Last year my mother in law gave me a big bag of rose hips that she had dried. I didn't really know what to do with them though. I tried tea which I didn't really like. I attempted jam but got so frustrated trying to clean out all of the little prickly hairs from the hips. I ended up straining out the rose hip pulp and making it into a syrup. The syrup is good over oatmeal :) The syrup can also be used as a supplement during cold season because of the high amount of vitamin C found in rose hips... I will tell you all about that in another post. But for now let's get back to the salve.
After some failures in my rose hip experiment I finally came across something that really intrigued me. I read about all of the skin healing properties found in rose hip oil.
Over the past year my skin has gone through so much. First and foremost I recently celebrated my 27th birthday and it shows lol. I feel like I have aged so much since having my son. I am definitely seeing signs of aging on my face. Secondly last summer I got my first bout of eczema. I never had it before and have no idea why all of a sudden it appeared... but it 's again back this year. Thirdly I went through a year of electrolysis which left my skin blotchy and scarred in some spots. All in all my skin is a hot mess.
Rose hip oil does wonders for the skin. It is super moisturizing. It can help treat eczema, burns and sunburn. It also reduces the appearance of scars and wrinkles. Sounds like a win win to me.
So naturally I had to try it. I looked up how to make my own rose hip oil from what I had and settled on doing an infusion. I put the rose hips and carrier oil (I used almond oil) in my crock pot to speed up the infusion process.
I tried to use it just as an oil but didn't like how greasy I felt afterward. So it sat for a couple of months in my fridge. These rose hips were slowly becoming the bane of my existence. Until I discovered the wonderful world of SALVES!! How a little bit of beeswax could change my life is beside me.
I transformed my rose hip oil into a salve and what a difference. I now love using it and can't wait to try out different herbs.