Why is hemp seed oil winning fans all over the globe? Because it’s a remarkable multi-tasker that can be used to nourish everything from skin, to wellbeing to accessories and furnishings.
Many plant-based oils are lauded for their ability to enhance our food, wellbeing and beauty regimes. What you may not realise however is that hemp seed oil’s exceptional qualities have earned it a rightful place in the top echelon of plant-based oil royalty.
Hemp seed oil may not be as well-known as some of its counterparts. This is because it comes from the Cannabis sativa plant and, until fairly recently was part of a maelstrom of misinformation. Heck, it wasn’t even legally allowed to be sold as food in New Zealand until 2002 and researchers globally weren’t able to study its positive properties. Fortunately, the world has woken up and more and more scientific studies are proving it be a superior oil when used in a myriad of ways.
Point to note
For the record, hemp seed oil will not give you a psychoactive buzz!
Why is hemp seed oil so extraordinary?
Because it’s highly nutritious and naturally provides us with essential fatty acids (EFAs) – omega 3, 6, and 9 and GLA (gamma linolenic acid). Where it differs from other plant oils is that it delivers the exact quantities of EFAs we need for optimum wellness and healthy skin.
Essential Fatty Acids Info Sheet
Essential Fatty Acids
Our body doesn’t make omega 6 (linolenic acid) and omega 3 (alpha linolenic acid) so we must get them from food. EFAs are essential for human health and hemp seed oil provides them in nature’s perfect balance of a 3:1 ratio.
Gamma Linolenic Acid
Hemp seed oil is unique in that it contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Many studies show GLA is a powerful anti-inflammatory and helps to support hormone balance and reduce inflammation in the body. Most chronic diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s have an inflammatory component.
Where does hemp seed oil come from?
Hemp seed oil is not the same as CBD oil which also comes from the Cannabis sativa plant. CBD oil is made through an extraction process of the hemp flowers and leaves not the seeds.
How To Use Hemp Seed Oil?
1. For Optimum Health
Hemp seed oil is made up of approximately 76% polyunsaturated fat (“good” fat) and 1-2 tablespoons is the recommended daily intake. As our bodies don’t produce the essential fatty acids hemp seed oil can provide we require a daily intake for best health. When taken internally its fantastic levels of essential fatty acids – which our body doesn’t produce naturally – support healthy skin cell membranes and repair.
2. In The Kitchen
Every kitchen would benefit from using hemp seed oil as a staple. If you’re new to it a good rule of thumb is to use it as you would a high-quality extra virgin olive oil.
While not suitable for high heat cooking hemp seed oil can be used in smoothies, hummus, salad dressings, drizzled over vegetables, rice, pasta even cereals and added to yoghurt. It also makes a great dipping oil. See our recipes section for inspiration.
Hemp seed oil is highly unsaturated and has a smoke point of 165 degrees Celsius so is best used raw. Store in the fridge or cool, dark place after opening.
3. Around The Home
When applied to leather or wood hemp seed oil will immediately revive and restore it with a natural matte satin-like finish that’s water-resistant and protective. What’s more, it’s antimicrobial and antifungal so it’s the perfect refresher for wooden chopping boards and utensils. Hemp seed oil provides a natural top coat that reveals the natural colours, grain and patina of wood and leather. It even helps to restore oxidised metal.
The beauty of using hemp seed oil on homewares is that it’s safe and non-toxic so it can be used with confidence around food, kids and pets. Simply apply it with a brush, sponge or lint-free cloth, let it absorb and wipe off any excess.
1. As a Beauty Boost
If healthy skin is your goal hemp seed oil will be your new BFF as it can offer complexion perfection benefits internally and topically. In fact, it’s the new ‘it’ oil in beauty land as it’s non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing, is packed with skin-cherishing vitamins and antioxidants (particularly vitamin E), glides easily onto the skin and is readily absorbed.
As more and more research unfolds you will see more and more skin care products coming out using hemp seed oil. This is because it’s perfect for most skin types and is not just hydrating and softening it also delivers healing properties for frustrating skin conditions like acne and eczema.
Hemp seed oil is a beautifully effective hydrator locking in moisture and providing a protective seal while it softens, soothes and nourishes without clogging pores. It also regulates the skin’s natural oil production, which is one of the reasons acneic skins respond well to it.
Fine Lines & Wrinkles
One of the holy grails of skincare is to prevent and minimise the appearance of lines and wrinkles. To that end, some of the nutrient-dense fatty acids in hemp seed oil can act as both a preventative and encourage cell regeneration.
Inflammation is purported to be one of the, if not the prime reason for skin ageing. As we know the GLA (gamma linolenic acid) in hemp seed oil is revered for its anti-inflammatory properties when ingested. When used topically it’s gentle, hydrating and calms irritated skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Hemp seed oil can be used as a carrier oil and mixed with soothing essential oils to create a beautiful massage or bath oil and rubbing hemp seed oil onto sore, tense muscles may help relax them.
Try this relaxing massage blend of:
- 1/4 cup of hemp seed oil
- 10 drops of lavender
- 8 drops of sandalwood
- 2 drops of ylang ylang
Just as your complexion responds to a dose of hemp seed oil applying it to an itchy, dry scalp or frazzled hair ends soothes and conditions.
Regular users of hemp seed oil report thicker, stronger hair and nails.
A Note On:
Hemp seed oil moderates the skin’s oil production and has been found to clear sebum plugs. Sebum is the skin’s natural oil coating which at times can build up in pores leading to blackheads, whiteheads and pimples. Some studies have shown that acne may be due – in part – to lower levels of linolenic acid in the sebum.
Eczema aka Atopic Dermatitis
Eczema (aka atopic dermatitis) is characterised by itchy, cracked, red and/or inflamed patches of skin and the topical application of hemp seed oil’s perfectly balanced fatty acid profile and anti-inflammatory qualities has been found to be helpful. This can also be complimented by taking two tablespoons of dietary hemp seed oil daily.
This study link found that dietary hemp seed oil could improve the appearance of atopic dermatitis after 20 weeks and nutraingredients.com reported researchers in Finland found positive effects when using hemp seed oil for eczema.
NB: As with any new product always do a patch test 24 hours before everyday use.
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