Wild rosehip has a long and interesting history. It was used by ancient Egyptians, Mayans and Native Americans for its healing properties. The Romans used it to treat dog bites and in medieval England, it was used in preparations to clear the chest and purge the lungs. During World War 2, rosehips were used as a replacement for citrus fruit due to their high vitamin C levels - when a syrup was made up to ensure resistance to infection.
Rosehips are the fruit of a rosebush. Once the flower has bloomed and its petals have fallen, a red-orange to dark purple, spherical fruit is left behind. It’s the seeds of the fruit that are subsequently cold-pressed to produce the rosehip oil. It comes from the wild rose, also known as ‘dog rose’ - a species native to Europe, northwest Africa and Western Asia. Rosehip oil is rich in vitamin A (mostly beta-carotene), as well as essential fatty acids (especially omega 3 and omega 9), antioxidants and lycopene.
There is a common misconception that rosehip oil contains vitamin C. Fresh rosehips contain an incredible amount of vitamin C-rich, but the seeds do not (rosehip oil comes from the seeds only). Additionally, vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, which can’t exist in an oil.
At Little Butterfly London, we use rosa canina oil in our mother and baby skincare products. Naturally, we only use the organic kind to ensure that it’s processed without pesticides. Rosehip oil is a great all-rounder and boosts the health of all skin types. It moisturises and softens the skin, supports its barrier, promotes cell repair and renewal, and is easily absorbed by the skin (without leaving a residue).
Skin-loving rosehip oil is safe for baby and works well for dryness, eczema and cradle cap. It soothes redness and irritation, and keeps little one’s skin hydrated and nourished. For mum, it’s useful during and after pregnancy - to help prevent stretchmark formation, promote elasticity and reduce dryness and itchiness. It also helps to repair tissue and fade scars.