While hemp seed oil is a relatively new product on the health and wellbeing scene, it’s rapidly gaining a reputation for those looking for a balanced and well body.
This green oil’s rise in popularity is due to its unique and far-reaching properties, which support and maintain health and wellbeing, while also helping to assist a wide range of specific concerns.
What is hemp seed oil?
Hemp seed oil is pressed from the hemp seed. The oil contains around 20 per cent of omega 3 oil, which is also found in deep sea fish oil and flax oil.
It’s green in colour, with a nutty, spinach-like aroma. It comes as a liquid or in a capsule, while other parts of the hemp seed, such as the powder and fibre, come in powder form.
Hemp seed oil comes from a plant which is a cousin of Cannabis sativa. It also comes from a different part of the plant than cannabis, with less than 0.3 per cent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), so it doesn’t cause any hallucinogenic effects.
How does hemp seed oil help?
Hemp seed oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and anti-oxidant properties. These can be helpful in arthritis, raised cholesterol levels, skin conditions including eczema, brain function and memory, and for balancing mood and hormones.
It also contains omega 6 GLA, which is found in evening primrose oil. GLA is useful for cognition and brain function, eczema, and symptoms associated with the menstruation cycle such as cramping, premenstrual anxiety or depression and painful breasts. As with other oils containing omega 3, hemp seed oil may have a mild, blood thinning effect.
Hemp seed oil can also assist with regulating the secretion of digestive juices and hormones, helping to improve circulation to the scalp and boosting hair growth to help remedy itchy, dry, dandruff conditions.
You’ll find the following elements in hemp seed oil: B vitamins (1,2,3,6), zinc, magnesium, iron, calcium, phosphorus and copper.
Moving into autumn, the electrolyte magnesium is especially helpful after a long, hot summer, with zinc and copper helping to replenish deficiencies before the cooler months ahead.
Externally, hemp seed oil is used in cosmetic products such as moisturisers (which don’t clog the pores) and in beautiful, nourishing hair products.
Come into your local CHS health store to find out more about the range of Hemp products they have available.