Wild berries are always considered among nature’s most precious gifts to humans. Sea buckthorn, also known as the sea berry is definitely one of those gifts. In the Mediterranean region, it is largely confined to seacoasts, where salt spray off the sea prevents other larger plants from outcompeting it.

In Albania, it occurs as a subalpine shrub above tree line in the Southern Riviera Mountains, which face the Ionian Sea. They are tolerant of salt in the air and soil, but demand full sunlight for good growth and do not tolerate shady conditions near larger trees. The Llogara Pass heights are places where people collect the Albanian sea buckthorns.

Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides) is a super fruit full of all the Omegas – 3, 6, 9 and the rare 7, as well as a host of antioxidants and other healing nutrients. It has been used to heal psoriasis and make skin glow, boost immunity, slow aging, and lower cholesterol, but it also has numerous other qualities that make it a superior source of vitamins and minerals we all need.

Common sea buckthorn has branches that are dense and stiff, and very thorny. Harvesting is difficult because of the dense thorn arrangement among the berries on each branch. A Mediterranean common harvesting technique is to remove an entire branch, though this is destructive to the shrub and reduces future harvests. A branch removed in this way is then frozen, allowing the berries to be easily shaken off.

Sea buckthorn berries are edible and nutritious, though astringent, sour and oily, unpleasant to eat raw, unless frosted to reduce the astringency or mixed as a drink with sweeter substances such as apple or grape juice. Additionally, fermentation of sea buckthorn juice reduces sourness and thus in general enhances sensory properties.

Besides juice, sea buckthorn fruit can be used to make pies, jams, lotions, teas, fruit wines and liquors. The juice or pulp has other potential applications in foods, beverages or cosmetics products. Fruit drinks were among the earliest sea buckthorn products developed in China. Sea buckthorn-based juice is popular in Germany and Scandinavian countries. It provides a nutritious beverage, rich in vitamin C and carotenoids.

Uses

Lowers blood pressure
In natural medicine, there are many uses and indications for the Sea Buckthorn. Leaves and flowers are utilized for arthritis, ulcers, gout and skin rashes and irritations. Tea made from the leaves contains vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and fatty acids. The tea is typically used for lowering blood pressure and serum cholesterol, prevention and treatment of diseases of the blood vessel, and for increasing immunity.

Cardiovascular benefits
Buckthorn is a supplemental source of vitamins C, A, and E, beta-carotene, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids. One recent study suggests that Sea Buckthorn seed oil may be effective for assisting in weight loss. Chinese researchers have completed a study suggesting that Sea Buckthorn oil extract can lower cholesterol, reduce angina and improve heart function in patients with cardiac disease.

Soothes skin and improves sight

Sea buckthorn berries are used for preventing skin infections, improving sight, and slowing the aging process. The tea is commonly applied to sunburns to reduce swelling and irritation while promoting healing.

Additional uses

Seed or berry oil is used for asthma, angina, hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), as an antioxidant and as an expectorant. Sea Buckthorn oil is used in traditional medicine to slow the reduction of mental agility associated with aging and to reduce the side effects of cancer and cancer treatments.

What can Sea buckthorn do?

Reverses gout. Eliminates skin rashes. Cures infections. Improves sight, lessens eye soreness. Promotes colon health. Contributes to proper brain and nervous system functioning. Reduces inflammatory response in the body. Improves mental clarity. Treats asthmatic symptoms. Reduces skin markings associated with measles or mumps. Reduces hunger due to Omega 7s. Improves the look of skin and hair also due to Omega 7, 3, 6, and 9s. Slows the aging process and supports internal organs./AgroWeb.org/