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SBT OIls Naturally Healing Nutrition

Seabuckthorn is one of the most nutritionally dense shrubs on the planet. Every part of the plant contains bio-active compounds that support human health. Unfortunately as demand has increased for the extracts of Seabuckthorn, the potential for adulteration and poor quality has also risen.

We have been engaged with the Seabuckthorn industry for over 20 years and during that time have become familiar with the nutritional constituents of the different parts of the plant. SII (Seabuckthorn International Inc.) has been very fortunate to work closely with one of the top producers of USDA Organic Seabuckthorn extracts in the world. With reference to the scientific literature and through regular 3rd party analysis, we know what the nutritional profile of these extracts should look like so we quickly recognize when they are not right.

High Demand Brings Problems

Because they are in such high demand for skincare products, the quality of Seabuckthorn Seed and Fruit Oils has become increasingly problematic over the past few years. There are a lot of folks out there who are offering Seabuckthorn Oil for sale. We receive emails daily and what we read is frequently surprising and shocking. First of all, the people selling the Seabuckthorn Seed or Fruit Oil are not necessarily the ones who produce it. This means that the seller may not have a clue what he or she is selling.

For example, we have had people send us pictures of Mountain Ash berries thinking it was Seabuckthorn. In one case when we questioned the very low value of the Omega 7 in the Fruit Oil the seller told us that he could sell it to us more cheaply if Omega 7 wasn’t particularly important to us. It is important to us!

In another instance it was clear from the analysis that the Seabuckthorn Oil had been cut with a cheaper oil such as sunflower or canola. If we were not so familiar with the properties and appearance of high quality Seabuckthorn Seed and Fruit Oils we could be fooled into thinking that we were buying the real thing.

Quality Counts!

This is a very serious issue.  As the growing body of scientific literature is showing, Seabuckthorn Oils when taken internally, have demonstrated a significant improvement in a number of health conditions. However, the effectiveness of the oils in treating these conditions is completely dependent on their purity and the values of the bio-active compounds in the oils.

As a company that markets Seabuckthorn Seed and Fruit Oils for their therapeutic action, we are fortunate to have a long history of experience with the oils. This not only includes the nutritional analysis but also the sensory analysis- the smell, the taste and the appearance of the oils. This experience means that we know that the Seabuckthorn Oils we market are of the highest quality and purity available.

Ingredient Adulteration – A Widespread Problem

A recent item in the industry publication New Hope shows that this problem is by no means exclusive to Seabuckthorn Oils:

“Ingredient adulteration is the biggest problem affecting the supplement market today. The American Botanical Council’s Mark Blumenthal talks about what herbal organizations are doing to help brand holders and marketers understand how to properly identify and test incoming raw materials so they will not fall victim to inauthentic material.” You can watch the video of Mark Blumenthal speak about it here.

What About The Consumer?

But what about the consumer? How can they have confidence that they are getting the high quality product they are expecting? Unfortunately this is a complex problem and the responsibility lies with the supplier to ensure the quality of the product. What the consumer can do however is be selective about what and where they purchase. Read labels. Is the product 100% Seabuckthorn Oil or are there additives or carrier oils? Check out the company and their social media. Call or email them and ask questions. And always check that spidey sense before buying!

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Over the last year we have been making some BIG changes at SBT Seabuckthorn. To kick off the year we eliminated palm oil from our cleansing bars. Then we eliminated palm oil from our Soothing Salves and made them 100% vegan by swapping our beeswax for plant sourced candelilla wax. Next we reformulated our creams a little bit to offer you the best & cleanest ingredients available. Then we launched our new Seabuckthorn Wellness Matcha & gave our wonderful Seabuckthorn Teas a well deserved update. After that we updated the looks of our oils – they are still the same on the inside just with a new ‘party dress’ on. All our 30, 50, & 100ml oils also now come with a dropper for easy & mess free application/usage. Lastly, entering our final quarter of the year we have bid farewell to our Single Source Capsules. We have been getting inquiries in regards to why we removed this product from our line and here are some of the reasons:

  1. We are moving in the direction of a 100% vegan line and as the capsule casings contain gelatin the capsules don’t align with our company vision & mission.  As all of our products are already cruelty free we have decided to go in a 100% vegan direction to lessen our environmental footprint.  Also – we love our animal friends, we would never ever test our products on them – so why would we make a product that uses a byproduct from them?
  2. Seabuckthorn Oil is 100% sustainable. By not having this oil encapsulated we are able to have a 100% sustainable product because it doesn’t contain any animal byproduct.  There is no such thing as a sustainable product that contains animal products or by products.
  3. Single Source Oil is more eco-friendly than the capsules. As this oil isn’t encapsulated it goes through less manufacturing & less shipping then the capsules did. This results in a much smaller footprint in terms of shipping & manufacturing emissions.  This in turn also helps us keeps the costs down for our wonderful customers (that’s you!) & we are proud to have not raised our prices in the last 10+ years despite the high costs of seabuckthorn & low(er) canadian dollar.
  4. You can still take your Single Source! Our Single Source Oil (30, 50, & 100ml) is the very same 100% pure organic seabuckthorn oil that we use(d) for our capsules.
  5. Single Source Oil is way more versatile and just as convienant! It can be taken by the spoon (1/4 tsp. twice per day or 1/2 tsp. at once), added to smoothies, soups, juices, chia puddings, & more.
  6. Your nutrients will be more rapidly absorbed because your body doesn’t have to work harder to break down the capsule casing. This is great for everyone but especially those with stomach & digestive issues.  For maximum absorption take with your two healthiest meals of the day.
  7. It can be used topically as well! A couple drops can be added to your favourite skin oil/cream for an extra nutritional seabuckthorn boost.
  8. Single Source Oil is AMAZING for your oral health & oral mucosa. Seabuckthorn Seed Oil helps to remove plaque from your teeth while Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil (Amazing Omgea 7) helps to repair & balance oral mucosa. Seabuckthorn Oil is also a powerful analgesic & anti-inflammatory which will help with swollen sore throats come cold & flu season.
  9. We are going to be offering our 100ml Single Source Oil for the same price as our Single Source Capsules (90s). One bottle of Single Source 90’s contains 90 grams of oil where the 100ml Single Source Oil contains 100 grams. This means you are getting an extra 5 servings per bottle for the same price. Each 100 ml bottle of oil contains aproximately 100 servings or a 50 day supply (at recommended dosage). Also, did we mention that this oil is good for 5 years from the date of manufacture!?! Which means even if you forget about it in the back of your cupboard (which we don’t want you to but lets be honest everyone does it) it will still be good come Spring cleaning time (for the next 3-4 years).
  10. Lastly, our Single Source Oil (all sizes) come in a unbreakable glass jar with a dropper top for easy & mess free measuring. Glass is simply the best in terms of packaging because it is the purest way that products can be stored.  We use amber glass bottles because it helps the oil to hold its nutrition (some nutrients like carotenoids can break down with light exposure).  It should be stored at room temperature in a dry cupboard.

We hope you are as excited about all of these big changes at SBT as we are. We strive to offer you the best products possible, not only in terms of quality & ingredients, but in terms of our eco-responsibilty to support, heal, & revitalize this beautiful planet that is our home. Did you know over a million hectares of Seabuckthorn has been planted worldwide to repair damaged land? This is because Seabuckthorn actually heals the very earth that gives it life by replacing nitrogen back in to damaged soil. It gives back to earth more than it takes – a mentality which we have adopted at SBT for a greener future.

 

 

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It has been an exciting two months since we launched our Seabuckthorn Wellness Matcha. We have been blending it into smoothies, mixing it into puddings, making lattes, cold brewing, & baking it into desserts. It has so many amazing nutritonal benefits that it is a no-brainer to add to your daily diet for anti-inflammatory & nutritonal support. It is packed with calcium, magnesium, protein, vitamin e, omegas, tannins, & lots (& lots & lots) of antioxidants which clarify and nourish your skin from the inside out.

Last night we mixed up a Seabuckthorn Wellness Matcha mask to help clarify & brighten – and it did so much more than just that so we had to share it with you! I was pleasantly how much better my skin looked after just 15 minutes. My redness was instantly reduced and my skin was brighter, tighter, softer, and super clear. It looked extremely healthy and my skin tone was perfectly even – all things i struggle with from time to time but especially as the seasons change.

Seabuckthorn Wellness Matcha Face Mask

  • 2 tsp. Seabuckthorn Wellness Matcha
  • 1/4 tsp. Seabuckthorn Seed Oil
  • water

Add the Seabuckthorn Wellness Matcha to a small jar or bowl. Add the Seabuckthorn Seed Oil & mix. Once fully mixed slowly add distilled or filtered water until it forms a thick spreadable paste.  Apply to face and leave on for about 15 minutes (until the mask has completely dried). Rinse off with warm water & moisturize.

 

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Oils have been making a big comeback in recent years & the demand is getting bigger every year for pure plant oils & plant based supplements. Much of this can be attributed to the spike in vegan & vegetarianism, but even omnivores are searching for plant based supplements – and who can blame them.  Diets high in plant based foods have been shown to support your health & help you live a longer life and they are of course cruelty free.  So it just makes sense when looking for a supplement to see what plants can offer the same/similar benefits to animal based supplements such as fish oils and animal proteins.

A common question we get at SBT is how does fish oil compare to seabuckthorn oil – the simple answer it doesn’t.  We are talking about two totally different things; it is like comparing apples & oranges.  Both apples and oranges are fruits that contain fiber and specific nutrients. Just like seabuckthorn oil and fish oil both provide omegas but contain very different nutrients and have very different environmental impacts.  We won’t be going into fish oil in the post because it really isn’t our expertise, we just wanted to mention it so that people know it isn’t the be all end all of omega supplementation and that plant omegas have some amazing different & additional benefits.  Seabuckthorn oil on the other hand that is our passion & specialty and what we will be talking about in this post.

8 Important reasons why this plant is so amazing

A little background information on seabuckthorn for those who aren’t familiar with this amazing plant:

  • Seabuckthorn has been documented in medical literature since the eighth century
  • Every part of the plant can be used for healing (the only part of the plant we at SBT don’t use is the bark which has been studied for its anti-cancer effects)
  • Each seabuckthorn berry contains omegas 3 6 7 & 9, full complex vitamin e, 41 carotenoids, 17 phytosterols, 8 phospholipids, & is one of the highest natural vitamin c sources at 400mg/100g (oranges only contain approximately 55mg/100g or 70mg per orange)
  • Seabuckthorn is 100% sustainable and offers sustainable nutrition & omegas
  • It repairs damaged soil by replenishing nutrients into the soil – it gives back to the earth more than it takes which is very rare
  • There are over a million hectares of seabuckthorn worldwide that are repairing fragile damaged land so that it can be used for farming
  • It protects against radiation damage (Russian cosmonauts even included seabuckthorn in their diets to help protect them from radiation while in space)
  • It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory that supports your skin, digestive, mucosal, heart, & mobility, and overall health

Seabuckthorn Seed Nutrition 

Now that you have a little background on just how AMAZING this plant is overall – I am going to focus specifically on the seed oil in this blog post.  An article was just released this week about the relationship between internal seabuckthorn seed oil supplementation & decreased CVD (cardio-vascular disease) risk – so we thought this would be the perfect time to refresh everyone on some of the other amazing benefits of seabuckthorn seed oil.

Seabuckthorn seed oil is derived from the seed of the seabuckthorn berry.  Each seabuckthorn berry is about the size of a small jellybean.  For every berry there is only one seed which accounts for 11% of its weight – so without breaking down the math too much it takes a lot of seeds to produce even the smallest amount of oil.  Once the oil has been extracted the seed kernel can be used for many things including natural exfoliates and can still be taken internally (at a whopping 43% protein – if you can get your hands on some seabuckthorn seed kernel take as much as you can get!).

This oil is a beautiful golden amber colour with a high anti-oxidant capacity that makes it stable for up to 5 years from date of process.  Seabuckthorn seed oil contains omega 3 & 6 in a critical 1:1 ratio to quickly and effectively reduce inflammation internally and topically.  It is also rich in Omega 9 (Oleic Acid) which supports heart health and has been shown effective in the treatment of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and SBS (short bowel syndrome).  It also contains the rare Vitamin K which plays an important role in blood clotting, as well as promoting strong bones & reduced heart disease risk.  Lastly, seed oil is rich in tocopherols (vitamin e), phospholipids, & contains 17 phytosterols.

 

Seed Oil Benefits (internal & topcial)

If you’re already amazed at all of the nutrition from this one little seed – let me tell you just some of the conditions & concerns it has/can help with. I’m just to name a few – I could honestly be here all day listing the benefits of this amazing oil.

  • Treats inflammatory skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, & acne
  • Kills candida when both applied topically & taken internally
  • Lowers CVD risk
  • Helps to maintain healthy mucous membranes
  • Reduces inflammation in the body
  • Promotes healthy glowing radiant skin
  • Keeps flare ups & blemishes at bay
  • Supports digestive health
  • Aids in nutrition
  • Heals burns (sun, heat, & radiation), cuts, & wounds quickly

Supplement Buying Tips (& packaging tricks)

When buying a Seabuckthorn supplements (or any supplements for that matter) always seek out quality, purity, & organic certification.  Organic supplements are extra important when it comes to oil & omega supplements because oils can carry toxins (such as pesticides & who knows what else could be in some fish these days) so make sure you’re always seeking out organic.  Purity is also extremely important – most seabuckthorn supplements on the market are mixed with olive, sunflower, or safflower oil so that they can be sold at a cheaper price – and they make you really look hard to find the tiny writing that mentions these cheaper lower antioxidant oils that can be up to 80% of the capsule or dosage while still being marketed as seabuckthorn.  Be sure to do your research – lots of supplements should be listed & named a sunflower supplement containing seabuckthorn (but there isn’t a lot of money in that).

Where to & what to buy

All of our oils are 100% pure, organic, non-gmo, & sustainable (of course). Our 100ml Seed Oil is currently $10 off (click here to purchase or learn more) on our website.  We also offer smaller sizes (10, 30, & 50ml) but if you are planning on taking it internally (as we recommend) you get the best ‘bang for your buck’ with the 100ml. Our vegan oils are the very same oils that we use to make our capsules and are of the highest nutritional & quality.  They can also be applied topically which is a multipurpose win/win.

As mentioned earlier seabuckthorn is our passion and we are always happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please feel free to email myself crystal@seabuckthorn.com or call the office anytime if you have questions (877 767 6101).

If you’re looking for reviews please visit well.ca to see just why everyone rates our oils 5 stars every time.

Next week we will be posting all about the amazing benefits of SBT Fruit Oil aka the amazing Omega 7 so be sure to come back & visit us.

*All 100ml oils including our Amazing Omega 7 Fruit Oil & Single Source (Seed & Fruit) are $10+ off

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