These healthy energy balls are, as the title suggests, full of pumpkin, spiced to perfection, and contain a great combination of cashew butter, oats, almond flour, vanilla, coconut oil, and pure maple syrup which create a delicious rich and decadent texture, but there’s one more ingredient that really takes these energy balls to the next level…sea buckthorn!
Sea buckthorn also known as sea berry, is a resilient little fruit that grows in the Himalayas containing an array of nutrients. It is known to be the world’s richest source of Omega-7, an essential fatty acid (which is hard to come by!) that promotes collagen production, healthy skin, hair and nails and has other fantastic health benefits. We always hear so much about Omega 3,6, and 9 (which sea buckthorn is also rich in), but not so much about Omega-7!
Buckle up beauty lovers and get ready to amp up your immune system and arrive at your destination energized, beautified and glowing. These are your travel beauty essentials….
I absolutely love traveling. It feeds my soul, however being in a cabin for hours with circulating air (and some humans that have yet to master the art of covering ones mouth when they cough or sneeze), can test our immune system and our patience….namaste. So today the focus is on pre flight prep and in flight beauty companions.
I’ve been taking shots of SIBU Beauty Omega-7 Pure as I prepare to fly across the Atlantic. Yes I do take this super berry year round, however prior to flying I actually do a few shots a day. Sea Buckthorn (the source of omega 7) is a powerful antioxidant and fights inflammation. It beautifies by supporting healthy skin, hair and nails; I see the glow in my skin from this internal moisturizer and my hair is more lustrous. Flying can dry out our skin so this is a great preflight boost. Talking of shots I can’t get enough of the rehab shot from Juice Press (this is a New York thing, however for my beauty lovers outside of NY it’s easy to make at home). The rehab shot consists of organic ginger, lemon and cayenne and it works wonders! I take one a day for a week, especially prior to long haul flights. When flying for work I have to arrive ready to go and these pre-flight boosts help.
From Super-berries to super-mushrooms….nature has you covered. I am a huge lover of medicinal mushrooms. My favorite is Host Défense, please read the story behind Host Defense as they take their mushrooms seriously and their passion for what they do is inspiring (www.hostdefense.com). I’ve recently rediscovered the power of Reishi. First of all it hydrates dry, sensitive skin, perfect for flying. A fabulous internal moisturizer and remember the ultimate beauty treatments are what we put inside our body. Let’s all shout it out together – “beauty from the inside out baby”. Major bonus points include promoting hair growth and improving the elasticity and tone of your skin, slowing down the aging process and leaving you with clear, glowing skin…que the music “young forever……” I hear you Beyoncé and Jay Z….Hold up there’s more…..Reishi’s anti-Inflammatory, anti- microbial, anti-allergenic and anti-histamines properties eases skin problems such as rashes, insect bites, sunburn and wounds. So a great travel companion. For flying I’m taking the liquid option as many germs enter through the mouth and this is a great barrier….you can’t sit with us. There are so many incredible benefits to this mushroom….I can not recommended it enough.
I’m a lover of ginger and turmeric so when I recently discovered the two made love and became one in the form of My Kind Organics extra strength Turmeric I smiled. Turmeric again is a great year round herb as it’s benefits are endless and it’s a superpower for the immune system. However it is particularly good for traveling because of its natural anti inflammatory power that dramatically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body. Combined with ginger, which supports the digestive system, this is the dynamic duo for traveling.
We’re strong. We’re ready. Let’s fly. So who deserves the privilege of flying with us. Certainly the SIBU Beauty Sea Berry Seed Oil for it’s multitude of uses. Not only as a nourishing face oil but for any cuts or dry skin (think cuticles, elbows, knees). It is a very healing oil. The Organic Pure Luxe Oil is a must have for layering. This is my go to Face Oil. A detailed breakdown is in the Fall Beauty Essentials.
I love love love face sprays. The way a face spray refreshes you after flying is everything. I can feel my skin awakening and drinking the benefits of the Alteya’s organic Bulgarian Rose Water face spray. It is so deeply hydrating. And the ultimate moisturizer SkinFood by Weleda. There is only one skinfood….don’t be fooled by wannabes. I also now take SIBU Beauty Face and body bar when I travel for the hotel. As I love how this bar keeps my skin moisturized.
Wherever your travels take you….enjoy the journey…spread love on your way and create cherished memories. As my daddy always told me, “this is life – not a dress rehearsal”.
These are just a few of my in flight beauty secrets. Stay tuned for part 2…
There are many environmental factors that can cause dry, itchy eyes, like working in the yard on a windy day. For these sporadic cases, simple eye drops or artificial tears should suffice, but if you suffer from dry eyes on a daily basis, you are probably wondering how to remedy dry eyes permanently. Daily doses of a natural supplement of sea buckthorn berry is an effective dry eye remedy that works from the inside out.
Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you are in need of a dry eyes remedy. Dry eye symptoms include:
Sandy or gritty feeling
Do you constantly feel like you have something in the corner of your eye? Then you need a dry eye remedy.
Types of Dry Eye
Terry Leonard, author and healthy lifestyle innovator, explains that there are two physical types of dry eye conditions. There is the “aqueous deficient” dry eye, which is when the body simply does not produce sufficient tears or moisture; and the “evaporative” dry eye, which is when the moisture of the eye is normal, but the tear film layer is not healthy enough to keep the eye from drying out. Regardless of the type, you need to figure out how to remedy dry eyes permanently.
Causes of Dry Eye
There are many internal and external causes of dry eye. External sources that may cause you to need a dry eye remedy are:
Working at a computer
Working outside or in a dusty environment
Living in a cold dry climate
Using forced air heat in winter months
In addition to outside influences, internally you may develop dry eyes as a result of:
Treatment of Dry Eyes
Eye drops and artificial tears only provide temporary relief, they are not a dry eyes remedy. But are you interested in how to remedy dry eyes permanently? The extraordinary news is that there is a natural supplement that is a tremendous dry eyes remedy. A daily dose of the superfood Sea Buckthorn Berry will change the lives of dry eye sufferers.
Sea Buckthorn Berry as a Dry Eyes Remedy
This tiny bright orange berry is, as Terry Leonard says, a “nutrient bomb” It has over 190 bioactive compounds, including the important Omega fatty acids. Its abundance of Omega-7 is what sets the sea buckthorn berry apart. Omega-7 is not readily available in natural sources of food, so a supplement is required, like the sea buckthorn oil soft gels and Omega-7 Blend Juice from SIBU.
Why SIBU Products as a Dry Eyes Remedy?
With the reemergence of the sea buckthorn berry in general, particularly as a dry eyes remedy, many companies are jumping on the bandwagon and selling their own supplements. However, not all sea buckthorn berries are the same and not all of them are a way to remedy dry eyes permanently.
SIBU uses only berries that are harvested from the high-altitudes of the Himalayas. The extreme conditions result in a berry that is much more densely packed with beneficial bionutrients, including Omega-7.
SIBU also uses their proprietary T7 harvesting process. The women of the local villages are hired to pick the ripe berries by hand in the hours just before dawn. This ensures gentle handling of the sea buckthorn berry and keeps them from being damaged by the sun.
The berries are picked and processed on the same day for optimal freshness and integrity of the biocompounds. They are sorted for quality, and the seeds are then separated from the pulp. Nothing goes to waste as the seeds are used for oils and the pulp is blended into liquid supplements. SIBU also uses a supercritical CO2 extraction, the optimum means of processing the berry.
If you are looking for a dry eyes remedy, or just want to improve your overall health, you must try the Sea Buckthorn Berry supplements available through SIBU.
We’ve all heard about the benefits of the well-known omega-3 fatty acid. It’s found in foods such as fish, walnuts, and spinach, and experts love to extol its virtues—it has benefits for almost every part of the body.
Omega-3s tend to get all the attention, so many people might not even be aware of the other fatty acids: omegas 6, 7, and 9. How are they different? Are they as beneficial as omega-3?
Many fatty acids are not naturally produced by the body, and so we must ingest them in the form of foods or supplements. So here’s a quick, informative list of essential fatty acids—now you’ll know where to find them and how they help your body.
What are omega-3 fatty acids? Everyone has heard of them, but what do you actually know about them? Luckily, this one is well-researched and easy to learn about. Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids are excellent for heart health. They improve blood lipids, which helps extend the life of a heart.
Omega-3s are also great for the brain. They’ve been shown to boost cognitive sharpness in seniors, improving their memory and other problems that typically arise with age. Their benefits for the brain also extend to mental health, helping to level out mood swings and regulate emotions. And they are vital for a healthy pregnancy, promoting fetal brain development, healthy eyes, and an ideal birth weight.
They can be found in foods such as walnuts, flaxseed, chia seeds, and other nuts; seaweed; spinach; and many types of fish–tuna, mackerel, cod, and salmon (especially wild-caught).
Omega-6 primarily promotes brain health, by supporting normal brain functioning and keeping the body’s growth and development on track. Besides the brain, omega-6 is also great for the hair and skin, supports healthy bones and reproductive system, and helps to regulate the metabolism.
It could be argued that omega-6 is just as beneficial as omega-3, but there is one big difference—omega-6 is found in so many common foods, such as vegetable oils, grain-fed meats, and nuts. As a result, it’s hard to be deficient in it, but relatively easy to have an excess of it. You want to be careful of this, because while omega-3 helps to reduce inflammation, omega-6 does the opposite.
This fatty acid is excellent for hydrating your entire body from the inside. This includes lubricating the numerous mucous membranes in the body, helping with dry eyes and vaginal dryness commonly experienced by postmenopausal women. Thanks to this hydration, your skin is also improved, promoting elasticity and preventing wrinkles.
It can also ease stomach issues such as ulcers, indigestion, and heartburn–the lubricated mucous membranes protect the stomach lining as well. Omega-7 is also good for your heart, reducing your risk of heart disease by regulating cholesterol.
You can find omega-7 in avocado, sea buckthorn oil, macadamia nuts, grass-fed meat, and dairy.
Omega-9 is great for reducing inflammation, promoting healthy joints and healing, and protecting against disease. Our bodies produce omega-9 on their own, so most people don’t have to worry about being deficient. But olive oil is a good source of it, as well as macadamia nuts, seeds, and salmon.
Making omega fatty acids a regular part of your diet will lead to a happier, healthier you.
Tuesday, February 2, 2018 is National Wear Red Day. Fifteen years ago nearly 500,000 lives of American women were being claimed by heart disease. This frightening statistic prompted the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood institute to take action creating the first National Wear Red Day in February, 2005. Now, each year on the first Friday in February we raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in women by wearing RED, the color of our hearts.
SIBU takes special interest in heart health as we are THE “Sea Buckthorn Company”. No, sea buckthorn isn’t red, but in our world, “ORANGE is the new red”! Our mission at SIBU is to provide whole body health and beauty through the power of sea buckthorn via nutritional supplements and natural skincare products; and this includes heart health!
In an article released by Nutra Ingredients – USA, on Jan. 31, 2018, they discuss a recent study regarding the anti-oxidant and cardiovascular benefits of sea buckthorn berries. The berry contains over 190 bioactive compounds including omega fatty acids 3, 6, 9, and Omega 7, more than 60 anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids and more.
Also noteworthy is a study by Dr. Yan Jun Xu, where he sights sea buckthorn as a “promising plant for reducing cardiovascular disease risk”.
SIBU provides Omega 7 Sea Buckthorn supplements in juice and soft gel form to provide you with all of the benefits of sea buckthorn. Educate yourself on the power of sea buckthorn and Omega 7 and all it has to offer you. Wear RED and think ORANGE and you’ll be well on your way to better cardiovascular health!
Written by Guest Blogger, Vanessa Chung with SimpleWag
We all know that omega fatty acids are essential to our health. But did you know our pups need these fatty acids as well?
Fish oil for dogs is a great way to incorporate many essential fatty acids into our pup’s diet since it does provide omega-3s and omega-6s. However, there is one omega that doesn’t get the credit it deserves: omega-7. While fish oil isn’t a great source of omega-7, there is a plant-based oil that is a great multivitamin and has a high level of omega-7s and other EFAs: sea buckthorn oil!
What Is Sea Buckthorn Oil?
Sea buckthorn may sound like a type of seaweed or species of sea cucumber, but it’s actually just a plant with a cool name!
Sea buckthorns are bushes that grow in the mountainous and coastal regions of Eurasia. The oil is extracted from the berries and seeds cultivated from the shrubs, and have been used for centuries by civilizations as a natural medicine for both skin and general health.
In addition to being abundant in omega 7 (also known as palmitoleic acid), sea buckthorn oil has a number of other fatty acids and vitamins including omegas 3 and 6 and vitamins A, B, C, and E!
Benefits of Sea Buckthorn Oil for Dogs
Sea buckthorn oil is a great way to give your dog an EFA and vitamin-packed health boost, naturally! Here are some of the ways they can benefit from the healing properties of this ancient medicine:
Skincare and Haircare. The omega-7 fatty acid in sea buckthorn oil helps to keep your dog’s skin hydrated, while vitamins C and E help to keep their coats shiny and healthy!
Heart Health. Omega-7 is a polyunsaturated fat that helps to keep the artery passages clear and make it easier for blood to flow through the cardiovascular system.
Brain Health. Rich in all the important omega and vitamins, sea buckthorn oil can help support the health and function of your pup’s brain!
Be sure to visit SeaBuck 7 at www.seabuck.com, SIBU’s sister company with a focus on sea buckthorn benefits for our animal friends! Get your Omega 7 Oil and Sea Buckthorn Balm for your dog today!
While this supplement may not be available at your local big-name pet or grocery stores, there are many brands online that offer sea buckthorn products specifically for animals. Like any supplement, it is best to consult your pet’s veterinarian and assess their health needs before administering a new component to their lifestyle. Overall, sea buckthorn oil is a perfect all-natural, multi-functional supplement for your dog (and for you!) that is plant-based and sustainable!
Vanessa Chung is a senior at Cal State Fullerton studying Business Administration with a concentration in Entertainment and Hospitality Management. In addition to writing for SimpleWag, she loves to photograph everything from plants to food. You can follow her food adventures on Instagram @adventurouseats and her daily life adventures @nessiequik
SIBU Sea Berry Therapy is for all skin types and all ages, but we have a special appeal to those dealing with problematic skin situations. Whether it’s the signs of age, extremely dry skin, eczema, rosacea or yes, even acne, SIBU and the power of sea berry (sea buckthorn) can help improve the look and feel of your skin.
As “beauty from the inside” becomes more and more accepted in our culture, we look back and realize that it’s what SIBU has been doing from the very beginning. Sea berry and the power of Omega 7 can have a very positive impact on the skin both from the inside (with supplements) and the outside (with skincare products). But beware! There are supplements and even some “good for you” foods out there that could be causing or contributing to your acne.
MyBeautyBunny.com has posted a great article about some of the foods and supplements that can actually cause acne. We could’t have said it any better ourselves so here’s a link to the very informative and helpful article.
Sea Berry is by definition the astringent edible orange berry of the sea buckthorn [bush or shrub]. Not surprisingly, there is a lot more to it than that. With a nutrient profile consisting of over 190 bioactive compounds, sea berry contains amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, K, C, A, E, and folic acid, over 60 antioxidants, at least 20 minerals, and healthy fatty acids. This super fruit is full of carotenoids, xanthophylls, phenolics, and flavanoids. It’s an absolute powerhouse of nutrients!
With so much to offer, how is this little “miracle berry” best used to your advantage? There are many beneficial herbs and botanicals out there but HOW you use them can determine the benefits. Anti-oxidants can be especially tricky in regards to getting the most out of what they offer. Sea berry is unique in that it provides powerful benefits both internally and topically. Let’s break it down.
Sea Buckthorn Supplements
Sea Berry is VERY tart and astringent! It’s definitely not the “pop a handful of berries in your mouth for a snack” kind of berry. A sea berry juice or soft gel supplement are the most common ways to get your daily dose. Here are some of the key benefits to ingesting sea berry.
Sea berry contains all of the key fatty acids – omegas 3, 6, 9 and the elusive omega 7. It is, in fact, the world’s richest plant-based source of omega 7. Though the oil extracted from the seed of the berry does contain a small amount of omega 7, it’s the pulp or fruit and the oil extracted from it that has the most internally beneficial amounts of omega 7 (palmitoleic acid). This monounsaturated fatty acid benefits and supports the cardiovascular system, the digestive and urogenital tracks, the mucosal membranes of the body and promotes skin, hair and nail health.
There is at least 10x the amount of vitamin C in a sea berry as there is in an orange; making it ideal to boost your immune system. Vitamin C also plays a key role in boosting collagen production in the skin.
The anti-oxidants in sea berry neutralize free radicals and help prevent damage on a cellular level. High potency and the bioavailability of the anti-oxidants make all the difference. Sea Berry wins in both categories here!
The high amount of omega 7 found in sea berry also plays a key roll in helping to support metabolic function. Though not a weight loss product, omega 7 (palmitoleic acid) has been shown in studies to reduce insulin resistance and counter the risk factors that are responsible for metabolic syndrome. Click here for more information.
*Pro Tip – if the straight puree is a bit tart for your taste, try blending it with your morning smoothie or mixing it with your favorite cocktail.
Sea Buckthorn Skincare
So how can sea berry help you look better from the outside? Earlier, I mentioned the oil extracted from the seeds of the sea berry. This “magical” golden oil is rich in vitamins A & E, omega 3 fatty acids and a plethora of anti-oxidants. It does have internal benefits but it’s on the outside that it really takes center stage. Check out the list of benefits:
Hydrates and nourishes the skin
Naturally anti-microbial and anti-bacterial
Reduces redness and calms irritation *Pro Tip – Applying as a spot treatment on areas of rosacea, eczema or even acne can help relieve dryness, inflammation and irritation
Extremely healing when applied to minor cuts or burns – including minor sunburn, and can help reduce the appearance of scarring due to its restorative and regenerative properties
Effective anti-aging treatment that has been used throughout Asia and India for centuries. *Pro Tip – Apply daily as an all-over beauty oil to reduce fine lines and also help lessen the appearance of visible sun damage.
Tapioca starch – StarchGelTM – replaces the use of Carrageenan in the SIBU soft gel, maintaining its vegan certification and broadening its customer appeal. The use of tapioca starch resolves the issues of gastrointestinal distress and inflammation that have been linked to the use of carrageenan. Tapioca Starch is naturally derived from the Cassava Root.
Omega 7 Support continues to provide all of the benefits of sea berry oils and Omega 7 for whole body health, including healthier skin, hair and nails. Dusty McMullin, Chief Operations and Manufacturing Officer at SIBU explains why this change has been made. “SIBU is excited to be one of the very first companies to adopt a tapioca-based vegetarian soft gel capsule for it’s Omega 7 Support nutritional supplement. We are always looking for ways to improve and enhance our products and feel like this will be a positive change due to the growing concerns surrounding carrageenan in the market place.”
Good hair starts from the inside. Fortunately, the things that benefit your overall health are also important for strong, healthy, beautiful hair. Drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, and eating a diet rich in a variety of vitamins and nutrients will all help on your journey to beautiful, healthy hair. For most people, additional supplements containing key nutrients can also help in this process. Omega 7 supplements are gaining attention for their nourishing hair benefits, so read on to learn about why they are gaining in popularity.
There are several different kinds of omegas and they have overlapping but distinct benefits. Omegas 3, 6, and 9 are the commonly used supplements for overall health, and they help make hair shiny and lustrous. The other omega compound that specifically benefits hair and skin is omega 7, or palmitoleic acid. It is a fatty acid commonly found in sea buckthorn and some cold-water fish oils.
In addition to heart health, brain and memory function, and many other health benefits, fatty acids have wonderful effects on your skin and hair. Healthier hair follicles, shiny locks, and full strands are the often-sought effects of supplements. Omega fatty acids also promote faster hair growth and better scalp and skin health.
Other Hair Health Tips
In addition to basic health practices, omega 7 supplements, and other fatty acids in your diet, there are steps you can take to promote hair and scalp health. Finding the right shampoo schedule is an essential first step. While some people benefit from washing their hair daily, others find that their scalps and hair strands are stripped of essential natural oils with too much washing. On the other hand, if too much product is allowed to build up between washings, it can counteract the effects of your diet and supplementation. In all, sea buckthorn oil, a little love and care for your hair, and a healthy diet can help you achieve the hair of your dreams.