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.
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.
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 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 hyperpigmentation
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, add them in sea buckthorn desserts 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 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!
Sunday 19th of January 2020
Hello Ruxandra, Here is how I do it: I mix half portion of blended berries with half portion of honey. Then I keep this mix in glass jars into the fridge for two weeks for soaking. Every day I shake the jar. After 2 week, I take 1 table spoon in the morning on the empty stomach. I never get cold ( or take any flu).
Friday 24th of January 2020
Hi, Andrei. Thank you for the idea! This way the taste is better too.
Saturday 23rd of February 2019
Great introduction to the miracle berry. I’d like to introduce everyone to my website where i sell quality sea buckthorn products. On my online store you can purchase, organic frozen seaberries, sea buckthorn oil, and even sea buckthorn plants!
Thursday 13th of December 2018
Thank you very much for this article. Very informative and well-written. I have a question about the seeds - I use frozen seabuckthorn berries in smoothies and the seeds just float to the bottom of the smoothie. I keep thinking that there is probably good nutrition in them too but haven't been able to find anything online about their potential uses (other than that they can be extracted into seed oil but I don't have the ability to do that at home.). Do you know of any uses for the seeds? Or should I just blend my smoothies a bit longer so that they are simply ground up into the smoothie? Thank you
Tuesday 22nd of January 2019
Thank you! Sure, the seeds offer nutritional value as well. You could just grind and eat them as well. If you blend the smoothies longer, the seeds will be processed as well. If you don't like to drink the smoothies with the seeds, you can try straining them.
Monday 8th of October 2018
How do you make tea out of the sea buckthorn leaves Should they be dried or can they just be frozen Thanks for your help
Thursday 18th of October 2018
You can make tea from both fresh and dry leaves. I prefer to dry them for teas.
Wednesday 26th of April 2017
Sea Buckthorn Vitamin bomb with a bang, well done!