My sad story of badly sunburned legs and how sea buckthorn seed oil saved me a trip to the doctors. (Related story on TNG: Preventing Sunburn with beautiful foods)
You know you should avoid getting sunburnt, right? Research shows that the more sunburns you got over the course of your life, the higher your chances of developing skin cancer are.
But sometimes you are careless. Like me. After never-ever “sun bathing” in the last couple years, I feel asleep on the beach on the Oregon coast with my pure white legs given complete access to the sun’s glare. Let’s just say the back of my legs were almost purple with outrage over this careless nap.
And I was in so much pain.
My skin was slightly swollen and incredibly bright red, and so painful I was basically bed-ridden and nauseous with the pain of it. We tried almost all of the cures we knew of, and they did seem to prevent me from blistering and help manage the pain some. Coconut oil, manuka honey, and lavender essential oil were used lavishly between tepid baths with strongly brewed tea. Those were the things that were helping most among the many we tried, but it helped in a limited capacity.
Although I very rarely take pain medication, I was taking some, and using a painkiller cream for sunburns, and it was still hardly touching the pain. And although my “natural cures” were helping significantly with preventing blistering, it just wasn’t enough. After two days with no clear improvement, we were going to take me into the doctor in the hopes of getting burn cream with silver in it (my sister got it when she was burned from boiling water, and it really helped her heal).
As a last resort, my husband went yet again to a local store and asked for help in the supplement section for me. He came home with the above bottle of Organic Sea Buckthorn Seed oil. Since the sunburn was on the back of my legs, where it was hard for me to reach, my husband carefully dropped the oil on my legs and gently spread it around (which was pretty darn painful!)…and then… literally within the hour, I started noticing my pain lessoning significantly, and soon I was finally walking around and not taking pain medication, and actually enjoying my day again! Our plan to take me to the doctor went out the window, and we just kept applying the oil to my legs when it had soaked in completely or when my legs started to become really painful again.
The immediate and dramatic difference the oil made has convinced me that I always want to keep a bottle on hand, and I knew I had to share about it with you all! Just in case you have a careless moment like I did. I am also using it on my face right now, and really liking it! While I am hoping to avoid any more sunburns, if there ever is a “next time”, I will use this oil first off (perhaps with some lavender essential oil mixed in).
It turns out that sea buckthorn oil has a long history in skin healing. According to WebMD: :: Some people apply sea buckthorn berries, berry concentrate, and berry or seed oil directly to the skin for preventing sunburn; for treating radiation damage from x-rays and sunburns; for healing wounds including bedsores, burns, and cuts; for acne, dermatitis, dry skin, eczema, skin ulcers, and skin color changes after giving birth; and for protecting mucus membranes. ::
I was impressed with how long sea buckthorn oil has been used:
:: 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). Herbal remedies obtained from Sea Buckthorn were traditionally used for the treatment of diseases of skin and digestive system. Application of Sea Buckthorn oil to promote the recuperation of skin injuries and treat skin diseases well agrees with the data of modern clinical trials and laboratory studies. Medicinal value of Sea Buckthorn oil is associated with its apparent ability to promote the regeneration of the skin and mucous. Cosmetics and skin care products made of Sea Buckthorn are valued for their rejuvenating, restorative and anti-aging action.:: Source
What I know for sure is that, unlike a bad sunburn I got in my teen years that left my skin rough in areas, the back of my legs are already soft and normal again (with the exception of a little peeling). And it saved me from a doctor’s visit and a lot of discomfort too!
It’s important to note that there are two oils, one made out of the berry, and another oil made out of the seed. What I used was the seed oil. Most brands mix sea buckthorn oil with other, less expensive oils. While many are very good products, for a situation such as mine I would recommend the 100% oil like I used.
- You can buy the Sibu brand of oil that I used at my Amazon partner here.
- And I also noticed that my partner Mountain Rose Herbs carries a version as well. Their version uses both the berry and the seed.
For the rest of the summer, no naps in the sun for me, and I am also upping the sunburn preventing foods in my diet!