Made from the process of cold pressing hemp seeds, hemp oil is derived from the cannabis plant but only contains a tiny trace of THC (the psychoactive element in cannabis). This makes it completely safe to be used as a health supplement, with no adverse effects like you’d get with marijuana, which comes from the same plant species but has high amounts of THC.
Hemp seed oil is a natural health supplement containing a host of important nutrients like; omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9 fatty acids (said to be higher than fish oil and flaxseed oil), terpenes (which have powerful anti-inflammatory properties) and proteins.
Alongside these nutrients, it contains a full spectrum of B vitamins and magnesium, copper, zinc, potassium and the antioxidant vitamin E. It doesn’t clog pores and it’s a natural humectant, which means it draws moisture into the body, making it great for skin, hair and nails. Let’s look at some ingenious ways you can use the natural health supplement -- hemp seed oil.
Condition Your Hair
Massage a tablespoon of hemp oil into your scalp and ends of your hair and leave for 10 minutes. Shampoo off as normal and skip your usual conditioner. It can help to strengthen the scalp and improve flakiness or dandruff.
Improve Dry Skin
If you have super dry and cracked hands, elbows or feet you can rub the hemp oil directly onto the affected areas. To get even deeper moisturising effects, rub it on hands and feet and cover with socks/gloves and leave on over-night.
A Facial Mask
If you have dry, oily or combination skin or suffer from redness/irritated patchy skin, you can rub hemp seed oil onto your face before bed. Leave it on overnight for even more benefit. It’s anti-inflammatory, soothing and moisturising effects, should have your skin softened and glowing in the morning.
Strengthen Nails and Soften Cuticles
You can apply hemp seed oil directly to your nails and toenails, which will help to strengthen nails and repair flaky cuticles. You could even put a few drops in a bowl of luke warm water and treat your feet to a softening foot bath.
Hemp seed oil will help to dissolve oils and waxes in even the most stubborn of makeup. This is great if you love your expensive thick eyeliners and shadows that promise to stay on through the night! Dab some hemp oil over the makeup and gently wipe off with tissue or a cotton ball.
Improve the Symptoms of Eczema
A study in 2005 by the US National Library of Medicine, reported that hemp oil improved the symptoms of patients with eczema over a 20 week study. 2 tablespoons of dietary hemp seed daily, could be beneficial to eczema sufferers.
Help to Minimise Acne
While you may think acne is caused by too much oil on skin and why would hemp oil work? It can actually help to balance out the oil on an acne sufferer’s skin, regulating oil production. Hemp oil will assist in eradicating sebum plugs from the skin which cause blackheads, whiteheads and sometimes cysts. Massage hemp oil into problem areas daily.