This seemingly insignificant tiny berry is actually a powerful organic superfood highly esteemed by Tibetans for centuries as a way to protect their bodies naturally from the wear and tear of everyday life. They call it “Life Oil”.
In Greek legend, it was said that war torn horses were able to recover its full health under the diet of sea buckthorn. The berry was then named hippophae rhamnoides or “tree that makes horses shine”. The use of this organic superfood has also been mentioned in ancient Chinese and Indian medical records as far back as 5000 B.C.
Sea buckthorn berry is a highly adaptable plant that originated in the Himalayas and it has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal and nutritive value. It is a shrub that belongs to the elaeaqnaceae family. It’s a relatively small yellow-orange berry, which is 1/3 the size of a blueberry and is also quite tart due to its high content of vitamin C that is eight times more than that of oranges.
This organic superfood is also a powerhouse of natural antioxidant. It is teeming with flavonoids, phenols, glucosides, terpenes, minerals like selenium, manganese, iron, and copper and vitamins A, E, C and beta carotene, Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, including 190 phytonutrients. And to top it all, sea buckthorn is blessed with the rare Omega-7 fatty acid that can provide a wide array of health benefits that supports your cardiovascular, immunity, digestive and overall well-being. A truly impressive and unique nutritional profile making this tiny phenomenal berry a “must have” in your daily diet.
It is known to relieve cough, alleviate pain, heal and rejuvenate the skin, heals burns, wounds and cuts. It also gives relief to rashes, sunburn, and other minor skin damages.
Precautions to take: When taken as a medicine, sea buckthorn may cause some health concerns. Individuals with bleeding disorders may be at risk of bleeding and bruising due to slow blood clotting. Avoid consuming sea buckhorn at least a couple of weeks before a scheduled surgery. It is also known to lower blood pressure and blood sugar and may cause an adverse effect on persons under medication, extreme care must be observed. Use of buckthorn oil is not recommended for individuals with kidney and liver problems as well.
Did you know that victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster were treated with sea buckthorn to heal their burned skin and that the special nutrition program of Russian cosmonauts includes sea buckthorns? Such is the amazing power of this organic superfood!
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