This recipe is absolutely divine and the only thing i like to use on my face.
It must be said that this is NOT the real deal expensive rosehip seed oil where they press the tiny seeds to produce the oil. In my experience of using this oil over the last few years i can vouch for it’s efficacy, nourishment and vitality.
First extract the seeds from the fruit. Wear gloves if you have sensitive skin as those tiny hairs can be an irritant. Leave these seeds laid flat on baking tray over night to dry out, this will avoid a sticky mess in the grinder. Keep the outside fruit flesh to one side, maybe wash and nibble on a few as absolutely delicious. Some of the flesh could also be dried in a dehydrator to be used in tea blends or to eat.
Place ground seeds and the majority of the fruit flesh in a pan and cover with an organic oil of your choice at least 2inches above the plant matter. I used sunflower but olive, macadamia or hemp are all good options. Stir well.
Turn onto lowest heat and stir continuously without letting it bubble or boil for about 10 minutes. You should be able to smell the sweetness of the fruit once it is ready.
Take off the heat and strain through a jelly bag so those fine hairs are all taken out. Make sure all appliances used have been sterilised. Let it cool down and then mix in 1% of Frankincense essential oil. Frankincense is predominantly relaxing yet rejuvenating in it’s properties.
Rosehip oil is full of Vitamin C & Vitamin A and has an antioxidant, anti-aging effect on our skin.
The Primrose possesses somewhat similar medicinal properties to those of the Cowslip which is used more often in clinic situations these days. Be wary to cultivate them yourself at home too close to each other as they cross pollinate, also it is advised against picking wild cowslips due to sustainability issues.
The aerial parts are most commonly used when fresh and in bloom and sometimes the root. In the early days of medicine, the Primrose was considered an important remedy in muscular rheumatism, paralysis and gout. Pliny speaks of it as almost a panacea for these complaints. The whole plant is sedative and too much has been said to cause delirium so use in moderation. I find that it can be a good gentle sedative for children when taken as a tea, flower essence or drops of tincture.
An infusion of the roots is a good remedy against nervous headaches. The roots are harvested in the autumn when two or three years old and dried for later use. An ointment has been made from the plant and used for treating skin wounds.
It is used mostly today as an expectorant (due to saponins) and tonic to the respiratory & nervous system. It also contains salicylates which are the main ingredient of aspirin and have anodyne, anti-inflammatory and febrifuge effects. This remedy should not be prescribed for pregnant women, patients who are sensitive to aspirin, or those taking anti-coagulant drugs such as warfarin.