Sea Buckthorn Berry and Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil: Which Should I Choose?

As you research the plenteous benefits of Sea Buckthorn as both a dietary supplement and an herbal remedy, you should know that several products are derived from this versatile plant. Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil and Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil are two different extracts, with two unique sets of benefits for your body. In order to maximize the benefits you receive from this highly valued nutritional product, you should know as much as possible about its uses and varieties. Read on to learn the differences between Berry Oil and Seed Oil, the benefits of each, how the oil is extracted, and which Sea Buckthorn product is the right one for your needs.

But Aren’t They The Same Thing?

The seed oil and berry oil obtained from the Sea Buckthorn plant are two different products. Seed oil is extracted from the seed of the plant, which contains a vastly different nutritional makeup from the berry’s fruit oil, which comes from the meat of the Sea Buckthorn berry itself. These amazing berries are uniquely saturated with vitamins and amino acids, so much so that different components of the berry can be applied for specific maladies. The berry is traditionally known for its benefits to the skin, digestive tract, and urinary tract. However, as you will find out, the seed oil has phenomenal benefits as a dietary supplement for enhancing the immunity system and supporting cardiovascular, brain and liver health.

What Are the Benefits of Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil?

Sea Buckthorn seed oil is a true nutritional anomaly: in this oil, you will find a near 1:1 ratio of 34% linoleic acid (Omega-6) and 32% alpha linolenic acids (Omega-3). What are those? Linoleic acid helps your body maintain its cardiovascular system, and may function to reduce inflammation, high blood pressure, and cholesterol. Alpha linolenic acids help your body repair its cells, and provides the skin moisturizing qualities inherent in this oil. This oil is also naturally loaded with Vitamin E, carotenoids, and phospholipids that may aid your immune system and combat cancer-causing free radicals. Learn more about sea buckthorn seed oil here.

What Are the Benefits of Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil?

Sea Buckthorn berry oil is packed with carotene, which may improve eyesight and prevent certain forms of cancer.  This berry oil has been used to treat skin conditions, such as burns, acne, rosasa, etc., providing a moisturizing quality that may result in overall healthier skin. For this reason, the extract has been used in some cosmetic skin products, especially for facial moisturizing. Learn more about sea buckthorn berry oil here.

How Sea Buckthorn Oil is Extracted

For both the berry and seed oil products, extraction is performed using only berries and extra virgin olive oil. This process preserves the traditional herbal and holistic extraction process that old world medicine used to maximize the benefits of Sea Buckthorn. Many other extraction processes exists, but are more technologically based, and less likely to retain the full benefits provided by this herbal remedy and dietary wonder. We feel that traditional extraction is necessary in order to provide the true, unadulterated benefits of this unique plant.  Click here to learn more about the sea buckthorn extraction process.

Which of These Two Options Should I Choose?

Whether you select Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil or Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil depends on your needs. As you have read, both products retain unique benefits. It is important, as you choose which product best meets your desired effect, to have as clear a picture as possible of what your body wants and needs from Sea Buckthorn.  In general, seed oil and berry oil are both fantastic taken internally for overall wellness or applied topically for skin care.  If you have to pick one or the other, the seed oil has the best internal benefits and the berry oil has the most topical benefits.  Synergistic use is the best policy and a blend of berry and seed oil internally offers the most benefits followed by topical use of the berry oil for beauty and/or wound care.

References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22264152

http://www.muscleandstrength.com/supplements/ingredients/omega-9.html

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30 Responses to Sea Buckthorn Berry and Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil: Which Should I Choose?

  1. Wendy Thompson says:

    I’ve found sea buckthorn berry oil to be wonderful for my complexion and any dry or irritated spots on my skin. It does leave an orange glow for a good half an hour or so but it’s totally worth it when you realize how much it’s moisturizing and nourishing the skin!

    From an old lady to others … give the sea buckthorn oil a shot on your skin!

  2. SBT says:

    Works really well for dry eyes. I am using contact lenses and Sea Buckthorn Oil helps me out a lot. :)

    • admin says:

      That’s fantastic! We’ve seen a lot of recommendations for Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil’s high content of Omega 7’s for Dry Eye symptoms. Glad you’re having success!

  3. Jake says:

    Hey,

    So i’ve been using the seed oil for 2 years this halloween, and it has completely changed my life, but I had no idea that the berry oil was the one you could squeeze the most topical benefit out of. So yesterday I went out and bought some and applied it before bed just as I would the seed oil, and my face was still orange in the morning! Any idea on how to apply it or if i should dilute it so this doesn’t happen again?

    Thanks!

    • admin says:

      Hi Jake,

      That’s great that you love SBT so much! Yes, it is true that the berry oil is a much darker color than the seed oil but is also the best for the skin. You really can leave it on for as long as you want (but leave it on at the least 20-30 minutes). The key is that you do need to wash it off with a mild soap, because although the benefits of the oil will absorb into your skin after a little while, the dark orange color never will.

      You can always put a few drops of the berry oil into a larger container of facial lotion (or any body care product really). Usually, the color of the oil will blend out when it mixes with the product. Just remember that you will be diluting the oil and so you will need to use more of the lotion to get the same benefits.

      Hope that helps and thanks for your question!

  4. annie says:

    hi!

    I just bought two bottles one is sea buckthorn seed oil and OZ naturals the best vitamin C+E+hyaluronic acid serum
    morning and night time i put both of this products and moisturizer on after. I would like to kow is it good idea or bad to use both because my face starting to turn red
    or i should use only the sea buckthorn seed oil by it self with moisturier

    thank you

    • admin says:

      Hello,

      It seems likely that if your face is turning red it is probably from the Hyaluronic acid in the serum. Pure sea buckthorn seed oil is really gentle and can be used on almost any skin type. That being said, everyone is different.

      You may want to discontinue use of both products until your skin returns to normal. Then start again but only use one of the products, one at a time to see how your skin reacts to each.

      Hope that helps!

  5. Valrie says:

    Have been reading about this product and just start taking it but (about 2 weeks) but my chief concern is for my hair which has become dry and brittle. Which of the two would be more beneficial? I like the fact that the seed oil is beneficial for heart, kidney, etc… What would your recommendation be. Do you ship to the W.I. Availability is a concern

    • admin says:

      Hello,

      Both the seed and fruit oils are high in omegas which are all around great for hydration. The Omega 7 found in the fruit oil truly is the best for skin and hair moisturization and you are absolutely right about the other great benefits of the seed oil.

      We would recommend both oils for you actually! Many companies offer capsules that contain both kinds of oil. If you don’t want to do a capsule you can easily buy seed oil and fruit oil and simply take them together.

      We don’t sell products but please click one of our sponsor ads on this site and I’m sure that they will be able to assist you with shipping questions.

      Thanks!

  6. Sumeet Garg says:

    Hello,

    Kindly suggest which one out of two (berry or seed) is good for dry mouth? May be seed for internal consumption and berry for applying directly in mouth.

    Thanks,
    Sumeet.

    • admin says:

      Hello Sumeet,

      If you had to pick one, the fruit oil is going to be your best bet. The reason why is that it is high in Omega-7 which is great for hydrating cells. In general it’s good for the cell health of delicate tissues like those in the mouth and digestive tract.

      Thank you!

  7. BERNIE VAN DER BYL says:

    I AM IN SOUTH AFRICA WHERE CAN I BUY THESE PRODUCTS

  8. Dil Mir says:

    I have pimple scars and a huge dark patch on my cheeks… Would I benefit more from the seed oil or the berry oil to lighten the look of the dark spots and scars?

    • admin says:

      Hello,

      The fruit oil is great for helping reduce the appearance of scars and to stop new scars from forming because of the Omega-7. The fruit oil is your best option but there are some things to consider when it comes to the seed oil as well. The seed oil is high in Omega-3 and vitamin E so it’s great for those dark spots. If you had to pick just one, we would say go for the fruit oil. But if you are able to buy a high quality seed and berry oil you can do alternate treatments with them.

      The fruit oil is a dark orange and it doesn’t readily absorb into the skin. So while it’s the best option for your skin issues, you will really only be able to do mask treatments a few times a week when you are at home. Just cleanse your face and apply a drop of oil to your fingers then massage into the effected areas. You may need more oil but just start with one drop as a little goes a long way! After at least 30 minutes you can either wipe off the unabsorbed oil or gently wash it away. You can also leave the oil on for a longer time, but 30 minutes will let it really soak in so start there.

      The seed oil on the other hand, should be a bright yellow color with a nutty smell/taste. It absorbs much more quickly into the skin and because of it’s lighter color, you can do spot treatments at virtually any time on the dark spots(depending on your skin tone). You should again cleanse your face, then add a drop to your finger and massage into the desired area. Because this oil is lighter and drier it should completely absorb into the skin and you will not need to wipe or wash it off unless you want to. Depending on your skin type you may want to add your daily facial cream on the skin after it is absorbed.

      If you get good quality oils, you will also be able to take them internally. Sea buckthorn is amazing because it can help the skin tremendously even when taken internally, so it’s best to do both.

      If you can only choose one kind of oil to start off with, get the fruit oil. If your budget allows get both for best results!

      Thank you

  9. Ejah says:

    My main concern is energy and moisturise my skin.do any if these oils help?

    • admin says:

      Hello,

      Yes, sea buckthorn oil is amazing for combating dryness all over the body. Omega-7 is present in the fruit oil and it helps restore moisture on a cellular level. As far as energy is concerned, sea buckthorn is naturally full of many different vitamins and minerals which could help boost energy. Sea buckthorn is an adaptogen as well, so it is known to fight stress and fatigue. We would suggest finding a product that contains mostly fruit oil that you can take orally and apply topically, if your dryness is on the skin. Be careful when buying oils, as some sea buckthorn oils on the market are not meant for internal use.

      Thank you!

  10. Anita P R says:

    Hello,

    I’ve been looking into natural oils for my husband’s acne-prone, oily facial skin.

    Initially I had thought about getting him SBT berry oil as it’s the best for topical use. But as you mention on one of the above comments, the seed oil actually absorbs better into the skin. One of the SBT oil brands actually use the whole berry, fruit&seed so maybe we should give it a try? So that the seed oilhelp the berry oil’s nutrients to penetrate well into the skin.

    Also I’m not sure if you’re allowed to mention a brand name here, but the ititials for the one I that I’ve mentioned earlier, is “L-F”, do you think it’s a good brand? To my understanding, procession method influences the oil quality, and they do mention that their SBT oil is cold-processed.

    Thanks so much!
    Anita

    • admin says:

      Hi Anita,

      As far as which oil to use, I think you are on the right track. Many people say that the fruit oil is better for the skin but the truth is that both are good just with different properties. It’s not that the seed oil really absorbs better into the skin, it’s just that it has a more dry texture and absorbs faster. The berry oil is amazing for softening skin and the appearance of scars and can even prevent new scars from becoming noticeable.

      Acne is a tough skin condition to get control of sometimes so you may need to try a few different approaches before you get it right. Get high quality oils that he can take internally as well as use externally. Internal use of the fruit oil is actually very helpful for skin ailments. Have him do nightly treatments with the seed oil while taking the fruit oil internally. Then have him do a once a week treatment where he applies the the fruit oil to problem areas or scars.

      Another thing you can try is to get a carrier oil like grapeseed, jojoba, hazelnut, safflower, hazelnut, peach kernel or rice bran and combine it with smaller amounts of both kinds of SBT oils. All of the aforementioned oils are good for people with oily skin. This is a nice approach because you can create a facial oil treatment that is very light that he can use often without overdoing the oils on his face. Definitely also have him do the fruit oil internally during this treatment as well.

      We checked out the L-F (Lindor Foods) website and were not able to find a ton of information about the products. Yes, you are absolutely correct about the processing method being important to the quality of the product. If you can find a company that uses C02 extraction, that is even better than cold press. C02 extraction uses the lowest temperature available which preserves nutrients better than any other method.

      Hope that helps, good luck!

  11. Joe says:

    I love seabuckthorn oil & have used it for years. I’ve noticed different brands definitely have different results. I’m looking for a good quality brand for topical use for acne/ anti aging benefits. Im pregnant so I don’t think I can take the capsules ? Also I wanted to know how much & what exactly to give to my elderly dogs. They are both 13 years old and around 12 pounds. Thanks in Advance

    • admin says:

      Hi There,

      If you get a bottle that has a dropper of pure sea buckthorn berry oil, the dosage for one 12 lb dog would be somewhere around 1/2 a dropper up to 3 times a week. Just be sure it’s 100% pure sea buckthorn. We have heard of people using sea buckthorn internally while pregnant but of course we would suggest doing it under the care of a doctor or herbalist who can guide you. You can definitely still use the pure oil on your skin during pregnancy.

      Just find a brand that is Organic and has other quality certifications like Non-Gmo Project verification. And again, make sure there is only sea buckthorn in the product. Since sea buckthorn has become more popular, you will find a lot of different products that have sea buckthorn right in the product name but actually have different kinds of oils in them.

      Hope that helps!

  12. nc says:

    Hi there, can you recommend a reputable product that has both fruit and seed in it that would have proper ratios of sea buckhorn oils? I see you recommended that a few times in this article. You seem to have great info which I thank you for but do not see a company here that makes a oil that has both seed and fruit combined to save money?

    Also for internal use are there any adverse side effects that you know of to be aware of for sensitive people, for example, change of heart rate, blood pressure etc? I actually have someone with abnormally low pressure.

    This is also supposed to be good for hormone balance is that correct?

    Thanks for your info!

    • admin says:

      Hello,

      Yes, if you click on the sponsor ads which you will find on our website, any of those companies will have an option for a sea buckthorn blend. If I’m not mistaken there are three companies that you can access from our banner ads and all of which will have what you are looking for.

      Sea buckthorn is very gentle so sensitive people can take it without issue. The only side effect that we are aware of is that people who are on blood thinners should not use it as sea buckthorn naturally has some blood thinning properties. You should be just fine to take sea buckthorn oils but check with a medical professional to make sure it’s safe to take something that could potentially thin the blood if you have low blood pressure. We aren’t able to offer medical advise, unfortunately.

      Yes, Omega-7 is thought to balance hormones as well.

      Thanks for your great questions!

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  14. julie says:

    Hi – I’m still kind of confused about which to take for dry eye syndrome (due to menopause). Should it be the seed or the berry? Also, what would be the proper dosage per day?
    Thanks so much.

    • admin says:

      Julie,

      The short answer is the fruit oil. However, the seed oil works in combination with the fruit oil very well for this application. That’s because of the antioxidants. You should find a product that has a blend of the two oils and then follow the suggested dosage according to the manufacturer.

      Thanks

  15. julie says:

    One more question – how much vitamin A is in both the seed oil and the berry oil?
    thanks!

    • admin says:

      Hello,

      We don’t sell any products. You will need to look on the ingredient panel of the purchase you bought or contact the company you bought it from.

      Thank you

  16. J. C. says:

    looking for a product that treats vaginal atrophy associated with menopause but has no hormonal sick effects. can you help….wonder if it stretches to helping with menopausal flushes

    • admin says:

      Hi there,

      Here is a study that was conducted to see if sea buckthorn oil would help with vaginal atrophy. It did help but the study doesn’t specify which kind of oil. Because they discuss ALA (planted based Omega-3), that means the oil they used is the seed oil. The fruit oil doesn’t contain ALA, but it is good for the other symptoms of vaginal atrophy. So We would suggest finding a blend of the two oils and taking them orally- that’s how they did it in the study. Most companies who make a sea buckthorn blend capsule will also carry dropper bottles of pure oil. If you’d like to use them topically you can. But you should focus mainly on taking them internally.

      Sea buckthorn is an adaptogen, so it could help with the hot flashes, though we haven’t heard from anyone saying it worked for them, nor can we find any studies on the subject. This article has some suggestions for other natural treatments that may help.

      Thanks

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