Research on Rosehip Seed Oil Reveals Benefits from Arthritis to Anti-Aging!

If Rosehip Seed Oil isn’t a staple in your medicine cabinet, you may be asking yourself … Why?

Read on to see why Rosehip Seed oil is an excellent choice to:

  • Reduce signs of aging
  • Improve hydration of the skin
  • Reduce sun damage
  • And New Research showing how it can reduce arthritic pain

You may have noticed we use Rosehip Seed oil in our facial blends. Cold-pressed from organic Rosehip Seeds grown in Chile, this carrier oil has a ton of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that all work together to make it one of the most nourishing oils for your skin, hair and nails.

Rosehip Seed oil has long been known for it’s dermis enhancing benefits. It has shown to penetrate deep layers of the skin, which helps transform weathered, sun drenched skin by literally feeding it with a bounty of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and tons of antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Its affects, noticeable after applying for only 2 weeks, have won it recent notability as a key part of a daily routine to rejuvenate and hydrate the skin.

Not only has Rosehip Seed oil revealed itself to be a powerful anti-aging and skin rejuvenating oil, it has also been shown to repair scar tissue (including acne, surgical, and burn scars, and stretch marks), seems to lift deep wrinkles, corrects UV damage (sun spots), and hyper-pigmentation, it hydrates brittle nails, as well as dry and damaged hair, and soothes radiation damage, conditions of dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.


This Year’s Harvest of Rosehip Seed Oil is In!
Research shows  it’s a plentiful, giving, beauty-enhancing and pain-relieving wonder. It’s multi-use applications are easy and economical enough to incorporate into your daily life. See our DIY Recipes below!

Rosa rubiginosa - After a Rose expresses her full radiance as a blossom, she leaves behind her fruit: rosehips. They look like red (or orange) oval cherries. Bite into one, it tastes like an apple. Inside it's hairy lining are tiny seeds, and from them, lovely oil is extracted.

 


Research

Rosehip Seed Oil for Inflammation

Rosehip Seed oil a powerhouse for the skin, is also very beneficial as an anti-inflammatory, offering pain relief.

Studies demonstrate that when ingested, Rosehip Seed oil may also have pain relieving benefits for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Laboratory experiments revealed that rose-hip extract inhibits lipid oxidation in vitro and reduces the chemotaxis and chemoluminescence of leucocytes, having anti-inflammatory affects. This information spurred studies on the effectiveness of Rosehip Seed for pain reduction. The studies stated that “Patients whom suffered from osteoarthritis reported that physical symptoms declined. Data from a randomized controlled trial indicate not only that pain significantly declined but also flexion of the hip improved in the active treatment group.” This led observers to the conclusion that the anti-inflammatory properties of rose-hip are useful as a treatment in patients with osteoarthritis.

As you can see, Rosehip Seed oil is one of our dearest friends! Our organic varieties, available as a carrier oil and as a Supercritical CO2 Extract, will add amazing benefits to any blend you choose to make. Do add it to your aromatherapy toolbox, your skin and body will love you for it! We’d love to hear how it works for you, too, so let us know so we can continue to share the word.


Rejuvenate your Skin from Damaging Sun Exposure

If your love for the sun is beginning to reveal itself with signs of UV damage or hyper-pigmentation, or perhaps your enjoyment of life is creating smile-lines around your eyes and face, Rosehip Seed oil is your new best friend!

The Vitamin A in Rosehip seed oil helps moisturize dry, mature skin. The bonus is – it has a power-packed effect due to its abundance of essential fatty acids (EFAs), which are essential to keeping our skin healthy and strong.  Our bodies do not make EFAs. We either need to get them through our diet, or we can absorb them through the skin. The skin can absorb Rosehip Seed oil very quickly, such that it doesn’t leave any greasiness behind. It’s an excellent choice to treat dry, itchy skin. Rosehip Seed oil is also known to increase elastin levels and cell regeneration, which is a boon if you spend a lot of time outdoors in the elements or exposed to the sun.


Products

Rosehip Seed Oil in Our Skin Enhancing Blends

You’ll find Rosehip Seed oil in our most popular products including Beauty BlissHeavenly Skin SerumHeavenly Skin for MenMilk & HoneyRadiance SerumSmooth Skin Scar TreatmentSuper Skin Care Serum, and Sun Radiance. It’s also a key ingredient in our Super Skin Care Base oil, which you can use to blend the essential oils of your choice to make a super, over-the-top nourishing, powerhouse for your skin! We personally use our Super Skin Care Base to make our own body lotion using our Organic Coconut/Jojoba Cream base and have found outstanding results in the hydration retaining affects as well as overall improvement of the skin.

So many ways to enjoy the good favors of Rosehip Seed Oil

 


DIY  Recipes

Include the Magic of Rosehip Seed Oil in Concentration

 

We carry a Supercritical Co2 Extract of Rosehip Seed, which will boost the therapeutic benefits of your blend, and assist in improving the texture and luminosity of your skin.

Nourish your brittle nails
Blend 10 drops Lemon essential oil, and 1 ounce of Rosehip Seed oil. Gently massage into finger nails and cuticles before retiring for the night. You can also wear cotton mitts for deeper penetration.

Smooth and nurture frizzy locks
Make a hair oil with 12 drops Rosemary verbenone, mix with 1 ounce of Rosehip seed oil. Warm 1 Tablespoon of this blend to a desired temperature (this can be done by placing your bottle of oil in a warm water bath), massage the oil into hair and scalp, let it soak for at least 30 minutes, then wash your hair thoroughly. Your hair will be revitalized and soft, and have a nice healthy shine to it.

All over Body care


Sustain healthy and hydrated skin throughout your body. Make your own lotion with 4 ounces of Organic Coconut/Jojoba Cream base to 1-2 ounces of Super Skin Care base oil. Depending on your needs or thickness preference of the lotion itself, you can increase or decrease the amount of Super Skin Care base oil.

As always, thanks for reading! Keep having an amazing day.

The Ananda Apothecary~


 


 

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Science Says We May Get Smarter, Sleep Better and Be Happier with These Essential Oils…

Essential oils can prevent the breakdown of Acetylcholine, which may aid in memory retention and recall.

Scientific data affirming the positive benefits of essential oils for a better quality of life is growing. Because we just love this stuff, we want to share with everyone.

Simply smelling the aroma of essential oils resulted in research subjects getting better test scores, sleeping better, reducing stress and scoring themselves as generally happier people*.

Most of us would be pleased with feeling better in any one of these three areas of our well-being. Yet we find the science behind aromatherapy offers us an opportunity to improve all three.

Before we dig deeper, we’d like to offer you an awesome way to try this for yourself…


Get Smart, Be Happy & Sleep Tight with the essential oil Wellness
Kit, Free with your next order.

~ We’ve created these 3 blends for you to try. Let us know what you think of these formulas and how you most enjoy using them! ~

You can choose any one of three amazing blends you can use every day, free with any order over $99, and all three with any order over $129.

So along with the research, we’re also sharing our new 3-blend Wellness Kit, designed with this scientific support. We’ve created formulas for improving cognition, sleeping better, and bringing a smile to your face by reducing stress.

You can choose any one of three amazing blends you can use every day, free with any order over $99, and all three with any order over $129. Simply enter your blend choice (‘Get Smart’, ‘Be Happy’ or ‘Sleep Tight’) in the comments box at checkout with orders between $99 and $129…over this amount, enter ‘Wellness Kit’ and we will include them with your package.


Getting Smarter with Essential Oils

Research has found significant improvement in test scores after inhaling Lemon & Rosemary essential oils.

There’s a wealth of research finding that bright, high-note herbal and citrus essential oils can speed up memory recall, improve test scores, and may actually slow the brain’s aging process.

How do essential oils do this? It appears that these effects result primarily from inhibition of acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme which breaks down acetylcholine in our central nervous system.

Acetylcholine is our primary “information processing” neurotransmitter, and the activity of enzyme which breaks it down is markedly increased in those individuals suffering from cognitive decline.

Limiting the activity of this enzyme, so we have more acetylcholine available, may also slow brain aging. According to research published in the Japanese Journal of Oleo Science: “Essential oil from lemon peels inhibit key enzymes linked to neuro-degenerative conditions and pro-oxidant induced lipid peroxidation”.

When you smell Rosemary, you're smelling Rosemary essential oil ~ which just might make you smarter :)

This research supports other studies which have shown inhalation of Lemon and Rosemary essential oils had positive effect on those already diagnosed with dementia, and also supports their use a as a possible preventative measure.

Other research has shown similar results with of Basil and Melissa as well. We’ve included these, along with Rosemary and Lemon, in our
new Get Smart formula.

‘Get Smart’ is now available free with any purchase over $99 ~ or chose our 3-blend Wellness kit, free with any order over $129. See our Sales and Specials page for details.


Sleeping Better with Essential Oils

There’s also a great many studies showing essential oils can improve your sleep, and we all know how important it is to get a good night’s rest. Lavender is of course “the biggie”, with more research backing its sleep-enhancing activity more than any other aromatic.

Lavender is the most widely-researched essential oil for sleep, with many positive results.

One placebo-controlled study titled “An olfactory stimulus modifies nighttime sleep in young men and women” found: “Lavender increased the percentage of deep or slow-wave sleep (SWS) in men and women. All subjects reported higher vigor the morning after lavender exposure, corroborating the restorative SWS increase. Lavender also increased stage 2 (light) sleep, and decreased rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep and the amount of time to reach wake after first falling asleep (wake after sleep onset latency) in women…”

Another study published this year titled “Effects of aromatherapy on sleep quality and anxiety of patients” found a statistically-significant improvement in quality of sleep in patients in coronary ICU’s.

This was an important finding, as these patients cannot easily withstand the bombardment of pharmaceutical sedatives for sleep, but they do need sleep. The gentle scent of Lavender can result in deeper, more restful sleep without any known side effects.

To read more of the published research, visit Pubmed.gov and search for “essential oil and sleep”.

We’ve blended Lavender with other essential oils traditionally used for a better night’s rest and lessening anxiety without stimulation: Clary Sage, Myrrh, Cajeput, Ylang Ylang and Valerian.

These are all in our new Sleep Tight formula. This blend is now available free with any purchase over $99 ~ or chose our 3-blend Wellness Kit, free with any order over $129. See our Sales and Specials page for details.


Getting Happier with Essential Oils

Lessening our anxiety levels is all something we’d like to do, as we know it makes us both happier and healthier. Several essential oils have been thoroughly researched for this “anxiolytic” property.

Bergamot essential oil is pressed from the rinds of these bitter oranges. Bergamot is the second most widely studied anxiolytic essential oil after Lavender, with no sedative effects.

Many oils have been shown to reduce levels of cortisol, our “stress hormone”, as well as contribute to an overall better quality of life as reported by aromatherapy test subjects.

Study after study has shown that animals and humans have lowered stress response after exposure to Bergamot, frequently compared to Diazapam (Valium) it it’s reduction of “stress measurements” (cortisol levels, for example), though it is not an oil that puts one to sleep. While research has shown that Lavender is stress-reducing, some study authors have noted its sedative effects. Bergamot lessens stress while making us more present and awake to what’s going on around us.

Sweet Oranges

The aroma of Sweet Orange essential oil has been shown to reduce anxiety in scientific research.

Sweet Orange essential oil is another with scientific backing in this regard. In “Effect of sweet orange aroma on experimental anxiety in humans”, the researchers concluded: “the present results indicate an acute anxiolytic activity of sweet orange aroma, giving some scientific support to its use…by aromatherapists.”

With Bergamot and Sweet Orange, we’ve blended the uplifting notes of Juniper Berry and the soothing ones of Vetiver to create our Be Happy formula.

As with each of the blends  in our Wellness Kit, ‘Be Happy’ is available free with any order over $99, and all three in the Kit ~ “Get Smart, Sleep Tight and Be Happy” are free with any order over $129.

Thank you for reading!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

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Frankincense and Myrrh EO’s Tested Together Against Numerous Cancer Cell Lines. See the Results!

Both Frankincense and Myrrh are the dried resin (sap) of trees found in desert regions of Africa and Asia. Both are harvested without harming the trees, and each has its own wealth of health-supportive properties. And, both have been tested in scientific research for their anti-cancer activity…

For over four thousand years, Frankincense and Myrrh have held a place in health and healing. According to aroma-therapists and herbalists, their applications are numerous. Both, too, have been used as spiritual aids by various cultures throughout the ages.

We enjoy them for their vast array of healing benefits, and most often for their lovely, complex aromas in any style of diffuser. To learn more about each oil, see our in-depth Frankincense and Myrrh pages.


Frankincense & Myrrh are On Sale this week only!

All our pure, wildcrafted Frankincense and Myrrh oils are ~ 20% off. We want to encourage you to try these wonderful oils.

This includes our hydro-distilled Sacred Frankincense, and supercritical CO2 distillations (yes, this extraction process is organic. See more about CO2 distillation).

Both Frankincense and Myrrh CO2 distillations carry some heavier molecules into the oils not found in the steam distillates, and hence have somewhat ‘deeper’ scents. Frankincense was one of the first CO2′s to be embraced for its potential therapeutic activity by traditional aromatherapists.

We find these distillations to have more well-rounded aromas, and use them in all applications where the steam distilled oils are called for. They’re incredibly good, and very worthwhile experiencing.


And on to the science of Frankincense, Myrrh and cancer…

Myrrh trees from which, like Frankincense from Olibanum trees, the sap is collected and dried. This sap is distilled to the essential oil.

Frankincense and Myrrh have both been positively studied for their anti-cancer activity, and the chart at the beginning of this post graphically illustrates the results of laboratory research on both these essential oils vs. a number of cancer cell lines.

The Study: “Composition and potential anticancer activities of essential oils obtained from myrrh and frankincense”1

In this research, Frankincense and Myrrh oils were tested both together (to find any potential synergistic effect) and separately (to gauge their ‘strength’ against one another) on several human cancer cell lines.

Breast, blood cell, cervical, skin and small-lung cancer cell lines received a wide range of concentrations in their medium of both Frankincense and Myrrh. These cells were incubated and analysis performed on the oils’ ability to cause their death.

The Results: The breast and skin cancer cell lines were found most susceptible to the anti-cancer activity of both Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils, whether the oils were used together or separately.

Testing of the oils individually was done on the breast cancer cell line. It was found that Frankincense oil was strongest in its ability to invoke apoptosis, the ‘natural’ death of these cells, a crucial feature in an anti-cancer agent. (Normally, cancerous cells are considered ‘immortal’, and it is this ‘immortality’ which allows them to grown and spread in the body.)

Frankincense oil was found to have the stronger anti-cancer activity over both Frankincense alone, and a blend of Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils.

You can find a wealth of research at PubMed.Gov. Enter search terms such as ‘frankincense and cancer’, or ‘lavender and sleep’ and you’ll see much of the published research in the medical field over the last ten years.

Here’s the research abstract. Thanks for reading!

1. Composition and potential anticancer activities of essential oils obtained from myrrh and frankincense. Oncol Lett. 2013 Oct;6(4):1140-1146. Epub 2013 Aug 8.Chen Y1, Zhou C, Ge Z, Liu Y, Liu Y, Feng W, Li S, Chen G, Wei T.

The present study aimed to investigate the composition and potential anticancer activities of essential oils obtained from two species, myrrh and frankincense, by hydrodistillation. Using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), 76 and 99 components were identified in the myrrh and frankincense essential oils, respectively, with the most abundant components, 2-Cyclohexen-1-one, 4-ethynyl-4-hydroxy-3,5,5-trimethyl- and n-Octylacetate, accounting for 12.01 and 34.66%, respectively. The effects of the two essential oils, independently and as a mixture, on five tumor cell lines, MCF-7, HS-1, HepG2, HeLa and A549, were investigated using the MTT assay. The results indicated that the MCF-7 and HS-1 cell lines showed increased sensitivity to the myrrh and frankincense essential oils compared with the remaining cell lines. In addition, the anticancer effects of myrrh were markedly increased compared with those of frankincense, however, no significant synergistic effects were identified. The flow cytometry results indicated that apoptosis may be a major contributor to the biological efficacy of MCF-7 cells.

2. Sesquiterpenoids from myrrh inhibit androgen receptor expression and function in human prostate cancer cells. Acta Pharmacol Sin. 2011 Mar;32(3):338-44. doi: 10.1038/aps.2010.219.Wang XL1, Kong F, Shen T, Young CY, Lou HX, Yuan HQ.

PURPOSE: To examine whether two naturally occurring sesquiterpenoids found in myrrh (ST1 and ST2) with anti-proliferative activity in prostate cancer cells inhibit androgen receptor (AR) signaling.

METHODS:Human prostate cancer cell lines LNCaP and PC3 were used. The expression of AR, AR translocation into the nucleus, and expression levels of AR coactivators ARA70 and steroid receptor coactivator-1 (SRC-1) in LNCaP cells were examined using real-time PCR and Western blot. Changes in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) protein levels, PSA promoter activity, and androgen response element (ARE)-mediated reporter gene activity were examined using enzyme-linked immunoabsorbent assay (ELISA) and transient transfection assays. Co-immunoprecipitation was performed to analyze the interaction between AR and the AR coactivators in ST1- and ST2-treated cells.

RESULTS:In LNCaP cells, ST1 and ST2 (40 μmol/L) led to a significant decrease in the expression of AR as well as a reduction of AR translocation into the nucleus, but had no effect on AR protein translation. ST1 and ST2 treatment also resulted in a significant decrease in the level of PSA protein secreted into the medium and was able to suppress PSA promoter-dependent and ARE-dependent luciferase activity. Furthermore, decreased expression of ARA70 and SRC-1 was observed when LNCaP cells were exposed to ST1 and ST2, which interfered with their ability to interact with AR.

CONCLUSION:The observations suggest that suppression of AR transactivation by ST1 and ST2 may be mediated, in part, by inhibiting AR nuclear translocation and/or interfering with the interaction between AR and its coactivators ARA70 and SRC-1. Therefore, sesquiterpenoids could be developed as novel therapeutic agents for treating prostate cancer.

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