For thousands of years, the sea buckthorn plant has been used as a natural preventative medicine and remedy for many sicknesses and diseases. Often referred to as the ‘holy fruit of the Himalayas’, its leaves, flowers, seeds, and fruits are an essential ingredient in many medicines.
Also referred to as sandthorn, sallowthorn, or seaberry, the sea buckthorn plant is a small shrub that is extremely hardy, disease resistant, and grows at a variety of altitudes. It is native to the northern hemisphere along the Atlantic coasts of Europe across to the northern Himalayas, northwestern Mongolia, and central Asia. Today sea buckthorn can be found in the northern regions of North America as well.
Why Sea Buckthorn?
The sea buckthorn plant can typically be found in dry, sandy areas, usually close to water bodies in the wild. It is incredibly resilient to salt-spray and is often used in land reclamation and soil erosion prevention projects such as the beachfront adjacent to highways.
A popular element in traditional Chinese, Tibetan, and Ayurvedic medicines, sea buckthorn exhibits many natural pharmaceutical properties. These include heart support, diabetes prevention, improving sight, and cleansing the lungs. History suggests that sea buckthorn was also used in healing by the ancient Greeks.
Here are some of the awesome benefits of sea buckthorn:
The Sea Buckthorn Leaves and Flowers
Sea buckthorn leaves and flowers are chock full of vitamins, anti-toxins, and antioxidants, as well as amino acids, natural fatty acids, and minerals. They can be used to treat gout, gastrointestinal ulcers, arthritis, and skin rashes.
When boiled to make tea, sea buckthorn leaves can lower your cholesterol level, improve blood pressure, and boost your immunity to heart diseases. Its natural protein building blocks can help you better prevent and control blood vessel diseases.
The leaves also contain high amounts of quercetin, an antioxidant that protects against free radicals, which cause damage to the body at a cellular level. They have been linked to cancer prevention, disease prevention such as with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as anti-aging.
The Sea Buckthorn Berry
The sea buckthorn plant produces little bright orange berries that contain an impressive amount of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B9, and E, as well as high levels of vitamin C. Sea buckthorn berries are also used to balance the immune system, prevent infections, improve sight, support the cardiovascular system, assist with insulin control, soothe the toxicity of chemotherapy, and fight cancer-related diseases. Some people have reported seeing improvements with digestive system health when used to fight symptoms of stomach and intestinal ulcers, and heartburn.
In many parts of Asia and Europe, the juice from sea buckthorn berries is consumed for its high concentration of essential proteins, amino acids, omega fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. You can find sea buckthorn oil extracted from the berries in many cosmetics and anti-aging products.
The Sea Buckthorn Seeds
Sea buckthorn seeds have long been used in traditional Chinese medicine as an organic expectorant for aiding respiration. Sea buckthorn seed oil can be used to treat asthma, eliminate phlegm and prevent against various heart disorders.
People suffering from chest pain and high cholesterol have also found the oil to be quite beneficial. Rich in antioxidants, sea buckthorn seeds help in the prevention of blood vessel diseases and slowing the decline of brain functionality with age.
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