Seabuckthorn originated in the Himalayan Mountains, where it’s natural vigour could allow it to thrive at elevations up to 14,000 feet. Historically, Chinese were the first to use seabuckthorn as a drug. More than a thousand years ago seabuckthorn was recorded in Yue Wang Yao Zhen from the Tang Dynasty and in Sibu Yidian, whose writing was completed in the 8th century. Thirty chapters were devoted to seabuckthorn medicinal products, mentioning the pharmacological effects on inducing the expectoration, opening the inhibited lung energy, dispersing dampness, tonifying the YIN and strengthening the YANG.
Seabuckthorn develops an extensive root system rapidly and is therefore an ideal plant for preventing soil erosion and land reclamation. The European plants are typically found on riverbanks, seashores, and slopes. Seabuckthorn is predominantly distributed in temperate regions. It is, however, highly adaptable to varying and extreme conditions, including temperatures ranging from -43 to 40 ºC, drought, high altitudes, salinity, alkalinity, and inundation.
In more modern times, seabuckthorn juice was used by Russian cosmonauts in space for over 20 years to enhance their health and resistance to stress and cosmic radiations. In fact seabuckthorn juice was the official drink of the Chinese athletes during respective Olympics.