Hippophae rhamnoides, also known as sea buckthorn, is a shrub that can grow up to 6 meters tall and comes with stiff, thorny branches. Its leaves are lanceolate with pale silvery-green tone. The roots spread out widely and rapidly. The herb grows abundantly in the mountainous regions of Central Europe and Asia.
The plant is highly valued for its golden-orange fruits that are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, flavonoids, folic acid, carotenoids, organic acids, fatty acids, and oils, and other health-giving nutrients. The leaves contain triterpenes, and are used in making teas.
Sea Buckthorn Benefits
Several laboratory studies show that the alcohol extracts coming from the flavonoids present in Sea Buckthorn can protect bone marrow from all forms of damage caused by radiation. It can also accelerate the recovery process of damaged bone marrow cells. It has potent properties designed to strengthen the immunity and inhibit the possible growth of tumor.
The flavonoids in the herb also help regulate inflammatory agents, which also works in reducing the stress of cardiac muscle tissues. This specific action is beneficial for the body because it lowers cholesterol levels, reduces the production of pathogenic thromboses, and improves overall cardiac functions. Recently, several preparations in terms of using Sea Buckthorn have been developed to treat heart diseases and prevent stroke and heart attacks.
Sea Buckthorn also has oil extracts that protect the liver against the damaging effects of toxic substances. In one clinical trial, the herb’s extracts were found useful when it comes to normalizing immune system indicators associated with liver deterioration and inflammation, as well as hepatic enzymes and serum bile acids.
The seed oil present in Sea Buckthorn is effective in managing gastric ulcers. It works by regulating pro-inflammatory agents to lessen inflammation and normalize gastric acid output.
Palmitoleic acid, a skin component, is one of the ingredients of the Sea Buckthorn oil. It is recognized as a powerful topical agent, making it effective in treating skin injuries and wounds, including burns and cuts. When administered orally and in sufficient quantities, this fatty acid nourishes and softens the skin. It is useful in treating atopic dermatitis and other systemic skin disorders.
The oil is also extensively used alone or in combination with other herbs as topical application to soothe and heal burns, infections, scalds, and ulcerations. Its UV-blocking properties make it an ideal ingredient in sunblocks. Horses that feed from the plant were able to develop good, shiny coat, and the fruit of the sea buckthorn is believed to deliver the same benefits.
Using the herb daily can improve your health, and make you feel and look beautiful inside and out.