Health Benefits of Rosehips

Rosehips, known also as the rose haws are rose plants that are usually orange or red, but can vary in color from dark purple to black depending on species. Rosehips have been cultivated for many centuries and not without reason: roses were used as medicine and food, as well as revered for their beauty. Rosehips of some species are a wonderful source of Vitamin C and are used as herbal tea, blended with hibiscus. They can also be used as ingredients in marmalade, jelly and jam.

In addition to possessing a number of healing properties, rosehips are regarded by adventurous cooks as unique ingredients. They have a sweet flavor and can be used dried, fresh or preserved. Some species are frequently used as flavoring in many recipes, while the most common way is to steep them for tea. Generally, flowers are left on rose bushes until the first frost, which results in their being slightly soft and red. In case flowers are used on the rose bush, after it finishes blooming the petals will fall off, substituted by a small red fruit - the rosehip.

And though rosehips can form almost on any type of rose shrub, it is a wild rose that produces hips used commonly in food and beverages.

For many decades, rosehips have been widely used in medicine due to their numerous health benefits. First and foremost it has proven effective in preventing bladder infections, boosting kidneys, solving urinary tract problems, easing headaches, soothing and serving as an antioxidant, antidepressant, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory. Hips are also a rich source of vitamin C, and can be used as syrup.

Rosehips are grown in the same way as other roses, yet they are frequently seen in cottage gardens as their growth requires plenty of room to spread. In order to get the best and most useful rosehips, do not deadhead, as the plants won't be able to produce seeds. Pruning should be done only once to remove old branches and give the bush the desired shape. For propagation the rosehips should be cut off when they are fully colored but before they shrivel. In winter, hips should be sorted out and placed into a bowl of water for them to sink. It should be mentioned that only those seeds that sink are worth planting, and hence, can be sown in pots.

Because of their delicate nature and peculiar method extraction method, it is advisable to keep the rosehips refrigerated. It has been also noticed that rosehip seed oil is far more health beneficial as compared to other vegetable oils, mainly in regards to fluctuations in temperature, light and oxygen. This fantastic product has experienced explosion in popularity only recently and for a good reason: rosehip seed oil is believed to be the best available for skin rejuvenation and anti-aging. Indeed, it is a rich source of Vitamin A that assists with cell regeneration, delays effects of aging skin, and promotes collagen levels.

This results in more youthful and smoother skin with greater elasticity. Contained in rosehips seed oil are also Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, known for promoting healthy skin. It is rich in linolinic and linoleic - significant skin nutrients. Over the years this oil have been successfully used to treat a number of health problems, including dry and damaged hair, brittle nails, age spots, dermatitis, hyper-pigmentation, wrinkles and premature skin aging, eczema, psoriasis, scars from surgery, acne and burns, UV damage from the sun and stretch marks.

The rosehip seed oil is an important hydrator and can be used as a moisturizer straight from the bottle or incorporated into a lotion, cream, massage oil or facial oil. It is an inexpensive, effective and safe product for healing damaged skin.

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