Dr. Oz recently aired an episode where he sang the praises of a tiny plant, Sea Buckthorn. It is a flowing herb that has been used medicinally since 5000 BC to treat a wide variety of symptoms. Now, it seems to do everything but file your taxes. It is one of the most balanced fruit given to us by nature, boasting over 190 active nutrients! I’m not preaching miracles or magic but this plant is certainly worth looking into.
Externally: Sea Buckthorn berry oil and seed oil are used to prevent sunburn and heal minor wounds like cuts and burns. that’s nothing that aloe and vitamin E can’t do. I was more impressed by this little berry’s ability to treat radiation damage and skin ulcers. The icing on the cake is its application as an acne and skin discoloration treatment, both of which have plagued me for quite some time. (When I get my hands on some seed oil I will update you all on its effects after a few months.)
Internally: Oils from Sea Buckthorn’s seeds and berries are used to reduce cancer-related illnesses, minimize toxicity due to cancer treatments, and stabilize the immune system. The plant has been used to loosen phlegm, treat asthma and chest pain as well as ulcers, intestinal diseases, and acid reflux. Lower your cholesterol and blood pressure with its oils as well. If you’ve avoided all of those problems, don’t discredit the little berry just yet. It is also known to help maintain brain function and vision as we age. That’s a benefit that we can all use.
Why Is It So Awesome? Sea Buckthorn is packed with vitamins, antioxidants and minerals that our bodies crave. It’s got Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, D, E, K and P. It is also a source of amino acids, folic acid, fatty acids, beta-carotene, flavonoids, and phenols. Want some minerals? Sea Buckthorn will give you 20. If that isn’t enough, nature decided to make it one of the few (if not only) plant that has omega 3, 6, 7, and 9. Sea Buckthorn is one powerful plant. There might be something better hanging around in the Amazon but Western medicine hasn’t identified it yet and I’m not waiting around.
How Can We Get It? Sea Buckthorn products come in berry oil, seed oil, teas, jellies, sauces and purees. You may not find it under the label “Sea Buckthorn” so you may want to search for the names below. It’s a lengthy list so you may want to print it and bring it with you to the health food store: Argousier, Argasse, , Buckthorn, Dhar-Bu, Chharma, Grisset, Espino Armarillo, Finbar, Espino Falso, Meerdorn, Hippophae rhamnoides, Rokitnik, Oblepikha, Purging Thorn, Sanddorn, Sallow Thorn, Seedorn, Sceitbezien, Sea-Buckthorn, Tindved and Star- Bu.
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