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Rose hip seed oil.

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rose hips Rose hips were brought to the New World by Spanish invaders where they took root and thrived. Rose hip oil (also known as rosa mosqueta) is a wine colored oil from the ripened fruit and seeds of the Rose Hip. It is extremely high in essential fatty acids and now has much respect among professional skin care journals and organizations. It is a natural source of Tretinoin the active ingredient in Retinol, Retin-A, etc., and a very good source of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) the water soluble version of the active ingredient in Dr Perricones wrinkle treatment system.

Rosehips are so high in vitamin C content that during WWII the UK government encourage the population to grow rosehips and eat them to prevent vitamin C deficiencies while oranges could not be imported.

Rosehip oil is an effective treatment for dry, weathered or dehydrated skin. It softens and minimizes scars and is the predominant natural oil used for treating wrinkles and aging. It can be used in all fine skin care recipes, or applied directly to the skin on its own.

Is natural better?

Some people always prefer natural to synthetic. I have no preference, generally, but in this case, considering the irritation direct application of retinoic acid to the skin can cause, (rosehip seed oil does not actually turn into retinoic acid until after it is absorbed and your skin decides it needs some and converts it) and the fact that being unpatented, it is cheaper.

Where is the scientific evidence for rose hips?

There is some on its use in skincare (even more on its active ingredient, Tretinoin) and I have included the extracts below, and there is more data on rose hips as an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, wound healing agent and in arthritis treatment. Until more research into its use as a wrinkle treatment is done, it remains firmly in the realm of 'alternative' or 'complementary' medicine.

I wouldn't worry too much about this. When you see 'scientific experts' in the media rubbishing traditional medicines 'because they haven't undergone double-blind placebo controlled clinical trials' you should remember the following things..

So anyway, back to rosehips..

An interesting effect I noticed with rosehip seed oil was its ability to shrink pores. Now my beautician told me nothing but microdermabrasion could do that, but I noticed Retinol did it and so does rosehip seed oil. Presumbably the thing all three treatments have in common is the ability to peel of the top surface of the skin so the skin is forced to renew itself. Naturally that would appear to shrink pores considerably. Certainly I consider rosehip seed oil the treatment of choice for enlarged pores.

Heres comes the science..

Here is the scientific extract I mentioned about rose hips in skin care. It was published in 1988.

"Contributions to Identification and Application of Active Components Contained in Rosa Aff. Rubiginosa." by Dr B Pareja, and Dr Horst Kehl.

"Aged Skin (Photo-ageing) Changes produced on skin by the action of the sun, i.e. photoageing, are very common in all countries of warm climate. For this study, 20 women with surface wrinkles, brown spots on the eyelids and intensely tanned skin, aged between 25 and 35, who usually spend 3 months of summer in resorts by the beach, were assessed. All applied rose hip oil on the face for four months.

Significant changes were noted, starting during the third week. Firstly, surface wrinkles started to disappear, spots started to fade until, by the end of the last month, the disappearance was almost complete."

You would think, seeing as the wrinkles and age spots almost completely disappeared, we would be hearing about this miraculous substance all the time, wouldn't you?!

Well, maybe not - not when you can sell Renova for twenty times the price.

So, where can I buy rose hip seed oil?

After much searching, and I do mean much - this looks like the best supplier. The rosehip oil is carefully extracted so as to keep its Retinoic Acid intact. It is cheap, and they are prepared to deliver worldwide. Its where I get mine from now.

It is "Rosa Rubiginosa" too - the exact same type of rosehip oil used in the skin care experiment above.


Where to buy rose hip seed oil..

Rose hip seed oil. International delivery.

Extraction method - Cold Pressed

Cold Pressed is where heat is minimized throughout the rosehip seed oil extraction. This helps the oil maintain its original state, constituents, and depth. Although not a practical method of extraction for all oils on the market it is highly regarded as the extraction method of choice.

Shelf life - 12-18 months

Because of its delicate nature and the cold pressed method of extraction, your rosehip seed oil should be kept refrigerated!

4oz - $7.50
8oz - $12.75
16oz - $21.00
1 gallon - $145.00

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Scroll down towards the bottom! You can buy organic rose hip seed oil there too.

pH 3.9

Fatty Acids
Oleic- 13.9%
Palmitic- 3.7%
Linoleic- 44.4%
Linolenic- 35%


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More scientific data on rose hip oil / powder / fruit.

Treatment of skin ulcer using oil of mosqueta rose (rose hip oil)

"Oil rose of mosqueta (Rosa aff. Rubiginosa L.) is a concentrated solution in linoleic (41%) and linolenic acid (39%), that offers benefit therapeutic effects in the wound healing. Ten patients affected of leg ulcers and post-surgical wounds were treated by 26% oil concentrated rose of mosqueta with very notable improvement on its healing compared with the control group. Due to the lack of side effects, we believe rose of mosqueta oil is very usefull to these conditions. Mechanism of actions and others indications are discussed."

Powder of a subspecies of Rosa canina (Rose hip) fruits reduces pain and improves general wellbeing in patients with osteoarthritis

"The data indicate that Hyben Vital [Rose Hip] reduces the symptoms of osteoarthritis."

[Note from Sasha. As rose hips are anti-inflammatory they might help with Rheumatoid Arthritis too.]

Anti-ulcerogenic activity of some plants used as folk remedy in Turkey.

"Under our experimental conditions, all extracts exhibited statistically significant gastroprotective effect with better results for Phlomis grandiflora and Rosa canina (100%). At the concentration under study, both crude drugs were more effective than the reference compound misoprostol at 0.4 mg/kg."

The protective action of a natural preparation of anthocyan

"The pronounced radioprotective effect and the absence of the toxic effect were observed."

Rose hip - a "new" source of lycopene?

"Lycopene, an efficient antioxidant and singlet oxygen quencher, is mainly delivered within the human diet out of tomatoes and tomato products. Processing liberates this carotenoid from complexes with proteins and thus makes it more bioavailable. Rosehip, a wild fruit which is used more often recently to produce mark, jams and juices, showed remarkable contents of lycopene (12.9-35.2 mg/100 g) with an unexpected isomer pattern."

Value of complementary medicine exemplified by rose-hips.

"Rose-hips develop from blossoms of the wild rose (rosa canina) and are a popular natural remedy. Laboratory experiments have shown that rose-hip extract inhibits lipid oxidation in vitro and reduces the chemotaxis and chemoluminescence of leucocytes. In clinical studies serum CRP- und creatinine level declined in healthy subjects and patients with osteoarthritis under rose-hip treatment. Additionally patients suffering from osteoarthritis reported that physical symptoms declined. Data from a randomised controlled trial indicate not only that pain significantly declined but also flexion of the hip improved in the active treatment group. The anti-inflammatory properties of rose-hip are useful as a natural treatment in patients with osteoarthritis. It remains to be proven which of the components are responsible for these effects. There is some evidence that in addition to the high vitamin content flavonoids may be actively involved."

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