If you've ever been to Chile, you know they have some wonderfully unique plants and trees down there. Some of these plants have fantastic medicinal properties. And one of my favorites is a plant that the Chileans have used for centuries to treat their skin.
Rosa mosqueta is a species of rose found around the Andes Mountains. This rose is one of the Chileans' most well-guarded secrets. Fortunately, the secret is out. Rosehip seed oil, as we know it, has seen tremendous scientific support in the last 30 years.
The Chileans weren't just the first to use rosehip seed oil, they also were the first to confirm its abilities through scientific study. Back in 1985, researchers from the University of Santiago used the oil on 180 individuals. All of these individuals had extensive facial scarring, acne scarring, deep wrinkles, UV damage, radiation damage, burn scars, surgical scars, premature aging, dermatitis, and other skin-related problems. When applied to their damaged skin, the researchers found that the rosehip seed oil actually regenerated the skin. It reduced their scars and wrinkles and helped their skin regain its natural color and tone. On the areas of skin that weren't damaged, the researchers noticed that the oil prevented wrinkles and other signs of aging from developing.
Five years later, researchers followed 20 women between the ages of 25-35. All of them suffered with extensive premature aging to their skin. Their skin was wrinkled. And they had sun spots from overexposure to the sun. Amazingly, after four months of applying rosehip seed oil every day, their wrinkles and sun spots had almost completely disappeared.
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How can rosehip seed oil have such an impact? The seed is high in linoleic and linolenic acids. In fact, it's made up of 77% fatty acids. When your skin absorbs these essential fatty acids, it converts them to prostaglandins. And it's these prostaglandins that help regenerate your skin cells.
But that's not all. The seeds also have high levels of vitamin C and vitamin A (retinol). Both of these are great for your skin.
The Chileans soak the petals of this rose plant in raw milk for an hour. Then they mix the two until they have a paste. They put this paste on their lips to treat and prevent chapped lips. You also can make your own lip balm by substituting rosehip seed oil for the organic apricot kernel oil and sweet almond oil in this recipe: http://www.naturallybalmy.co.uk/lipbalmrecipe.html.
Of course, you also can buy lip balm with rosehip seed oil already in it. The best I've found is Système 41 Hydrating Lip Therapy. I use it every day and love how well it works. Give rosehip seed oil a try. Your lips will love it.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening, ND
Valladares J., Palma M. Sandoval C, Carvajal F: Universidad de Concepcion, Concepcion: Chile. Cream of rosehip oil (Rosa Aff. Rubiginosa) 1.Formulation, preparation and first results in regeneration of damaged tissues. Anales de la Real Academia de Farmacia: Instituto de Espana.Vol 51 (2)(pp 327-332), 1985.