Tibetans have been using Sea Buckthorn Oil for centuries for health and the treatment of illness. I had heard that the Russians had used Sea Buckthorn oil to treat Chernobyl radiation exposure which I didn’t think much about ether way until one of my clients was looking at my Face Serum and I started to tell her about Sea Buckthorn Oil. She nodded knowingly, a small smile on her face. With a slight accent she told me she knew of Sea Buckthorn because her father would grow it and make home made ointments out of it. I asked her where he lived and she told me he was Russian. Then I asked her what he did for a living, she told me he was a Russian Nuclear Physicist! Wow. Obviously not proof that Sea Buckthorn Oil will work to treat radiation burns but a powerful vote in its favor for that and other uses.
I began using Sea Buckthorn Oil from the berries in many of my products inclduding my Face Serum and my Lotions after buying a small amount and being immediately impressed with the oil’s color and fragrance. The oil derives it’s rich golden red almost opaque color from a high level of carotenoids.
Carotenoids are organic pigments and there are over 600 varieties of them. I imagine just exploring the mysteries of individual carotenoids could keep a few scientists busy for a long time but there is a lot already known about the benefits of some specific carotenoids. One benefit we have known a long time is the benefit to our eyes. As the name implies, one of the most abundant carotenoid providers is carrots. Carrots are eye food according to mothers everywhere. While there’s little evidence that carrots can actually improve vision, there is little debate on their protective value. For one thing, the carotenoids in carrots protect your retina from blue and near-ultraviolet light damage.
Beta-carotene is one important variety of carotenoid. The more intense the color of the source of beta-carotene, the higher amount it has in it. Beta-carotene is a recognized antioxidant. We hear the word “antioxidant” thrown around so much, I really want to do more research to understand what is true and what is hype about antioxidants. However, for now it is my understanding that antioxidants neutralize, capture or somehow protect us from “free-radicals”. It sounds like there is a war going on at a microscopic level going inside our bodies! Whether this is an accurate analogy or not, I am told that free radicals are damaging to cells, can cause the visual signs of aging and that beta-carotene can stop them or slow them down. Studies and anecdotal evidence concur.
“Topical vitamin A may be helpful for treatment of aging skin. One double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that a 0.4% vitamin A lotion applied three times a week significantly reduced the number of “fine” wrinkles in seniors. 42 Benefits were also seen in terms of some biochemical measures of skin health.” NYU Langone Medical Center
To read a great article on Sea Buckthorn Oil, both seed and berry, check out: