A low shrub with bright orange fruits-sea buckthorn. The homeland of sea buckthorn is Mongolia and China. But today this plant is spread all over the world. Sea buckthorn is very unpretentious. It can grow on sandy and pebble soils, on the banks of reservoirs. Sea buckthorn settles even in the mountains-at an altitude of more than 2000 m above sea level. As a thorny shrub, it is deliberately planted for hedges and strengthening ravines and slopes.
USEFUL PROPERTIES OF SEA BUCKTHORN
The miraculous properties of sea buckthorn were discovered by Tibetans. In Tibetan medicine, not only berries are used, but also other parts of the plant: leaves, bark, flowers, and so on. Sea buckthorn in Tibet is called “miracle berry”. This shrub was also respected in Ancient Greece, where various potions were made from berries for soldiers and horses. The horses, tired from long marches, quickly regained their shape. In Chinese medicine, sea buckthorn has been actively used since the XII century. It was used for infectious diseases, lung diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, etc.
Sea buckthorn fruits are incredibly rich in monounsaturated fatty acids; they contain almost two hundred active biological components. And it is in the form and combination that are ideal for assimilation by the human body. Berries contain many vitamins of the B, PP, E, H, and C. sea buckthorn bark contains serotonin — one of the most important hormones in the human body.
In addition to vitamins, sea buckthorn is rich in trace elements-sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. They are necessary for creating new cells and maintaining the body in a healthy state. Also, these elements are involved in the alkalinization of the body, which at a blood pH above 7.37.4 is not subject to any diseases. This is proved empirically. In an alkaline environment, the life of fungi, pathogenic bacteria, parasites, etc. is impossible. Therefore, sea buckthorn juice and berries are the best remedy for many diseases, especially infectious ones. In addition to minerals, sea buckthorn fruits contain pectins, tannins and protein substances, phytoncides, organic acids, and so on. Phytoncides, in turn, are natural antibiotics and can increase the weakened immune system.
A bouquet of vitamins in sea buckthorn allows you to solve problems with beriberi, anemia, and even in the treatment of eye diseases. Ascorbic acid contained in berries increases the human immune system, increases blood clotting, reduces vascular permeability, promotes bile secretion, relieves inflammation, improves digestion, restores the thyroid gland, liver and other internal organs. On the basis of sea buckthorn, various creams and ointments are made, which are very effective for burns and other skin injuries. Quick wound healing is facilitated by the presence of antioxidants and vitamin C in berries.
Sea buckthorn will also be useful for nervous disorders: thiamine and Riboflavin contained in berries normalize the work of nerve cells and rejuvenate them. There are many popular recipes for the treatment of depressive States, chronic fatigue syndrome and to improve performance. As mentioned above, not only sea buckthorn berries are used in medicine, but also other parts of the plant: the bark and leaves. Decoction of leaves is useful in the treatment of gout and rheumatism. An infusion of sea buckthorn seeds is used as a laxative for constipation.
The quintessential benefit of sea buckthorn for the human body is oil. It contains all the concentration of useful substances that this plant generously gives us. Sea buckthorn oil lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood, and also effectively fights cancer. To be sure that the oil is natural and has no additives or preservatives, you can prepare the oil yourself. Sea buckthorn berries should be squeezed, dried and re-filled with juice in a ratio of 1:1.5. The oil will be infused for three weeks. After that, the infusion must be filtered, and the oil is ready for use.
SEA BUCKTHORN: HEALTH BENEFITS AND HARMS
Sea buckthorn is a real elixir of immortality. The incredibly high content of vitamin E and antioxidants allows you to launch powerful recovery and rejuvenation processes in the body. Smoothing wrinkles and normalizing the heart is only the least that sea buckthorn berries can give with regular use. There are many recipes for treating stomach ulcers and gastritis. Vitamins A, K and B, which are so rich in this berry, ensure the health of the nervous system, heart and blood vessels.
Everyone knows that eating is closely related to mood. But most often the feeling of pleasure is brought to us by harmful, refined, unnatural food. And sea buckthorn can be an excellent substitute for such products. The fact that it starts the body’s process of producing serotonin – the hormone of joy. Therefore, the use of sea buckthorn berries or oil and juice from them will contribute to finding a good mood, spiritual harmony and calmness.
However, it is worth noting that the spoon of tar in a barrel of honey is still present. In the presence of diseases such as pancreatitis, hepatitis, acute cholecystitis and other pancreatic dysfunctions, it is recommended to exclude sea buckthorn from the diet. It is not recommended to use it for diseases of the liver, gall bladder and intestinal disorders, so as not to aggravate the condition. In urolithiasis, it is also better to refrain from sea buckthorn, since its juice increases the acidity of the urine, which can exacerbate the course of the disease.
It is important to note that the biochemical composition of the plant helps to reduce blood pressure. Therefore, for people with hypertension, sea buckthorn will be useful, but for those who suffer from low blood pressure, it is better to use it very carefully.
In General, sea buckthorn is a storehouse of vitamins and trace elements. In almost any disease, its use, as a rule, helps to improve the condition. The only exceptions are problems with the liver, pancreas, gall bladder, and the presence of urolithiasis. But for eye, infectious, allergic, colds, heart, nervous and many other diseases, sea buckthorn is simply an indispensable tool. If for territorial and climatic reasons it is not possible to use fresh berries, you can use juice or oil. But you should carefully approach the question of the naturalness of these products, so that instead of using them, you do not cause yourself even more harm.