Adaptogens list

Sea Buckthorn

Adaptogen Plants are a specific class of plants, roots, barks, berries that help our body to overcome stress over time in a natural and permanent way. Sea Buckthorn properties help us overcoming stress and to improve our overall health.

Have you ever wondered how to overcome stress in a natural and effective way? With ADAPTOGEN PLANTS! This class of herbs helps our body to restore the internal balance damaged by external factors (stressors) and, therefore, to overcome stress, normalizing the body release of stress hormones. One of the most powerful adaptogen plants is the Seabuckthorn.

What is Sea Buckthorn?

Sea Buckthorn is a little known adaptogen plant with extraordinary properties. It is made of small orange berries with silvery green leaves rich of vitamins and nutrients.

Sea Buckthorn mostly grows on the Himalaya and in some of the roughest climates on Earth: high altitude, and consequent exposure to strong ultra violet, severe cold, great warmth and dry, it is easy to understand what makes it a “super” food (and an adaptogen, indeed).

Sea Buckthorn has been known and used in Asia and Europe for centuries! The locals on the Himalaya called it the “Holy Fruit”, and it influenced also the Greek culture. A Greek writing 1000 years old, contained a mention of this amazing shrubs.

LEGEND

There are two main legends reporting the greatness of sea buckthorn: the first date back to ancient Greece revealing the origin of its Latin name (hippophae), the second talks about Genghis Khan and the Mongol army.

Greek Legend

Both legends see horses as main characters. Greeks have always had a special feeling for horses. The legend said that a Greek army set free 60 horses, which were in really perish conditions. After some weeks, they went to the same place, expecting to find the unanimated bodies of the poor animals; instead they found all the horses in perfectly strong conditions, and with glittering hairs. They understood later that these horses survived and healed after eating an orange colored berry, the sea buckthorn. After this episode they named that shrub Hippophae Rhamnoides, which in Latin means “the tree that makes horses glittering”.

Mongol legend

Another legend is about the ancient conqueror Genghis Khan. While leading his troupes from Asia to Central Europe, Genghis Khan decided to left behind, and next to a sea buckthorn shrub, some of the sickest horses. On their way back he found these horses revitalized and full of energy and he attributed this amazing event to the small berries they found on their ways: the sea buckthorn.

SEA BUCKTHORN PROPERTIES

Sea buckthorn berries are an amazing source of vitamins. Comparing this adaptogen plant to other citrus fruits, it contains a percentage of Vitamin C nine percent higher. Furthermore, it should be considered from all the vegetarian and vegan people: it contains vitamin B12, fundamental for those who chose to not eat meat. It contains omega 3,6,7,9.

Health Benefits

Sea Buckthorn has been used in the Chinese medicine for centuries, and nowadays it is used in Ayurveda to treat many diseases and to support the organism in our everyday challenges. It’s been discovered to boost our immune system, to improve our mental clarity, to cure infections and much more.
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How to use it in the kitchen

Sea Buckthorn berries has a sour taste. It can be drunk as a tea or a juice, or used directly on the main meal to enhance the flavour. Sea Buckthorn berries can be boiled and mixed with honey even thought it’s not very common to find berries on the market. Sea buckthorn is usually found and drunk in the form of juice. It could even be used for vinegar, maintaining its mineral and vitamins properties, with vegetables, meat, salads… the only limit is your imagination!