Healing properties of this “Siberian pineapple” have been known since ancient times in Tibetan, Chinese and Mongolian medicine.
Seabuckthorn is a very good name for this plant, you can not say more precisely, because its fruits on very short stems really sit very tightly on the branches, as if stuck to them. They have a pleasant sweet and sour taste and a peculiar flavor remotely resembling pineapple. Therefore, sea buckthorn is sometimes called northern, or Siberian pineapple.
But the botanical, the most correct, name of the plant is even more interesting. In ancient Greece, a decoction of twigs and leaves of sea-buckthorn was given to horses so that the skin was healthy and shiny. Hence the Latin name Hippophae, consisting of two words: Hippos – a horse and phae – to give shine.
The fruits of sea-buckthorn, or, as we say in everyday life, berries (especially modern sweet varieties), are good both fresh and in all kinds of processing. They keep the taste and aroma even frozen. The most important thing is that during processing, the biochemical composition of berries is almost unchanged, and he is unusually rich.
In our days, sea buckthorn takes special care of gardeners. It is also called raka (however, so is called willow too). The plant is widespread in Western and Eastern Siberia, in the southern regions of the European part of Russia, in Central Asia, less often in the Caucasus, and in Moldova.
Sea buckthorn is, truly, a pantry of health. After all, its fruits contain a whole complex of vitamins, many micronutrients, minerals, sugars, organic acids, pectins and other biologically active substances.
The chemical composition of the parts of the plant is so rich that any pharmacist tears with envy. The fruits of sea buckthorn are rich in vitamins – B1, B2, C, E, K, P; flavonoids, carotenoids, folic acid, choline, betaine, coumarins, phospholipids, fructose and glucose. Apple, lemon, coffee and tartaric acids. Tanning agents; macro- and microelements (sodium, magnesium, silicon, iron, aluminum, calcium, lead, nickel, molybdenum, manganese, strontium).
In the bark of the branches, a significant amount of serotonin appears, which has a beneficial effect on the central nervous system and retards the growth of malignant tumors. The leaves of the plant are rich in ascorbic, ursolic and oleanolic acids.
Everyone knows the miraculous sea-buckthorn oil, obtained from fruits, and it contains much more in bones than in flesh. It helps in the treatment of radiation damage to the skin, thermal and chemical burns, trophic ulcers. His forces physicians resist peptic ulcer of the stomach and duodenum; stomatitis and pulpitis; laryngitis and pharyngitis; injuries and defects of the cornea, conjunctivitis, radiation eye burns. Dermatologists recommend it to enhance hair growth and in the case of certain skin diseases.
It has been established that preparations from sea buckthorn oil improve the tolerance of some antineoplastic substances to the body and sometimes enhance their effect. For olepichovoy oil, fruits are harvested later than for other purposes. They should be light yellow or red-orange, sour taste, pineapple smell.
Sea buckthorn oil can be prepared as follows:
Prepared fruits of sea-buckthorn rinse with wooden tolkushkoy in enameled dishes, squeeze the juice, merge into a glass jar and put on the day. From the surface of the settled juice, remove the oil (about 80 g of 1 kg of sea-buckthorn). Store in a refrigerator in a tightly closed container.
In folk medicine, fruits, leaves, young branches and seeds of sea-buckthorn are used. Fruits harvested in autumn or winter. At this time they contain the greatest amount of vitamins, they acquire an acid-sweet taste. Store in a wooden container in a cool place, frozen.
In winter, frozen fruits are removed in cloudy weather or under moonlight at a temperature of -10 ° C, as in sunlight the fruit shell thaws and easily separates from the pulp.During transport, protect from thawing. Collect the gloves in order not to injure hands with spines. Under a bush spread a litter, strike with a stick on a trunk, shaking off branches. The shelf life of berries is several months.
In addition to medical application, the fruits of sea-buckthorn have great nutritional value as a rich vitamin remedy. They are eaten fresh, used to make jam, juices, jelly.
I would recommend eating a spoonful of sea-buckthorn every day in any form, preferably with a cup of tea before going to bed. Then the dream will be deep, and the morning will give you cheerfulness and good mood.
Siberian to you health!