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The Sea Berry Harvest Begins!

High in the Himalayan desert regions of India and Tibet, sea buckthorn, a thorny shrub dense with bright and bitter orange berries, grows wild like a weed. Scrappy and hard to harvest, sea buckthorn or sea berry is a superfruit and a game changer for beautiful, healthy skin.

SIBU’s Turkestanica sea berries grow exclusively in the Leh & Nubra valleys of northern India where they are harvested during a short 4-6 week period in the early fall.  Turkestanica is the most nutrient dense of all sea buckthorn subspecies due to the harsh environment in which it grows.  The harvest is a time for celebration in these remote villages of the Himalayan Highlands.  SIBU hires co-ops of local village women who hand harvest the berries as it has been done for generations.  Great pride is taken in the commitment SIBU has made to these villagers. Fair trade and sustainable practices provide income for many individuals and families throughout the region.

Almost 90 percent of the world’s sea berry (sea buckthorn) forests are found in India and Tibet.  High altitude, dry heat, severe cold, and hardscrabble soil combine to produce a fruit rich in over 190 bioactive compounds including antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E; fatty acids, flavonoids, and carotenoids; and skin-fortifying trace minerals such as selenium, zinc, copper, sulfur, potassium and magnesium.

Sea berry is considered a miracle fruit because it yields the highest natural concentrations of omega 7s available and is rich in omega 3s and 6s. Unlike omegas 3 and 6, omega 7 (palmitoleic acid), a lesser known omega, is not an essential fatty acid and therefore our bodies do synthesize it.  However, because of our modern-day diets we don’t get enough of the components to make omega 7 naturally.  As we age, our production of omega 7 begins to decrease and the need for it in our bodies increases.

Clinical studies have shown that omega 7, taken internally and applied topically, is an elixir for the skin: It soothes eczema and helps clear up acne; stimulates collagen production, keeps skin firm, aids in elasticity; strengthens hair and nails; and promotes tissue regeneration. It also benefits cardiovascular, liver, and brain function and improves the metabolism.

SIBU’s Omega-7 supplements provide an excellent Vegan source of the omega fatty acids.  Whether you prefer an easy-to-swallow soft gel or a morning “shot” of  Omega-7 Pure, the benefits of sea berry are certain to give you the boost you need for both whole body health and natural beauty.

 

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Happy Skin, Happy Kids!

Kids need safe skin care too…

When it comes to choosing skincare products for yourself, it can be a challenge finding your way around all the nasty chemically-laden products that line the drugstore shelves today.

So choosing skin care products for your children can seem an impossible task. If you want to avoid plastering your own skin in chemicals, then naturally you want to take even bigger precautions when it comes to your kids.

If you head into your local drugstore, you may be overwhelmed by the many options available for kids, but your overwhelm may soon turn to shock when you see the ingredient labels of most of these products.

Children are no exception when it comes to the addition of chemicals to products and these synthetics may only contribute to, or worsen, already existing skin issues.

Fortunately, there are natural options available that will help to protect and soothe your little one’s skin.

Keep reading to learn a little more about some of the most common skin issues children are subject to and how to treat them, naturally.

Eczema

This frustrating condition is extremely common in young children and involves skin inflammation, the most common being atopic dermatitis.

This condition can affect anywhere on the body but is most commonly seen on the face and scalp of toddlers. It’s characterized by an angry red and itchy rash with small dry pustules that only get worse when scratched. Eczema can seriously impair your child’s quality of life so it’s important to nip it in the bud quickly.

Hives

Hives are red welts, caused by chemicals in the body called histamines, as an immune response to an array of various substances such as pollen, dust, pet fur or certain foods or medications, just to name a few. It’s hard to figure out the root cause, but if your child has difficulty breathing be sure to call an ambulance immediately.

Impetigo

Also known as school sores, these pesky blisters are super contagious and are a result of bacteria. They usually appear around the mouth and nose as small, red and itchy blisters that break open to ooze yellow pus and then form a brown scab. They are usually treated with antibiotics, as well as topical applications to kill the bacteria.

Psoriasis

This is a chronic skin condition in which areas of skin become inflamed and red and covered in flaky white skin. This is an inflammatory condition that’s caused by skin cells being produced more quickly than normal and resulting in these raised plaques of skin.

All of these conditions are a result of inflammation and the best way to quickly soothe this inflammation is by applying a topical cream that has anti-inflammatory properties. Our body cream is ideal as it contains our key ingredient, Sea Buckthorn, an absolute superstar ingredient for reducing inflammation thanks to its potent anti-inflammatory properties.

Daily application of our creams will not only help to heal and prevent infection, they will provide instant soothing relief so your little one can enjoy happy, itch free skin.

Our Sea Berry Seed Oil is perfect for more severe cases of eczema, psoriasis or any other inflammatory skin condition. Gently dab some of this wonderful oil onto affected areas. Its naturally calming and healing properties can, in many cases, provide instant soothing relief.

It’s just as important to pay attention to your child’s diet as foods that cause inflammation in the body can cause or worsen these conditions. Ensure your child has a balanced diet with lots of healthy whole grains, fruits, veggies, and fish.

For a delicious and wonderful anti-inflammatory treat, try our Omega-7 Blend. A deliciously fruity and tart nutritious boost that kids love!

And you’ll love knowing they’re getting safe, whole food nutritional support for a healthier body and healthier skin