As a Spring throwback to previous issues of AROMATIKA, here is a wonderful article ‘Unravelling the beauty of Sea Buckthorn’ from our friend Jade Shutes who is a teacher, gardener, aromatic plant distiller, researcher, and most of all, a nature-loving wild woman!
Sea buckthorn (𝘏𝘪𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘱𝘩𝘢𝘦 𝘳𝘩𝘢𝘮𝘯𝘰𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘓.) is a thorny flowering shrub or tree in the Elaeagnaceae family native to Eurasia. Hippophae rhamnoides grows 3 to 7 meters high and feature smooth brown to black bark. Branches are coated with stiff thorns. Leaves are long, lanceolate, and covered in silvery hairs underneath. Flowers are numerous, small, green and brown, borne on racemes and are anemophilous (pollinated by wind). Blooms are succeeded by round berries, typically bright orange or yellow in colour becoming red to dark yellow or orange as they ripen. Inside the fruit, there is a smooth small stone that contains an oily seed.
In this very informative monograph you will find a detailed botanical background, extraction varieties, characteristics and comparison of the oil composition for the seed versus the pulp oil of Sea buckthorn, as well as how they are used therapeutically. Jade is the founder and principal of The School for Aromatic Studies, and author to several aromatherapy textbooks, including her highly anticipated upcoming book “The Carrier Oil Palette”.
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