If you live in the countryside or have the opportunity to find wild rose hips nearby, something very interesting you can do is collect them to prepare an ole-maceration with innumerable vitamins for the skin.
Most wild rose bushes, when autumn arrives, offer us these edible berries that are very rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and countless wonderful properties to strengthen our defenses (that is why there are people who prepare syrups with them) and take care of our skin.
We are going to prepare an oleo-macerated with them, which we can then use to enrich the formulations of our homemade creams.
From this oleo-macerate you can enrich your homemade creams in a spectacular way and without the need to acquire the famous, but expensive, rosehip oil.
And is that this homemade maceration, if you choose a quality oil, has practically the same properties as a commercial rosehip oil.
Take a good look at the photos, and you will see that you are going to find rose hips in your natural environment easily, that’s for sure.
Properties of wild rose hips:
Rose hips are packed with vitamins and minerals. In principle, they have 10 times more vitamin C than orange, in addition to vitamins A, B1 and B2. Hence its ability to strengthen our defenses.
Rose hips are also known for their purifying ability and anti-inflammatory power. They also contain selenium, something the average person is deficient in.
The polyphenols they contain fight cardiovascular disease by regulating better blood pressure.
Regarding the skin, in addition to providing vitamins and illuminating it, they have a powerful firming effect that prevents skin wrinkles. Thus, this natural oleo-macerate is liquid gold for the skin and makes it easier for us to enrich our creams and ointments.
The procedure to follow is the same as with any other mash.
The herb or fruit is placed in quality oil and left covered and out of direct light for a minimum of 40 days.
Wild rose hips are typically harvested in the fall. After collecting a good quantity, we will proceed to wash them and put them to dry for a couple of days. When they are clean and dry, we will cut them in half so that their seeds are exposed.
This is the best way that when we put them to macerate in oil we can extract all the vitamins and properties for the skin that they possess.
Always choose a cold-pressed virgin oil that you can have in a certain quantity since the rose hips must be completely covered with the oil and reserved in a glass jar with a lid away from direct light for at least 40 days. It is convenient to turn it over from time to time.
After 40 days, the properties of the rose hips will have remained in the oil and we can now remove them and strain the oil.
We will add some capsules of vitamin E to our oil to avoid rancidity and extend the useful life of our maceration.
And that’s it, it’s that simple to make homemade rosehip oil.
We hope you find it very useful and that you can make numerous cosmetic preparations with this oil!