Supplement Quality: How we Make Premium Sea Buckthorn Oils
When looking at your beautiful new bottle of sea buckthorn oil for the first time, you might not realize all that goes into creating the final product. The craftsmanship behind our products is what makes us different from other sea buckthorn oil suppliers. It all starts in a remote and beautiful place- the roof of the world.
Pristine Tibetan Farm
The first step is crucial when it comes to creating the richest sea buckthorn oils- how and where the plants are grown. 100% of our pure sea buckthorn oil ingredients start out as plants from our private farm on the Himalayan Plateau.
The rarity of sea buckthorn plants makes our private farm something special, and it’s something that most other brands do not have access to. The location was chosen for its high altitude, untouched environment, and its natural habitat- perfect for sea buckthorn. Along with our farming processes, growing sea buckthorn in its native environment is the key to producing the best quality oils.
Premium Sea Buckthorn Oils Start with Wildcrafted Farming
We adhere to organic farming processes, meaning that we use no harmful chemicals at any point, and are USDA Organic Certified. While organic certification is important, there is more to consider when it comes to growing the healthiest and most nutritious sea buckthorn plants.
Choosing plants native to the area they’re grown in is a great way to ensure their health. Moreover, using “wildcrafted” methods for farming is another way to not only encourage healthy plants, but also to encourage overall biodiversity.
As you can see in the photos below, our farm doesn’t look much like the kind you’ll see across North America. Plants are cared for and harvested but require little tending. That’s because the land isn’t stripped or tilled to plant trees. Our sea buckthorn trees are as close to natural as a farmed tree can be. Even our harvesting methods are done with sustainability in mind.
If the sea buckthorn plant is allowed to grow without pruning, harvesting the berries and seeds is extremely difficult given the thorny branch structure. Because of this, we prune off sections of branches with the most berries. This keeps the trees healthy and stimulates the growth of new branches. It’s nearly impossible to hand-pick sea buckthorn berries in bulk. We only need to harvest from the same tree about every two years.
This process is sustainable because it allows us to let the trees grow naturally and gives them time to recover. Our trees are allowed to mature in their natural habitat, and we allow the surrounding natural areas to grow freely.
Supercritical CO2 Extraction
Supercritical CO2 extraction is the best method for producing sea buckthorn oil. It helps protect the active properties of the plant material.
The process produces the highest-quality pure plant extracts. This process forces CO2 in its supercritical state through raw plant material.
Supercritical fluid is any substance at a temperature and pressure above its critical point, where distinct liquid and gas phases do not exist. It can effuse through solids like a gas, and dissolve materials like a liquid.
This is the cleanest method to extract sea buckthorn oils. It's the best way to preserve the nutrients and keep the oil stable. It also uses the lowest temperature of any other method, even colder than cold press!
Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil from CO2 Extraction
Sea buckthorn seeds are very tiny, akin to the little black seeds you'll see in kiwi fruits. While sea buckthorn seeds do contain omega 3, antioxidants, and other important nutrition, the only way to extract the oil from the seeds is using a process called supercritical CO2 extraction. That’s because the tiny seeds don’t contain enough oil to process using more traditional methods like cold pressing.
In fact, sea buckthorn seed oil is nearly impossible to make from any other method besides supercritical CO2 extraction. Not only is our pure Seed Oil product of the highest quality, but the product also itself is rare in the natural oil industry.
Sea buckthorn seed oil by SeabuckWonders is pure, and CO2 extraction enables us to give our customers the unique and nutritious bounty that is found in these tiny seeds.
We start with the best berries that nature can make, but did you know that the way you extract sea buckthorn oil can make or break the final product?
While it's easier to get oil from sea buckthorn berries than seeds, the utmost care must be taken to ensure that the myriad of delicate fatty acids and nutrients are not destroyed in the final stages of processing.
Other Methods Damage Oil
We can get up to 35% on average Omega 7 per serving from our oils, which is much higher than many competitors. This happens because we start with excellent raw berries, which are delicately processed with CO2 extraction.
Not only does CO2 supercritical extraction preserve the Omega 7 content, but it also ensures the oils are shelf stable. Other methods for processing damage the complex nutrition in the plant material, leaving the oil at risk for becoming rancid.
Quality and Purity
The sea buckthorn seed and berry oils that we've worked so hard to perfect are the basis of all the rest of our products. From supplements to skincare, at the core of all our products you'll find the purest sea buckthorn oils on the market.
We don't look at sea buckthorn oil as a new trendy ingredient to add to our products. It's been our focus for 20 years.
That means that every product will give you the densest nutrition to help you reach your health and wellness goals. Every product you buy from SeabuckWonders will contain the nutritious and highest quality sea buckthorn oils that you'll find in North America.