Is Sea Buckthorn the Secret to Your Best Skin Ever?
September 21, 2023
Sea buckthorn might be having a big moment right now, but it’s actually been used for centuries around the world for its many healing properties. Not only is it TikTok’s latest viral trend, but its healing history is actually almost as ancient as the plant itself. In cultures around the world, this magical plant has been revered for its countless medicinal properties and has been used internally and externally from Ancient Greece to the Himalayan Mountains.
The plant grows in high elevations as a shrub like tree, and almost every part of the sea buckthorn plants can be used. From the luscious ripe berries to the leaves and seeds, it has countless uses and benefits. It’s a popular superfood ingredient in many traditional cultures, used as medicine in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, and is an excellent skin treatment for a variety of skin concerns.
Sea buckthorn berries are small, and somewhat resemble cranberries. They are edible, as well as medicinal. They are bright orange in color on the outside, and the inner flesh of the berry is a dark yellow when ripe. The flavor of the berries is tart and somewhat citrusy with a little bit of sweetness.
They are usually mixed with other foods or juices to make them more palatable as opposed to being eaten on their own. You might find them made into jams, baked into pies, juiced, dried and drank as teas, or used to create a powerful sea buckthorn berry oil extract that is used topically for its skincare benefits.
At LAB.OTANICA we believe in harnessing nature's most magical botanical ingredients to help nourish and transform your skin so that you feel beautiful inside and out, so sea buckthorn is one of our super ingredients in many of our botanical skincare formulas. Incorporating this powerful botanical ingredient into your self-care and skincare routines are the perfect ways to incorporate the magic and benefits of sea buckthorn.
The history of sea buckthorn
Sea buckthorn has been an important plant in cultures spanning the entire globe for thousands of years. Experts have traced the use of this plant in healing remedies toMongolia, China, Tibet, and Ancient Greece.One of the earliest recorded use of sea buckthorn in healing can be traced back to rGyud Bzi, or The Four Books of Pharmacopoeia, which was an ancient Tibetan medical text during the Tang Dynasty from 618-907 AD. In the 8th century, another popular book, Djud-shi, was written by the well known physician Yuthog Yontan Gonpo who chronicled more than 300 different medical preparations using sea buckthorn.
Over the centuries, it’s been a popular remedy in both Ayruvedic herbalism and Chinese Traditional Medicine, both of which are still popular practices today. During the 1940’s Russian scientists began researching the compounds found in different parts of the sea buckthorn plants including the leaves, fruit, and bark. Eventually they encouraged Russian cosmonauts to begin consuming the fruit for its healing benefits and formed a skin cream that was believed to help protect the space travelers from solar radiation.
The first studies on how to draw concentrates from the plan began in Romania in the 1950’s. Professor Ion Brad began to research the different biochemical compounds of sea buckthorn and performed studies about how it could be used in everything from medicine to skincare and makeup. Texts from this time period refer to sea buckthorn as “the medicinal berries of the Mother of God,” and “the strongest fruit with the divine oil.”
Healing powers of sea buckthorn
Sea buckthorn is loaded with so many important nutrients that it truly is one of nature’s most powerful superfoods. The sea buckthorn berry and seeds of the plant are the most nutritious and are full of antioxidants that might slow aging and prevent things like heart disease and cancer. The fruit is rich in vitamins like A, C, K, and E as well as minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and zinc. It’s also rich in amino and other fatty acids.
The benefits of sea buckthorn are seemingly endless. Expert herbalists believe that sea buckthorn can help to remove free radicals. A few of the conditions that sea buckthorn has been used to help prevent and treat include:
High blood pressure
respiratory illnesses and colds
skin problems like acne
As with any nutritional or medicinal plant, it’s important to discuss taking any new supplement with a healthcare professional.
Sea Buckthorn Skin Benefits
Sea buckthorn oil is the perfect ingredient to add to your fall skincare routine, as it's deeply nourishing and moisturizing while tackling a variety of skin concerns from acne to aging. The most common part of the sea buckthorn plant used in skincare is an oil that is made from the berries and seeds. Since it's rich in vitamins that your skin loves like C, E, and K, along with plenty of fatty acids, it makes for an incredibly nourishing oil.
Sea Buckthorn Oil benefits skin in so many wonderful ways, which is why it's one of your superstar ingredients in many of our cult-favorite LAB.OTANICA products. It’s a luxurious, deeply nourishing oil that can target so many of your skin concerns each and every time you use it.
Sea buckthorn skin benefits may include:
Encouraging cell renewal
Helping to heal psoriasis
Improving the eczema condition
Reducing the signs of aging
Reducing the damage from UV rays
Moisturizes dry skin
Our favorite LAB.OTANICA products infused with the plant magic power of Sea Buckthorn Oil
Due to the combination of luxurious oils like sea buckthorn oil, avocado oil, and argan oil along with the plant magic of chamomile flowers. Your eyes will feel instantly awakened due to the cool massage from the roller application, and you can also use the product to condition your brows and lashes. It’s one of our favorite multi-use products for minimalist beauty vixens who want a quick and effective all natural skincare routine.
Alchemic Brightening Facial Oil
Alchemic Brightening Facial Oil is the perfect way to target all of your skincare concerns with one incredible product. It’s formulated with a powerhouse of botanicals like sea buckthorn oil, passion fruit, and marula to help repair damaged skin, brighten, reduce fine lines, boost collagen production, deeply hydrate, and calm inflammation.
This oil is perfect for all skin types, even sensitive skin and can be used as both a natural retinol replacement and a vitamin C serum. With an intoxicating scent of neroli, it feels like you’re relaxing in a wellness spa each and every time you apply it to your face.
Alchemic is one of our cult-favorite products for good reason - it is plant magic at its best. Sea buckthorn berry oil is rich in vitamin A, C, and E. It can even help to even the skin tone and reduce hyperpigmentation without any of the harsh chemicals found in mainstream skincare products.
At LAB.OTANICA we’re passionate about the magic behind plant-powered skin care. We invite you to explore the world of clean beauty and create a beauty routine with natural botanicalsthat are healthy for your body, spirit, and the earth. Join our community by following us on instagram, watching our tutorials on youtube, joining our newsletter, and shopping LAB.OTANICA today.
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