• This month I’m Loving… our ROSEHIP powder (and beautifying coffee alternatives)

    This month I’m Loving… our ROSEHIP powder (and beautifying coffee alternatives)

    Rosehip oil is a holy grail in the beauty world.. packed with vitamin C, flavonoids and antioxidants, it’s no wonder it’s a miracle worker for the skin.

    The joy of this little fruit (literally rose fruit) is that its benefits abound when taken internally also. Not only will it contribute to healthy, glowing skin from within.. it also boosts metabolism and immunity, and has been shown to be one of the most effective natural antimicrobials. [1]

    Rose hips are one of the highest sources of vitamin C, [2] which is not only essential for healthy immunity but also responsible for collagen production in the body. Studies showed a significant improvement in skin moisture, elasticity and wrinkles after just 3 months with daily supplementation.

    It supports the skin and cell longevity by mechanisms involving support of collagen, antioxidative, and anti-inflammatory properties. One journal published study showed; “it can inhibit the synthesis of MMP-1, an enzyme responsible for the breakdown of collagen.. it (also) protects collagen and elastin from free radicals such as reactive oxygen species formed by the process of UV-induced oxidative metabolism responsible for skin aging”. [3]

    Another study showed a stabilising effect on cell membranes of certain cells, thereby improving cell longevity and obstructing skin aging. [4]

    A relatively new discovery is that Rosehip is one of the few herbs that activates AMPK, an important enzyme in the body that is key in regulating metabolism, breaking down fat, mitochondrial energy production and revitalising aging cells. [5] [6]

    Our soon to be released Organic Rosehip powder is so versatile. Simply add hot water and sweeten if desired, use to dust bliss balls or raw chocolate, or make a herbal latte with plant milk (it’s surprisingly creamy and delicious), I like to add cinnamon and vanilla. Or, try our Rooibos Rose Latte recipe.

     

    [1] International Journal of Molecular Sciences –“Therapeutic Applications of Rose Hips from Different Rosa Species” Inés Mármol,1 Cristina Sánchez-de-Diego,2 Nerea Jiménez-Moreno,3 Carmen Ancín-Azpilicueta,3,* and María Jesús Rodríguez-Yoldi1,* https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5485961/

    [2] David Hoffmann “The New Holistic Herbal”

    [3] PubMed – Biomolecules “Oxidative Stress in Aging Human Skin” Mark Rinnerthaler,1 Johannes Bischof,1 Maria Karolin Streubel,1 Andrea Trost,2 and Klaus Richter1, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4496685/

    [4] PubMed – “The effectiveness of a standardized rose hip powder, containing seeds and shells of Rosa canina, on cell longevity, skin wrinkles, moisture, and elasticity” L Phetcharat,1,2 K Wongsuphasawat,1,2 and K Winther3

    [5] Rose hip supplementation increases energy expenditure and induces browning of white adipose tissue Michele Cavalera,Ulrika Axling, Karin Berger, Cecilia Holm https://nutritionandmetabolism.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12986-016-0151-5

    [6] Rosehip Extract Inhibits Lipid Accumulation in White Adipose Tissue by Suppressing the Expression of Peroxisome Proliferator-activated Receptor Gamma Akifumi Nagatomo,1,2 Norihisa Nishida,1 Yoichi Matsuura,1 and Nobuhito Shibata2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3892499/