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Rose Hip Seed Oil
Rose Hip Seed Oil

Rose Hip Seed Oil
(Rose canina / Rosa eglanteria / Rosa rubiginosa)

Plant Origin: Chile
Method: Cold pressed, unrefined
Cultivation: Wild Crafted
Key Constituents:
Linoleic acid 44.1%
Linolenic acid 33.9%
Oleic acid 13.9%
Palmitic acid 3.5%

Shelf Life: Approximately 6 months - 1 year with proper storage conditions (cool, out of direct sunlight). Refrigeration after opening is recommended.

Rose hips are the seed pod left after the rose petals fall off. You have probably heard of rose hip tea, recommended because it is so rich in Vitamin C. The oil from rose hips, often called rosa mosqueta, is very nutritious and consists of 80 percent essential fatty acids. It was a mainstay of the Incas, for example, for its nutritional qualities.

Rose hip oil is also renowned for its benefits for the skin. It is particularly famous for any scars, including acne scars. Read about them here:

Here are some of the healing aspects rose hip oil is credited with for helping the skin:

    * Scars, including acne scars and old scars
    * Dry eczema
    * Skin burns, including sunburn
    * Rehydrates dry skin
    * Repair damaged skin cells of all sorts
    * Reduce wrinkles
    * Benefit for dry, mature, aging skin 

Our cold pressed, Rose Hip Seed oil is extremely high in fatty acids and known to help with dry, irritated and weathered skin. It is also used for burns, scars and stretch marks, although it may aggravate acne. It is quickly absorbed by the skin and does not leave a oily feel. It is typically diluted 10% with other carrier oils.

Schnaubelt's After Surgery Formula
Topical Application
1 part Everlasting (Helichrysum italicum)
15 parts Rosehip seed oil
84 parts Hazelnut or other base oil

Dr. Schnaubelt states: "This is one of the most surprising remedies aromatherapy has to offer. After surgery, including cosmetic surgery, the mixture can be applied to the scar starting about one week after the operation. Recoveries have been phenomenal. This same mixture also works to regenerate old scar tissue and cheloids. It needs to be applied once or twice a day for about 3-6 months to expect significant results."

Bond, Annie B., Better Basics for the Home, (Three Rivers Press, 1999).
Schnaubelt, Kurt, Aromatherapy Lifestyle: Science-Based Self Medicine with Essential Oils, Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy, 2004.