Herbs Guide

Sea Buckthorn

Family Name: Rhamnaceae

Botanical Name(s): Hippophae Rhamnoides

Popular Name(s): Sallow Thorn

Parts Used: The fruit

Habitat: Sea buckthorn is found over a wide area across Europe and Asia.

Description: The branches of Sea-buckthorn are dense, stiff and thorny. The plant reaches a height of 0.5-6 m. The leaves are very distinct pale silvery-green, 3-8 cm long and less than 7 mm in breadth. The plant produces orange coloured berries, 6-9 mm in diameter, soft, juicy and rich in vitamin C.

Uses: Sea-buckthorn berries are edible and nutritious. They are used to make pies or jam. The berries are used in jams, juices, lotions and liquors. Oil from the seeds and berries has numerous medicinal uses. It is used to cure many ulcerative and inflammation-related disorders such as canker sores, esophagitis, peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis and cervicitis.