Wild Rosehips

It's Wild Rosehip season! And as we get our first frosts, the Vitamins in the hips are concentrated, making this the best time to gather ripe hips. The 'rosehip' is simply the seed that forms on a Rose plant after flowering, you'll find it on any rose in your garden.

Rosehips are full of vitamins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin C and B-carotene, a form of vitamin A. They're a rich source of Vitamin C, containing as much as 2000mg per 100g of fruit (hips) which makes them beneficial to those suffering from colds, flu or recovering from infection.

During World War II fruit imports weren't making it into the UK. The govt worked to develop a rosehip syrup to supply Vitamin C to the population. Subsequently 1,000 tons of wild rosehips were gathered, and children were given rosehip syrup during the winter throughout the 40's-60's.

The delicious, fruity, mildly astringent taste of rosehips make them a great addition to herbal tea blends. I love to combine finely ground rosehips with wild nettles (also very beneficial during convalescence) .

Rosa Rugosa and Rosa Canina (Dog Rose) are the most cherished varities for their vitamin content.

Rosehip infused oil & rosehips seed oil is well known in the natural skincare world for it's ability to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks, reduce pigmentation & wrinkles, and prevent the damaging effects of sun. The oil has the ability to penetrate deep into the layers of the skin to rejuvenate tired skin, feeding it with antioxidants, essential fatty acids & vitamins. Wild Rosehip infused Organic Almond oil is my all time favorite, for many years I've used just that for my skincare routine (cleansing & moisturising). In the last few years I've developed a rich & nourishing rosehip balm (moisturiser), which is my all time best seller, with countless repeat customers around NZ and rave reviews. See 'Botanical Skincare' page to find out more about my Rosehip & Calendula Facial Balm or the pure Wild Rosehip oil.