Sea buckthorn: sea buckthorn berries in folk medicine

Sea buckthorn berries are juicy, sour-tasting, with orange or red pits and very short stems. The berries appear to be just hanging around the branches. The aroma of the fruit is reminiscent of citrus fruits.

The prickly buckthorn is a small tree or branched shrub that grows along rivers, lakes and sandy areas. It prefers light fertile soil. The plant is hardy to frost. Some gardeners grow buckthorn on their own plots.

Sea buckthorn berries are harvested in late autumn after the first frost.

The berries are rich in carotene, organic acids, vitamin C and vitamins B and E. Sea buckthorn berries are one of the greatest sources of vitamins.

Fresh berries are used to make juice, syrup, compote, vinegar, jelly, jam, etc. Pitted sea buckthorn berries are preserved with sugar. The berries keep well when frozen. A drink of sea buckthorn berries is refreshing and thirst quenching.

Sea buckthorn and gastrointestinal diseases. Fresh sea buckthorn berries and juice are recommended for reduced acidity of gastric juices and atonic constipation. A decoction of sea buckthorn seeds is an excellent laxative.

A decoction of sea buckthorn berries is used for stomach disorders: 3 tablespoons of the berries are poured over 0,5 litres of hot water, boiled over low heat for 10 minutes and then drained. Drink 2 to 3 glasses a day instead of tea.

Sea buckthorn oil is used to treat stomach and duodenal ulcers: take 1 teaspoon of sea buckthorn oil 2-3 times a day half an hour before meals. In case of stomach acidity, sea buckthorn oil should be neutralised with magnesia or a soda solution.

Sea buckthorn products or sea buckthorn oil can be washed down with alkaline mineral water and 16 g of salt per kg of fresh berries should be added when processing berries.

Sea buckthorn leaves and twigs are also used to treat gastrointestinal disorders and diarrhoea. Pour 1 glass of cold water over 1 tablespoon of chopped raw material, bring to the boil, boil for 5 minutes over low heat, simmer for half an hour and drain. Drink in one sitting. Repeat the treatment if necessary.

Sea buckthorn for rheumatism and gout. Sea buckthorn berries and leaves remove excess uric and oxalic acids from the body. Because of this property, anthopy is used to treat rheumatism and gout. In folk medicine, an infusion of sea buckthorn leaves (10 g of leaves in 1 glass of boiling water) is recommended for these conditions and also for diabetes mellitus.

Treatment of skin and mucous membrane diseases. For allergic skin diseases (dermatitis, eczema), trophic ulcers and radiation dermatitis, the following decoction is prepared: 20 g of the berries are poured into 1 glass of water, boiled for 15 minutes, left to infuse for half an hour, and then drained. Take 100 g per day, either as a drink or as a poultice.

For frostbite, burns and purulent wounds, it is recommended to apply fresh sea buckthorn berries to the affected areas. Sea buckthorn leaves and twigs are included in medicinal baths to treat skin disorders.

Sea buckthorn oil is used to treat burns, frostbite, trophic ulcers, bedsores, eczema, wounds that are difficult to heal ... Wash the affected area well with an antiseptic, dry it slightly, pipette a drop of sea buckthorn oil, apply a sterile gauze napkin, wax paper and wrap it up. Change the dressing every other day. The course of treatment is long - 4 to 6 weeks and sometimes longer.

Sea buckthorn and cardiovascular disease. Sea buckthorn oil prevents the development of atherosclerosis and improves the general well-being of people suffering from this disease. It lowers blood cholesterol levels and reduces the density of angina attacks. Sea buckthorn berries are useful for the prevention and treatment of atherosclerosis and for the treatment of age-related changes in the elderly. Sea buckthorn leaves and berries contain coumarin, which prevents the formation of thrombi in blood vessels.

Sea buckthorn oil in gynaecology. In gynaecological practice, sea buckthorn oil is used to treat erosive wounds of the cervix, colpitis, endocervicitis and cervicitis. The affected mucous membranes should be cleaned and swabbed with a swab generously moistened with sea buckthorn oil. In the case of cervical erosion, a tampon moistened with sea-buckthorn oil is inserted into the vagina and pressed against the affected area. The tampons are changed every day. The course of treatment is 5 to 15 days. If necessary, repeat the treatment after 4 to 6 weeks.

Sea buckthorn also solves potency problems. Sea buckthorn berries are rich in vitamin E and are therefore beneficial not only for men over 40 years of age, but also for younger men who have problems with potency. Juice, fresh berries, oil in salads will help solve this problem.


Please note that there are some individuals whose bodies do not accept sea buckthorn and its preparations. Sea buckthorn oil should not be used for acute cholecystitis, inflammation of the pancreas and gastrointestinal disorders. In liver disease, excessive use of sea buckthorn preparations changes liver tissue. Therefore, the use of sea buckthorn preparations should be carried out in consultation with a physician.

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