rosehips are a nutritious and versatile fruit with a wide range of potential health
benefits. They can be consumed in a variety of ways, and are generally safe for most
people. If you are looking for a natural way to boost your immune system, reduce
inflammation, or improve your overall health, rosehips are a great option.
Rosehip oil and butter are in the Regenerative Face Cream, Sensitive Face Serum,
Earthing & Grounding Body Butter, Protection Lip Balm and the Soothing Balm.
That’s 5 out of 6 of our products with the benefits of Rosehip in them. Nourish your
skin this winter with Sōlseed's Skincare.