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Sea buckthorn is a miracle plant that gives us one of the best types of berries in the world. Sea buckthorn berries are incredibly rich in antioxidants and vitamins, especially vitamin C and vitamin A. It is a shame that sea buckthorn berries are not as famous as goji berries because they have very similar health benefits which you’ll discover below. Learn all about sea buckthorn berries, what are their health benefits, how to eat sea buckthorn berries and how to use sea buckthorn extracts and oil for making natural remedies.


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Sea Buckthorn Benefits

The amazing thing about this plant is that not only the berries are good for your health, you can also use its buds or its bark which have anti-inflammatory properties and also help in lowering cholesterol levels.

Anti-cancer properties

Sea buckthorn oil is rich in phytonutrients and anti-cancerous elements. Studies have shown that sea buckthorn oil has a hepatoprotective role, protecting and helping with the regeneration of our liver. Regular use of sea buckthorn can help prevent cancer and liver diseases.

Sea Buckthorn Berries on a wooden panel with sea buckthorn juice in the background

Sea buckthorn benefits for skin

Sea buckthorn oil helps reduce many skin problems, such as premature aging and acne. It can be used in many forms (as oil, extracts, concentrates or fresh berries), bot in internal and external treatments.

Sea buckthorn oil also has skin healing properties and can be applied to the skin to protect against sunburn or heal existing sunburns. It prevents and aids in the healing process of acne, dermatitis, eczema, dry skin and stretch marks.

I use sea buckthorn oil as a night cream. I combined it with some almonds oil and it does miracles to my skin. It hydrates, nourishes, softens and brightens the skin. Best of all – it’s all natural.

Nature has already provided us with great and healthy ways to care for our bodies, so we should take advantage of that (and save a lot of money that we would normally spend on expensive face and body lotions, in the process.) Sea buckthorn berries are just one of many ways you can care for your body in a kind and environmentally conscious way!

Sea buckthorn oil for skin lightening

It may sound too good to be true, but believe me, it’s not. This is a miracle plant with so many amazing uses. It can even be used to treat hyperpigmentation of the skin. So if you want to lighten some skin spots, apply regularly some sea buckthorn oil on those patches of skin.

Sea buckthorn oil for wrinkles

You can also sea buckthorn oil to treat the fine wrinkles around your eyes. The sea buckthorn oil, if used regularly, will improve the collagen production of your skin and thus, softening the wrinkles. Due to its high antioxidant properties, topical application of sea buckthorn oil will help in the repairing process of your skin and thus slowing the skin aging process.

Sea buckthorn oil for acne

Sea buckthorn helps prevent infections by keeping infectious bacteria from causing inflammation in the body.  You can use sea buckthorn oil to treat acne scars and help your skin heal faster. For a more effective treatment, use sea buckthorn both internally and externally. You can apply the oil on the skin and in the same time drink sea buckthorn juice daily or take sea buckthorn capsules.

Sea buckthorn benefits for hair

If you want healthy, shiny and strong hair, sea buckthorn oil is your pal! 🙂 Weekly use of the sea buckthorn hair treatment below will clean out the hair follicles, increase hair elasticity, maintain the moisture of the hair shaft and protect it and also make the hair grow faster!

Sea buckthorn hair treatment recipe

  • 1 Tbsp sea buckthorn oil
  • 1 Tbsp castor oil
  • 10 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 10 drops of chili pepper tincture

Mix everything and apply on the hair, starting from the scalp. It’s best to apply this in the evening, wrap your hair in a towel and let it work overnight. Wash your hair in the morning. Repeat the process once a week or once every two weeks.

Sea buckthorn oil for weight loss

Moreover, sea buckthorn berries help you lose weight by inhibiting your appetite and at the same time fueling your body with vitamins. Studies have shown that sea buckthorn oil helps maintain normal blood sugar levels, thus also combating type 2 diabetes. It also minimizes the spikes in blood sugar levels after meals.

How to eat Sea Buckthorn Berries

There are two ways I like to eat sea buckthorn berries. The first is juicing them and the second is combining them with honey and eating them whole. Alternatively, you can also freeze them for later use or simply take sea buckthorn oil capsules or sea buckthorn extract pills.

Sea Buckthorn Juice Benefits

Sea buckthorn berries can be easily juiced. Use a cold pressed juicer if you can. After juicing, you can dilute the sea buckthorn juice with some water and don’t forget to add some honey or any other healthy sweetener too. These berries are really sour!

Sea Buckthorn Berries Juice in a jar with fresh sea buckthorn berries on the table

Sea buckthorn berries with honey

Sea Buckthorn berries with honey are truly amazing when it comes to curing sore throat and flu. Really! It does miracles. It is also recommended to eat 1-2 tsp daily, each morning on empty stomach. It acts as a great immunostimulant.

How to make sea buckthorn tea

You can simply buy it online or make it yourself! If you have some fresh berries, all you need is to dehydrate them. Once they’re dry, store them in paper bags.

Sea buckthorn tea recipe

  • 2 Tbsps dry sea buckthorn berries
  • 1 cup water

Add the berries and water into a pot. Bring to a boil then remove from heat and cover with a lid. Let them infuse for 10 minutes. Pour the tea into a cup and add some honey or lemon juice (optional).


Search for sea buckthorn berries at your local farmers’ market. Buckthorn berries can only be found in fresh food markets around this time of year (late summer). Alternatively, buy online sea buckthorn oil or sea buckthorn capsules or softgels.

Have you ever heard of sea buckthorn berries? Did you use them in any particular way? I would love to learn how you use these miracle berries and learn some new recipes. Looking forward to your comments!

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39 Comments on “Sea Buckthorn Berries | Benefits. Recipes. Natural Remedies.”

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  2. Hi i just picked alot of buckthorn berries , how does one go about freezing juice and how long could it be good for. I will try the honey recipe and the ginger sounds great
    kind regards

  3. I have almost a forest of these trees near me at the seaside and have also bought two for my garden – the grey leaves are so beautiful against the orange berries and apparently make a good tea? We visited the Viking Ship Museum in Denmark and they are served in the cafe there as apparently they were well loved by the Vikings.
    However, I want to make a curd or compote to fill some layers in my daughter’s wedding cake. I have several full branches in the freezer. All the bought versions are much too sweet, the manufacturers overcompensate by adding far too much sugar for the delicious punchy tartness. Any suggestions as to ratios to get a nice punchy flavour please Gourmandelle?

    1. Hi Dawn! Yes, seabuckthorn leaves are great for tea. You can also dehydrate the berries and make tea with them. It’s delicious! 🙂 I never used them in desserts so I cannot recommend you anything. But you can give it a try. Taste and test. Hope it will turn out great! 🙂

  4. Thanks for all the info people. My sister planted a couple of trees given to her several years ago and this year I noticed she as berries. This “Vitamin Bomb” as peaked my interests in more ways then one. I have few questions…. Is it just a mixture of honey and berries? If so what is the ratio or do I just sweeten to taste? Would water in the jar with the honey and berries lessen the effects of the berries.

    A Newfoundlanders Curiosity.

    1. Yes, I usually mix the berries with honey because they are so tart! The ratio depends on each person’s preferences. I prefer it with less honey and more berries. I wouldn’t add any water though, only if they are consumed quickly and/or kept in the fridge. If you store them in honey, you can keep them for even a year in the pantry! You can also juice them 🙂

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    I’ll make sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your useful info. Thanks for the post. I will definitely comeback.

  10. Hy! Just discovered your blog and I must admit, I am pretty amazed! A wonderful job! As for buckthorn berries, yes, they are wonderful for our health. I am eating each morning buckthorn berries with honey, lemon and a bit of ginger. Great!

    1. Thank you Roxana! I’m really glad you like it! Love the ginger combination and I think I’m gonna try it myself 😀 My frozen sea buckthorn berries stock is finished and can’t wait to find them again at the farmers market 🙂

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  12. These fruits are amazing! For few years I had serious problems with my throat, fever and even temporarly loss of voice.I tried all types of antibiotics and injections with no results. 2 years ago a doctor which has a lot of experience told me about the fact even she works in a hospital at the Infectious diseases while tooking a teaspoon of Sea Buckthorn Berries with Honey every day she never took any disease from the patiences she takes care for years.

    Since then I didn’t had any serious flu nor get ill! I used to prepare also tea if you dry the fruits and branches to keep over the winter.

    If you want to be sure that you will be healthy don’t hesitate to try these amazing fruits!

    1. It’s great to find out that doctors prescribe natural remedies to their patients. Few doctors are like that.

      One of my friends caught a bad cold a couple of weeks ago. I told him not to take any meds and I treated him naturally. Sea buckthorn with honey, hot teas and inhalations with essential oils. He was as good as new after just a few days! Nature is amazing 🙂

  13. My Mum used to make me drink a shot glass full of juice as a kid – without sweetener… It took me over thirty years (!) to overcome that trauma 🙂
    So everyone: make sure you sweeten these things!!! If you do, they have a great, unique flavour – and I can testify that my immune system is great 🙂
    How to get them: Here in Bavaria, but this tree is really common along rivers – so even if I’ve never seen them at a market, it just means taking a short autumn walk next to a river and I’ve got enough for the year. (Since the river paths usually are not private property anyone can take the berries.)

  14. Great advertisement of these wonderful vitamin-packed berries!
    They are rather popular in my country (Latvia) and I guess they also grow in other northern countries. But they are eaten little because they are really sour. They are also very hard to pick because of the sharp thorns. Normally you don’t eat them fresh but you should… if you could! 🙂
    I make jam with these berries and it is really really delicious. Super healthy, fragrant and beautiful!

    1. Thanks Baiba!

      Yes they’re really sour! But combined with honey they’re perfect! I never made jam but I tried a store-bought one and it was delicious! I know they’re hard to pick..that’s the reason why it’s almost a miracle when I find them at my local farmer’s market.

      Hope to find some more. I’d love to make jam too. I’ll ask you for the recipe 🙂

    1. Thanks Julia! These berries are usually found in Europe but not necessarily. They usually grow spontaneous as they’re wild berries. Try looking for them online. You may not find them fresh but you can find sea buckthorn oil, syrup or dry sea buckthorn berries, which are great also!

  15. It's great that you have a sea buckthorn tree! Sea buckthorn berries are sour but if you mix them with honey or any other natural sweetener the taste will no longer be a problem; their juice will taste like lemonade combined with orange juice, so it is quite pleasant.

  16. I've read somewhere that the sea buckthorns are a bit tarter than goji… do you find that to be the case?..

    At any rate, its gotten me to buy my own tree…. thanks!

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