The Latin name Hippophae rhamnoides means shiny horse. The legend went back thousands of years when ancient Greek army found that enemy horses feeding on the magical Sea Buckthorn berries not only survived in the jungles but became stronger with radiant hair.
Sea Buckthorn survives the hardest natural environments and flourishes from the snow mountain peaks of Himalaya to the desert of Mongolia plateau. Few would know that back in 12 centuries, the Mongolian warriors led by the great conqueror Genghis Khan depended on these little berries for vigor and stigma so as to beat the enemies. Genghis Khan was constantly out at war and Sea Buckthorn was believed to magically energize the force.
In Europe and Asia, Sea Buckthorn has been used for centuries for food and medicinal purposes. The fruit of sea buckthorn has been used in Tibetan and Mongolian traditional medicine for centuries. It was used for relieving cough?promoting digestion, enhancing blood circulation, alleviating pain and removing blood stasis.
Tibetans and Mongolians have been using sea buckthorn since ancient times. Sea Buckthorn’s nutritious and pharmaceutical values were documented in the Ancient Greek texts attributed to Theophrastus and Dioskorid, Encyclopedia of Tibetan Medicine “Tibetan Text of Rgyud Bzi”(The Four Books of Pharmacopoeia) dated to the times of Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) and in Pharmacopoeia of the People’s Republic of China (Kuang and Zhang 2005).
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