Sea Buckthorn: The "Almighty Wonder Oil", Importance of Bioflavononids
Be sure to consult your doctor or Naturopath before consumption or use of Sea Buckthorn Oil, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or on and medications (especially blood thinners).
I first heard about Sea Buckthorn Oil through a holistic guru I follow on Instagram, @holsticali. Ali promotes wellness practices by sharing different herbs, supplements, oils, and natural applications that are good for various parts and needs of the body and I love soaking up what he has to share. He often goes live and answers questions that his followers have and he's pretty funny too. I appreciate his straight-forwardness.
What interested me about this oil were all of the rich benefits it supposedly had with skincare. I'd had a red splotchy dry patch on the right side of my face along my nose and into my cheek, like a triangle. I'm not sure what caused it or why it was there, but it's pretty much gone now after I've started incorporating SBO into my routine. I've also been applying it to a few areas of skin on my body with appearances that I'd like to see improve and am excited to see what happens over the next few weeks of use.
I apply the oil to my skin neat (without a carrier oil) at times, but also like mixing it with shea butter, Frankincense, Lavender, and Patchouli oils as my night cream. I use the cream you see above from Sea Buck Wonders in the mornings because it's less heavy than my rich, oily, shiny sea butter mixture that makes me look like I've just run a marathon. But omg is it incredible for my skin. I shower at night now so that my body has a full night's worth of time to enjoy being saturated in my shea butter, essential oil, SBO mixture that I lather up with after I get out, and also a full day's worth of time to soak up it's natural oils and do it's healthy thing, regenerating itself and developing a healthy glow.
What exactly is Sea Buckthorn?
Sounds like it would come from the ocean, doesn't it? Well, it doesn't. It's actually a bush with pretty little orange berries from which the oil is extracted. You can find it in tea-form, but it's much more beneficial to consume or apply it in it's oil form. It's mainly found overseas in Europe and Asia, and has been around for thousands of years as a natural remedy for many things. It's been called "God-sent Medicine" and "Liquid Gold" through the years. Early recordings show it used in Ayurvedic Medicinal herbal remedies, as far back as 5,000 BC.
It's extremely packed with bioflavonoids (anti-inflammatory) and phytonutrients (cancer-fighters) and rich in the hard-to-come-by Omega-7, along with potassium, iron, magnesium, sodium, calcium, and phosphorus - necessary vitamins and minerals we need each and every day. Just look at the density of it's nutrition on top of what I just previously mentioned: Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D, E, K, and P, carotenoids, flavonoids, amino acids, phelols, folic acid, and 20 mineral elements. It's said that it might be the only plant in the world to contain all four omegas (3, 6, 7, and 9). There are two types of SB Oil; one that comes from the seeds, and then one that comes from the fruit. The fruit oil is a reddish orange color and thicker that the oil that comes from the seed, which is usually a pale orange color.
The smell is a little musky but light and earthy. I don't mind it and actually kinda like it, especially when I pair it with Frankincense and Patchouli before applying it to my face.
How do I use it?
It's recommended to take two 1,000 ml servings of pure SB Oil per serving, per day. Unless it says certified organic cold-pressed, I wouldn't buy or consume it. Be sure that the label is clear so you know what you're buying. And after about 30 days, you'll start to see benefits. You can put it in a veggie capsule, smoothie, drink, etc.
Why is SB Oil good for me?
First of all, it helps fight cancer and detoxify the liver. SB Oil can be applied directly onto the skin to prevent or relieve sunburn after it's too late. It's also helpful in healing cuts and can reduce the appearance (and just might even prevent) acne, dry skin, eczema, and stretch marks. It's full of omega-7's which can help with adrenal fatigue too, especially when paired with removing foods that are draining to our body (caffeine, sugar, processed foods) and bumping up our omega's in foods like fish, nuts, and seeds. SB Oil also helps fortify our immune system because of fit's antioxidant properties, fighting free radicals, and reducing the onset of infection. It can help lower your blood cholesterol and fight against diabetes.
Of course there are other factors like diet and nutrition that go into skin and health conditions but SB Oil is going to do nothing but support your skin and body. Again, combined with changes in my diet and lifestyle, I've noticed such a difference with incorporating SB Oil into my routine. If you decide to try it, let me know how it goes!
So what's a Bioflavonoid and why is it important?
Bioflavonoids are pigments or chemicals of a plant that naturally occur in pretty much all fruits, herbs, and veggies. These bioflavonoids attract bugs and bees that pollinate the plant as well as work against fighting environmental stresses and influence the plant's cell growth. It's said that the more colorful a plant is, the richer it is in flavanoids. When we ingest and apply bioflavonoids that come from these plants, they exhibit anti-imflammatory, antithrombogenic (preventing blood clot formation within a blood vessel), antidiabetic, anticancer, and neuroprotective activities. Properties of bioflavonoids are obviously incredibly beneficial to our bodies.
Bioflavonoids have been proven to help the following physical ailments:
Up to 60% of people in the US have this problem. Veins have valves that act like one-way flaps to prevent blood from flowing backwards while it moves up our legs. What happens is, the valves become weak and blood can leak back into the veins and collect, causing the veins to stretch and not properly work anymore. These can be fought with a healthy diet, and bioflavonoids (herein referred to as BF) can also help relieve swelling and pain from vericose veins. There's a BF called Rutin that may help support vein walls, helping them to work better. Rutin is found in citrus fruits, buckwheat, and asparagus.
Up to 75% of people experience this pain in the a** at some point. They're caused by pressure on the veins in the bum and can be very uncomfortable. Some people even experience pain with them. But bioflavonoids can improve capillary and vascular circulation and tone, which are extremely key in the natural treatment of this unwanted condition. So eat your fruits and veggies and your tushy will thank you.
I mean come on - it should be obvious that the more fruits and veggies you eat, the stronger and healthier your heart is. Increase your bioflavonoid intake and reduce your risk of heart issues.
The flavonoid found in Matcha Green Tea has been shown to help with this condition, which is commonly referred to as Hepatitis. It's often caused by a virus, but could also happen as a result of heavy alcohol use, some medications, and a great deal of exposure to toxins.
These happen when our blood vessels break from force and blood leaks under the skin. If you bruise easily, up your Vitamin C and BF intake to strengthen your capillaries.
I struggled with these a lot up until I made serious changes in my diet. BF mixed with Vitamin C naturally treats them and reduces the duration of the sores. I've started taken this supplement (Vitamin C w/ BF) each day. This vitamin is also good for antioxidant properties and to protect our cells from free radical damage.
The specific BF found in onions, citrus, pineapples, and buckwheat is helpful in treating allergies and is called Quercetin. It's a natural antihistamine and an anti-inflammatory that can lower allergy symptoms.
AKA high blood pressure - again, it should be obvious, if you have HBP you should consume less meats and fats and more fruits and veggies. This will also lower your risk of stroke.
How can I consume Bioflavonoids?
Bioflavonoids are most commonly found in: fresh fruits, citrus, berries, tree fruits, most all veggies but particularly green and red ones, oregano, parsley, peppermint, and thyme, black, green, and Rooibos teas, pure cocoa, red and white wine, dark beans, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, and cashews.
So whether it's via consuming and/or topically applying SB Oil, or bumping up your intake of fruits, veggies, fish, nuts, and seeds - or all of the above like I've done, it's so important to be aware of our consumption of foods that contain Bioflavonoids, Omegas, and the micronutrients our bodies crave to thrive, heal, and maintain a healthy state. We want to reduce inflammation, toxins, and all of the junk in our bodies that slow us down every day and cause us to be fatigued, cause our skin to break out, and make us generally feel like crap.
What are some of your favorite Bioflavonoid-rich foods? How about Omega-rich ones? I have so many, but some include oranges, walnuts, salmon, squash, and chia seeds! Hmm, sounds like the makings for a yummy dinner recipe to me. :)