Sea Buckthorn


Sea buckthorn is a plant. The leaves, flowers, seeds, and fruits are used to make medicine.

Sea buckthorn is used for heart health, skin conditions, swelling (inflammation), and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support any of these uses.

In foods, sea buckthorn berries are used to make jellies, juices, purees, and sauces.

In manufacturing, sea buckthorn is used in cosmetics and anti-aging products.


Is a Form of:


Primary Functions:

Heart health, skin conditions, swelling

Also Known As:

Ananas de Sibérie, Argasse, Argousier, Argousier Faux-Nerprun,

How Does It Work?

Sea buckthorn contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, and other active ingredients. It might have some activity against stomach and intestinal ulcers, and heartburn symptoms.


  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis).Early research shows that taking sea buckthorn pulp oil by mouth for 4 months improves atopic dermatitis. However, sea buckthorn seed oil taken by mouth does not have this effect. Also, applying cream containing 10% or 20% sea buckthorn on the skin for 4 weeks does not seem to improve symptoms of mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis.

Recommended Dosing

The appropriate dose of sea buckthorn depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for sea buckthorn. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

Sea Buckthorn Supplements Frequently Asked Questions

How much sea buckthorn should I take?

Empirical healers have recommended approximately 20 g/day of fruit. In clinical trials, dosages of 5 to 45 g of freeze-dried sea buckthorn berries, puree, and seed or pulp oil have been used; sea buckthorn juice has been administered in volumes up to 300 mL daily over 8 weeks.

What does sea buckthorn taste like?

So how does sea buckthorn taste? The berries are quite tart, sort of like sour orange with hints of mango. Some people also liken them to pineapple.

What does sea buckthorn do for you?

A tea containing sea buckthorn leaves is used as a source of vitamins, antioxidants, protein building blocks (amino acids), fatty acids and minerals; for improving blood pressure and lowering cholesterol; preventing and controlling blood vessel diseases; and boosting immunity.

Does sea buckthorn really work?

Most scientific evidence is from animal studies. Though not proven in human clinical trials, people say they take sea buckthorn specifically to try to: Treat stomach or intestinal problems. Improve blood pressure or blood cholesterol.

Is sea buckthorn oil good for hair?

Sea buckthorn can also be used in hair care products. Due to it's high levels of essential fatty acids and vitamin A, this nourishing oil can help support scalp health. The vitamin E in sea buckthorn oil also helps with scalp circulation, supporting hair growth and conditioning.

What are the side effects of sea buckthorn?

Side effects.

Very few side effects from sea buckthorn have been reported. In some people who had high blood pressure, swelling, headache, dizziness and palpitations were noted. When used on the skin to treat burns, it sometimes caused a rash.

Is Sea Buckthorn safe to take?

As a food, sea buckthorn is probably safe. Some research suggests it may also be safe when taken up to six months as a medicine.

Why is buckthorn a problem?

common buckthorn

The following summarizes the many reasons they are such a problem: They are extremely invasive. They out-compete native trees and shrubs. They lower the diversity of a given area.

What can you do with buckthorn?

The best time to cut and treat buckthorn is in the fall, when the sap is headed towards the roots but it can be treated effectively anytime except during heavy spring sap flow. In fall, buckthorn leaves remain green after most other leaves have changed color or dropped, making it an ideal time to identify buckthorn.

Is sea buckthorn oil good for wrinkles?

Anti-Aging: Sea buckthorn oil helps prevent the development of wrinkles as well as shields the skin's surface from the sun's UV rays. Since this oil is full of nutrients that promote faster cellular regeneration, it can strengthen your skin and restore its elasticity.

How fast does sea buckthorn grow?

Sea Buckthorn has an average growth rate and can be expected to achieve 20-40cm per year. It is ideal for hedging of 1-4m.

How do you use sea buckthorn oil for hair?

Warm a few drops of this nutrient-rich oil in the palm of your hands, applying a fine layer to your face, neck and décolleté. Sea Buckthorn Oil is high in essential fatty acids and can be used daily to rejuvenate tired skin and nails. Gently massage into your scalp before shampooing for silky smooth hydrated hair.

How do you propagate sea buckthorn?

To propagate sea berries from hardwood cuttings, take cuttings 6” from last years growth while the plant is dormant (late fall to early spring). Soak the cuttings in water covering about 2/3 of their length, changing the water every day to prevent stagnation. After about a week, roots should begin to form.

Is sea buckthorn oil good for face?

Excellent for Sensitive Skin

It promotes skin hydration, elasticity, cell regeneration, and even helps treat and prevent acne. Sea Buckthorn oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling and redness associated with many skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.

Can sea buckthorn oil be taken internally?

Sea buckthorn oil is loaded with vitamins and essential fatty acids. Both the oils can be taken internally as a supplement or applied topically, but the seed oil has the most internal benefits and the berry oil has the most topical benefits.

Is sea buckthorn oil a blood thinner?

Sea buckthorn can act as a blood thinner, causing bleeding. It may also cause low blood sugar in people with diabetes who take medication to lower blood sugar.

Is Sea Buckthorn a phytoestrogen?

The flavones in sea buckthorn are phytoestrogen that can exert estrogenic or anti-estrogenic actions depending on concentration, so it is possible that the SBL increased the ADSL gene expression in liver via its estrogenic activity.

Does sea buckthorn oil contain vitamin C?

Sea-buckthorn berries have an impressive vitamin content [12, 24, 25]. They contain mainly vitamin C [11–14, 20] (approximately 900 mg%, depending on the variety), but also vitamin A, that is alpha- and beta-carotene (up to 60 mg%) and a mixture of other carotenoids (up to 180 mg% in total).

Should I remove buckthorn?

Removing buckthorn by hand is easier if the soil is moist. If individual plants are less than 3/8–inch in diameter, remove them by hand. Small seedlings can be pulled and will not re-sprout. If pulling individual plants is impractical, spray foliage of short buckthorn or seedlings with herbicide.

Is Sea Buckthorn good for skin?

Excellent for Sensitive Skin

It promotes skin hydration, elasticity, cell regeneration, and even helps treat and prevent acne. Sea Buckthorn oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling and redness associated with many skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.

How do you use sea buckthorn capsules?

Dry eye: 1 g twice daily for 3 months. Liver disease: 15 g 3 times daily of sea buckthorn extract for 6 months. Platelet aggregation: 5 g/day of oil for 4 weeks. Postmenopausal symptoms: 1.5 g twice daily for 3 months.

Can you eat raw sea buckthorn berries?

Sea buckthorn fruit or fruit juice can be found in certain jellies, juices, purees, sauces, drinks, and liquors. People do not usually eat the berries raw because they are acidic. The amount of sea buckthorn used in food is typically much less than that used for medicinal purposes.

Clinical Studies