With all the talk of Cannabis these days, I thought I would address a bi-product from this controversial plant.. Hemp. More specifically Hemp Seed Oil.
Hemp oil is an aliment obtained by pressing the raw seeds of the hemp plant, scientifically called Cannabis Sativa. Although the oil is produced from the seeds of the Cannabis plant, it does not contain THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. It is derived from a tall-growing variety of Cannabis that has a low concentration of THC.
Rich in protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega 6, omega 3 and insoluble fiber, they are a good source of tocopherols, or Vitamin E antioxidants. They are packed with minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium, phosphorus and microelements such as strontium, thorium, arsenic and chromium.
High in essential fatty acids, Omega 6 and omega 3, hemp oil can be used to increase immunity, counteract aging skin and improve cardiovascular health. Several studies show that the linoleic acid present in hemp oil can slow down the aging process and fight psoriasis. Here are some of its significant health benefits:
Regenerates & Energizes The Skin’s Protective Layer:
Due to its high content of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, hemp oil has a composition similar to skin lipids, which makes it an excellent natural emollient and moisturizer. It increases the elasticity of the skin and brings new life to dry, tired or dehydrated skin. Pure hemp oil can be used to treat dry hair and is often included in hair conditioners.
Skin Rashes and Acne Can Be Treated
Because psoriasis is caused by a deficiency of omega-6 fatty acid, hemp oil is an effective treatment. It also hydrates the skin and brings more oxygen to it, which makes it a good treatment for eczema and dry, itchy skin. Because hemp oil is a natural product with no known side effects, it is ideal for treating skin irritations.
Hemp oil can also bring down the redness and irritation of acne outbreaks. Over time, it can help eliminate acne by keeping the skin healthy and hydrated. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t block the pores but will actually help the skin balance oil production.
High in antioxidants, which are elements that prevent or slow cell damage, some people believe that the regular application of hemp oil slows the aging of the skin. It increases the skin elasticity and water retention capacity in tissues.
Rich in Supplements for Healthy Skin
Not only is hemp oil rich in vitamins A and E, it also contains trace amounts of important minerals like potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium and phosphorus. Ingesting it improves cardiovascular health and blood flow to the skin.
It is also high in antioxidants, which are elements that prevent or slow cell damage. Because of this property, some people believe that the regular application of hemp oil slows the aging of the skin.
Here is one recipe for an oil & vinegar dressing using hemp seed oil:
Balsamic Hemp Vinaigrette Dressing
Makes 1 1/4 cups
1 sprig fresh oregano
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 cup hemp seed oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper
Whisk the oil and vinegar together.
Pour it over the herbs and spices in a glass jar or container.
Whether taken as a supplement or applied directly to the skin, hemp oil provides an incredible boost to keep your skin looking fresh and feeling healthy!
Please be responsible when making decisions regarding your own heath and well-being.
Until Next Time.. Stay Crunchy !!