What Are the Benefits of Rosehip Oil?

Many people are looking for natural alternatives to health issues, rather than spending money on synthetic drugs and treatments that can cause their body more harm than good. One of those natural treatments is rosehip oil. Loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C and fatty acids, rosehip oil shows promise in treating wounds, aging skin problems, and even cholesterol and arthritis.

Lowers Cholesterol

Researchers in the Department of Physiology at the University de Valparaíso in Chile tested the effects of four different oils on the blood lipid levels of rats. The oils were olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil and rosehip oil. The rosehip oil was part of the group that produced a major change in lowering blood lipid (fat) levels. Rosehip oil has also been noted to have anti-inflammatory properties, and is sometimes used as an alternative treatment for arthritis

Heals Wounds

The healing properties in rosehip oil are in part attributed to linoleic and linolenic acids, and the fact that it is loaded with antioxidants. According to the Department of Dermatology at the University of Seville, when patients with wounds and leg ulcers were treated with rose hip oil, the wounds experienced noticeable healing without any negative side effects. To experience the healing benefits of rosehip oil on your skin, mix 2 to 3 drops of rose hip oil with 10 drops of another oil, such as olive oil, and gently massage into the affected area. If you experience redness or burning at the application site, discontinue use.

Anti-Aging Benefits

Researchers from the University of Concepcion in Chile ran a test on 20 women between the ages of 25 and 35. The most common complaints of the women were wrinkles and age spots. Since the women were from a hot, sunny climate, these two skin problems occurred at an earlier age. The study went on for 16 weeks, and after only three weeks there was a noticeable difference in the appearance of the skin. The wrinkles had begun to disappear and the spots began to fade. Rosehip oil can be purchased in different concentrations from health and beauty shops or health food stores.

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About this Author

A freelance writer for over 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.