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Legends about Sea Buckthorn tell us how the Sea Buckthorn leaves were the preferable food of Pegasus, the winged, flying horse of Greek
. According to another legend about the ancient Greeks used it in a diet for race horses, hence it's botanical name "Hippophae" - Latin term Hippo (which means horse) and Phaos (meaning to shine).

It is believed that in 12 BC, the ancient Greeks found that after a war, the deserted wounded horses survived miraculously after wandering in a jungle for a long time and even became stronger with glittering fur. The jungle was Seabuckthorn Jungle, hence the fruit has the botanical name Hippophae Rhamnoides? or shiny horse.

According to the ancient Mongolian literatures, it was noted that horse riders in primitive tribes in ancient times set free their horses with serious disease into the shrubberies of highlands. Some days later, horses living on shrub fruits and leaves became strong and shinning, so the local people called it "The Holy Fruit",the scientific name being Hippophae rhamnoides.

Sea buckthorn plants

Seabuckthorn is a revolutionary, thorny, nitrogen-fixing wondrous deciduous shrub with yellow- red berries in fall. Sea buckthorn is used for land reclamation and to prevent soil erosion because of its extensive root system and its ability to fix nitrogen. Fertile Soil in a Barren Land

The various parts (leaves, berries and bark) of this plant have been shown to contain more than 190 kinds of bio-active substances, 6 kinds of fat-soluble vitamins, twenty-four mineral compounds, and eighteen amino acids as well as organic acids and other bioactive substances, such as ß-carotene, VC, VB1, VB2, VK1, Zeaxanthin, lycopene, flavonoids, folic acid, sitosterol, triterpene, 22 kinds of fatty acids, 42 kinds of lipids and 36 kinds of flavonoids and phenols tannin acid, 5-HT ( 5- hydroxytryptamine), umbelliferone and other compounds that are essential to our health and well-being. Sea Buckthorn contains more than 100 active elements, some of them extremely rare in the plant world.

"All of these components combine in SBT; usually one would have to mix many plants to achieve the benefits that this powerful plant offers singularly."

"SBT has attracted international attention. It is said to have"Momentous economic potential" and is predicted by some as 'the next major health food fad.' "

Many scientific studies and clinical trials point to the evidence that SBT is the "King" of all berries, and soon the world will bow to its healing and nutritious offerings.

Sea buckthorn berries

There is a legendary story about Seabuckthorn.? It is said that Genghis Khan, the Mongol conqueror, who established one of the largest empires from China to Eastern Europe in the 13th century, relied on three treasures: well organized armies, strict discipline and Seabuckthorn.? Seabuckthorn berries and seed oil made Genghis Khan!'s soldiers stronger than his enemies.

One of the most striking legends refers to the custom in some ancient kingdoms to execute convicts by dropping them into barrel of boiling oil. The legend tells that if the oil in the barrel was substituted by the Sea Buckthorn oil, the convict had a chance to survive.Believe it or not! - Read this

“Look around you, Gabrielle. Lush prairie. And those bushes with orange berries? See them, on those dunes? Sea Buckthorn. It grows wild here, and the oil works wonders on horses.” ?Xena
(television’s Warrior Princess).

The references to medicinal use of Sea Buckthorn were found in the Ancient Greek texts attributed to Theophrastus and Dioskorid and in classic Tibetan medicinal texts, including "the RGyud Bzi" (The Four Books of Pharmacopoeia) dated to the times of Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).

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