You’re hearing about it more and more, aren’t you? Hemp oil for cooking, hemp seed products on the shelves, hemp shampoos and skin products – the list goes on and for good reason! Hemp is a nutritional powerhouse containing essential fatty acids, plant cholesterol, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Hemp Seed Oil is not psychoactive, it has no THC so it won’t get you ‘high’ or give you the munchies. Hemp Seeds and the oil derivative are 100% legal and can be used both topically (on your skin) and for dietary use as a food, a supplement or an ingredient in your favourite dishes.
Essential fatty acids: Hemp Seeds and oil contain essential fatty acids Omega 3, 6 and 9, which are important for the proper function of the brain and lungs and essential to good skin and healthy blood. Omega 3 is concentrated in fish oil and until very recently was thought to be the answer to heart health. Unlike fish oil, however, Hemp Seed Oil contains omega-6 and omega-3 in the optimal 3:1 ratio; it is converted more readily by the body; is plant-based and contains other nutrients, minerals and terpenes not found in fish oils – and it smells much better! Hemp Seed Oil is similar in composition to our skin’s fatty acids, so it makes an excellent moisturiser for dry, tired or dehydrated skin. Clinical studies have shown hemp seed oil to be effective for treating skin conditions like dermatitis and eczema.
Vitamin E: Hemp Seed Oil contains Vitamin E molecules in higher levels than most other edible oils and helps the body to combat a variety of degenerative conditions. The antioxidants contained in Hemp Seed Oil’s Vitamin E content counteract the damaging power of free radicals which, if left to accumulate in the body, may contribute to serious health problems. One teaspoon of Hemp Seed Oil a day may help to keep your body free of these nasties!
Plant Cholesterol: High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is considered ‘good’ cholesterol. Phytosterol, which is the good cholesterol found in plants, is known to help lower ‘bad cholesterol’ (low-density lipoprotein or ‘LDL’). Hemp Seed Oil contains HEAPS of phytosterols. In comparison to other common vegetable oils, the total phytosterols content in Hemp Seed Oil is higher than in soybean or sunflower oils. Phytosterols help with lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases because they inhibit the absorption of cholesterol from dietary fat.
Hemp seed oil is:
- an excellent natural moisturizer that is easily absorbed into the skin and doesn’t leave you feeling oily.
- anti-ageing – it improves the composition of fats in the outer skin layer and improves the overall functioning of the skin.
good for Eczema/Acne as it helps to counteract the imbalance of essential fatty acids that often contribute to these conditions.
- proven to be anti-inflammatory with just the right 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3. Used regularly it can improve inflammation and pain associated with arthritis and other inflammatory conditions
- good for neuropathic pain – a recent (2020) study found that hemp seed oil was effective for neuropathic pain. Researchers found it reduced pain sensitivity 10-fold for several hours in mice with chronic post-operative nerve pain.
Hemp seed oil is also known to support:
- support hormone balance.
- assist in weight loss
- boost the immune system.
- improved brain function.
Power-packed hemp seeds are a great source of the good kind of fats your body needs to be health, healed and happy.