The ‘Hip’, New Way to Use Roses 

Rosehip is the fruit which comes from the wild Wood’s Rose plant, from the family Rosaceae, and contains the seeds of the plant. Rosehip has many different names like rose haw, hop fruit, and hipberry. In Chinese traditional medicine, rosehip is called Jin Ying Zi and is used for healing different types of ailments.


Rosehip color ranges from orange-red to a dark purple-black color, and can be used in many different forms such as oils, herbal teas, blends, and, when raw, as food like a berry. Rosehip is also commonly used in jams/jellies, syrups, beverages, baked goods, and wines. Many different cultures use rosehip in their cuisines to make unique desserts, drinks, and dishes. The fruit typically develops in late summer and autumn. Rosehip, which is used topically, raw, or in supplemental forms allows people to gain the beneficial properties from the fruit in different ways. The many uses of rosehip in its many forms include helping: digestive issues, common cold, and skin benefits. 



Rosehip for Skin Benefits

Rosehip oil is extracted from the fruit’s seeds and is popularly used in the form of oil to combat acne, scars, and stretch marks. This essential oil differs from rose oil, which is extracted from the rose petals since rosehip oil is extracted from the fruit and seeds. The vitamins and antioxidant properties in rosehip is what gives it its skin-benefiting properties. Rosehip is anti-inflammatory which allows it to combat different types of inflammatory acne like cystic acne, nodule acne, papule acne, like eczema and dermatitis, pustule acne, and even non-inflammatory acne like clogged pores.

The oil also contains a lot of essential fatty acids and vitamins, like vitamin A, vitamin C, and linoleic acid. The vitamin A in rosehip oil is what accelerates these acne benefits, and is also what helps reduce the amount of sebum produced by the skin which is the oily substance secreted by the glands. The linoleic acid, which is an omega-6 fatty acid,  also helps to regulate the sebum produced by the skin which helps prevent the formation of blackheads and whiteheads. Linoleic acid also allows rosehip to help reduce the pigmentation in scars and old acne scars. Vitamin C is another active ingredient in rosehip which helps reduce the discoloration of scarring while also providing additional benefits. The natural vitamin C in rosehip which is an antioxidant helps with collagen production as well as irregular pigmentation (scarring), skin cell regeneration, reduces wrinkles and creases, and helps reduce stretch marks. When using rosehip oil, apply a few drops of the serum directly to the skin twice a day to help combat flare ups and get the most out of the rosehip fruit’s benefits. 


Rosehip as Food & Medicine

As previously stated, rosehip can be used in many different forms to retrieve its beneficial properties. Besides rosehip as oil, the best way to get the most amount of vitamin C from the fruit is by eating it raw like a berry. Even though there is vitamin C in the essential oil, the vitamin C potency is reduced during processing which is why the oils and supplements contain less vitamin C than the fresh fruit. The vitamin C in the fresh rosehip fruit can help to prevent and treat the common cold and the flu. Additionally, the fine hairs inside the rosehip fruit can be used for medicinal purposes such as for itching powder. The dried rosehip fruit is commonly used in herbal teas to obtain the number of antioxidants that the fruit provides to help combat gastrointestinal issues, digestive issues, and inflammatory symptoms. Other benefits of consuming rosehip by mouth include helping to heal arthritis, treating infections, and helping to reduce obesity. The rose plant is obviously more than just a beautiful, great smelling plant and flower, and should be utilized in many different ways to benefit people.