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Botanical Name: Hippophae rhamnoides
Also known as 'sandthorn' and 'seaberry', a native species to Europe and Asia (particularly India and China), Sea Buckthorn shrubs typically reach 0.5–6 meters tall, tend to flourish in harshly arid, sandy regions and are incredibly tolerant to salty air and soil.
The berries are vibrant orange in color and contain some of the highest concentrations of Vitamin C in the world:15 times more potent than the orange.The berries also carry dense contents of carotenoids, vitamin E, amino acids, dietary minerals, β-sitosterol and polyphenolic acids, thus making Sea Buckthorn essential oil an invaluable ally for dermatological purposes.
This Sea Buckthorn CO2 extract also contains a high level of betacarotene, giving it a deep red-orange color
Sea Buckthorn will synergize with other skin healing oils such as: Helichrysum, Lavender, Rosemary Verbenone and Carrot Seed.
Antibacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Cytophalactic, Rubefacient, Vulnerary. (See Definitions.)
- Hydrates and tones aging skin
- Repairs damaged skin
- Promotes healthy cellular regeneration
- Soothes and heals burns, skin ulcers, and wounds
- Reduces inflammation in irritated skin cases such as eczema rosacea and dermatitis
- Can stimulate hair growth by nourishing follicular health
- May be effective in blends that treat alopecia (balding)
NOTE: The oil has a deep red color from the high carrotenoid concentration and therefore may impart a hue on your skin for a few minutes while it absorbs.
- Sea Buckthorn can easily be added to any base or essential oil blend - a 1% concentration is considered effective, and up to 10% concentrations have been used without side effects.
- Apply to skin before and after sun exposure, or use for supportive healing for nearly any skin condition. A well regarded recipe for skin health and protection is: 50% Sea Buckthorn oil in a base of 20% rosehip seed oil, 20% evening primrose oil plus a few drops of Apricot Kernel or Hazelnut oil.
- Can be ingested in small amounts.