What are Omega 7 Fatty Acids?

Originally published by Rachel Berman on 6/12/2013 Move over omega 3’s, omega 7’s are now in the fatty acid research spotlight. While you’re probably well aware of how omega 3’s from fatty fish, nuts and seeds can do your body good, I’m betting you know less to nothing about omega 7’s. Let me break it … Read more

Species Profile: Sea Buckthorn

Originally published May 22, 2013 For a while now, we’ve wanted to start profiling certain plant species here on our site.  There are a few reasons for this:  First, a lot of these plants are unfamiliar to American gardeners (outside of  some permaculture circles, that is!), and they definitely deserve a bit more popularity for … Read more

What is Sea Buckthorn?

Originally Posted Sunday, 21 April 2013 on NaturallySavvy.com One of the more popular herbs as of late, sea buckthorn, is an herb with leaves, fruits, and flowers that can be used in the making of therapeutic products for internal and external uses. According to WebMD, sea buckthorn “leaves and flowers are used for treating arthritis, gastrointestinal ulcers, gout, … Read more

Sea Buckthorn: Ancient Healer and Modern Superfood

By: Michelle Schoffro Cook An ancient Tibetan healing secret is finally being discovered in the West.  For thousands of years Tibetans used a fruit that grows wild in the Himalayan Mountains as food and medicine to treat many serious health conditions ranging from breathing disorders to skin problems.  Now science is proving that sea buckthorn is potent … Read more

Sea Buckthorn on Fox News! Sea Buckthorn Oil – The Nutritional Supplement for You?

Fox News featured a sea buckthorn article by Chris Kilham, known as the Medicine Hunter. Chris explores indigenous natural medicines around the world and is an influencing voice in the natural product industry. He is the founder of Medicine Hunter, Inc. where he travels to locate native medicinal plants and set up cultivation methods and trade … Read more

Legends of the Berry – Genghis Khan and the Ancient Greeks Shared a Common Interest in the Sea Buckthorn Miracle Berry

It lives in the mountains, often unseen and overlooked. It is a secret held by the ancients, once forgotten. It is the stuff of legend, driving men to the skies, the infirmed into victorious battle, the warlord to conquer. It is a mysterious food, a plant that grows in climates not picked upon by the mortal man. It is called sea buckthorn and, while the legends may not always measure up to history (what legend does?), sea buckthorn’s interesting contributions to world mythology suggest a fascination with this super berry that goes back thousands of years.

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Processing of Sea Buckthorn – Extracting the Oil for Human Use

One of the reasons sea buckthorn has remained outside the spotlight for so long in the United States could be the fact that it is inedible in its natural state. You can’t just eat the fresh berries raw, or drink their juice straight.  They’re very tart and quite unpalatable.  Instead, companies use rather complex procedures to extract the juice, oils, and seeds in order to package them in forms that customers can use.

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The Cultivation of Sea Buckthorn for Medicinal Use

The continents of Europe and Asia are the natural habitat of the sea buckthorn bush, and it has always been very common there in areas with loose soil, such as beaches and other sandy areas. It is tougher than most other plants, and its name comes from the fact that it thrives in the sandy soil of coastlines, particularly in England and on the Atlantic shores of Europe. It is not native to North America, but the climate of Canada and some parts of the United States are ideal for its growth. Given its low attention needs and substantial health benefits, interest in growing this amazing plant for commercial purposes is quickly increasing.

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Sea Buckthorn Education

Sea buckthorn has been known for it’s medicinal purposes for 1000’s of years. Historically, it is world renown for it’s use by the Ancient Greeks and the Mongol army.  The berry was legendarily used for Greek race horses, to recover war-torn horses after battle, and to fuel Genghis Khan’s war machine.  The marvelous fruit has even been coined … Read more