Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sea buckthorn oil

Rich in anti-inflammatory, free radical-fighting beta-carotene and vitamin E, plus nourishing fatty acids, the oil from the green shrub and berries native to Europe and Asia has been used to heal wounds for centuries, says Elizabeth Trattner, acupuncture physician and doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida. Recent research with women between the ages of 50 and 70 showed sea buckthorn oil also possesses antiaging properties. Applying a cream with sea buckthorn oil twice daily for three months significantly improved the subjects’ skin hydration and overall skin elasticity. And the treatment resulted in increased thickness, suggesting improved collagen synthesis.

Sea Buckthorn Oil Profile

Botanical Name- Hippophae rhamnoides
Origin- China or Russia
Extraction- Cold Pressed
Part Extracted- Seed and Berry
Shelf life- 6 months
Kosher Certified- No
Notes- The Sea Buckthorn Oil offered by Mountain Rose Herbs was processed by the cold press method of the entire berry including seed and fruit.
This particular oil will solidify if exposed to low temperatures, and it is best left at room temperature.
The oil of Sea Buckthorn in its undiluted and concentrated form will stain skin, surfaces and clothing. Use caution, spread evenly and dilute.
No additives, preservatives, or other foreign agents have been used or included in the manufacturing of this oil. Suitable for food and cosmetic use.
Color- Deep amber/red
Odor- Fatty/Characteristic
Acid Value- 3.6%
Heavy Metals- None Detected
Iodine Value- 86
Pesticides- None Detected
Peroxide Value- <1.4
Saponification Value- 191.7
Specific Gravity- 0.915
pH- 3.43
Fatty Acids and Constituents
Beta Carotene- 254 I.U./100 g
Vitamin E- 123 mg/100g
Lycopene- <1%
Linoleic- 8.4%
Oleic- 28.1%
Palmitic- 30%
Palmitoleic- 27.7%
Stearic- 1.3%
A Short Introduction
Sea Buckthorn oil is produced by the cold pressing of the entire fruiting body that this small shrub produces. A small layer of oil is isolated within a vat of pressed material which is then vacuumed off and separated as "pure oil". This helps to explain the requirement of upwards to 10 pounds of berries to produce 1 pound of oil.
This marvelous oil has copious amounts of Phytosterol, Vitamin E, Beta-Carotene, Anti-Oxidants, and Carotenoid which helps to substantiate its relatively high success rate as a skin repairing and conditioning oil.
Sea Buckthorn has been traditionally used for a wide range of skin ailments for its revered nourishing, regenerative, and restorative actions. Sea Buckthorn oil is used superficially to assist in healing skin injuries, burns, wounds, eczema, lesions, sun damaged skin, and abrasions. Current studies are being performed on its ability to combat wrinkles, acute dryness and other symptoms of prematurely aged skin.
This deep colored oil is obtained from the whole berries of the scrubby brush Hippophae Rhamnoides which is a native to Russia, and northern parts of China and Mongolia, and produces a thick, red/orange oil with the consistency and viscosity of syrup.
Medicinal Use
Because of its overwhelming popularity as a skin treatment, recent findings and further studies have substantiated its success rate when used internally.
As an internal dietary supplement It has shown to help promote healthy blood circulation, the rudimentary treatment of colitis, stomach ulcers, and as soothing agent for the gastro-intestinal tract.
The general consensus in the alternative health care industry agrees upon using 1 tablespoon or four to five 500 mg capsules daily.
Vitamin C, Vitamins A, B1, B2, E, and other mixed Tocopherols and Phytosterols, Flavonoids and numerous other essential fatty acids.