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A rose by any other name, would still smell as sweet. Part One

A rose by any other name, would still smell as sweet. Part One

Wars, romance, currency, symbols of love and beauty - roses have been lauded by poets and given as tokens of affection for centuries.

Rosa canina

There is fossil evidence that roses existed 35 million years ago. I can guarantee that these fossils do not smell as sweet as the rose we know and love today! Roses, in all varieties, have been used by almost every culture as a remedy for thousands of years. Roses grow in the wild throughout the northern hemisphere, including in North Africa.

As with many plants, our ancestors found uses for every part of the plant - leaves, buds, petals, hips - each with it’s own unique benefits. The rose was first cultivated most likely in China, 5,000 years ago. At the height of their empire, the Romans imported Roses from Persia. It is believed that in the late 1700s cultivated roses were first brought from China into European gardens.

In this post, we’ll start our Rosey conversation with Rose Hips.

Rosehips are the small fruit that develops behind the blossom. When the petals fall, the Rose Hip matures, becomes larger and changes from green to a deep orange or red. Most people don’t think of this bulb as a fruit, but it can be eaten (avoid the seeds!) or used in recipes for syrups and jellies.
Rosehips on rose bush

Rosehips were eaten as a sour fruit for hundreds, if not thousands of years. It wasn’t until the Second World War that they were recognized as rich source of Vitamin C. Citrus was in short supply during the war, and the British made a Vitamin C rich syrup and used as a nutritional supplement from 500 tons of Rosehips. 

Rosehip seed extract is a powerful concentration of vitamins, antioxidants, proteins, and hydrating essential fatty acids. As noted above, Rosehips are especially rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants help reduce the development of free-radicals, protect cells and promote the growth of new cells.

You may be familiar with Retinol, another name for vitamin A1. Retinol reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Rosehips are the only vegetable that contain Retinol! All other vegetable forms contain beta-carotene, which is an important precursor to Retinol. In addition, the small size of the vitamin A molecule allows it to penetrate deep into your skin bringing with it hydration and healing.

Enjoy the smoothing power of Retinol in your nightly routine with Enzyme & Rosehip Nighttime Face Serum. Our special formula combines the powerful hydrating and antioxident properties of Rosehips with other healing botanicals to combat free radicals and encourage new healthy cells to form.

In combination with oils, in our Frankincense & Rose Geranium Oil Serum, the antioxidents in Rosehip seed extract bring soothing relief to irritated skin. The oils nourish and moisturize inflamed skin while the antioxidants work to eliminate toxins and rejuvenate the skin at a cellular level.

Just like our face, our scalp and hair are exposed to toxins from pollution and stress. Inflammation and dryness can appear in the form of dandruff and itchiness. Soothe the scalp with our Lemon & Olive Scalp Treatment. Your hair will benefit as the skin cells are nourished and strengthened.


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