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From Siberia With Health

Sea buckthorn has been famous for its healing properties since ancient times. Because of the bright orange berries, it has many names: "Orange Queen", "Sunny berry", "Golden Tree", and due to the light pineapple flavor, the berry is called "Siberian pineapple".

Many mistakenly think that only sea buckthorn berries have healing properties, but this is far from the case. Sea buckthorn is a truly unique plant – each of its parts is a kind of medicine for any serious illness or ailment.

In this article, we will look at the healing properties of bark and leaves harvested from sea buckthorn bushes, as well as how to make delicious tea from them.

Many people have a question: why sea buckthorn berries are so oily? The answer is simple: this berry is greasy, as a very useful oil is made from it, hence these properties.

What does the composition of the berry depend on?

The main factors that affect the mineral and vitamin composition of sea buckthorn are:

  1. Grade.
  2. The place of growth.
  3. Harvest season.

During the autumn period, the maximum amount of minerals accumulate in berries in comparison, for example, with the August harvest. However, this rule is not universal, because there are more vitamins such as magnesium, potassium, and iron in fruits in autumn compared to summer, and less calcium, phosphorus, and sodium.

About sea buckthorn oil.

Sea buckthorn oil "Oleum Hippophaes" is an oil squeezed (cold pressed) from the berries of sea buckthorn. It can be also obtained in several other ways, by extraction of chemical solvents, maceration of dried pulp, and skin of sea buckthorn fruits using vegetable oils, for example, sunflower or olive. It is also obtained by extraction with liquefied carbon dioxide, centrifugation of sea buckthorn fruit juice, etc. But the best and the healthiest method is cold-pressing.

Sea buckthorn is a unique berry. It is loved or hated, but anyone who has tried her at least once will not be indifferent to her. It has a reputation for being unimaginably useful, with a piercingly sour taste of berries, about the "joys" of harvesting which many know firsthand.

But the most memorable feature of sea buckthorn is a complex, very specific, difficult-to-explain aroma, fruity, with a very characteristic oily and even slightly rancid aspect.

What is the secret of the unique aroma of sea buckthorn?

Oddly enough, there are quite a large number of scientific papers that tell about the research of the aroma of sea buckthorn. One of the first is an article by German scientists dated 1984. They have identified about 60 key components that determine the aroma of sea buckthorn.

Among the key odorants, several esters are noted, primarily ethylcaproate, which makes the main contribution to the formation of odor. In its pure form, this ester has a smell reminiscent of pineapple and green banana, which partly explains the common nickname of sea buckthorn "Siberian pineapple".

They also noted some strangeness - isoamyl acetate, the most common ester of isoamyl alcohol in nature, is completely absent in the aroma of sea buckthorn, although other esters of isoamyl spirit, as they say, are in the assortment. Esters of leaf alcohol, cis-3-hexenol are mentioned, they give the fragrance a green tint and herbiness.

In addition, they found a certain amount of terpenes (limonene, ocimene), free lower alcohols and phenols, carbonyl compounds, and carboxylic acids, which, apparently, give the smell of sea buckthorn a characteristic sourness and oiliness.

Sea buckthorn berries have become popular in the last decade due to their rich chemical composition. They are used in various spheres of life to help maintain and improve health. Unusual taste, smell, and appearance attract many fans of exotic. But why does sea buckthorn have such a unique vibrant color?

Sea buckthorn has a very specific taste. In ripe berries, it is sour with a little bitterness. Fruits nailed by freezing become sweetish-bitter. Some varieties have a bright sweetish note.

The scent of the fruit is a mixture of the freshness, sourness, and bitterness of a resinous tree. It has a quite acidic flavor. Many say that the scent of sea buckthorn is similar to the scent of a Siberian pine forest during a rainy season. Honestly, we don’t know why but the smell is definitely interesting.

Researchers from the University of Ulm (Germany) have collected data on exactly how ultraviolet radiation is reflected from the fruits and leaves of 97 plant species around the world. The study also included some berries from Siberia, including sea buckthorn.

The science team found that the colors of the berries of related species have nothing to do with this relationship, which means that their color is independent of the genetic relationship. Scientists write that the fruits are mainly eaten by mammals (primates), which better perceive colors from the green part of the spectrum. Birds that prefer bright berries, on the other hand, notice red and orange colors faster, which are easier to spot in green foliage, including sea buckthorn bushes.

For centuries, people have used the healing power of natural herbs to solve various health problems. Being overweight is one of the most pressing problems of a modern person.

With the accumulation of fatty deposits, the general condition of the body worsens, the work of vital organs becomes difficult. Therefore, competent herbalists often use the ancient secrets of Siberian healers and prescribe special herbs to their clients to break down subcutaneous fat.

Below we list the 3 most popular herbs from Siberia to support your weight loss activities:

Sea buckthorn. (Hippophae rhamnoides)

Studies have shown the presence of special substances in the sea buckthorn bark, leaves, buds, and fruits - anthraglycosides. Also in the chemical composition of buckthorn is:

  • Fatty acids, specifically Omega-7;
  • alkaloids;
  • tannins;
  • essential oils.

Sea buckthorn dried fruits can be used to brew tea or prepare a decoction. It is taken in combination with other remedies, primarily those that reduce intestinal gas formation in the gastrointestinal tract.

The peculiarity of buckthorn preparations is that they act directly in the large intestine. The action of the herb is primarily aimed at enhancing the peristalsis of the large intestine. The result of a decrease in the motor activity of the intestine is that the mucous membrane ceases to absorb fluid. By emptying the intestines, weight is lost, and the body is cleansed of toxins.

The inhabitants of Siberia have been using the fruits of sea buckthorn for a long time, harvesting them in the wild thickets. In folk medicine, the healing effect of sea buckthorn berries is known. They contain 4-5.8% sugars, 42-112 mg% vitamin C, 2-5% carotene.

In recent years, attention has especially increased to the healing sea buckthorn oil, which is used to treat burns, long-term non-healing wounds, stomach ulcers, gastritis, etc. Vitamin E and sea buckthorn oil contained in sea buckthorn berries prevent vascular sclerosis, muscle degeneration, and cholesterol deposition.

Why is the Siberian sea buckthorn considered the most useful? For what reason does it have unique healing properties that allow it to get rid of many ailments? Let's try to figure it out.

In the conditions of European and American winters (most often with a thick layer of snow), the resistance of this plant to sharp drops in temperature after prolonged thaws decreases.

Under the snow cover in the thawed soil, the "Siberian berry" wakes up ahead of time, spending the entire supply of nutrients for breathing, and suffocates from oxygen starvation, excess carbon dioxide. Often, the bark and cambium at the root collar and in the lower part of the trunk are vomited out.

Due to its rich composition, sea buckthorn oil has long been used in folk medicine for the treatment of various diseases. It also works well for skin and hair care.

Sea buckthorn oil, which is part of everyday skincare products, helps prevent early aging, nourishes the skin with beneficial substances. The product has a regenerating, rejuvenating, and anti-inflammatory effect, has exfoliating effect, which allows it to be used as a natural remedy to cleanse the skin of dead cells.

Despite the great popularity of sea buckthorn oil, in recent years, massage therapists increasingly prefer a massage cream containing sea buckthorn as the main component.

Why is sea buckthorn cream better than pure oil?

The cream is more versatile and absorbs faster into the skin. Thanks to the synergy of premium oils (for example, Shea oil and sea buckthorn oil), vitamins and plant extracts, the massage cream on the skin transforms into luxurious light massage oil that provides long-lasting perfect glide during massage.

Wild sea buckthorn berries is a very popular fruit due to the many beneficial properties of its berries. The harvest of these freedom-loving berries presents certain difficulties due to the abundance of thorns on the branches and easy damage to the berries.
However, Siberians have mastered many proven over the years methods that make the process much easier. Thanks to experienced berry harvesters, for whom the deep taiga is a second home, we can enjoy various sea buckthorn remedies, drink delicious juice and prepare unique dishes from this Siberian berry.
In this article, we will tell you about how and when it is customary to collect wild sea buckthorn in Siberia:

Various ways to harvest wild sea buckthorn.

When picking by hand, Siberians should, first of all, think about protecting their skin and clothing - sea buckthorn juice irritates the skin and leaves stains on clothing. Therefore, before starting the harvest, they wear an apron and rubber gloves. There are not so many ways to manually collect:
• picking berries from branches with fingers;
• cutting off fruit branches;
• harvesting the berry juice;
• shaking off berries;
• harvest with special tools.

It is also worth remembering that sea buckthorn harvesting begins immediately after the harvest ripens. This should be done very quickly, as the fruit becomes softer and chokes when harvested. Sea buckthorn is usually harvested in September-October or immediately after the first frost.

Sea buckthorn is an ancient medicinal berry that contains a large amount of vitamin C. This drink is a great way to raise immunity. If you combine dried sea buckthorn with other dried fruits and berries, you can get a real vitamin cocktail.

There are lots of ways to use dried sea buckthorn berries. Here is the list of our favorite three recepies for you: 1) Vitamin drink from dried sea buckthorn 2) Spicy tea with dried sea buckthorn and cinnamon and 3) Breakfast in a jar with dried sea buckthorn and yogurt

In pharmacopoeia oil, the level of carotenoids should be 50 mg/% and higher. This means that 100 ml of the finished oil contains at least 50 mg of carotenoids. 70-75 mg carotenoid level optimal for the skin and best in class Siberian Sea buckthorn oil offers you that optimal level of most important component - carotenoid. 

Due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as the ability to influence cell growth and division, the carotenoids contained in sea buckthorn protect the skin from photo-damage and contribute to the prevention of skin problems. Studies have shown that the use of sea buckthorn oil with a content of at least 75 mg on the skin helps to reduce peeling in people with various forms of psoriasis.