Have you heard about the benefits of Sea Buckthorn Oil? Here are 3 reasons to start indulging your skin with it!
You’ve probably noticed the ecstatic skin oil craze taking place all over the world. There’s good reason for this: our skin responds beautifully to plant oils, readily absorbing the healthy fats, resulting in hydrated and glowing skin. In fact, plant oils are deeply nourishing for our skin and nervous system because the oil actually penetrates the skin, soothing all the nerve endings which reside just below the surface.
It’s no wonder people have always adored oils—ever since our ancestors learned how to squeeze them out of plants. And with today’s technology, we are learning to enhance the quality of the oils we have access to, making them more effective than ever.
Sea Buckthorn Oil is one such incredible plant. It is one of the most nutritious and potent oils being used today.
Sea buckthorn is a shrub that grows along the sea and in the high desert in Europe and Asia. The oil comes from the small orange “berries” of the plant.
In ancient Greece, the leaves, fruit and branches of this shrub were fed to horses to improve their health and make their hair shine. In fact, the scientific name for Sea Buckthorn is Hippophai Rhamnoides, which means something along the lines of “plant that makes the horse shine.”
Even Pegasus, the great winged horse of the heavens, is said to have adored Sea Buckthorn as his favorite food of all.
And the Greeks aren’t the only ancient cultures to speak with great respect for this little shrub: it is also noted in ancient Ayurvedic texts from India, in medical texts from China and in the histories of the Mongolians. Even ancient Tibetan texts reference the plant, calling it the “Holy Fruit of the Himalayas.”
Pretty awesome, right?
And it’s no wonder the ancients doted on this plant: Sea Buckthorn is a powerhouse of health. Internally, it’s excellent for the digestive system, healing the gastrointestinal tract and boosting immunity. It’s also great for the eyes, improving eyesight and moisture level in the eyes (when taken internally).
It’s also been used for heart disease in Asia and is still used as both medicine and food—usually as a jam or juice—throughout parts of Europe, Russia, and Asia.
As people have continued to use this plant over the centuries, our technology for how to harness the healing power has also evolved. We now use either cold pressing or CO2 extraction which produces a very potent oil, thanks to the ability to keep all of the lipids, vitamins and other nutrients intact. The CO2 extraction is so powerful, that, much like an essential oil, it is recommended to only use a few drops at a time, diluted in another carrier oil.
Sea Buckthorn actually produces two different kinds of oil: that of the fruit, which is a lovely dark red to red-orange in color and viscous in quality; and that of the small dark seeds, which is yellow-orange in color and of a thinner quality. The smell of both is sea-musk.
The two oils are similar but do have a different nutrient profile—though both are excellent—and are especially effective when mixed together.
Sea Buckthorn oil contains a staggering amount of nutrients, including a huge range of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It is also the only plant known to contain the fatty acids Omega 3, 6, 9 and 7 (usually only found in meat). This power house of nutrients has given Sea Buckthorn the distinguishing title of Super Fruit and is the reason for the popular fervor for the plant.
However, these nutrients also make the Sea Buckthorn oil an incredible ally for the skin. Indeed, the oil is used for everything from skin wounds, burns, rashes, eczema, wrinkles, age spots and acne.
As Susan Parker, author of The Power of the Seed puts it, Sea Buckthorn “has the ability to promote regeneration of skin cells and mucous membranes, heal wounds, and ease pain. …[it is] an exceptionally nourishing ingredient in caring for the skin.”
Sea Buckthorn is a natural protector against UV damage, thanks to the extremely high Vitamin A carotenes and carotenoids content—as evidenced by the extreme orange color of the oil.
It is also super high in antioxidants (including incredible levels of Vitamin C, A & E) which protect against free radicals, thus preventing damage to cell walls and DNA structure.
Additionally wonderful is the high Omega 3 and 6 content. These fatty acids improve the skins moisture barrier preventing dryness. In this supple state, the skin is more able to protect itself against damage. The fatty acids also support the nervous system, which, as mentioned above, is quite entwined with the skin, and essential to whole body health.
Sea Buckthorn is the only plant to contain Omega 7, a super skin and joint ally thanks to it’s ability to increase collagen production. Collagen is essential for tissue regeneration and makes the skin flexible and supple, thus reducing fine lines and wrinkles and encouraging bright, clear skin.
Indeed, Sea Buckthorn is so good at promoting skin cell turnover, that it is used to heal burns and other minor skin injuries that require skin regeneration.
Thanks to its antibacterial qualities Sea Buckthorn is also helpful for cleansing the skin and treating acne. It also absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue, meaning it won’t clog pores and lead to more outbreaks.
It is anti-inflammatory, making it good for eczema, redness associated with acne and other rashes. It is also nourishing to the nervous system, which can help calm the stress associated with uncomfortable skin conditions.
Sea Buckthorn oil is an amazing ally for the skin and an excellent candidate to include in your creams and serums for healthy, happy skin.
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