Grow sea buckthorn in the back yard...

...and you will have your own natural pharmacy

It is said that if you eat the fruit of a plant forged at extreme temperatures, you steal or borrow a bit of the plant's resistance.

Sea buckthorn is one of those herbs which can resist both drought and frost.

This herb is, without exaggeration, one of those plants good for any health problem you have. If you have already tried it, you must be already looking for other uses or recipes.

If you haven't tried it yet, or you don't have a health problem, there are some benefits that would appeal to you: immunity, improved vision and good memory.

Vaccine free virus protection

Season changes are the times when we most need a good immunity. Seabuckthorn seed oil provides more than 100 nutrients and bioactive substances and many of them are considered immune building factors. It includes flavonoids (Yuzhen and Fuheng, 1997), glucosides, phenols, terpenes, vitamins and trace elements like Iron, zinc, selenium, manganese etc.

Due to the high concentration of vitamins and antioxidants, you will have a nice immunity "coat" for all weather.

Wouldn't you want to have "eagle eyes" in your 80's?

Ever since I was a kid I knew that old people have back pain, memory loss, arthritis and vision loss. Most of my friend's grandparents wear large thick glasses. Hey, I had worn eyeglasses ever since I was a little kid. I sometimes think that I started off on the wrong foot with the eyes thing, and that is why I am hopeful every time I hear about natural eye treatments to keep my eyes as healthy as possible.

I know examples of some elderly people that follow an annual treatment with Sea buckthorn and they say their sight is increasingly better. I must admit I haven't "seen" improvements, but I keep my fingers crossed until my next eye control.

How does Sea Buckthorn helps the eyes?

Well, you may call it "the champion of vitamin A" (retinol) which has a decisive role in the feeding and regeneration processes which take place at eye level

Carotenoids (alpha and beta carotene) are precursors of vitamin A. Sea buckthorn oil contains 10 times more carotene than carrots. Carotenoids prevent the action of the skin and mucous degeneration, help maintain vision and stimulate antibody formation. Beta carotene has an important antioxidant activity and because it interferes with vitamin E is assumed that together they have an antitumor effect.

I like using a raw vegan recipe that is quite simple and sweet. Mix the sea buckthorn berries with honey and take 20-30 grams per day to prevent and fight eye diseases.

Memory loss

The rich content of unsaturated fatty acid (lecithin) nourish neurons, enhance memory, invigorate the brain and increase the intellectual capacity.

Beauty

It's quite interesting that its botanical name, Hippophae, means, "shiny horse". Hippo (lat.) = horse and Phaos (lat.) = to shine. It is said that the ancient Greeks fed Sea buckthorn to their prize racehorses to keep them sleek and healthy. Legend has it that this Hippophae berry was also the preferred food of Pegasus, the flying horse, by which he became airborne.

At birth we all ask the fairy godmother for health, beauty and wisdom. You can of course believe in fairy godmothers or you can use sea buckthorn.

Take for example vitamin E, known as the vitamin of youth and fertility. Sea buckthorn has a concentration of 200 mg vitamin E per 100 g fruits, a concentration higher than in wheat germ, corn or soybeans. Vitamin E plays an important role in cell regeneration and antioxidant processes.

Another natural ingredient for a healthy skin is beta-carotene, wich is 10 times more abundant in sea-buckthorn oil than in carrots.

Beta-carotene is a provitamin which our body converts into vitamin A. It helps the body against cell membrane damage and it is used in the natural synthesis of elastin and collagen, thus delaying the aging process.

Collagen provides the strength our tissue and organs require while elastin provides the ability to stretch and recoil.

You know wrinkles? Years of harmful sun exposure or harsh weather will cause our skin's elastin to lose its "spring".

Sea buckthorn oil also contains 80 to 95% essential fatty acids (EFAs), including oleic and linoleic acids and has a high concentration of the rare palmitoleic acid (omega-7), a fatty acid found in skin fat.

Homemade remedies

Beside taking sea buckthorn oil supplements or eating raw sea buckthorn berries with honey, you can also use it in a homemade beauty mask:

Add the content of a sea buckthorn oil capsule to the recipe you usually prepare (clay, honey, lemon, yogurt etc.). Don't worry if your skin gets instant rusty, because it will be absorbed rapidly into the skin ... mmm, relatively ... and you may stain the objects you touch.

Did you have digestive problems in the last couple of weeks?

Yes, I do have a crystal ball which I use to read your past. A magician cannot reveal his magic tricks, but what I can tell you is that I did see the bottles of Alka-Seltzer, Pepcid and Prilosec in your bathroom cabinet ;-)

It is a common misconception that acid in your stomach causes gastritis or stomach ulcer. Acid is good for many reasons. First, you need acid for digesting food and second, the acid actually keeps the bad bacteria, such as H. Pylori, at bay.

Antacids like Maalox or PPI’s (proton-pump inhibitor) like Prevacid will neutralize the acid in your stomach and provide fast relief, but will hurt your digestion and provide a friendly place for bad bacteria. By reducing the acid level these medications will also diminish your primary defense mechanism for food borne infections and will increase your risk of food poisoning.

It doesn't matter whether you got gastric or duodenal ulcer or gastritis as a result of a "healthy" McDonalds diet or stress. They can be improved or even cured by using sea buckthorn.

Sea buckthorn berries contain sitosterol and sitosterol glycoside which are thought to be the major anti-ulcer components. The oil can be taken internally to improve the conditions of the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract. A 2002 study found that extracted sea buckthorn seed and pulp oils have both preventive and curative effects against gastric ulcers in rats.

Homemade gastritis remedy

A simple gastritis remedy is this: Take 2 tablespoons of sea buckthorn powder mixed with 2-3 tablespoons of honey in the morning.

You can also take 1 teaspoon of sea buckthorn oil in the morning on an empty stomach, after which you can eat your breakfast.

In you have diarrhea make a tea with 2 tablespoons of crushed sea buckthorn fruits in 4 cups of boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes, strain and let it cool.

Skin burns, frostbite, eczema, wounds

Sea buckthorn seed oil is used to encourage the healing of skin conditions, including injuries, burns, sunburns, acne, wounds, eczema, hemorrhoids, ear infection and genital inflammation, due to the high content in essential fatty acids (EFAs), including oleic and linoleic acids and the rare palmitoleic acid (omega-7), a fatty acid found in skin fat.

Sea buckthorn can regenerate skin tissue after burns, wounds, surgery. Follow the treatment for a month to reduce the healing time.

Sea buckthorn is considered a "safe" plant even for babies' skin. You will be a happy mom using sea buckthorn cream for atopic dermatitis or for various allergies instead of the corticosteroid creams recommended by conventional medicine.

Eczema, psoriasis

I was happy with the sea buckthorn cream treatment that I did for about a month for my chronic ear eczema. It is true that it hasn't cured the eczema for good (the doctors told me that there is no definitive cure for my problem) but it is a natural remedy which I recommend to all who have skin problems.

Burns

There was a known case in 1985 in my country, when many workers at chemical plant were wounded with burns due to an explosion.

Because several of them were not given a survival chance, the hospital called a professor, a very good specialist, who was the most knowledgeable about sea buckthorn in the country.

He personally cared for the burns using a sea-buckthorn based ointment, so that, in a couple of days, the worst was over and the men survived.


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