Buckthorn Rhamnus frangula Ράμνος Φραγκούλα φλοιός
The Buckthorn is a native of North America, Africa, East Asia and South America. It is common in sub-tropical and temperate climates. Also known as “Waythorn” , “Yellow Spine, “Hartsthorn” and “Sallow Thorn”, its medical properties have been known for thousands of years.
One of the oldest uses is as a purgative for both human beings and animals. Its major properties are vulnerary, emollient, demulcent, cordial, astringent, and anti-inflammatory. It is used for treating stomach ulcers and colitis.
The Buckthorn contains among others ascorbic acid, lycopene, citric acid, beta carotene, oleic acid, vitamins and beta sitosterol. It is used effectively for burns, cuts and wounds, skin problems, sunburns and for treatment of eczema.
Owing to the rich content of anti-oxidants it has been found highly beneficial against acute dryness of the skin, wrinkles, and premature aging of skin. It also provides relief from dry-eye condition when taken as a supplement.
Taken as a dietary supplement it is a paragon of virtue and benefits. It provides a rich source of multi-vitamins and anti-oxidants, improve hair and skin conditions and the digestive system. It helps regenerating damaged skin (also required local application of Buckthorn oil) from any type of wounds, burns, and/ or sun damage.