One of the many advantages of being very often on the road in Germany, especially in places off the beaten path, is to get in touch with local realities and discover many handmade traditional products. Germany is traditionally the place where the rich natural flora was skilfully used as the basis for a century based knowledge for both medical and cosmetic benefits. The homeopathy, was invented here, in the South of the country, blessed with a diverse nature.
Although I am extremely reserved when it comes to using 'natural' substitutes for serious medical treatments, I might have some respect for the beauty products using exclusively natural ingredients.
During my trip to Ludwigslust a couple of weeks ago I was introduced to the variety of products based on sea buckthorn, or sanddorn in German. The yellowish-orange small berries - out of which there are at least 8 separate species - are growing up in the mountains or costal areas, usually the ones with cold temperatures, and are a valuable natural commodity in this part of Germany, Mecklenburg Vorpommern. Its Latin name is hippophae rhamnoides, meaning the tree that makes the horse shine, a reference probably to the rich Omega content - 3, 6, 9 and 9.
Its use is extremely diverse, from fizz, oil and vinegar (with a pinch of rosemary, if possible) to soap and handcreams or shampoos. The strong Omega concentration helps the products made of sea buckthorn to smoothen the skin, offering a wellbeing feeling.