Hemp seed oil may be derived from the same plant as cannabis, but its ingredients are entirely different, and it cannot cause the ‘high’ that cannabis does. In fact, this carrier oil is a fantastic source of many nutrients.
Hemp seed oil uses
Hemp seed oil is packed with fatty acids linoleic acid, alpha-linoleic acid and gamma-linoleic acid. Better still, is has a 3:1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids, which scientists state is great for enhancing human health. So, how do we use hemp seed oil to enjoy all that goodness?
Aromatherapists often use hemp seed oil to help boost troubled skin by reducing the discomfort caused by eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and acne. Add a few drops to a homemade facewash if you struggle with your skin for natural protection from infection.
Hemp seed oil is also commonly used in skin serums, beard oils and muscle rubs.
Hemp seed oil benefits
Hemp seed oil is believed to help reduce inflammation, making it a popular choice for massage blends. Be sure to add a little to a homemade recipe if you’re trying to relieve muscular aches and inflammation of the joints. Great for reducing pain and calming stiff joints add a few drops of essential oil to this odourless carrier to create a relaxing, soothing massage blend.
In alternative therapy, hemp seed oil has also been used to treat coughs, bloating, infections of the urinary tract, pneumonia and even heart problems. Hemp seed is also thought to help control high blood pressure, though we always recommend consulting your GP before attempting any form of self-medication.
Some people find that hemp seed oil benefits hormonal health too. It’s used to help regulate unbalanced hormones and to reduce the symptoms of the menopause. Some users report relief from the feelings of irritability that can be caused by hormones.
Hemp seed oil facts
|Botanical name||Cannabis sativa|
|Aromatic description||Hemp oil has very little scent, which is characteristic of most carrier oils|
|Consistency||Characteristic of carrier oils|
|Colour||Dark Green to Black|
|Absorption||Hemp is readily absorbed|
|Shelf life||Hemp oil is slow to go rancid. Expect a shelf life of 6-12 months with if stored in cool conditions, out of direct sunlight. Refrigeration after opening is recommended|