Heavy rain has arrived here, but it's still very warm for the time of the year. A few days ago while walking I came across a group of Wild Rose bushes. They were a tangled mess of branches and fruit with bolting offshoots reaching for the afternoon sun.
Rosehips are rarely harvested here in Italy. A few people make jam or a type of paste, but I've rarely
come across it, in this region at least.
I think it's more common to use them in England.
My parents still remember picking bagfuls of rosehips during the the Second World War.
Due to rationing and lack of fresh fruit and vegetables the British government paid a few pennies to children to collect rosehips. The children also competed for badges for the best collectors. The hips were collected at schools and health centres and sent off to Newcastle to be made into syrup to be given to babies and young children.
When collecting rosehips it's a good idea to have a pair of work gloves or some garden snips. Rosehips don't come off easily and if you pull to hard the branches catapult backwards. The thorns can be very irritating. Look at my poor thumb!! I only collected a pocketful as I didn't have anything with me or even a bag.
I was lucky to spot one bush with both a flower and rosehips. It must have been a bit confused due to the warm weather.
I got the idea from an old magazine "Le erbe" printed in the 1970's. I love thrift shops and really miss UK charity shops, but there are a few good second hand shops here where I often pick up old herb, cookery or gardening books for next to nothing. The magazines I found have lots of recipes for herbal remedies. Listed under "Cosmetic Uses" it says that fresh blended rosehips are a very effective way to brighten, smooth and tone the skin.
Fresh Hip Mask
Handful of Hips(Rosa Canina)
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons plain yoghurt
2 tablespoons green clay(for oily skins)
for mature skins
Cut the hips in half.
Remove the hairs and seeds
Wash carefully to remove any remaining hairs
Dry on a paper towel
Blend with honey and yoghurt
Apply to skin and leave for 10-15 mins
(Try not to eat it)
for young skins
Add the clay to the above mixture
Apply for 5-10mins
Keep remaining mask in the fridge for up to a week only
We all tried it and had a laugh. It also definitely brightened our pallid Autumn complexions a little.