Botanical Name: Hippophae rhamnoides Origin: China
Our sea buckthorn powder is milled from organic Hippophae rhamnoides fruits. Sea buckthorn is a spiny, flowering, deciduous shrub native to the temperate climates of Europe and Asia. Sea buckthorn produces small, orange berries which have been used in traditional healing practices for hundreds of years. For example, sea buckthorn berries were employed in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Russian folk herbalism, and in ancient Greece for wellness-support, as a tonic herb, and as part of a skin care regime. Occasionally spelled, sea buckhorn or sea buckthorne, the fruit powder can be prepared in botanical syrups, cosmetic products, herbal teas, smoothies, and extracts.
This thorny shrub can be found growing on mountain slopes and along riverbanks and seashores. The silver-green leaves are accompanied by yellowish-green flowers that turn into orange berry sized fruits. Native to Asia and Europe, it has been planted throughout China and Russia to aid in erosion control and water conservation. Legends written about sea buckthorn come to us from the Ancient Greeks to Genghis Khan. Most include sick and injured horses being left in the wild, and being discovered later as healthy, strong horses running around. Upon further investigation it was discover that the horses have been surviving on the leaves, twigs, and berries of the sea buckthorn plant. This also leads to the Latin name Hippophae meaning "shining horse".
Difficult to harvest by hand, this "superfruit" is usually shaken off of the branches after a freeze. Once harvested the fruit may be utilized whole, dried and powered, or pressed into oil. The ripe fruit is very bitter and has a passionfruit-like flavor once sweetened. Sea buckthorn belongs to the Elaeagnaceae family.
Traditionally used as a staple throughout Chinese and Tibetan medicines. Preparations of the fruit and seeds cover a wide variety of applications. Considered a "superfruit"; the berry is becoming widely popular as a general skin healing and overall health boosting botanical.
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