Rose Hips | Rose Hip Oil



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Magical uses ´ ¨`*

Rose hips are associated with the planet Venus and the element of water, a wonderful botanical to use for love and peace. Try adding some whole rose hips to magical pot pourri to create a peaceful, calm atmosphere. Use rose hips in a ritual bath for work concerning love, soulmates and companionship. Crush and add to incense, add to sachets and charm bags or string on a necklace as part of a love attracting ritual. Rose hips can also be used as offerings to encourage friendly spirits to take up residence or simply carry rose hips with you for general good luck.

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The rose hips are the fruits of a rose. Also known as rose haw or rose hep. The wild dog rose is the type of rose most often cultivated for their hips. Once the flower has bloomed, and all the petals have fallen off, the hip is picked and may be used in a potion. Rose hips are a fantastic source of vitamin C; containing 50% more vitamin C than oranges. They can be eaten raw, after removing the fine hairs that are inside or soaked in water overnight and then cooked in the water for about half an hour. The pulp from rose hips may be used in sauces or made into jelly.
Primitive WitchIf you decide to harvest your own rose hips there are a few things to keep in mind. There are fine hairs inside of each rose hip that you will want to remove before consuming them. Once dried the rose hip may be placed in a grinder and then fine sift out these hairs. Harvest is best in late Summer or early Autumn, when the rose hip is soft to the touch for ripeness. It is also best done on sunny, dry days. Make sure there are no herbicides or pesticides on the plant. Although you may be tempted to prune off old flowers in your garden, you have to let them die and the petals fall naturally to get the hips, as in nature. You can store rose hips either fresh or dried in the freezer. Use them to brew a tea, make them into jelly and my personal favorite... turn them into rose hip oil. When storing them be sure to not use a metal container, the fruit acids and the metal do not mix well.
Primitive WitchRose hips have been used since the Stone Age . The benefits of this flower fruit are indeed valid. Don't only take the time to stop and smell the roses, take a bit more time to eat the fruit too! It has been said that the first gardening was done by planting the rose bush.
To make the tea simply pour a cup boiling water over a tablespoon of crushed, dried hips and let steep. After straining out any pieces of the hips you can add honey and drink.
The astringent qualities of rose hip oil makes it powerful. It has the ability to help regenerate new skin cells. This can be used to treat scars, acne and burns. While it is an astringent, it does not dry out the skin; actually it helps to re-hydrate it, keeping the moisture in.
 Drinking rose hip tea daily will also benefit your skin as they have a high vitamin A content. 

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Rose hip oil ´ ¨`* helps to regenerate skin cells, healing wounds and scars. It also helps to keep the skin elastic and nourished. This will not only prevent wrinkles, but can actually help to minimize any that have already appeared.
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Gather one cup of fresh rose hips or use dried. Look for firm rose hips that are bright orange or red in color. Wear leather gloves to protect your hands from thorns and pluck the rose hips from the plant.
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Crush the hips gathered with a mortar and pestle. Combine 1 cup rose hips with the oil. Place the rose hips in a small slow cooker, next pour 2 cups almond oil or jojoba oil in.
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Heat the oil on warm or low setting about eight hours, covered. The oil should smell fragrant and be orange in color once it's infused long enough.
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Strain the oil and discard the solids. Turn off your slow cooker and set a strainer over a bowl. Line the strainer with cheesecloth and carefully pour the oil through it. This should separate the rose hip solids from the oil. You can toss out the rose hips
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Pour the oil to a clean glass jar that's dark. Rose hip oil is sensitive to light. Screw on a tight fitting lid and put the oil in the refrigerator or cool dark place to store up to six to eight months. 

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Herbs are used in magic for their "vibrations" or "essences". This means... Herbs, like people, have gender, are ruled by a planet, an element, and are often sacred to a God or Goddess. Herbs can be used in Charms and Sachets, Incense, Oils, Teas and Baths. 
My belief is that there is energy in all things in Nature!