Sea buckthorn oil is a remedy widely used in medical practice. It can be purchased at a pharmacy, but if sea buckthorn grows and bears fruit on the site, you can prepare the oil at home.
5 ways to prepare sea buckthorn oil
It is prepared in a variety of ways — there are very simple ones, there are more time-consuming ones. Of the 5 options offered, everyone will surely be able to choose the right one.
The method is very simple, the result is an exceptionally pure product, but in very small quantities. Ripe berries harvested before frost are used. Squeeze the juice out of them, strain it well, pour it into a glass container, cover and leave in a dark place at room temperature. After a while, oil will begin to appear on the surface of the juice — it is carefully removed and poured into a clean bowl. Stored in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator.
From dried berries
The collected berries are dried at a temperature of + 60 degrees, crushed, poured with vegetable oil (refined sunflower, or preferably olive), mixed and infused in a dark warm place for 4-5 days. During this time, sea buckthorn oil will gather in the upper layer of the hood, which must be removed, and the remaining raw materials filled with a new portion of oil and repeat the procedure.
For it, both whole berries and the pulp remaining after juice preparation are used. This option is probably the most time-consuming. First you need to dry and grind the raw materials, then pour vegetable oil (in a ratio of 1:1), cover tightly and simmer in the oven or in the oven at + 50…+60 degrees for two days. Separate the sea buckthorn oil gathered at the top, squeeze out the pulp and pour in fresh vegetable oil. Repeat the procedure.
From frozen berries
This recipe will help out if there is no time to cook butter during the season. Frozen sea buckthorn, without defrosting, pour vegetable oil (preferably olive) in a ratio of 1: 1 and heat in a water bath for half an hour. Drain the infused oil, squeeze out the raw materials, pour in a portion of fresh and heat again. Drain, repeat again. Combine all three oil extracts in one container, cover and stand in a dark place at room temperature for a day, and then collect the sea buckthorn oil that has surfaced.
From the berries of the late harvest
The berries collected after freezing should be dried, spread out in one layer on a towel, and then squeeze the juice out of them. Dry the pulp (it should become loose) and transfer it to an enameled dish. Heat the vegetable oil to +60 degrees and pour it over the prepared pulp (the oil should only slightly cover it). Cover with a lid, insist in a dark place at room temperature for 1.5-2 weeks. Drain the finished extract, squeeze out the raw materials. Let the oil settle, then strain.
What sea buckthorn oil cures
Sea buckthorn oil is used as an external and internal remedy. It has anti-inflammatory, bactericidal, wound healing, analgesic effect. Ingested, the oil has a beneficial effect on the liver, organs of the gastrointestinal tract, heart and blood vessels. With the help of sea buckthorn oil, peptic ulcer of the stomach and duodenum, atherosclerosis, toxic liver lesions are treated.
But keep in mind: with chronic cholecystitis, pancreatitis, diseases of the gallbladder and pancreas, it is contraindicated to use sea buckthorn oil inside. It should also not be used if you are prone to diarrhea.
Externally, the oil is used for burns, wounds, trophic ulcers, skin diseases, radiation lesions of the skin and mucous membranes. It is also used in gynecological practice; candles with sea buckthorn oil are prescribed for hemorrhoids.
For rhinitis and sinusitis, the oil is used as drops; for diseases of the upper respiratory tract (and for their prevention), inhalations with sea buckthorn oil are used. In a word, it will always come in handy in a home medicine cabinet.