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Sea buckthorn oils have powerful healing properties when it comes to radiation damage. Russian cosmonauts included Seabuckthorn in their diets to help counteract radiation exposure from the sun while in space. Those experiencing fallout from the Chernobyl disaster were given sea buckthorn oils to help protect the thyroid from radiation damage. Even now, several years after the Fukishima disaster, people are still turning to Seabuckthorn as a means of staying healthy while radiation levels are still on the rise.

There are several documented studies on the benefits of sea buckthorn oils for radiation and sun damage. SBT Seabuckthorn Amazing Omega 7 Fruit Oil contains many well-known sun protecting compounds including Beta Carotene, Lycopene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and Palmitoleic Acid (Omega 7). It also contains 41 Carotenoids, Omega Fatty Acids, and full complex Vitamin E.

While sun exposure can help with absorption of Vitamin D, other levels deplete when exposed to the sun’s rays. When taken internally, SBT Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil augments your body’s natural sun protection. When applied topically, SBT Fruit Oil calms and cools sun burned skin.
Due to the carotenoid content it will temporarily leave your skin an orange color and can stain fabrics. For this reason, for topical application, we recommend adding a few drops to your favourite cream, sun screen (great to counteract the white cast of natural sunscreens), or mixed with our SBT Seabuckthorn Seed Oil to dilute the colour.

SBT Seabuckthorn Sunburn Soothing Salve

This is my absolute saving grace during our beautiful hot Okanagan summers. We can easily boast that SBT Seabuckthorn Sunburn Soothing Salve is simply the best natural treatment for sunburned skin. Its generous amounts of SBT Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil and carefully selected essential oils cool and calm skin that has been over exposed to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Certified Sustainable Palm Oil, Organic SBT Seabuckthorn Seed Oil, Organic SBT Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil, Pomegranate Oil, Meadowfoam Oil, and Lavender Oil.
Apply generously to affected area immediately after sun exposure to reduce redness and diminish flaking & peeling.

SBT Seabuckthorn After Sun Cream

Containing additional amounts of our nutrient rich SBT Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil in combination with SBT Seabuckthorn Seed Oil and other healing botanicals soothe, cool, and repair sun damaged skin. Some of the ingredients that make our SBT Seabuckthorn After Sun Cream so special:

Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil
Palmitoleic acid (known as Omega 7) softens skin, promotes micro-circulation, heals sunburned skin, and is commonly used as an anti-wrinkle product. Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil has also demonstrated great results when used for various types of scars and even hyperpigmentation spots.

Check out Mary B’s Amazing Omega 7 Vegan Fruit Oil Review to learn how it helped her banish acne scars and hyperpigmentation spots.

Seabuckthorn Seed Oil
Seabuckthorn Seed Oil stimulates tissue regeneration and epithelial healing with analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. SBT Seabuckthorn Seed Oil also contains tocopherols and tocotrienols which are powerful anti- oxidants that protect against skin damage.

Grape Seed Oil
Grape Seed Oil is a rich source of Proanthocyanidins – more technically oligomeric proanthocyanidins and hence, the OPC moniker-are a class of flavonoids, formerly called “condensed tannins”. It helps moisturize and nourish skin that has been over exposed to the sun due to its high linoleum acid content.

Jojoba Seed Oil
Jojoba Seed Oil possess’ powerful anti-aging properties and makes skin silky, soft, and luxuriously smooth.

Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera Gel is used to relieve thermal burns and sunburns. It also promotes wound healing, improves the skin’s ability to hydrate itself, aids in the removal of dead skin cells, and has an effective penetrating ability that helps transport active botanical ingredients through the skin.

Avocado Oil
Avocado Oil acts as an emollient and as a carrier oil. Carrier oils help moisturize and allow key botanical ingredients penetrate deeper throughout the layers of the skin. Avocado Oil is also bactericidal and soothing, particularly for sensitive skin.

Silk Amino Acids
Silk Amino Acids are a natural water-soluble source of acid derived from liquid silk. These acids aid in the absorption of moisture as well as and aid in skin healing.

Allantoin
Allantoin is a compound that occurs naturally in wheat sprouts, tobacco seed, comfrey, and sugar beets. It is an effective healing agent that helps to promote cellular renewal and it has soothing and skin softening properties.

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The summer weather we all love is finally here. With the heat many of us are searching for quick, easy, and healthy treats that kids and adults alike can enjoy during the hot summer months to come.

Farmers markets are popping up across the country making it a great time to pick up fresh local organic produce. We love grabbing fresh local fruit, this is the Okanagan Valley after all! There are many ways to enjoy fruit and veggies whether it be in salads, smoothies, juices, or jams.  You name it, we love it.  One of our favourite summer recipes for a sweltering summer day are these wonderful healthy Iced Tea Fruit Popsicles.  These are a great healthy option no matter your age.

You will need:

  • 3 SBT Seabuckthorn Tea Bags
  • 8 Cups water
  • Fresh fruit of your choice (washed and cut into bite sized pieces)

(We used local Organic cherries, strawberries, nectarines, BC blueberries, and kiwis.)

 Directions:

  1. Place water in a large pot or kettle and bring to a boil.
  2. Once the water is boiling, turn off heat and add tea bags immediately.  
  3. Remove from heat and allow tea to steep for several minutes.  The longer you allow it to steep, the more nutrients from the leaves will be released into the water.  You may even notice a slight sheen of oil on top (which is a good thing) this is the beneficial Omega Fatty Acids from the leaf.  
  4. Chill tea overnight in the fridge.  
  5. Remove used tea bags (or strain loose tea) and add your washed and cut fruit.  
  6. Divide the tea and fruit mixture into popsicle trays and place in the freezer until completely frozen.

Enjoy!

For ideas on how to reuse your SBT Seabuckthorn Tea Bags check out our “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose” board on Pinterest.

Did You Know – Young wild-crafted sea buckthorn leaves are handpicked in the early spring when they are the most nutrient dense. This harvesting method allows the sea buckthorn leaves to maintain the highest level of bioactive compounds possible after the air drying process.  To learn more about SBT Seabuckthorn Tea please visit http://seabuckthorn.com/tea.htm .

For a limited time all SBT Seabuckthorn products are 25% off at www.seabuckthorn.com .  Free shipping in North America on orders over $100. Promo Code: SUMMER

We are so very proud to announce the opening of the very first SBT Seabuckthorn dedicated store in Singapore! Neu3xion (Seabuckthorn Singapore) will be holding their official ribbon cutting ceremonies on June 18, 2014.

Located in the center of two hospitals, a specialist center, a medical center, a hotel, and four shopping malls, Neu3xion’s brand new location at Square2 – 10 Sinaran Drive, #03-54, Neu3xion is ideally located to serve the growing number of health and beauty enthusiasts in Singapore.

With Jorge Feng, the customer care specialist, you are guaranteed to have an exceptional experience.

Neu3xion – SBT Store
Square2 – 10 Sinaran Drive, #03-54
Phone : 6397 2686
Operating hours : Daily from 1100 to 2200 hrs.

Jorge Feng
Customer Care Specialist
8448 3766
24/7 round-the-clock

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sbtgarden.jpg    With May Long Weekend behind us, many of us are out in our gardens planting this year’s bounty. Time in the garden can be therapeutic and quite relaxing. However, for some of us cuts and scrapes, and rashes can make the aftermath of gardening a little less therapeutic. SBT Seabuckthorn has some incredible products that will make any gardener’s skin sing.

SBT Seabuckthorn Hand Cream

This cream contains additional amounts of our SBT Seabuckthorn Amazing Omega 7 Fruit Oil. Omega 7 is reparative and heals burns, cuts, and scrapes. The SBT Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil in this cream also contains lycopene and other sun protecting compounds to help repair and protect from harmful UVA and UVB rays. SBT Seabuckthorn Hand Cream softens cuticles and leaves hands moisturized and supple.

SBT Seabuckthorn Therapeutic Tea Scrub Bar

With little bits of SBT Seabuckthorn Leaves, the Therapeutic Cleansing Bar is perfect for cleaning dirt and grass stains from hands and feet. It cleans the dirt out of cuticles and callouses with ease. As an exfoliating bar for the body it sloughs off dead skin cells and softens callouses and can be used just like a loofah!

SBT Seabuckthorn Heal to Toe Soothing Salve

This is a must-have for bare-footers! This salve is not only anti-bacterial, anti- microbial, antiseptic and anti-fungal, but it also heals all types of foot afflictions. Cuts, scrapes, sores, blisters, ulcers, and callous cracks. You name it! We’ve even heard it has cleared up problem plantar warts! The combination of essential oils in this salve deliver a complete treatment to problem feet.

SBT Seabuckthorn Eczema & Dermatitis Soothing Salve

Contact dermatitis is big issue for many gardeners. Contact dermatitis can occur on the hands, arms, legs, and feet from contact with various plants, minerals in the soil, and especially contact with pesticides. SBT Seabuckthorn Eczema & Dermatitis Soothing Salve contains powerfully healing oils to reduce the inflammation and severe itch associated with contact dermatitis. Apply liberally to clean skin, in particular as a barrier before heading out in to the yard, or when your poor gardening hands need a little extra TLC.

Visit www.seabuckthorn.com for all of your gardening skin care needs. While quantities last, all orders will receive a free packet of SBT Seabuckthorn Seeds with planting directions, as well as a free complete sample pack of our brand new SBT Seabuckthorn Therapeutic Shampoos!

For organic gardening tips visit our Spring has Sprung! Start your Garden! board on Pinterest.

Four (yes that’s right, four) USDA Organic food grade ingredients is all that it took to make this beautiful little number. After years of seeing the healing benefits of sea buckthorn oils it became obvious that creating a product to help heal raw, cracked, sore nipples would be a natural go to product for breastfeeding moms.

SBT Seabuckthorn’s 100% Vegan Nursing Nipples Soothing Salve contains only four ingredients, all of which are 100% pure, food grade quality, and certified organic. An important consideration when making this salve was to create a completely vegan Soothing Salve for both the mothers skin concerns as well as the child’s diet concerns. To ensure a 100% Vegan product that uses no beeswax we used plant based Carnauba Wax from the Brazilian Palm to ensure a hypoallergenic product.

Sea buckthorn Oils are known analgesics and reduce the pain associated with sore, raw nipples. Sea buckthorn oils also help lock in moisture and accelerate recovery time to ensure you are ready for your next feeding. Lastly, SBT Seabuckthorn Seed and Fruit Oils also possess powerful anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties that help reduce the risk of infection.

This Soothing Salve is a must have for nursing mothers! To learn more about SBT Seabuckthorn Nursing Nipples Soothing Salve please visit www.seabuckthorn.com

Cruelty Free * Soy Free * Dairy Free * Non-GMO * Nut Free * Vegan
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Happy Earth Day!

In light of this year’s Earth Day we at SBT Seabuckthorn thought it would be a good time to share our beliefs on sustainability, packaging, and giving back to the earth and those on it.

Sustainability
Not only does the sea buckthorn plant offer many benefits to the human body, but it also helps out our Mother Earth in many ways. Sea buckthorn is one of the most sustainably harvested plants in the world offering the most sustainable source of Omega 7. Thousands of hectares of sea buckthorn are planted globally for erosion control due to its 3 meter deep roots that hold soil in place. The extensive root system of the sea buckthorn plant also brings water from deep in the earth to the surface and pulls nitrogen from the air back into the soil.
In addition to our prized USDA Organic SBT Seabuckthorn Seed and Fruit Oils we take sustainability seriously when it comes to choosing our other skincare ingredients. We love our animal friends and would never test on them, nor would we contribute to their habitat loss due to unsustainable harvesting practices.

Packaging
Sustainable ingredients aren’t the only thing that matters – the packaging is also a primary concern when it comes to product development. For this reason we scoured suppliers in North America (to reduce our carbon footprint via transportation) for the most eco-friendly packaging options available. We have also stood firm about not double packaging our products regardless of how a beautiful box can make a product stand out on the shelf.

Waste Reduction
Did you know you can repurpose your SBT Seabuckthorn Soothing Salve tins to make excellent storage containers? Pop a couple of magnets on the back (after you give it a good wash of course) and you can use them as herb storage containers for your fridge, paper clip holders for your filing cabinet, loose nails and screws in the garage, and even storage for arts & craft supplies. If you have any other great repurposing ideas, please feel free to leave a comment below. We are always happy to find new ways to repurpose everything we can – and don’t forget if you can’t reuse it you can always recycle all SBT Seabuckthorn packaging.

Giving Back
Every year we decide amongst our staff what causes we want to support. We always try to start close to home by supporting some staff favourites such as the SPCA, our local Peachland Food Bank, local homeless shelter (Gospel Mission), and the First United Downtown East Side Community to name a few. Last year, in addition to still supporting our local causes, we switched it up for Earth Day and made a significant contribution to a nonprofit organization that is working to help reforest the deforested island of Madagascar.

This Earth Day we are celebrating by pledging $1 from every www.seabuckthorn.com sale in the next 24 hours to the David Suzuki Foundation. Shop SBT Seabuckthorn here to give back to the Earth. Enter promo code earth at checkout (and click recalculate) to recieve 25% off and free shipping in North America on orders over $100.00.

SBT Seabuckthorn Therapeutic Shampoos

They’re finally here!

After months of formulating, we are proud to announce the release of four new condition specific nutritional shampoos. It was really important for us to create all-natural shampoos scented with pure essential oils and free of SLS, DEA, and Parabens.

SBT Seabuckthorn Oils have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and have long been known to moisturize and treat scalp conditions, promote hair regeneration (and diminish hair loss) by increasing blood circulation to the scalp, as well as strengthen the hair shaft.

SBT Seabuckthorn Therapeutic Citrus Blend Shampoo contains grapefruit, lime and orange essential oils to add shine and body to your hair and leave your tresses squeaky clean. SBT Seabuckthorn Oils with other nourishing botanicals prevent split ends and supply valuable nutrients to the scalp and hair. The uplifting citrus scent will wake you up during your morning shower. This shampoo smells delish and is great for normal to oily hair.

SBT Seabuckthorn Therapeutic Lavender Shampoo contains lavender essential oil to promote new hair growth and prevent shedding by increasing blood circulation to the scalp. SBT Seabuckthorn Oils with other nourishing botanicals lock in color by strengthening the hair shaft and supply valuable nutrients to the scalp and hair. This shampoo is perfect for thinning, color treated, chemically treated, and/or heat damaged hair.

SBT Seabuckthorn Therapeutic Lemon Tea Tree Shampoo was specially formulated with lemon and tea tree essential oils to combat dandruff and balance scalp oils. SBT Seabuckthorn Oils with other nourishing botanicals add moisture to a dry scalp, while adding strength and shine for squeaky clean tresses. This shampoo is great for treating dry scalp and dandruff.

SBT Seabuckthorn Therapeutic Peppermint Shampoo invigorates your senses and your scalp. Natural peppermint essential oil adds volume while it cools and calms an irritated scalp. SBT Seabuckthorn Oils with other nourishing botanicals promote shine, strength and softness while stimulating the hair follicles. An excellent treatment for an irritated scalp and thinning hair.


Check out our Facebook Page for a chance to win all 4 of our brand new SBT Seabuckthorn Therapeutic Shampoos. Don’t forget to give us a “like”!

Can’t wait? You can purchase our new SBT Seabuckthorn Therapeutic Shampoos here.

SBT Seabuckthorn Tea Combats Bacterial InfectionsWe have always known SBT Seabuckthorn Tea to be extremely cleansing and anti-inflammatory.

Recent studies suggest Sea buckthorn leaves show promise for the treatment of endotoxemia and endotoxin induced sepsis. Endotoxemia is the presence of endotoxins in the blood, which are the toxic protoplasms released when a micro-organism dies and disintegrates.

SBT Seabuckthorn Tea contains the active component Isorhamnetin, which combats infectious organisms and bacterial toxins such as: Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Salmonella typhimurium. These bacterial toxins could potentially lead to hemorrhages, necrosis of the kidneys, and/or septic shock.

So, show your kidneys some love, and make yourself a cuppa SBT Seabuckthorn Tea!

SBT Day CreamSince my very first exposure to Seabuckthorn over 20 years ago I have been drinking the juice, eating the berries, applying the oils and taking the capsules. I am a Seabuckthorn poster child if there ever was one. From the time they were developed I have used only our skincare products. I cleanse with the SBT Berry Bar, wash my hair with the SBT Shampoo and take two SBT Single Source Capsules every day. As the originator of all our products, I personally commit to trying each one however long it takes.  I used the SBT Anti-Aging Skin Cream for many years. Several years ago I finally switched to the SBT Night Cream which I absolutely love. The truth is though when I find one I love I do tend to stay with it for a very long time. For that reason it has taken me quite awhile to get around to trying  our SBT Day Cream.

As a member of the over 50 demographic I thought I could probably benefit from the fine oils and butters plus the hyaluronic acid in this cream. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) which younger bodies produce in abundance, has excellent water retention properties.  It gives the appearance of fullness to the face and when applied to skin, eases wrinkles, fine lines and smoothes the surface with a slight “plumping” action.

 

Although it is loaded with nutrition, this cream is surprisingly light and a small amount nicely covers my face and throat. I am very pleased at how quickly it absorbs and what a smooth, soft feel and look it gives to the skin. Since my skin tends toward dryness I have examined it during this 2 month trial period to see how it responded to the new cream. I have to say I am delighted with the appearance and texture of my skin. No dry patches at all. In fact I am so pleased with it I have happily concluded the trial period and officially designate SBT Day Cream as  my new face cream and will continue using it for the foreseeable future.

 

My Notes On The SBT Day Cream

  • Enriched with hyaluronic acid, shea butter, mango butter and aloe vera, this rich cream is the ideal way to prepare your skin for the day.

  • Seabuckthorn Seed Oil-Omega 3, 6 and 9 found in the seed oil repair skin tissue and prevent excessive moisture loss. It softens and lubricates the skin which makes this cream a treasured anti-wrinkle and anti-inflammatory delight.

  • Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil - a rare source of the abundant Omega 7 which is a significant lipid in the cells of the skin and is  recommended for skin softening and anti-wrinkle products. Also the fruit oil is a powerful anti-oxidant that protect against sun damage as well. Its many Phytosterols not only improve the barrier function of the skin but also soothe irritation.

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SBT Day Cream Ingredients

De-Ionized Water, Aloe Vera Gel, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Seed Oil, Organic Hippophae Rhamnoides (SBT Seabuckthorn) Seed Oil,  Mangifera Indica (Mango Butter) Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Organic Hippophae Rhamnoides  (SBT Seabuckthorn) Fruit Oil, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Organic Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides (Palm/Coconut Oil), Emulsifying Wax (Vegetable), Palm Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate (Vegetable), Cetyl Alcohol (fatty acid), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Glucose Oxidase & Lactoperoxidase (Natural Preservative)

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Do you ever find your eyes feeling scratchy and dry when the day has only just begun? You aren’t alone. Over 25 million Americans are affected daily by dry eye symptoms. Dry Eye Disease (DED) is an increasingly common disorder with a variety of different causes. Some of the most common being:

•Autoimmune conditions
•Contacts
•Computer usage
•Environmental conditions
•Medication(s)
•Menopause (as well as Peri-menopause & Post-menopause)

Thankfully many options are available to aid in the relief of irritating dry eye symptoms. Ranging from over the counter lubricating eye drops to non-invasive procedures, there are an abundance of available ‘instant relief’ options.

I’m sure it comes as no secret that over the counter eye drops, also known as artificial tears, are one of the first solutions dry eye sufferers reach for. Lubricating eye drops are a great temporary option to add immediate moisture to the eyes. It is important when buying over the counter eye drops to purchase preservative free drops to not further dry out or irritate an already aggravated eye. Another popular alternative to add moisture to the surface of the eye is to use a gel or ointment to lock in moisture on the surface of the eye. These gels and ointments are only recommended for night usage because they can cloud vision. Some other self-care options that can be taken to relieve dry eye:

•Hot compress
•Wash eye with mild soap, it is best to go with an all-natural and SLS free soap as to not irritate the eyes further
•Proper UV protection when outdoors
•Spend less time on your: computer, television, and smartphone
•Limiting contact usage and make sure that you are following the directions to your particular brand on contact lenses
•Drink plenty of water
•Proper nutrition and supplementation

One of the most beneficial treatment options many forget about is proper nutrition. Just as proper nutrition is essential for the heart, joint, digestive, and skin health it is also prudent for the health of the eye.

It has long been known that essential omega fatty acids aid in the reduction inflammation. Research has also shown that essential Omega fatty acids and phospholipids are essential for eye health. In fact, a study completed by the University of Turku showed that Sea Buckthorn Oil lessens dry eye symptoms. SBT Seabuckthorn Single Source contain Omega 3 and 6 in a critical 1:1 ratio, as well as Omega 9 and the amazing Omega 7. In addition to these four essential omega fatty acids, SBT Seabuckthorn Single Source contains:

•8 phospholipids (vital for a strong and stable lipid layer of the tear film)
•41 carotenoids (including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin)
•Full complex vitamin E
•191 micro-nutrients found to date

Want to learn more about how this amazing oil nourishes your body? Check out our Licensed to Heal page.
Purchase SBT Seabuckthorn Single Source

Vaginal yeast infection is one of the most common reasons why women consult a healthcare professional. Many women suffer from repeated infections. If a woman has been previously diagnosed with a vaginal yeast infection and has recurring symptoms, then treatment with seabuckthorn oil is an option to consider and why not? It is all natural and has many other side benefits!

Yeast Infections may result from an overgrowth of Candida Albicans fungus in the genital tract. Candida Albicans is a widespread organism that normally lives in healthy balance in the body, found in the vagina, mouth, digestive tract and on the skin without causing disease or frustrating symptoms.
Vaginitis or genital candidiasis becomes problematic when the growth of yeast is excessive and not controlled by the body’s normal bacterial flora. This happens when the vagina has certain conditions that allow overgrowth and nourishment of Candida Albicans. The number of vaginal yeast infections is on the rise due to the increased use of antibiotics and oral contraceptives. In the case of antibiotics, they change the normal balance between organisms in the genital tract by suppressing the growth of protective bacteria that normally have an antifungal effect. It’s very common for women to develop an infection after a course of antibiotics. Other predisposing factors that can lead to a vaginal yeast infection include diabetes, HIV, pregnancy, frequent douching, menstruation and use of immunosuppressive drugs.
Preparations from the fruit, seeds, leaves and bark of seabuckthorn have demonstrated great promise in the treatment of the mucous membranes including ulcers and gastro-intestinal disorders as well as vaginal problems. Clinical and experimental investigations have shown multiple beneficial effects of the oils on skin and mucous membranes. Promoting tissue regeneration, improving immune function, hormone balancing, reducing lipid peroxidation and inflammation are clearly the fundamentals of these effects.

In a placebo-controlled double-blind crossover study, 24 female patients took seabuckthorn oil in a vegetable based capsule manufactured by supercritical CO2* extraction technology. Coconut oil was used as a placebo. Each product was taken for three months. The conditions of mucosa of the genital tract and the skin were evaluated using a visual analogue scale before and after each of the supplementation periods. A higher percentage of patients had the condition of genital mucosa improved by seabuckthorn oil than the placebo.
Natural anti-fungal herbal yeast infection remedies taken orally such as seabuckthorn oil or capsules are very useful in the treatment of Candida infection because they can enter the blood stream where probiotics such as yogurt cannot. This helps with chronic and systemic fungus infection treatment immensely, especially if the fungus has penetrated the lining of the intestines and has traveled throughout the body. Probiotics can only kill the yeast infection in the intestines, mouth, and vagina. Seabuckthorn is known to balance PH as well as protects the mucous linings of the body; the place yeast likes to attack.
The nutritional constituents and components found in the seabuckthorn oils have an essential fatty acid profile that help repair burns, wounds, and skin scratches as well as the being anti-microbial in our sebum. It can be used on our skin to treat damaged skin mucous membranes. Studies have shown it can prevent adhesion of Candida Albicans to skin, including one study showing it had the same effect on babies’ bottoms!
Seabuckthorn provides comprehensive nutrients and has multi-effects on the endocrine, circulation, nervous, immune and reproductive systems by regulating and coordinating them. It also has antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infection and anti-inflammation properties and both internal and external use can be effective for menstruation pain, cervical erosion, cervicitis and vaginitis, and is very helpful to facilitate midlife changes.
Reference:
Risto, Erkkola and Baoru, Yang, Sea buckthorn oils: Towards healthy mucous membranes. AGROFood industry hi-tech May/June 2003.
Larmo P, Alin J, Salminen E, Kallio H & Tahvonen R (2008) Effects of Seabuckthorn berries on infections and inflammation: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Eur J Clin Nutr 62, 1123-1130
SBT Seabuckthorn Remedy Protocol for Vaginal Yeast Infection
Orally: SBT Single Source Oil- 100% pure seed and fruit oil, SBT Berry Flavonol Capsules and SBT Tea. Adding the Seed Oil Capsules to this protocol is optimal.
Applied Topically on affected areas: Pure SBT Seabuckthorn Seed and Single Source Oils and/or SBT Berry Essence Soothing Salve.
Talk with a professional health practitioner for further consultation.

What is Eczema?

Eczema is an all too common inflammatory skin condition affecting over 22 million people in North America alone. The most common form of eczema is Atopic Dermatitis and is often genetically inherited from family members with a history of asthma and/or hay fever. Eczema appears mainly in children. Ninety percent of those children with eczema begin to show symptoms (flare ups) before the age of five, with two thirds of those cases showing symptoms before the age of one. Many eczema sufferers will grow out of the condition, but approximately 10-15% will continue to live with it for the rest of their lives. Although eczema can be inherited genetically, it is believed that because of our changing global environment children are developing the condition even without the predisposed genetics. Many health professionals attribute eczema to food allergies or sensitivities. These sensitivities contribute to eczema flare ups in one third of those suffering with this condition, the most common being: gluten and/or dairy sensitivity, eggs, and peanuts. It has been shown that a diet rich in vitamins and omega fatty acids aid in eczema treatment.

What Causes Eczema?

Triggers such as chemical irritants, allergens, infections, and temperature and humidity fluctuations can cause flare ups. Some flare ups can be mild in nature consisting of dry, red inflamed skin or flare ups can be severe in nature resulting in cracked, infected weeping skin. Combatting the inflammation is essential when treating eczema to keep the skin from becoming itchy and infected.

How Can I Treat Eczema?

When looking for a natural topical eczema treatment it is important to look for anti-inflammatory ingredients, but also look for ingredients with anti-microbial properties (to combat infection) and analgesic properties (to relieve pain and itch). We have carefully selected the all-natural ingredients for our SBT Seabuckthorn Eczema & Dermatitis Soothing Salve to work synergistically to reduce the symptoms of eczema naturally.

Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition estimated to affect 45 million people worldwide. Rosacea sufferers tend to be Caucasian, females, between 30 and 50 at the onset of symptoms. It is interesting to note that men, while less likely to suffer from rosacea, tend to have the most severe symptoms.

Rosacea primarily affects the face, although it can also be present on the neck, ears, chest, and shoulders, and symptoms include persistent or unusual flushing or redness, visible blood vessels, thickening or scaling of skin, pimples, white heads, blackheads, enlarged pores, pustules and bumps. Additional symptoms may be red, irritated eyes, scaly, flaky eyebrow skin and a bulbous, even a misshapen nose.

When looking for natural, topical rosacea treatments look for 100% pure plant oils. Here are a few ingredients to look for to improve the condition:

Seabuckthorn Seed Oil Loaded with Omegas 3, 6 & 9 as well as several natural antioxidants, Sea buckthorn oil has incredible anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties to help heal damaged skin.

Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil Contains the highest concentration of Omega 7 (palmitoleic acid) than any other source (one of only two botanical sources). Palmitoleic acid is a key component of epithelial cells and is necessary for cell regeneration and repair.

Meadow foam Seed Oil Extremely stable oil due to its long chain fatty acid content (98%), it’s also an excellent lubricant.

Chamomile Oil: Contains azulene, which provides calming and soothing effects.

Calendula: Anti-inflammatory properties help to soothe irritated skin and reduce pain associated with a rosacea flush.

Borage Oil: Rich in Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid commonly known as Omega 6, borage oil has anti-inflammatory properties.

Jojoba Oil: A wax ester whose structure resembles that of the skin’s natural oil, sebum, is a non-irritating natural barrier that helps reduce trans-epidermal water loss.

Lavender Essential Oil: Its anti-inflammatory properties calm the skin.

Rose Hip Oil: Has antiseptic properties, contains a high concentration of Omega 6 and other essential fatty acids and can help regulate the production of sebum.

Evening Primrose Oil: High in Omega 6, evening primrose oil is an excellent natural emollient.

Ingredients to Avoid- Known Rosacea Irritants

Alcohol
Witch Hazel
Exfoliating agents such as fruit purees and juice powders
Fragrance
Menthol
Peppermint
Eucalyptus
Citrus essential oils such as orange, lemon and grapefruit
Astringents

Marissa Hilton McPherson
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Inflammation (Latin, īnflammō,- “I ignite, set alight”) is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants.[1] The classical signs of acute inflammation are pain, heat, redness, swelling, and loss of function. Inflammation is a protective attempt by the organism to remove the injurious stimuli and to initiate the healing process. To read more go to Wikipedia entry.

This type of response, defined as “acute inflammation” is not what concerns present day health practitioners. No, that would be “chronic inflammation” a very different breed of cat. Chronic inflammation is a low grade, persistent and non-localized stimulation of the inflammatory response. Over time this can lead to a breakdown in the systems of the body leading to a greater susceptibility to disease. While the causes are not fully documented lifestyle has been cited as a major contributing factor in the current epidemic. This can be interpreted as good news of sorts since our lifestyle choices are something we have complete control over. Sugar, bad fats, unrefined carbohydrates – the three major components of prepackaged and fast foods are cited as significant contributors to chronic inflammation. Lack of exercise and obesity almost as much.

This chart presents many of the diseases believed to be caused or exacerbated by systemic inflammation.

How Can Seabuckthorn Help?
The seabuckthorn plant has been identified as being one of the top health-promoting superfoods in the ‘functional foods’ realm, the science of better health through diet.

Seabuckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.), named a ‘superfruit’ for its robust nutritional properties, is poised to outrun and outgun many other functional foods, and the health industry is standing up and taking notice.

In studying the superfood and superfruit phenomena, nutritional science is recognising that Mother Nature is capable of providing, in such varied single foods as wheatgrass juice, garlic, blueberries and now seabuckthorn, a foodborne ‘inoculation’ against ill-health that the laboratory cannot yet match.

Almost the entire plant is suitable for consumption and topical application. The fruit pulp, rich in such antioxidants as vitamins C and E, beta carotene, and numerous flavonoids (complimentary micronutrients that work in concert with more familiar vitamins), plus the rare and valuable Omega 7 (known to support wound healing and cell health), can be pressed for juice, freeze dried and packaged as a supplement, and incorporated into topical skin preparations. The fruit oil can be extracted separately and taken internally or externally.

Oil from the seeds is high in several fatty acids, including omegas three and 6 in a critical 1:1 ratio; applied topically, the seed oil heals radiation burns, reduces scarring, heals or improves psoriasis and a host of other skin conditions, and taken internally it has been proven to improve heart health and gastro-intestinal disorders.

The leaves, high in vitamins, minerals, protein and natural anti-inflammatory compounds, are dried for tea, powdered for an ingredient in soaps and creams, and steeped to make a soothing rinse for irritated skin. Studies are ongoing to determine the healing and nutritive possibilities of seabuckthorn bark.

All told, this superfruit, known to ease and soften scar tissue and arteriosclerosis, reduce inflammation and cell death and reverse burn damage, has over 191 known bio-active compounds for topical and internal applications. In fact, Mark Blumenthal of the American Botanical Council has stated: “If there ever was an herb that could qualify for the next generation of herbal luminaries, I would nominate Seabuckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides).”

One of the first  research studies that I came across on Seabuckthorn discussed the amazing healing and analgesic properties of Seabuckthorn Oil in the treatment of burns.  Like most people I found that surprising since oil of any kind is definitely not something I expected to be using to heal burns. Quite the opposite in fact. Well, not only is it effective when applied topically but SBT Seabuckthorn Oil is also very effective when taken internally. Using both is optimal. The following quote is from a paper on SBT and the mucous membranes. Be sure to read the full article as it explores the many healing applications for SBT oils.

“Orally taken sea buckthorn seed oil, pulp oil and a mixture of seed and pulp oils improved esophagitis caused by irradiation therapy (25). Carotenoids and vitamin E in the oils were suggested to be responsible for the clear tissue-regenerative effects observed.”

Over the years we have received many reports of Seabuckthorn Oil’s exceptional healing activity for patients who have received radiation therapy. Those who have used the oils are often amazed at how quickly the tissue regains its former healthy condition. The following comments received from a customer are particularly moving.

“Awhile back I asked what my daughter should use on the burns caused by radiation treatments for cancer. You suggested the oil so I had some sent to her. She couldn’t use it until after all of the treatments were finished. As soon as they were done she tried Vitamin e at night and SBT oil in the morning. After 2 days she gave up on the Vitamin E and used only SBT oil. Her skin cleared so well and looked so smooth that two weeks after her last treatment she went back to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL and one of the nurses who remembered how badly she was burned was shocked at the improvement. She asked her what she had used and when my daughter told her she wrote it down. I hope that that nurse finds your web site because there are a lot of them out there now.”

In addition to healing burns it has recently been shown that the high carotenoid content in Seabuckthorn Oil is showing great promise in

burns caused by the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays.

SBT Seabuckthorn Sensitive Skin Soothing SalveEvery winter I’ve suffered from cracked skin on my fingertips and dried out cuticles. Even though I’ve regularly used hand-lotions, nothing has helped for long. New cracks appeared and I’d resort to wrapping a band aid around my cracked and rapidly infected cuticles and resort to using antibiotic ointment. It was a painful misery that came with the changing season.

This year was different. I have used SBT Seabuckthorn Sensitive Skin Soothing Salve, not every day – but now and then, particularly when my hands have felt parched. Recently I’ve noticed how my cuticles and fingertips now feel as smooth and intact as they do during warm summer months – and this despite regular exposure to the elements by cycling or walking every day.

I also volunteer at a local Care Home where I wash my hands several times per hour and apply an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to disinfect between assisting each resident. This treatment is extremely drying for the hands – professionals say you should thoroughly wash your hands after using an alcohol gel a few times. They know how difficult it is to keep both yourself and at-risk residents free from infection during the ‘flu season. Particularly difficult for all of us this fall has been the risk of H1N1, so everyone’s been using alcohol hand gel.

Yet Soothing Salve has maintained my skin condition so it is supple and free from damage – despite subjecting my hands to rougher treatment than usual – they are in better condition than normal. This improvement I attribute to the many beneficial properties of the seabuckthorn salve. The oils penetrate deeply and the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of the oils prevent and heal damage rapidly. It is protective to my skin for longer than even extra-moisturizing hand-cream because it doesn’t readily wash off, and a little seabuckthorn goes a long way. It took me a while to realize just how effective it has been because I haven’t used it as part of a regular regimen. Now I have become aware of how effective it is I shall be sure to keep some to hand year-round for when my skin feels tight and dry, for example: after gardening, cycling or doing laundry and housework.

Thank you, SBT, for a handy product!

This is a Fractal. No matter how closely you look, you never see the end of the symmetries. There’s more where that came from!For me, this time of year is one of reflection. Not so much on what I want to do in the coming year, but who I want to be.

I’ve never been much for New Year’s Resolutions, although I do often do up a list of goals and things I want to accomplish.

But more important to me is taking the time to clarify who I want to be in the coming year. What do I want to stand for? What will best express my core values?

Often, I condense my feelings about who I want to be in the coming year into a slogan. I know, it sounds kind of shallow, but it actually works. After one particularly trying year, I chose as my saying “If they grind me down, my dust will be dangerous”, a quote I had made up years earlier in response to someone trying to convey support when I was feeling low by quoting the famous saying, “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”

Last year, my quote was “There’s more where that came from”. It had many meanings for me: it was a battle cry in the face of adversity, a mantra to remind me that I can always dig deeper to find what I need within myself, and an affirmation of the generosity of the Universe.

For me, at this time of the year, the “still, small voice” that many people speak of gets much stronger. I was reminded of this when I read the inspirational blog post by Jamaican blogger Angela Chen Shui, Inspirational Reflections, Spiritual Growth and Development Questions to Feed Your Soul.

An intimidating title, to be sure, but a very solid and useful post, that challenges readers to look within ourselves to discover – not what we plan to DO in 2010 – but who our souls are telling us to BE.

Image courtesy WikiMedia Foundation and available under the GNU Documentation License.

If you’re a freshman at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, you’re weighed, and if your BMI (Body Mass Index) is over 30, you have to complete a healthy lifestyle course in order to graduate, including either losing weight or participating in a sport.

The article above focuses on the legality of the course as it pertains to obesity as a disability, but of more concern to me is the fact that only people who are identified as obese by a particular measure are required to do the credit in order to graduate.

And is this the best way to encourage people to be fit? At the very least, it should be a course that is compulsory for everyone, not just people who meet a certain, fairly narrow, measure. I have a personal objection to treating adults like children, but if it’s equal for everyone it’s not quite as hard to stomach.

Another article on the topic, in Psychology Today, focuses on the illogic of treating body fat as if it were an indicator of fitness, and also the missed opportunity to train students to make healthy choices freely, and not because they’re being forced.

The only good grade I ever got in P.E. was in grade 10, when the instructor – in addition to marking us for the compulsory elements of physical education such as running speed and facility with sports – gave us the opportunity to earn extra credit by doing extra exercise, notably doing laps around the track on our own time. I raised my mark by a full letter grade, and it was the first time in my life that I had ever felt good about exercising. That one semester totally changed my relationship to exercise, and opened up the possibility of exercising for fun, something I took advantage of later when I became a serious long-distance runner and weight-trainer in my 20s.

Contrast that to when I was 12 and in grade six, when our young, handsome and idealistic physical education teacher called me into his office to discuss fitness with me. I was much bigger and more awkward than my peers, and did poorly in P.E. I remember nothing about what he said to me; what I remember instead is how all the other kids in my class teased me about being alone with my ‘boyfriend’ in his office, and what naughty, adult shenanigans we must have gotten up to. It was incredibly humiliating, and had the opposite effect from what my teacher intended.

My conclusion is that in order to choose activities that are good for us, we have to feel good about them. No matter how well-intentioned, taking actions that make people feel shamed or singled out is not going to work. Teach people the joy of exercise, by giving them education and choice, not by treating them like infants.

I cannot help but think that this is a case of far too little far too late on the part of the CHFA.  We, Seabuckthorn International, wrote to the CHFA several times requesting that your organization get intimately involved with Health Canada as they were moving towards these rather punitive policies.  We were totally ignored.  We finally let our membership in the CHFA lapse as sign of protest (albeit a rather weak sign of protest) because it appeared that the CHFA was blindly supporting the Health Canada’s initiatives.  It is heartening to see that the well respected CHFA has finally ‘come to consciousness’ and is starting to recognize the very real threats posed by Bill C-6 and other incredibly punitive … draconian legislation … that are now about to become Canadian Law.       

As an independent Canadian manufacturer of Natural Products, we have spent thousands and thousands of dollars complying with the NHP Directorate Policies and Regulations.  Just trying to understand what is required was and is continuing to be a huge investment in time, energy and money that could have been better spent serving our customers across Canada.  The current NHP regulations never mind the next set of legislative requirements on the horizon has spawned a whole industry of charlatans and dare I say ‘blood suckers’ of consultants that do almost nothing of value (to be fair there are some good folks as well).  These incredible costs associated with complying with vague regulations mount up each year as we renew our site license on an annual basis.  From year to year it is literally a ‘crap shoot’ and we never know whether or not our business will be shut down on some purely arbitrary ruling by the NHP even though we were in full compliance in the year previous.  It is not a good situation.

Question:  given we think these regulations are a good thing and protect our valued customers can we make it simpler to comply?  Is that possible?  Can the CHFA help to advocate for SIMPLICITY?  If it is a foregone conclusion that we are going to live and work under these conditions can we at least have a chance to comply by making things simple?  Is that a worthwhile objective?

How, I am wondering, can you, the CHFA, assist a company such as ours?  Seabuckthorn International is a real company, employing real people, producing and manufacturing real ‘VALUE ADDED’ products, paying real Canadian dollars for real Canadian Taxes.  GET REAL, CHFA.  GET REAL!  Please, come up with a real strategy that works.

Whew, there’s a lot of hoopla about the H1N1 vaccination program – such as it is – here in Canada. There seem to be different rules, different protocols and different levels of access from province to province, and even from health board to health board.

I was able to get the H1N1 vaccine – and the regular flu shot while I was at it – on Wednesday, October 28 in East Vancouver, and it was an interesting experience.

As soon as I heard the shot was coming out soon, I started checking the BC flu vaccine clinic website, and calling the listings to ask if they were distributing H1N1. When I called the community centre near my house on Monday, October 26, I was finally told that they were doing an H1N1 clinic, and they asked if I wanted to leave my name and get a time to drop in. I said yes, and asked if I qualified under the rules, and when I explained my health situation they said yes, they thought I’d qualify for a jab.

I was given an appointment time to show up, and on the date of the clinic I arrived about 45 minutes early. I didn’t know at the time, but the clinic was scheduled to run only from 8am to noon. I was very lucky to have gotten a time.

When I arrived, I was greeted by several community centre staff members who really seemed to know what they were doing. One gave me the rundown on what was happening, while the other one gave me a piece of paper with a number on it – 66. I was then told to go to the gym to wait, along with about 50 other people sitting on folding chairs or standing.

It was very orderly, there was no conflict or panic.

A large proportion of the waiting people were pregnant women, and here were also some small children and people who were visibly ill or disabled. The gym was divided in the middle, and the separate section seemed to be the clinic site. There was someone at the door calling numbers, and people were entering at a rate of about one per minute. It soon became clear to those of us waiting what was happening: People were being called in to register first, then were called back to be assessed by a nurse and, if appropriate, get a shot or shots.

Not everyone who waited ended up receiving H1N1. While the BC Health Ministry announced weeks before the vaccine was due that nobody would be turned away, that had not been repeated in recent times, and it was made clear to us at the clinic that the nurses were rejecting visitors who did not qualify. While I waited, several people over 65 came out with just the regular flu shot, because they apparently had immunity from one or more of the previous Swine Flu epidemics.

After about 45 minutes my number was called for the first time, and I went through to the injection room to fill out an application and show my Care Card. I then went out again and waited some more – approximately another half hour.

When I went in to see the nurse, she was very nice and businesslike. We discussed my health issues and she confirmed that I qualified for both shots, and we discussed where to put them! Apparently (and this was borne out by my personal experience), the H1N1 vaccine causes a stronger-than-usual reaction in people, so they try to put it in people’s non-dominant arm.

The injection was quick and painless, and I managed to get home on the same transfer I went out on! Before I left (they ask recipients of the shot to sit and wait for 15 minutes after receiving it to make sure they don’t have a bad reaction), I complimented the people at the front on their organisation, and they told me that they run several flu clinics per year so they just applied that template to this project, with good success.

I must say that I DID have a strong reaction to the shot.

I was fine at first, but I got progressively sicker all day, and my right arm (the H1N1 arm) got more and more sore. The nurses at the clinic were actually recommending painkillers, they said it got that bad! By the end of the day my right arm was almost immobile, and I changed clothes with the greatest difficulty.

Despite the discomfort after, the experience was remarkably painless (from a convenience standpoint at least). I feel very fortunate in retrospect to have has such a short wait, and to have been able to receive the vaccine.

How about you? Will you be getting inoculated? Have you tried and failed to be treated at a flu clinic? Have you HAD the swine flu? Please let me know.

 

 Resources:
H1N1 alerts on the Government of Canada’s website

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