Are you ready to take your hair, scalp, and body health to the next level? Sea Buckthorn Oil may just be the thing you need. When it comes to healthy hair and scalp, oils like tea tree, castor, coconut, and olive are frequently mentioned. As far as supplements go, biotin and MSM tend to reign supreme.
Sea Buckthorn Oil helps stimulate hair growth while improving the overall health of your hair, scalp, and skin.
Where's this wonder oil from?
The sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) plant is native to several sandy coastal and semidesert areas of Europe and Asia. 90% of the world's natural Sea Buckthorn habitat is found in China, Russia, northern Europe, and Canada where it draws part of its name from its proximity to the coastline and the salt sprays it receives from the sea.
Sea Buckthorn Oil is a deep amber and relatively thin in consistency, but boasts a rich nutrient profile beneficial for hair and scalp:
Vitamins A & E
Vitamins A & E are actively involved in the rejuvenation and renewal of cell membranes, and are superior antioxidants which help to fight aging in hair and skin -- combating dryness, brittleness, thinning, and breakage.
Vitamins B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B6 (Pyridoxine)
Combined, these B vitamins are responsible for helping to convert food into energy, and are essential for the rejuvenation and creation of healthy skin, hair, and blood. B6 is also responsible for the creation and stimulation of healthy blood cells, which transport oxygen and vital nutrients throughout the body and to the hair.
Vitamin CAnti-oxidant properties of this essential vitamin are beneficial for fighting the free radicals and environmental factors that can cause structural damage to the proteins in hair-- helping to prevent breakage and split ends.
Amino AcidsHair is made of keratin, and keratin is made of amino acids. Amino acids are essential to replenishing the strength and health of hair that has suffered mechanical or chemical damage, and for promoting healthy hair growth.
Omega-7A little-discussed omega, this fatty acid provides key building blocks for skin, hair and nails. It helps combat dryness, loss of skin and hair elasticity, and other symptoms aging and damage. It protects against oxidative damage, helps hair retain moisture better, and can even help repair sun-damaged hair and skin.
How to Use Sea Buckthorn Oil
Sea Buckthorn Oil is incredibly potent, and in use for hair it is best treated as an essential oil -- meaning you will get the most benefit and value by mixing it with a complimentary carrier oil for use. Coconut, jojoba, hemp, olive, grapeseed, and sweet almond are all great options. But be warned, it does not have the most pleasant of smells. Combining with other carrier and essential oils will help mask the smell and make it more tolerable.
Sea Buckthorn Oil can be purchased at many online retailers. I purchase my Life Flo brand of Sea Buckthorn Oil from Vitamin Shoppe for $17.
Scalp Massage & Pre-Poo
For a stimulating scalp massage and pre-poo, mix:
- 1oz Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil
- 1oz Cold Pressed Virgin Olive Oil
- 10 drops Sea Buckthorn Oil
- 5 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
Massage into the scalp and work through the length of your hair. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour then continue your wash day regimen as usual.
If you suffer from psoriasis, Seborrheic Dermatitis, or Eczema--use this soothing blend on your skin and scalp. This blend will help ease itching, and may even slow scalp flaking.
- 1oz Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel (I recommend Thayer's)
- 1/2oz Glycerin
- 8 drops Sea Buckthorn Oil
Mix all of the ingredients and shake well. It will be runny, so applying a little at a time to the desired areas using a dropper is best. Be sure to rub it into your scalp or skin well, to avoid staining from the Sea Buckthorn Oil.
Easy DIY Conditioner
For extra conditioning, add 5 - 10 drops of Sea Buckthorn Oil to your favorite regular and deep conditioners. Be careful at all times when handling Sea Buckthorn Oil -- it can temporarily stain clothing, surfaces, and even your skin a deep orange, which is why diluting it (like in the recipes above) is recommended. Alternatively, this Aubrey Organics Sea Buckthorn Leave-In Conditioner already contains the oil as an ingredient.
If you want to kick the benefits of Sea Buckthorn up a notch, taking a supplement is always an option. I personally take the Solaray Super Omega 3-7-9, which has been working exceptionally well to combat my scalp psoriasis. Since incorporating the Sea Buckthorn-based omega into my vitamin regimen, my scalp health has drastically improved, which has translated into less flakes, less breakage, and less-complicated wash days.
Will you be incorporating Sea Buckthorn Oil into your regimen? Let us know.
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