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Alphabe Thursday … R is for Rosehip

September 19, 2013

I love the aroma of aromatherapy. I use essential oils to make my home smell nice if during that time I ‘get’ other benefits then it is a bonus. For instance I love perfume of lavender and it helpful when I cannot sleep.  Rosemary, smells good and is refreshing in the morning.  So these two oils are the ones I always have at hand. Also, neither are expensive and always a welcome gift!

So I am not an aromatherapist I just know what I like.  Another oil I adore which is much more expensive and would never been used in an oil burner in my house is Rose. I use this with a carrier oil as a moisturiser. My very favourite carrier oil is rosehip

I had not realised that Rose hip was such a useful seed; and has been for centuries used not particularly for medicinal need but as John Gerarde says in The Herball the generall historie of plantes (1633); ‘the brier bush or hep tree is also called Rosacanina, which is a common and well known’ he adds that it is too insignificant to waste words on, only children eat the berries when they are ripe or make chains of the scarlet beads and and gentlewomen make tarts and such like dishes for pleasure … ‘therefore this shall suffice for the description’.

I think it is a shame he felt this way


We have learned since that it is a good source of vitamin C, I remember as a child being given a daily dose of rosehip syrup, and believing that all medicine should have such a pretty taste. Also it has healing properties that make it useful when nursing scarred tissue and is used in the treatment of cancer.

We have an abundance of hips in the gardens here at the museum they look fabulous and good enough to eat.  My colleagues have made some jelly and it looks divine.

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. September 19, 2013 8:33 am

    That jelly looks great — how I would love to taste it! Lovely R post! 🙂

    • September 19, 2013 8:36 am

      very sweet as it as apple in it, it tastes a little like toffee apple! Thanks for comment _/\_

  2. September 19, 2013 10:49 am

    I made some rosehip syrup just last weekend – delicious! Lovely to read more about the humble rosehip. Jx

  3. September 19, 2013 1:24 pm

    Great information and lovely photos. I love having little lavender sachets in and around, especially by our linen closet. Your home must smell lovely all the time :o) And that jelly looks delicious.

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Stopping over through Ms. Jenny’s Alphabe-Thursday “R”s.

    • September 19, 2013 1:38 pm

      Blessing to you also … and love thanks for dropping by _/\_ xx

  4. Cathy Kennedy permalink
    September 19, 2013 3:39 pm

    I have had rosehip in teas, but I have never eaten the berries. In fact, I did not know it was a berry till now. You’ve given me a bit of education this morning with your “R” post. Thank you! 🙂
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  5. September 19, 2013 4:13 pm

    I have a shot of some mature rosehips on my site today. We must be on the same wavelength this morning!

    • September 20, 2013 8:10 am

      We often are!! I hadn’t noticed until now how sensual they are … I must look more closely at Autumn and not bemoan the end of Summer with kind blessings to you

  6. September 19, 2013 9:38 pm

    I didn’t no anything about Rosehip until now, so thank you. I too like lavender as it calms me. Though lately I have been hooked on apple cinnamon scent. Could be due to the season? Maybe… 🙂

    • September 20, 2013 8:07 am

      Yes perfume is must be seasonal … rosehip oil is a lovely moisturizer used a lot in cosmetics lately and costly but is not costly to buy in its original state. happy cinnamon day xxx

  7. September 20, 2013 3:40 am

    Goodness I have learned a lot here today! I like lavender too. I had a friend who was into aroma therapy and she would rub my feet when I got a headache at work! She was an amazing lady!Thanks for sharing here today!

    • September 20, 2013 8:03 am

      Yes lavender can be used neat so always useful and can be kept in your handbag!

  8. September 21, 2013 2:32 am

    how interesting about aromatherapy. I’ll have to look into this! {:-Deb

    • September 21, 2013 7:48 am

      I enjoy it … don’t get too bogged down with theory just enjoy the perfumes !

  9. September 28, 2013 10:40 pm

    I have always found remedies like this to be quite remarkable… If I remember correctly, a little rosehip oil goes a long way…

    Mint, right along with rosemary, can be really refreshing too…

    Radical post for the letter “R”!

    Thanks for linking.


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