Gorgeous seabuckthorn (Botanical Name: Hippophae and Higher classification: Elaeagnaceae), with its glorious thin silvery green leaves and plump, juicy bright orange berries… it definitely stands out amongst the rest. The seabuckthorn is hailed as natures most balanced fruit and is well known for being an omega powerhouse, containing omega 3,6,7 and 9. It is used extensively in beauty products and medicinally.
Today I have a recipe for vinegar to integrate into my kitchen as well as my medicine cabinet. Infused vinegar is a fantastic way to preserve the medicinal properties, vitamins and minerals of herbs and berries.
This vinegar is healthy and delicious, so use freely on salads or as a tonic to benefit from the medicinal properties.
Health Benefits of Sea Buckthorn:
and by the Tibetans for over 13 centuries , it is called the‘Holy Fruit of the Himalayas’.
Seabuckthorn is rich in both macronutrients and micronutrients as it containsvitamins B1, B2, folic acid, C, E, beta-carotene (provitamin A), and K. The berry also has a huge amount of naturally occurringantioxidants including polyphenols, carotenoids, flavonoids, phytosterols and tocopherols
Seabuckthorn hosts a plethora of health benefits to includecardiovascular health, anticancer, pain relief, tissue regeneration, and skin health. It is a very powerful anti-inflammatory as it is well known to help rheumatism, and has proven very beneficial in cancer prevention and treatment.
The seabuckthorn has a very high vitamin C content – and averages 10-15 times more than oranges, making the fruit one of the most enriched plant sources of vitamin C.
Sea buckthorn leaves are also used to make a mild tasting tea similar to green tea and contain high amounts of beta carotene and antioxidants. The oil and leaves are added to skin care products for hydration, soothing inflammation and overall nourishment.
As if you weren’t convinced yet, Sea buckthorn is actually good for the environment too! It’s a sustainable plant that helps fight soil erosion and is being used in parts of the world to provide good oxygen to the environment, keep the land intact and it plays an integral role in balancing the ecosystem.
Have you ever used, or do you use, seabuckthorn? We’d love to know how you use it – leave us a comment!