24/11/2020 | Juliette Scarfe
Foraging is one of my most deeply held passions for many reasons. Wild anything is more potent than anything that has been mass cultured and grown also foraging provides the perfect excuse for me to immerse myself in nature, I find it deeply grounding and relaxing at the same time.
These wild Rose Hips are the English variety and were handpicked by me in Hampshire. They have beautiful, almost purple flowers and I simply cold process extracted them because I did not want to use heat as it damages the vitamins, minerals and enzymes present within the Rose Hip. Vitamin C is particularly very susceptible to damage by heat so they were processed in what would be construed as raw form as it is less than 130degrees. The benefits of the Rose Hip were extracted into oil, in this case I used organic apricot oil and the results speak for themselves, the colour is beautiful.
Rose Hip it is very high in Vitamin A, but a bioavailable type and Vitamin C, they are also rich in antioxidants. Rose Hip is a wonderful berry that is overlooked and has quite a low sugar content so you can eat plenty of them. Hungarians prize them very highly turning them into jams and preserves however because they have quite a complexed structure within them it is very fickly to turn them into jam, so extracting them into a serum is the best way for me.