This article was authored by Klaus Ferlow, HMH (Honorary Master Herbalist), innovator, lecturer, researcher, writer, founder Ferlow Botanical Enterprises Ltd, Vancouver, B.C. manufacturing/distributing organic toxin-free medicinal herbal and personal care products to professional health & wellness practitioners in Canada and parts of USA since 1993.
Women around the world want smooth, young looking, velvety, silky soft, glowing wrinkle free skin and Mother Nature is providing them a wonderful rosehip seed oil, called Rosa Mosqueta (Rosa Aff. Rubiginosa, the name Rosa Mosqueta was given by aboriginals). It grows in the southern slopes of the high Andes, in the pollution free environment of Southern Chile. It has been a beauty secret of Chilean women for centuries. Its flowers are pink and as the petals drop, the plant develops a colourful orange, red seed pod. When the seeds of these pods are pressed they release an oil exceptionally rich in unsaturated and essential fatty acids (E.F.A.'s), including oleic (15-20%), Gamma linoleic (44-50%) and linolenic (30-35%) and are primarily Omega 3 and 6. Omega 6 is also known as Gamma linoleic acid. (G.L.A.) G.L.A. is needed by the body to produce compounds required to heal scar tissue and maintain soft, silky, velvety healthy looking skin. In addition to a high concentration of E.F.A.'s Rosa Mosqueta oil contains Trans-Retinoic acid, a natural form of Vitamin A. This naturally occurring compound is part of the explanation why the Rosa Mosqueta oil and cream is so effective for scarring and anti-aging inclusive pigmentation.
The unique properties of Rosa Mosqueta seed oil (RMSO) were discovered through a planned research project. A team of researchers from the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacology at the University of Concepcion, the most prestigious private University in Chile, completed a study in 1983 in order to evaluate the positive action of the oil in the skin regeneration process.
This two year study focused on the cicatrizing of RMSO. During this time, an oil preparation was applied to 180 patients with surgical, traumatic and post-burning scars as well as to a group suffering from premature aging. The results were remarkable. It was found the RSMO produced an effective regenerative action on the skin. Continuous application of the oil effectively helped in attenuating scars and wrinkles, in preventing advancement of premature aging, and in regaining lost skin's natural colour and tone.
Since then, numerous studies on RSMO have been completed at various Universities in Chile and other countries with the emphasis on the clinical and therapeutic use of the oil. The findings from the University of Concepcion, Chile opened the door for use in the herbal products and cosmetics industry. Today RMSO is used world-wide in the medical and cosmetic fields. It is also used as a special active ingredient by many prestigious cosmetic companies in Europe, North America and Latin America successfully.
In 1988 two researchers Dr. Berta Pareja from the Faculty of Pharmacology and Biochemistry at the UNMSM in Lima, Peru and R. Horst Kehl, from the School of Pharmacology at the University of Missouri, successfully identified the presence of Retinoic acid as the component responsible for the remarkable pharmacological properties of the oil. Retinoic acid is a derivative of Retinol (Vitamin A) and is marked as Tretinoin. The therapeutic effects of the tropical application of Tretinoin in the treatment of a variety of dermatologic disorders have been well researched and recognized for almost 30 years. The most significant results have been produced in the treatment of photo-aged skin, skin damaged by excessive exposure to sunlight. Tretinoin can produce quick and positive changes in the skin without secondary side effects, because the Retinoic acid contained in RSMO is in a natural state as part of a complex system of unsaturated fatty acids. Therefore its action is controlled and slowly released by nature, eliminating the risk of overdoses. Their findings were published, entitled "Contribution to Identification and Application of active components in Rosa Aff. Rubignosa."
Essential fatty acids are needed to produce hormone like substances called prostaglandins that are used to repair skin tissue. Similar results were found by the doctors and researchers at Dermatology clinic of the University of Seville, Spain. Dr. Leonardo Rusowsky, surgeon at Enrique Deformes Hospital in Santiago, Chile, acting as president of the Corporation for aid to children with burns is currently researching the healing properties of the oil and has stated that it improves the texture and quality of the skin by increasing its elasticity, flattens out scarring and improves the colour of scars and surrounding skin.
Rosa Mosqueta oil has healing and beauty properties well known by native Chileans for generations, and recently validated by scientific researchers worldwide!
And here is a remarkable true story that I personally was involved in 13 years ago. One of our professional Consultants brought me in contact with a young lady in Abbotsford, British Columbia. As a child she played with matches and had all over her body first, second and third degrees burns except her face. She showed me the burns on her arms and legs and there was no skin and it looked like brown leather with lots of deep post-burn and traumatic scars and there was absolutely no flexibility. She told me that she did not have a boyfriend since she could never get intimate with him and would not take off her cloth at night. I told her how to use our Rosa Mosqueta oil first on her arms and within 3-4 month there was an incredible improvement and one could actually see that the oil had penetrated through the three layers of the "leather-skin" and had slowly created from the inside-out new skin. After 10 month using continuously the oil the results were even more astounding and even the colour of the skin started to look normal. Two month later I met her again and she had tears in her eyes and told me that the skin on the rest of her body had come back and that she has now a boy friend, got engaged and that they are planning getting married in the near future. Her words to me:"This has been for me a miracle" and she gave me a big hug and I felt very happy for her.
I can tell you about my own experience: I inherited very sensitive skin from my mother and therefore get easily sunburns on my face, especially my forehead. When this happened I immediately put lots of Rosa Mosqueta oil on the skin, a second time before retirement and next day in the morning there is no redness, no blistering or scaling of the skin because the skin was dehydrated and absorbed the oil like a sponge.
Dr. Hans Harbst, Head of Radiology for the Chilean Force and Oncologist at Indisa Clinic in Santiago, Chile said:
"As a radiotherapist, I have worked with many patients that have been operated and therefore have scars. Also the radiation to which they are exposed may produce secondary effects on the skin such as inflammation, darkening and dermatitis. These effects are in most cases unavoidable because in the same way that a surgeon leaves a scar when he or she operates, a radiotherapist leaves a mark on the radiated areas, which are not injuries as such but skin reactions. This means a problem for the patient, especially when he or she are left with marks in areas exposed to view like the face, head or neck. I have applied RMSO oil on all types of skin and it acts on scars reducing hyper-pigmentation, flattering hypertrophia (bulky scars) and loosening up fibrous chords. All these effects end up in a nearly complete attenuation of scars."
To date, Rosa Mosqueta oil has helped in the recovery of thousands of burn victims and is currently being used by several teams of plastic surgeons in the treatment of scars.
The most effective way to benefit from RMSO by using it as a skin rehydrator. As we age, oil glands diminish in size. People produce 10 times more oil at age 25 than at age 50. This condition is aggravated by climatic and environmental conditions such as dryness and air toxicity. Due to a lack of oil and depleted moisture, the skin starts to deteriorate. RMSO with is high absorbing level penetrates the skin almost instantly to restore this needed moisture balance.
It is important to know that histological changes (the ones that can not be observable) precede clinical manifestation (the ones that can be observed) by a least a decade - this is why PREVENTION is of paramount importance.
Here is a summary about the effectiveness of this wonderful, unrefined without additives (preferable certified organic) Rosa Mosqueta oil, the anti-aging secret of the Andes:
. regeneration of skin cells and repair of damages tissues
. shows to retard the signs of premature aging of the skin (sun and light damage)
. provides excellent results in the treatment of burns, inclusive sun burns, age spots, brown and unsightly spots
. reduces wrinkles or "crows feet" around the eyes and mouth and counters the drying of the skin
. attenuate scars (surgical, accidental, traumatic, post-burn) and improves the colour of the same
. reduces the redness or hyper pigmentation.
. provides excellent results in treatment of skin used before and after exposed to radiotherapy
. avoids the formation of keloid type of scars (lumps) which may appear after surgical procedure and helps to make less apparent scars left by acne or chickenpox
. works well on stretch marks after giving birth, eczema & dry skin, thread veins, broken capillaries
. the high content of vitamin C provides remarkable tissue rejuvenation and regeneration of the the skin
. fights the effects of photo-aging which is characterized by wrinkles, yellowed, lax, rough, leathery, inelastic and/or coarse skin with spotted or hypo pigmentation
. very effective on leg ulcers and offers therapeutic effects in wound healing
. effective in the therapy of multiple military osteoma cutis of the face, particularly when the lesions are small and superficial.
. fatty acids have very important functions in the regeneration of skin cells and repair of damaged tissues.
. the oil and cream can be applied directly to wounds or for skin healing
Please note that the Rosa Mosqueta oil is unsuitable for use on very oily skin, however, most people have a dry skin.
How to get the best results from using Rosa Mosqueta oil and cream?
Simply massage a few drops of the oils or cream into the skin in the morning and evening before bedtime, using a circular motion until nothing is on the surface of the skin and it is totally absorbed. People who are very sensitive should avoid contact with the eyes (most people have no allergic reaction) and important nutrients will be directly delivered to where they are needed to repair your skin. The oil can be applied around the eyes.It will start to do its work from the first application but visible results can take up to six weeks. When applying the oil make sure it is fully absorbed before using the Rosa Mosqueta cream.
Remember the saying: "You are what you eat?" Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables daily, which are rich in antioxidant Vitamin A, C and E that protect your skin cells from oxidative damage. Taking Vitamin C supplement is a good idea because it is essential for the formation of collagen and tissue repair. Zinc is essential for the production of new skin cells and certified organic pumpkin seed are one of the best. Make sure that your diet contains good levels of essential fatty acids (E.F.A.'s), found in oily fish, fruit, nuts, seeds and legumes. Avoid sun exposure which causes the formation of free radicals which damage your skin cells and can even lead to melanoma, skin cancer. Try to eliminate consumption of saturated fats (trans-fats in junk food), refined sugar, salt, stimulants and processed food and pop drinks. Alcohol, smoking and coffee have also a negative effect on your skin since caffeine can block or reduce your ability to absorb nutrients, so never take your supplements with tea or coffee and avoid drinking tea or coffee at meal times.
Furthermore it is very important to exercise every day.
When purchasing Rosa Mosqueta oil or Rosa Mosqueta cream always make sure that is is a certified organic, unrefined 100% pure oil. Blended oils do not have the high concentration of active ingredients. It is essentially a rosehip oil and the difference is that the Rosa Mosqueta oil comes from Chile only. The domestic varieties of rosehip oils do not have the high content of essential fatty acids which makes the Rosa Mosqueta oil so effective and unique.
The natural force within each of us is the greatest healer.
Hippocrates (Greek Physician 460 - 377 BC)
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This information is offered for its educational value only and should not be used in the diagnose, treatment, or prevention of disease. Any attempt to diagnose and treat illness should come under the direction of your health care practitioner.