Sea buckthorn is used to boost immunity, lower bad cholesterol, increase good cholesterol, help the heart and blood vessels, prevent diabetes, anti-inflammatory, protect against radiation, and help control weight. Your body will actually stop storing fat. By helping to control weight, it will prevent many of the aforementioned issues from developing. Sea buckthorn will help keep you regular and treat all sorts of GI issues, including upset stomach, GERD, ulcers, and heartburn. Can be used as an expectorant and is good for mucus membranes. Heals asthma and other lung issues. Protects the liver and used to treat arthritis. Sun burns, rashes, eczema, bed sores, wounds and other skin irritations are relieved by teas made from berries, flowers or leaves. It helps give you beautiful skin, hair and nails. Not only will you look and physically feel younger, your brain will function faster as well. Dr Oz boasted about the health benefits of sea buckthorn. It has been said to help prevent cancer and help reduce the side effects of harsh cancer treatments.
Just like the Elderberry, the raw berries are very tart. Cooking the berries changes them to a tropical citrusy flavor. If you prefer raw, you can mix the juice with sweet juices such as pear, carrot, or grape. You may also sweeten juice, syrups and teas with honey, stevia or agave.
Sea buckthorn berries are used to make oils, teas, extracts, syrups, juices, jellies and jams, salsa, cooking sauces, vinegars, vinaigrette, wine, candies, pies, sorbet, cookies, etc. They can also be dried or frozen to be used later.
The leaves are full of protein. Powerful teas can be made from the them. The leaves make very healthy fodder for animals. Be careful feeding them to horses though, as Pegasus was said to get his power of flight from sea buckthorn leaves!
If you are interested in purchasing sea buckthorn seedlings this spring, let me know and I will try to propagate extras for you.