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Information A new and unique fruiting plant for North America. Highly valued in Russia, China, and Eastern Europe, it has only been used as a wildlife and shelterbelt plant in our country. Very ornamental, with whorls or grayish green leaves and in the fall, the branches are covered with large clusters of bright orange berries. Tasty and healthful, the berries are an excellent source of vitamin c and make a delicious juice.
Selecting Planting Site A very tough and hardy plant, it can grow in poor sandy or gravelly soils and demands little care. Needs at least 1/2 day of sun, is hardy to -50 degrees F. Adaptable to all but very heavy and wet soils. Seaberry blooms in April and is wind pollinated. A male and a female plant are required to produce fruit. The flowers are very hardy and are not injured by late spring frosts. Expect berries 3 years after planting. Requires 1 male for every 10 females. Our varieties are from Europe with large and tasty fruit. It is disease resistant and easy to grow. Plentiful round yellow-orange fruits cover the female plants making them beautiful edible ornamental. Branches are used in florist displays. The juice is sour and has an orange passion fruit like flavor when sweetened. Blended with other fruits or by itself, it makes a delicious juice. Sea Buckthorn can tolerate a little drought but it is a moisture sensitive plant especially in the spring when plants are flowering and young fruits are beginning to develop. If planting in arid or semi-arid areas, water must be supplied for an establishments.
How to Plant Dig a hole in a sunny location as deep and wide as needed to accommodate the root. Trim off any damaged or broken roots and branches prior to planting. Press soil firmly around roots and water thoroughly. A sea Buckthorn grows from 6-10′ tall with a narrow upright growth habit. Space 7′ apart or 3-5′ for a hedge. Sea Buckthorn can tolerate a little drought but it is a moisture sensitive plant especially in the spring when plants are flowering and young fruits are beginning to develop. If planting in arid or semi-arid areas, water must be supplied for establishment.
Fertilize Usually, no fertilizer is necessary. On very poor soils, an annual application of manure or other slow-acting organic fertilizers will help keep vigorous and healthy. We have seen no signs of pest and disease problems either here or in Europe. Seaberry plants usually begin bearing at 3 yrs. of age.
Pruning Pruning and harvesting can be done at the same time. As you harvest cut either the whole branch (if it is quite old) or half of the branch.
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Buckthorns

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Family: N.O. Rhamnaceae

  • Buckthorn (Common)
  • Buckthorn (Alder)
  • Buckthorn (Californian)
  • Buckthorn (Sea)

Common Buckthorn
(Rhamnus cathartica)
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BUCKTHORN (COMMON)

  • —Description
  • —Part Used
  • —Cultivation
  • —Constituents
  • —Medicinal Action

—Synonyms—Highwaythorn. Waythorn. Hartsthorn. Ramsthorn.
—Part Used—Berries.

Three species of the genus Rhamnus (the name derived from the Greek rhamnos, a branch) are possessed of the same medicinal properties in varying degrees.

The Common or Purging Buckthorn, a much-branched shrub, usually about 6 feet high, but sometimes as much as 10 or 12 feet, is indigenous to North Africa, the greater part of Europe and North Asia. Though found throughout England in woods and thickets and near brooks, it is practically confined to a calcareous soil, except in a few counties, such as Bucks., Herts., Oxon. and Wilts. In Scotland it occurs only in a single locality.

—Description—The main stem is erect, the bark smooth, of a blackish-brown colour, on the twigs ash-coloured. The smaller branches generally terminate in a stout thorn or spine, hence the ordinary name of Buckthorn, and the older names by which the shrub has been known: Highwaythorn and Waythorn. Gerard calls it Ram or Hart’s Thorn. The leaves grow in small bunches on footstalks, mostly opposite towards the base of the young shoots, though more generally alternate towards the apex. They are eggshaped and toothed on the edges, the younger ones with a kind of soft down. In the axils of the more closely arranged leaves, developed from the wood of the preceding year, are dense branches of small greenish-yellow flowers, about one-fifth inch across, which are followed by globular berries about the size of a pea, black and shining when ripe, and each containing four hard, dark-brown seeds.

Goats, sheep and horses browse on this shrub, but cows refuse it. Its blossoms are very grateful to bees.

—Part Used—The berries are the part used medicinally, collected when ripe and from which an acrid, nauseous, bitter juice is obtained by expression. From this juice, with the addition of sugar and aromatics, syrup of Buckthorn (Succus Rhamni) is prepared.

When freshly gathered in the autumn, the berries are about 1/3 inch in diameter, with the remains of a calyx beneath. The fruit is collected for use chiefly in the counties of Herts., Bucks. and Oxon, and is usually expressed in the locality where it is grown, by the collectors themselves, who sell the juice to the wholesale druggists, generally more or less diluted with water, the admixture being generally about 6 parts water to 1 of juice.

From the dried berries, a series of rich but fugitive colours is obtained; the berries used to be sold under the name of ‘French berries’ and imported with those of Rhamnus infectorius from the Levant. If gathered before ripe, the berries furnish a yellow dye, used formerly for staining maps or paper. When ripe, if mixed with gum-arabic and limewater, they form the pigment ‘Sap or bladder green,’ so well known to water-colour painters. The bark also affords a yellow dye.

—Cultivation—Buckthorn is seldom cultivated, the berries being collected from thewild shrubs, but it can be easily raised from seed in autumn, soon after the berries are ripe, usually about September, but if left too late the berries soften and will not bear carriage well. The shrub may also be propagated like any other hardy deciduous tree or shrub by cuttings or layers: if the young shoots be laid in autumn, they will have struck roots by the following autumn, when they may be separated and either planted in a nursery for a year or two, or at once planted in permanent quarters. Buckthorn is not so suitable for hedges as the hawthorn.

—Constituents—Buckthorn berry juice contains Rhamnocathartin (which is yellowand uncrystallizable), Rhamnin, a peculiar tannic acid, sugar and gum. The fresh juice is coloured red by acids and yellow by alkalies, and has a bitter taste and nauseous odour. Its specific gravity should be between 1.035 and 1.070, but it is seldom sold pure. The ripe berries yield on expression 40 to 50 percent of juice of a green colour, which on keeping turns, however, gradually to a reddish or purplish brown colour, on account of the acidification of the saccharine and mucilaginous matter.

—Medicinal Action and Uses—Laxative and cathartic.

Buckthorn was well known to the AngloSaxons and is mentioned as Hartsthorn or Waythorn in their medical writings and glossaries dating before the Norman Conquest. The Welsh physicians of the thirteenth century prescribed the juice of the fruit of Buckthorn boiled with honey as an aperient drink.

The medicinal use of the berries was familiar to all the writers on botany and materia medica of the sixteenth century, though Dodoens in his Herbal wrote: ‘They be not meat to be administered but to the young and lusty people of the country which do set more store of their money than their lives.’

Until late in the nineteenth century, syrup of Buckthorn ranked, however, among favourite rustic remedies as a purgative for children, prepared by boiling the juice with pimento and ginger and adding sugar, but its action was so severe that, as time went on, the medicine was discarded. It first appeared in the London Pharmacopceia of 1650, where, to disguise the bitter taste of the raw juice, it was aromatized by means of aniseed, cinnamon, mastic and nutmeg. It was still official in the British Pharmacopoeia of 1867, but is no longer so, being regarded as a medicine more fit for animals than human beings, and it is now employed almost exclusively in veterinary practice, being commonly prescribed for dogs, with equal parts of castor oil as an occasional purgative.

The flesh of birds eating the berries is stated to be purgative.

There used to be a superstition that the Crown of Thorns was made of Buckthorn.

Buckthorn Alder
(Rhamnus Frangula)
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BUCKTHORN (ALDER)

Botanical: Rhamnus Frangula (LINN.)
Family: N.O. Rhamnaceae

  • —Description
  • —Cultivation
  • —Part Used Medicinally
  • —Constituents
  • —Medicinal Action and Uses
  • —Preparation

—Synonyms—Black Dogwood. Frangula Bark.
—Part Used—Bark.
—Habitat—The Alder Buckthorn is a slender shrub, widely distributed over Europe and northern Asia, and found in woods and thickets throughout England, though rare in Scotland.

In place of the violently-acting juice of the berries of the Common Buckthorn, a fluid extract prepared from the bark of the closely allied and milder Alder Buckthorn or Black Alder (Rhamnus Frangula, Linn.) has been proved a very satisfactory substitute. Frangula bark is official both in the United States and the British Pharmacopoeia. Its use has been, however, somewhat neglected and the much advertized Cascara Sagrada (R. purshianus) has greatly taken its place, though itis a less agreeable aperient.

—Description—It is generally about the same size as the Common Buckthorn, but is distinguished from it by its less bushy and more tree-like habit, by the absence of thorns on its branches and by its larger and entire, not toothed, feather-veined leaves, which are all arranged alternately on the stem, none opposite to one another. The flowers are produced not only from the wood of the preceding year, but also on the shoots of the current year, and have a five-parted calyx, while that of the Common Buckthorn is four-cleft. They bloom in May and are of an inconspicuous green. Their fruit, which is ripe in September, is not unlike that of the Common Buckthorn, but the berry has only two, or at most three, roundish, angular seeds, instead of four. Bees are likewise constant visitors of the flowers of this species, and goats eat the leaves voraciously.

It grows as a rule in leaf-mould in woods comparatively free from lime.

The bark and leaves of the Alder Buckthorn yield a yellow dye much used in Russia; when mixed with salts of iron it turns black. The berries, when unripe, afford a good green colour, readily taken by woollen stuffs; when ripe, they give various shades of blue and grey.

After removal of the bark from the stem and branches, the wood of this shrub is used for making charcoal, yielding a very light, inflammable kind, and being on that account preferred to that of almost any other tree by gunpowder makers, who name it ‘Black Dogwood.’ In Germany, for the same reason, it is called Pulverholz (‘powder-wood’).

—Cultivation—Frangula bark is usually collected from wild shrubs, but this Buckthorn can readily be cultivated. The seeds should be sown as soon as ripe, not kept till the following spring. The seedlings should be kept free from weeds, and in the autumn planted in the nursery in rows 2 feet asunder and 1 foot distant in the rows. Stock may also be increased by layers and cuttings, though propagation by seedling plants is preferable.

—Part Used Medicinally—The dried bark collected from the young trunk and moderately-sized branches in early summer and kept at least one year before being used. It is stripped from the branches and dried either on sunny days, out of doors, in halfshade, or by artificial heat, on shelves or trays, in a warm, well-ventilated room.

The dried bark varies considerably in appearance, according to the age of the branch or stem from which it has been taken. Young bark, which is to be preferred, occurs in narrow, single or double quills and is of papery texture, about 1/25 inch thick. It is of a greyish or blackish-brown colour outside, with numerous small, whitish corky warts. When gently scraped, the inner layers are seen to be crimson in colour. The inner surface of the bark is smooth, of a pale, yellowish brown and very finely striated. The fracture is short. Older bark is rougher externally, thicker and usually in single quills or channelled pieces.

The bark is nearly inodorous; its taste is pleasant, sweetish and slightly bitter. When masticated, it colours the saliva yellow.

—Constituents—The chemical constituents of Frangula Bark, especially those to which the laxative properties are due, are but imperfectly known. A yellow, crystalline glucoside, Frangulin has been isolated from it. Emodin is present in old bark; this principle is also present in rhubarb root; it is allied to Chrysophane, and is said to result from the glucosic fermentation of Frangulin or Frangulic acid, and to its presence the drug owes its purgative action. Possibly other glucosides are also present and contribute to the laxative action, but the evidence in favour of this assumption is not conclusive. Two resins, resinous bitter matter and a little tannic acid are likewise present in the bark.

—Medicinal Action and Uses—Tonic, laxative, cathartic.

Dried seasoned bark from one to twoyears old alone should be used, as the freshlystripped bark acts as an irritant poison on the gastro-intestinal canal. The action of the bark becomes gradually less violent when kept for a length of time and more like that of rhubarb.

It is used as a gentle purgative in cases of chronic constipation and is principally given in the form of the fluid extract, in small doses, repeated three or four times daily, a decoction of 1 OZ. of the bark in 1 quart of water boiled down to a pint, may also be taken in tablespoonful doses.

—Preparation—Fluid extract, 1/2 to 2 drachms.

This milder English Buckthorn acts likewise as a tonic to the intestine and is especially useful for relieving piles.

Lozenges of the Alder Buckthorn are dispensed under the name of ‘Aperient Fruit Lozenges.’

The juice of the berries, though little used, is aperient without being irritating.

Country people used to take the bark boiled in ale for jaundice.

Pursh’s buckthorn
(Rhamnus purshiana)
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BUCKTHORN (CALIFORNIAN)

Botanical: Rhamnus purshianus
Family: N.O. Rhamnaceae

  • —Description
  • —Constituents
  • —Medicinal Action and Uses
  • —Preparations

—Synonyms—Sacred Bark. Cascara Sagrada.
—Part Used—Bark.

The Californian Buckthorn (Rhamnus purshianus), known more commonly as Cascara Sagrada, is a nearly-allied shrub growing in the United States, from northern Idaho westward to the Pacific Ocean. The drug prepared from its bark is now more commonly employed than those prepared from the two previously described species.

The bark is collected in spring and early summer, when it is easily peeled from the wood, and is dried in the shade.

Since, as is the case with R. Frangula, it is considered that the action of the bark becomes milder and less emetic by keeping, matured bark, three years old, is preferred for pharmaceutical purposes.

—Description—As imported, the drug mostly occurs in quills or incurved pieces of varying lengths and sizes, smooth or nearly so externally, covered with a greyish-white layer, which is usually easily removed, and frequently marked with spots or patches of adherent lichens. Beneath the surface it is violet-brown, reddish-brown or brownish, and internally a pale yellowish-brown and nearly smooth. It has no marked odour, but a nauseous, bitter taste.

It is frequently also imported in flattened packets, consisting of small pieces of the bark compressed into a more or less compact mass.

The fluid extract is made by maceration and percolation with diluted alcohol and evaporation.

—Constituents—The chemical constituents of the bark are but imperfectly known. It has been proved to contain Emodin and an allied substance possibly identical with the Frangula-Emodin of Alder Buckthorn bark. Fat, starch, glucose, a volatile odorous oil, malic and tannic acids are also present. The assertion has been made that the bark contains glucosides which yield on hydrolysis Chrysophanic acid, but the evidence on this point is conflicting.

—Medicinal Action and Uses—Cascara Sagrada is a mild laxative, acting principally on the large intestine. It is considered suitable for delicate and elderly persons, and may with advantage be given in chronic constipation, being generally administered in the form of the fluid extract.

It acts also as a stomachic tonic and bitter, in small doses, promoting gastric digestion and appetite.

—Preparations— Fluid extract, B.P., 5 drops to 1 drachm. Fluid extract, U.S.P., 15 drops. Fluid extract, tasteless, 1/4 to 1 drachm. Fluid extract, aromatic, U.S.P., 15 drops. Aromatic syrup, B.P., 1/2 to 2 drachms. Powder extract, 2 to 10 grains. Rhamnin, 2 to 6 grains. In veterinary practice, Cascara Sagrada is also much used and is probably the best mild purgative remedy for dogs with chronic constipation, as the dose does not require to be increased by repetition and the tone of the bowels is improved by the drug.

BUCKTHORN (SEA)
(Hippophae rhamnoides)
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BUCKTHORN (SEA)

Botanical: Hippophae rhamnoides
Family: N.O. Rhamnaceae

—Synonym—Sallow Thorn. The Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides), a thorny shrub with narrow willowlike leaves growing on sandhills and cliffs on the East Coast, and called also ‘ Sallow Thorn, ‘ is in no way related to these medicinally employed Buckthorns but belongs to a different natural order: Elaeagnaceae. Its fruit, an orange-coloured berry, is made (in Tartary) into a pleasant jelly, because of its acid flavour, and is used in the countries bordering on the Gulf of Bothnia as an ingredient to a fish sauce. The name Hippophae has been variously derived either as meaning ‘giving light to a horse,’ because of a supposed power to cure equine blindness, or as signifying ‘shining underneath,’ an allusion to the silvery underside of the leaf. The stems, roots and foliage are said to impart a yellow dye.

Henslow relates that in some parts of Europe the berries are considered poisonous, and a story is told by Rousseau of a person who saw him eating them, and, though believing them to be poisonous, had too much respect for the great man to caution him against the supposed danger! A decoction of them is said to be useful in cutaneous eruptions. The colour may be extracted by hot water and used as a dye for woollen stuffs, but it is not very brilliant when so obtained. This plant runs very much at the root, and by its long suckers often assists in binding loose sandy dunes on which it grows.

Some of the plants of this order (Elaeagnaceae) are said to possess narcotic properties.

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Sea Buckthorn, Sallowberry

Ripe Seabuckthorn Berries

Sea Buckthorn: Sour Source of Vitamin C

If you are collecting Sea Buckthorn you’re probably cold.

Just as some edibles are found only in tropical areas, some are found only in temperate climates and the Sea Buckthorn is a prime candidate. It grows Canada, Great Britain, Europe, Russian, Mongolia, China and Japan. Usually near the sea, if found elsewhere it is a posing as an ornamental. It can be planted in the northern United States.

Medicinal Sea Buckthorn Oil

The Sea Buckthorn’s claim to botanical fame is that its berries, which are rich in Vitamin C, stay on the shrub way into winter. In such northern climates it was often the only source of Vitamin C to be had in the winter time and has more Vitamin C than strawberries, kiwis, or even oranges. In fact, the Sea Buckthorn is a powerhouse of nutrients.

It is estimated that the Sea Buckthorn alone could provide all the Vitamin C requirements for everyone on earth. China alone has 2.5 million acres of Sea Buckthorn, none on the sea I might add. It is also rich in vitamins E, B1, B2, and several anti-oxidants. In fact, it has over 100 healthful constitutents and is one of the mose nutritius berries on earth. And while the berry is potent the plant seemingly knows it and protects them with vicious thorns.

There is no elegant way to collect Sea Buckthorn berries. Orange, juicy and fragile, you clasp the branch (to go with the thorns) and then strip the branch of the berries. They will break and release their juice which you will catch in a container. It is messy work but a lot can be collected in a short while. Then you must separate the seeds, thorns and other debris from the juice, either by hand or a strainer. Once cleaned, you’re ready to go.

Sea Buckthorn Booze

The juice of the Sea Buckthorn is too acidic for most people to drink fresh. But it is used to make jellies, marmalades, sauces, and liqueurs. Buckthorn booze is probably the most common top-shelf Russian gift. The juice can be used by itself or added to other juices. Some think it resembles passion fruit, others pineapple (after a lot of sugar is added. It is very tart with malic acid, the same acid that makes apples tart.)

Medicinally there are written records of it being used as early as 800 AD. Oil from the seeds are used to treat a variety of skin diseases and injuries. Cosmonauts use it for radiation burns.

Juice of the Sea Buckthorn

Botanically known as Hippophae rhamnoides, the Sea Buckthorn is closely related to the Elaeagnus genus which is found from temperate areas to tropical climes. (See separate entry on Silverthorn.) It is also called “Sallow Berry” because it can stain yellow, and the Sandthorn. There are actually five species.

Rhamnoides (ram-NOY-deez) means buckthorn-like. Hippophae (hip-POFF-uh-ee) however means “shining horse’ or ‘giving light to a horse.’ The name comes from the ancient Greeks who noticed horses fed Sea Buckthorn leaves had shinier coats and were healthier. The leaves contain 15% protein. No wonder Sea Buckthorn was the reported food of Pegasus, the famed winged horse.

Green Deane’s “Itemized” Plant Profile

IDENTIFICATION: Thorny shrub, leaves pale silvery-green, lance shaped, 1.5 to 4 inches long, about 1/4 inch wide. Dense orange berries — egg-shaped drupes — along the stem. Single seeded. Under some conditions the Sea Buckthorn can reach tree height.

TIME OF YEAR: Blossoms in March or April, fruits September and October, fruit persists to March. Can survive temperatures from 45 below zero to 104 F.

ENVIRONMENT: Open well-watered spaces, coastal areas, is a non-legume nitrogen fixer

METHOD OF PREPARATION: Numerous. Tart juice is used to make jelly, sauces, juices, marmalade, liqueurs.

Organic Sea Buckthorn Berries (Dried)

Called the “Holy Fruit of the Himalayas”, sea buckthorn berries contain a rare combination of antioxidants that provide a powerful defense against many health conditions. Our Organic Sea Buckthorn Berries offer 12 times more Vitamin C than oranges, and a substantial amount more and than strawberries and kiwi fruit.

High in the Himalayas, where cold climates prevail, sea buckthorn berries grow abundantly and are prized for their nutritive properties. The golden-orange berries were first discovered 1,200 years ago, and their health benefits are backed today by more than 120 scientific studies.

Product Highlights

  • Organic
  • Raw
  • Vegan
  • 100% pure
  • Gluten-free
  • Non-GMO
  • High in antioxidants
  • High in vitamin C

A Rare Source of Antioxidants

Our Organic Sea Buckthorn Berries offer powerful antioxidant support for wide range of health conditions including cell mutation, skin disorders, weak immune system, burns and wounds, and degenerative diseases. Sea buckthorn berries are rich in some of the most rare antioxidants in the world.

The antioxidant strength of our Organic Sea Buckthorn Berries is in part due to the berry’s high levels of Vitamin C, carotenoids, and phenolic compounds, which assist the body in preventing harmful toxins from invading and destroying healthy cells. Sea buckthorn berries can protect the skin from premature aging and reduce the effects of environmental pollution.

Complete Nutrition in One Super Berry

Just one serving a day of our Organic Sea Buckthorn Berries provides the body with 42 lipids, Folic acid, tocopherols, phenols, flavonoids, tannins, and more than 20 vital minerals. Sea buckthorn berries are also a rare source of essential fatty acids. In fact, our Organic Sea Buckthorn Berries are the only plant to have a complete profile of EFA’s, including Omega 3, 6, 7, and 9.

Sea buckthorn berries provide the body with more than 100 vitamins and nutrients like Vitamins A, B1, B2, D, K, and P as well as several amino acids. Our Organic Sea Buckthorn Berries act as natural anti-inflammatory agents, healing gastrointestinal ulcers and relieving all-over body pain.

With daily consumption of our Organic Sea Buckthorn Berries, many people notice improved cardiovascular health, normalizing of blood sugar, better digestion, increased energy, and better blood circulation. Studies have shown that consuming sea buckthorn berries regularly improves Central Nervous System function.

The “Holy Fruit of the Himalayas”

The native Tibetan people have revered the sea buckthorn berry for centuries. Ancient cultures knew the benefits of the unique berry and documented its healing powers in texts thousands of years as a natural medicine to cure cough, promote digestion, and improve blood circulation. First discovered by the Greeks 1,200 years ago, the sea buckthorn berry is primarily cultivated in China and Mongolia today.

Our Organic Sea Buckthorn Berries make a wonderful snack eaten alone, and they also blend well into muffins, pancakes, and trail mixes. Try our Organic Sea Buckthorn Berries as an alternative to raisins for a healthy, natural treat for children.

Storage Instructions

If cared for properly, our Organic Sea Buckthorn Berries have a shelf life of up to one year. To preserve the freshness of this product:

  • Avoid exposure to heat. The powder will remain fresh if stored at room temperature or below.
  • Avoid exposure to direct sunlight.
  • Squeeze all of the air out of the bag before sealing.
  • Seal the bag tightly after each use.
  • Store the powder in a dry place, and avoid all contact with moisture.

Packaging

We package all of our superfood powders in all-natural brown kraft bags, each with a resealable zipper across the top. Each bag has a thin metal lining, which serves as a very effective barrier to light, oxygen, odors, flavors, moisture, and bacteria.

While printed plastic bags with clear windows may look beautiful, studies have shown that the toxins contained in the plastic are absorbed by food that is in direct contact with the plastic. Foods that are raw and all-natural, like superfood powders, are even more susceptible to this type of contamination than processed foods.

Botanical Name

Hippophae Rhamnoides

Other Names

Country of Origin

China

Possible Benefits

While much research is still being conducted, some of the possible health benefits of our Organic Sea Buckthorn Berries may include:

  • High in a variety of antioxidants
  • Contains all essential fatty acids
  • May be beneficial in improving cardiovascular health
  • May be effective in normalizing blood sugar
  • May be useful for digestion
  • May increase energy
  • May help improve blood circulation
  • Contains a huge variety of minerals and vitamins
  • Studies indicate that it contains natural anti-inflammatory properties
  • May be useful in treating ulcers
  • Traditionally used for internal and topical therapy for a variety of skin disorders
  • May be effective in relieving cough and chronic pain
  • May be helpful in promoting skin health, including treatment of acne, dermatitis, or eczema
  • May help to heal stretch marks or burns
  • May signal the body to stop storing unnecessary fat
  • May enhance cellular rejuvenation
  • Studies have shown it to improve brain and nervous system function
  • Often used as a natural energy booster
  • May be effective in improving nervous system health

Suggested Usage

The recommended daily usage is .5 – 1 oz.

As with all superfood powders, listen to your body, as you may find that either a smaller or higher intake is more suitable to your body. We recommend that you start with the recommended daily amount, and, if desired, gradually increase or decrease your daily consumption.
Sea Buckthorn Berries are great on their own as a snack, or mixed in to homemade trail mix. You can add into smoothies, cereal, oatmeal or yogurt, or use in baked goods. They also make excellent salad toppers, or you can blend into bread, pancake or muffin mixes.

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Sea Buckthorn Seeds

Description

Sea buckthorn seeds are a 50/50 mixture of male and female seeds. To ensure pollination you need at least 1 male plant for every 6 female plants on your property. The plants will will produce berries in 3-4 years, and this is when you can differentiate between the male and female plants; the females produce the berries.

Sea buckthorn is a thorny shrub or tree that has a high medicinal and nutritional value. Because of the berries high nutritional value it is also known as a superfood. It can grow up to 20 feet. The plant can spread by rhizomes and seeds. The spacing should be 1 m (3′ feet) between trees and 4 m between rows.

How to Grow Sea Buckthorn

Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides) is a cold hardy shrub native to the northern hemisphere. It is a perennial and is hardy in zones 3-8. It prefers well-draining, light, sandy soil with a pH of 6 to 6.7, although it will grow in soils with a pH of 5.5 to 8.3. You will need to grow the plants or start the seeds in a location with full sun, as it cannot tolerate shade at any stage of growth. To increase germination success prior to sowing you can soak the seeds in water for up to 48 hours. Any seeds that are floating should be thrown away. Press the seeds into sterilized soil leaving them partial exposed. The seeds need to be exposed to light in order to germinate. Keep soil moist but not soggy until the seeds have germinated and have at least two sets of leaves. Transplant the seedlings outside in spring or summer. Seeds can be started outside in the spring to early summer and fall.

Sea Buckthorn Berry

Sea buckthorn has a lot of medicinal value and uses. The berries are highly nutritional contain high levels of antioxidants such as vitamin C and E, and flavonoids, which help to strengthen the immune system and protect you from disease, as well as strengthening your heart. It has been used for centuries as a herbal remedy to relieve coughs, to aid digestion, invigorate blood circulation and alleviate pain. The juice is often used as a sweetener for herbal teas and the berries are often made into sauces, marmalades, and jellies.

Sea Buckthorn Benefits

Berries

  • Helps protect cells from cancer.
  • Promotes a healthy cardiovascular system.
  • Used to treat wounds and infection – speeds healing.
  • Improves eyesight.

Sea Buckthorn Oil

  • Helps treat hearth problems.
  • Asthma.
  • Reduces high cholesterol.
  • Helps fight cancer.
  • Used to heal gastrointestinal diseases.
  • Helps with night blindness and dry eyes.
  • Clears up acne and blackheads.
  • Used as an expectorant (loosens phlegm).
  • Used to treat wounds and infection – speeds healing.

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