Use of Sea buckthorn
Sea buckthorn has a long history of use in folk medicine, dating
back thousands of years. Tibetan doctors during the Tang dynasty
used it to help relieve various health problems. It is renowned in
Ayurvedic medicine as far back as 5000 BC.11 In 12 BC, the ancient
Greeks used it to treat various health issues. In Tibet, Russia,
Mongolia, and China, sea buckthorn is known to help relieve cough,
promote blood circulation, aid digestion, and alleviate pain.
Sea buckthorn oil is well-known today for its healing and
rejuvenating effects on the skin. When used topically, it’s a great
natural cleanser and exfoliator. It can also help heal burns, cuts,
wounds, sunburn, rashes, and other types of skin damage. Using sea
buckthorn oil daily helps slow down the signs of aging by
nourishing the tissues in your skin and body.
Composition of Sea Buckthorn Oil
Sea buckthorn berry is becoming as popular as pomegranate and acai
berry because of its very impressive nutritional profile. It
contains over 190 nutrients and phytonutrients, including vitamin
C, which is 12 times higher than that of an orange. It also
contains high amounts of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein,
making it a powerful superfood.
This berry also has as much vitamin E as wheat germ, three times
more vitamin A than carrots, and four times more superoxide
dismutase (SOD), an important enzyme that helps prevent free
radical damage, than ginseng.Plus, it’s the only plant source that
contains omega 3, 6, 9, and 7.
Seabuckthorn seed and fruit oil are rich in nutrients such as
carotenoids, tocotrienols, and tocopherols. They are loaded with
antioxidants like phenols, terpenes, and glucosides; vitamins A, C,
and E; beta-carotene; plant sterols; and trace elements such as
copper, iron, selenium, and manganese.
Sea buckthorn oil is an important plant food source of
polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are an important structural
component of mucous membranes. However, there is a major difference
between the fatty acid composition of the two sea buckthorn oils.
The major fatty acids in seed oil are omega 3 and 6, particularly
linoleic acid and alpha-linoleic acid (comprising 70 percent).
Meanwhile, the fruit oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids and
omega 7 (palmitoleic and palmitic acid).
Benefits of Sea Buckthorn Oil
The unique high fatty acid content of sea buckthorn oil and the
wealth of nutrients it contains make it one of the most
health-promoting herbal oils today. It’s believed to have high
antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties that help
promote total body wellness.
Here are some potential benefits of sea buckthorn oil:
· Promote skin health. Oral and topical applications of sea
buckthorn oil both have benefits on skin problems. It promotes skin
hydration, elasticity, and skin regeneration, and even helps treat
and prevent acne. Sea buckthorn oil may also be beneficial for
rosacea, a chronic inflammatory condition that causes small red
bumps on the face.
· Help with weight management. Experts say that the fatty acids in
sea buckthorn oil helps signal your body to stop storing fat.
According to Dr. Mehmet Oz, the oil can even help keep off weight
for longer periods compared to conventional weight loss programs.
· Help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The vitamin B12 in
this herbal oil can help improve cognitive decline.The omega-3s and
other fatty acids in this oil may also contribute to this benefit.
· Promote healing of ulcer and gastroesophageal reflux disease
(GERD). Sea buckthorn oil can help soothe the mucosal tissue in the
digestive tract, and may also be useful in treating gastric ulcers.
It can also work for other GI tract problems, including upset
stomach, dyspepsia, and constipation.
· Relieves dry eyes. Sea buckthorn oil provides relief from dry
eye, a condition commonly seen in older people and menopausal women
and is often caused by hormonal changes. According to Dr. Tori
Hudson, a study found that oral supplementation of sea buckthorn
oil in individuals with dry eyes for three months had a positive
effect on osmolarity and dry eye symptoms, such as burning and
· Prevents liver damage. An animal study found that this herbal oil
has a potent hepaprotective activity due to its potent antioxidant
power. The oil reduces the concentrations of aflatoxins in the
liver and diminishes their adverse effects.Another clinical study,
published in the Journal of Clinical Science, found that it helps
normalize liver enzymes and serum bile acids.