Hemp seed oil is one of the most talked about ingredients in our product, along with that it is also one of the most widely misunderstood. Let’s take a quick look at the facts and the history of the many uses and benefits of this oil.
People have known about the benefits of hemp seed oil for millennia. Records indicate that as far back as 6,000 BCE, hemp seeds and the oil were used in a culinary application in ancient China. Hemp plants were also utilized as building materials, for clothing and even for shoes! By around 100 BCE, hemp plants were being used as a means to create paper products.
Fast forward to medieval Europe, where hemp was still one of the most common materials used to create clothing, as cotton was not yet widely farmed. Interesting fact: It was the law in colonial America for citizens to grow hemp, as it is an extremely useful plant with a variety of applications.
Hemp and hemp seed oil is not quite as popular today as it was throughout history, and part of this decline is due to the common misconception that hemp is the same plant as marijuana. In fact, hemp seed oil actually comes from a different type of cannabis than the strain people utilize recreationally and has no psychoactive effects.
Hemp seed oil is the oil acquired through cold pressing ripened hemp seeds. This precious oil has a large variety of health benefits including, being rich in omega 3, 6 and 9’s fatty acids and antioxidants. Hemps seeds and the Hemp seed oil have a 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3, which may benefit skin diseases and provide relief from eczema and its uncomfortable symptoms.
They are also a great protein source and contain high amounts of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc.
There are so many health benefits that we’re still discovering the multitude of ways that Hemp Seed Oil improves our health. From its omega fatty acids, bioactive compounds and mineral content, people are falling in love with the benefits of industrial hemp; the food strain that does not deliver psychoactive effects.
Hemp seed oil is often used as a moisturizer for the skin, and for good reason. Studies have indicated that hemp seed oil can dramatically decrease skin dryness, which alleviates itching and irritation. Moreover, the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may protect against the aging process while soothing the skin. The abundance of fatty acids may make the oil an excellent choice for nourishing the skin and protecting it from inflammation, oxidation, and other causes of aging.
Many people have found hemp oil helpful as a form of natural pain relief, especially if the pain is a result of inflammation, hemp oil may also help with general stress and tension in the muscles.