DIY Rose Hip Oil

Rose hips picked from the garden this fall

Picked these for paper cuts...

Poking around the garden yesterday I found a few bright red rose hips once again. Before these went into tea blending but this time it seemed a better idea to soak them in Jojoba oil for use throughout the winter. Especially on all those paper cuts coming my way soon. Rose hips are filled with vitamin C and do wounder to heel the skin. For a quick DIY version the hips are slightly crushed and gently heated in the oil then bottled up and left to sit a week or two in a cool, dark place. Then it's popped in the refrigerator.

Rose hip oil bottled up with other floral oilsOrganic rose hips soaking in oil on Gift Style Blog Gave That

What You Will Need:
- A double boiler or a small pot of water
- A carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba or Argan oil
- Rose hips (organic and free of any pesticides or car exhaust)
- Vitamin E or honey (optional as a natural preservative)

How To Do It:

1) Place rose hips on a plate and using the back of a spoon or a rolling pin, gently crush them.

2) Taking your oil or a blend of oils, please it in a small bowl or cup and add the crushed rose hips. Place this in the pot with a shallow amount of water in it and bring everything to a gentile simmer, siring every once in a while.

3) Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add vitamin E &/or honey if using and place into a glass container with a tightly secured lit. Allow to sit in a cool dark place for about a week. The rose hips can then be strained off leaving an amber colored oil behind. This is best stored in the refrigerator.

PS... to turn the above infused oil into a salve see the recipe here and see how to create Rose Hip Tea here.

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