Sea buckthorn is an herb; the leaves, flowers and fruits of which have been used for centuries in both Europe and Asia as food and medicine. Originating in the Himalayas, this fruit is now grown all over the world, and its popping up in products from juices to jams to skin care.
Oil from the sea buckthorn fruit is rich in vitamin C and E, carotenoids and essential fatty acids, all of which have beneficial medicinal properties for the following treatments:
1. Lose weight
2. GI Healing
Its anti-ulcer compounds combined with its natural anti-inflammatories make sea buckthorn an excellent choice for tummy troubles. The oil appears to provide a protective and healing coating to the stomach and gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
3. Cancer fighter
4. Reduce Cognitive and Motor Impairment
5. Boost Your Immune System and Fight Disease
It’s no surprise that any thing this rich in nutrients would also boost the immune system. Its ability to lower certain inflammation has also linked sea buckthorn to reduced levels of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
6. Improve your skin
7. Calm your skin
Sea buckthorn oil can be great for irritated skin as well. Omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation (and therefore redness), burning and itching while vitamin E helps heal skin quickly and reduce scarring.
Topical application of sea buckthorn oil has been reported for skin therapy including sun, heat, chemical and radiation burns, eczema and poorly healing wounds. Russian cosmonauts used sea buckthorn cream for protection from cosmic radiation.
Food-wise, sea buckthorn can be rather tart when eaten raw, so it’s often found cooked down in jams, as a syrup in baked goods or most commonly, in supplement form as a concentrated juice or capsule.