Our Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil comes from organic cultivated crops that comply with the European Organic Soil Association's (EOSA) rigorous organic standards. The oil is processed in a certified organic food facility.
Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) oil is extracted from the berry of a shrub that grows in the mountainous and coastal areas of Asia and Europe. According to legend, the Hippophae rhamnoides means “what makes the horse shine," in reference to its ability to make horse’s hair shiny and smooth.
Sea Buckthorn is believed to have originated from the Himalayas, but was also used by the ancient Greeks and other European cultures. It not only appears in ancient Tibetan texts, but is also mentioned in the Indian Materia Medica, early Chinese formularies, and ancient Greek mythology.
The berries are small, nutrient-rich, and yellow-orange in color. From the berries, it is possible to extract three distinctly different oils that vary in therapeutic value, quality and price.
1- Sea Buckthorn Pulp Oil is a dark red or red orange viscous liquid extracted from the berry pulp, discarding the seeds.
2- Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil is extracted specifically from the seeds, yielding a thinner oil that is light orange in color with a faint herbal scent rich in fatty acids.
3- Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil, often called "Sea Buckthorn Total," is the most complete sea buckthorn oil. It is made from whole berries, including the seeds, and carries the beneficial properties of both the pulp and the seeds. The oil from the whole fruit is obtained by supercritical CO2 extraction, a process that uses liquidized carbon dioxide to pull the oils while retaining and preserving the complete nutrient profile of the berry.
The berry, both the pulp and the seeds, yields a very low quantity of oil. The recent high demand for Sea Buckthorn Oil has been directly proportional to the adulteration of it. You will find oil on the market which is clearly adulterated by the addition of standard oils. The clear sign of adulteration is, naturally, the price. So, be cautious. If your priority is the therapeutic quality and strength of the product you are using, please buy your oil from a reputable company, as other carrier oils (typically sesame or sunflower oil) could be the primary ingredient of many adulterated Sea Buckthorn Oils.
One of the most valued properties of Sea Buckthorn fruit pulp oil is its impressive content of a rare, highly prized Omega 7 (Palmitoleic acid). A common constituent of the glycerides of human adipose tissue, studies have shown that Omega 7 supports and soothes skin and mucous membranes, helping to repair damaged skin and improve cell regeneration. The pulp oil also is rich in Omega 6. The seed oil does not have significant amounts of the Omega 7 fatty acid. Seed Oil contains the EFAs Omegas 3 and 6 in a near-perfect 1:1 ratio and is also a rich source of Omega 9.
Sea Buckthorn fruit pulp is rich in sugars, sugar alcohols, fruit acids, amino acids, minerals, and plant sterols. It is one of the richest sources of natural vitamin C. The pulp also contains high concentrations of carotenoids (beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, and lycopene), vitamin K, and vitamin E (especially alpha-tocopherol). The fruit is also rich in plant sterols (ß-sitosterol) and flavonols.
The incredible Sea Buckthorn Oil is documented to have healing and rejuvenating effects on the skin. It can also help heal burns, cuts, wounds, sunburn, rashes, and other types of skin damage. It is a natural mild exfoliator and aids in cellular regeneration, due to its high content of vitamin C; highly nourishing and moisturizing, due to its high content of phytosterols and carotenoids; and an extraordinary antioxidant, due to its high content of Vitamin E and A (tocotrienols and tocopherols) and a mineral called superoxide dismutase (SOD), an important enzyme that helps prevent free radical damage.
The benefits of Sea Buckthorn Oil go on and on. The Sea Buckthorn Oil we carry is made from the whole fruit, by supercritical CO2 extraction.