Botanist's Glossary

Sea Buckthorn - Hippophae rhamnoides

  • Description
    • Sea buckthorn (Elaegnaceae family) is a spiny shrub with silvery leaves that can be found in many parts of the world. It grows from the North Sea to the Ural region, from coastal dunes to the beds of Alpine and Himalayan rivers. It produces small, orange-colored, acidic berries. Their exceptional Vitamin C content varies according to region and is much greater in high altitudes.
  • Traditions
    • Sea buckthorn is widespread in the Himalayas and used in Tibetan medicine to treat burns, wounds and other skin conditions.
  • Properties
    • The oil is extracted from the pulp and the seeds of the buckthorn berries. It is valued for its rich vitamin E and Provitamin A content. The bright orange color of this exceptional oil is due to its rich beta-carotene content. It softens and protects the skin. The water, obtained by filtering the juice and pulp of the berries, provides skin with moisture and holds it lastingly in the skin cells.