Roses are useful for many purposes; they add beauty and attract pollinators to a landscape or garden, can be used for rose oil or even added to culinary dishes. Oil can be extracted from the rose hips and petals, and is sold in a wide variety of aromatherapy or beauty stores. Rose hip oil has been used for centuries for everything from massage to skin care to therapeutic properties.
The practice of massage uses many types of oils, not only to help soothe the body but also the mind. Rose oil can be used in therapeutic or sensual massage as a lubricating, moisturizing oil rub. It provides relaxation, rejuvenation and moisturizes the skin. It is best to use it mixed with a carrier oil, such as almond. To create a rose hip massage oil, combine 1 oz. of almond oil with 12 to 15 drops of the rose oil in a glass bottle and shake well.
Rose hip oil is one of the only oils that can benefit all types of skin, such as oily, dry, combination or even normal. There are actually several skin products already on shelves that use rose hip oil as a main ingredient for lotions and cleansers. It helps keep the skin supple, smooth, and clear of blemishes. It is even beneficial when used with steam to open up skin pores. Once a week, add about ten drops of rose hip oil to a bathroom sink that is half full with hot water. Let a clean washcloth soak up the mixture, then gently apply it to your face, letting is sit for several minutes to open up pores.
Stress Reliever and Antidepressant
Rose hip oil has a strong aroma that is used to help relieve stress or help calm the mind. It does this with mood uplifting properties for positive thoughts and spiritualism. Use rose hip oil in this way through not only massage, but also by purchasing rose hip oil candles, or adding three to five drops of the oil into a steamy bath.
It is important to know that rose hip oil is very strong and in high doses can have opposite effects. For example, it can get rid of headaches in small doses, but will give you a headache in larger doses. Use in moderation. Consult a doctor before using rose hip oil - especially if you are pregnant.