Rosehip essential oil comes from the tiny fruit that is left behind after a rose has lost its petals. These tiny fruits are called the hips, hence the name rosehips. Rosehip oil has a slightly woodsy scent that is pleasantly natural and deeply relaxing. The scent is reminiscent of being outdoors on a beautiful Autumn day when the leaves are turning.
What Healing Components Does Rosehip Oil Contain?
Rosehip oil contains vitamins A, C and E. It also contains linolenic and linoleic acid, oleic acid, stearic acid and palmitic acid. Finally, rosehip essential oil contains carotenoids, flavonoids and trans-retinoic acid, all of which have therapeutic properties. Each of these components offer an astounding array of benefits, which you can read about in this next section.
The Benefits of Rosehip Essential Oil
Since rosehip is primarily beneficial for the skin, you’ll want to have products on hand that you can use on your skin, hair and scalp. Here are some easy and simple ways to incorporate rosehip in your daily life in order to reap all the following benefits:
Diminishes the Symptoms of Aging
Rosehip oil is used in thousands of cosmeceutical products because of its ability to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as to soften the effects of photoaging, such as freckles and hyperpigmentation.
Moisturizes Scalp and Eliminates Dandruff
As a scalp treatment for dandruff, rosehip essential oil truly shines. It not only leaves hair shiny and healthy, but it nourishes the hair follicles and inhibits flaking and itching of the scalp.
To use rosehip as a scalp conditioner, in a plastic container, such as an empty and clean shampoo bottle, mix up 3 parts olive oil with 2 teaspoons of rosehip essential oil. Massage into the hair and scalp at night, before bedtime. Wrap hair in a towel. In the morning, shampoo as usual.
Keeps Nail Cuticles Healthy
Just as rosehip oil nourishes hair follicles, it can nourish the nail bed and cuticles, improving healthy nail growth and reducing brittle nail growth.
To get this benefit, put a few drops of rosehip essential oil into a small dish. Dip a cotton ball into the oil and apply to your fingernail cuticles. Massage into the cuticle and all over the nail. Do this once a week for maximum benefit.
Increases the Speed of Wound Healing
Skin injuries like scrapes and scratches respond quickly and favorably when rosehip essential oil is introduced to the wound.
Reduces Pain and Inflammation From Sunburn
Rosehip essential oil is effective on skin that’s been burned from overexposure to the sun.
Effective Against Stretch Marks
Anecdotal evidence suggests that rosehip essential oil can prevent or improve the appearance of stretch marks due to pregnancy or being overweight.
To make an effective skin conditioner, add a few drops of rosehip essential oil to your favorite non-perfumed skin lotion, and apply anywhere you want to treat the conditions mentioned above.
Rosehip essential oil offers a wide array of benefits, and there are many ways to use rosehip oil in your daily life to take advantage of those benefits. However, when selecting rosehip essential oil, always make sure you choose oil that is 100% pure, natural, and therapeutic grade with no additives or dilution. This is the only way you can be assured that you reap all the healing benefits of the essential oil.
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