It’s hip to be healthy, and there are many natural elements that contribute to this pursuit, RoseHip Oil’s
Although this fantastic natural product originates in the Chilean and Argentine Andes, and has been used by native populations for centuries, it has only recently gained international acclaim and use. RoseHip Oil’s was first acknowledged by the scientific and medical communities in 1983 after some Italian research studies. Rose hip oil has earned a solid reputation as a versatile, all-around health supplement and healer since then. Studies have provided scientific confirmation of centuries of anecdotal evidence.
By cold press, the oil is normally extracted from the “hip” (or fruit) of wild roses. The seeds and the outer layers of the fruit contain a high level of vitamin C, anti-oxidants, flavonoids, and beta-carotene. The hip also contains fats that are essential for human health.
Popularity surges for good reason. When ingested or applied topically as an ointment, the oil is an effective remedy for a variety of symptoms and conditions.
One such botanical bounty is rosehip oil (extracted and cold-pressed from the seeds of the rose bush).
Want hydrated blemish-free skin? Rose hips got you covered. The retinoic acid (a metabolite of Vitamin A) contained within the bud promotes balanced hydration, cell rejuvenation, and boosts collagen and elastin levels within the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling and irritation in burned, sunburned, or scarred skin.
Want a healthier heart? Once again, the oil of the rose hip doesn’t miss a beat. The linoleic acid (also known as omega-3) helps to reduce blood lipid levels, which in turn reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease.
Want to better manage hypertension (high blood pressure)? No problem-no pressure. As mentioned previously, rose hip oil is also a good source of Vitamin C and flavonoids. Taken internally, flavonoids improve overall vascular health, which helps to lower blood pressure and increase blood flow to the heart and brain.
Want to maintain strong bones to stand tall? Rose hip oil is an omega-6 polyunsaturated oil (PUFA). These omega-6 oils help the body regulate metabolism and are used to maintain bone health, healthy skin, and hair. It is also the key ingredient in Litozin capsules, which are used to promote healthy joints and as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
Need a little keratin care? The benefits of rosehip oil are right at your fingertips. Used as a cuticle massage oil, then the oil can help to repair dry and brittle nail beds leaving you with significantly improved hair quality and/or appearance.
Tired of hair-raising split ends? Used as a hot oil treatment and massaged into the roots of the hair and scalp, then it can be a highly effective moisturizer and restorative conditioner.
Simply put: rosehip oil is flower power at its best.
Considerations & Important Notes
- Rose hip oil can spoil quickly. Store oils in the refrigerator for increased shelf life.
- It is not recommended for use by pregnant women or nursing mothers.
- Extracts (a pill form that increases estrogen levels) may interact negatively with other estrogens. Negative interactions may include an increased risk for cramping.
In all cases, consult a qualified medical professional to discuss the potential benefits and risks as they pertain to your individual health profile.
So, what are you waiting for? Get hip; get healthy, and discover the benefits of rosehip oil today.
A Guide to Rose Planting
Selecting the roses best suited to your area is the most important factor of Rose Planting. Discuss this with your friends and neighbors who have successfully grown roses, and also with your nursery before bringing your roses home. Use the USDA Hardiness Map to locate your climate zone and verify the type of roses that grow best in your region. You could opt for bare-root roses or potted roses. If you are looking at decorating your hedges or an arch in your garden, you need to plant climbers; wild roses are ideal for this.
For bare-root roses, you will need to soak them in a bucket of water and keep them in the coolest place in your house. Potted roses will need to be soaked in water too; allow the water to seep in and be absorbed from the bottom rather than pouring water from the top. This prevents the foliage from getting wet and keeps the roots well-watered and the soil moist.
Choose an area of your garden which is exposed to sunlight for a minimum of six hours a day. Check the soil’s pH balance by doing a soil test. Your nursery can guide you on the perfect pH for your roses. Clean the soil – pick out all dry twigs, leaves, and roots of other plants. This prevents disease and also keeps the nutrients intact for the rose. Dig a hole that is at least 6 inches deeper and wider than your roots. The roots need a lot of space to spread so there should not be other plants too close to your rose plant. Prepare the soil by mixing in bone meal and compost.
Gather soil together at the bottom of the hole to form a small mound. Water the mound and let it wash away. Again make a small mound with the damp soil in the center of the hole. Place the roots atop the mound and gently spread the roots over the sides. Be careful while handling roots as they break off easily. Water the roots thoroughly taking care not to splash water on to the rest of the plant. Wet leaves are the cause of most fungal infections. Fill up to one-third of the hole with soil and water it down again while lightly pressing down the soil. This removes air pockets and firms up the soil around the roots. Mulch at least 3 inches around the plant to help roots retain the moisture by preventing evaporation.
Water the plants every day for the first week after planting. Subsequently, you can water once every three days. Always water thoroughly and deeply without wetting the foliage. The roots need to be kept moist. Keep checking to see if the soil is draining properly as the roots will rot if they are allowed to stand in water. Poking holes in the ground around the soil will help the soil remain humid.
Remember that roses need lots of sunlight, water, and ventilation to immunize them against diseases and to deter bug attacks. If you give them all this and top it off with your constant attention, your rose garden will soon be filled with your favorite blooms.
You’ve followed all the advice.
Having spoken to your local rose grower and accepted her advice suggesting which particular types of roses will suit your neighborhood and climate, you’ve made your choices and arrived home with your new rose bushes ready to plant.
Rose Planting For Beginners
As it’s Fall, and you had the option of buying either bare-rooted roses or container grown ones, you opted for the bare-rooted roses, because you had more choice and they were marginally cheaper.
You’ve already selected your site and confirmed that it receives a minimum of 6 hours direct sunlight a day, and the pH balance is ideal for roses because it’s between 6.0 and 6.9.
Now you’re ready to plant them. The sooner they’re in the ground the better. It’s never a good idea to have them hanging around too long once you’ve brought them home. We have the bare-rooted roses standing in a bucket of water for a couple of hours before planting just to make sure they don’t dehydrate.
Had the weather been unsuitable for planting them right away, you could always have heeled them in until conditions were more favourable. Heeling in simply means digging a shallow trench, one side of which slopes steeply backwards and then laying your roses in the trench and backfilling it, making sure that the roots and half of the canes are covered well with soil. This is one way of delaying planting if conditions are too cold and the ground frozen.
Roses are greedy feeders, so despite the soil being naturally a good quality loam, we’ve still decided to dig in plenty of well rotted manure (cow is best) and plenty of well rotted garden compost too. These are spread over the area where the roses are to be planted and then dug in well with a garden fork.
As the conditions are ideal we start by digging our hole. For a normal, field grown, 2 year old rose, the hole really needs to be about 24 inches square and 20 inches deep. Digging a hole this large makes sure we have adequate room to spread the roots out fully, and the compost immediately beneath the rose is well fed too. To encourage vigorous rooting, we throw a handful of bone-meal into the soil that we removed from the hole and mix it through well.
Now we move some of the manure/compost/soil mixture back into the hole to a depth of about 12 inches, and form a small pyramid on which we place the rose bush. We spread the roots as much as we can, and start backfilling. As we live in one of the milder districts we’ll be keeping the bud union of the rose about 1 inch above the soil. The bud union is where the bud from the cultivated rose was grafted to the wild rose’s root system, it’s immediately below the canes and tends to be bulbous in shape.
Shaking the rose bush will force the soil mixture between the roots of the rose and thus eliminate any air pockets that might have formed, because these would have caused the roots to simply die off. Placing a straight bamboo cane across the top of the hole allows us to gauge the height of the bush.
We press the soil down with the heel of our boot to firm the rose in and create a shallow trench around the plant. We fill this trench with water and allow it to seep through to the roots. We do this a couple of times and then, with a rake, level the area around the rose. As we’ve decided to have the final height of the bud union about 1 inch above ground level, with the garden rake, we bury the rose bush slightly deeper to allow for the final settlement of the soil.
At this time of year there’s no need for us to prune the rose back at all as the longer canes will protect the buds from any frosts. Give the rose a good drink and simply keep an eye on it over the coming winter. Should we have a frost, check the rose isn’t being lifted out of the ground, simply by firming it down with our heel again.