The Health Benefits of Hemp Oil

Author: F&F   Date Posted:2 August 2016 

Hemp Oil is the wonderful oil that comes from the Hemp Plant. It is getting more and more popular and has been linked with all sorts of health benefits which we love. Read more....

Whether it's psoriasis, cholesterol, PMS or more hemp has been strongly linked with easing the pain. We'll tell you more about it. 

 

What is Hemp Oil?

Hemp Oil comes from the seeds of the hemp plant and it is packed with goodness; it has quite a strong distinctive nutty smell. It contains Omega 3, 6 and 9, minerals including calcium, copper, iodine, magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorous, Chlorophyll and Fibre and vitamins A1,B1,B2,B3,B6,C,D & E. So it's pretty awesome. 

Not only is it jam packed with goodness but the nutrients are readily available to us. Effectively the Omega ratio of fats is incredibly similar to that of human tissues so it is easily absorbed and, what is even better, is that it is very easily absorbed through the skin. Also note this oil is not to be ingested. 

 

What are the benefits?

 

1. Helping lower cholesterol 

Studies show that taking Hemp Oil can reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood and accelerate metabolic processes so breaking down the fat on the walls. You need to massage 10ml into your body daily. 

 

2. Helps with psoriasis

Psoriasis can be caused by deficiencies in essential fatty acids. Hemp Oil is rich in these and they are easily absorbed. Linoleic Acid and Gamma Linoleic Acid are important to help influence the loss in water through the skin and help with psoriasis and dry skin. 

 

3. Helps vegans and vegetarians get enough fatty acids. 

Vegan and vegetarians sometimes are lower in essential fatty acids as the omega acids are often found in fish and meat. Hemp Oil helps this and you simply need to massage on the skin. 

 

4. Eases Rheumatoid Arthritis 

GLA is an effective anti inflammatory and trials have shown, when used over 12 weeks, Hemp Oil helps alleviate the symptoms of rheumatoid artheritis. 

 

5. Supports the symptoms of PMS

Gamma-linolenic acid supports hormonal balance so 5ml rubbed into the stomach area daily supports this. 

 

6. Circulation

Cold pressed hemp seed oil is well known for helping with blood circulation and it also thins the blood helping with varicose veins. Word of warning here though: if you take blood thinners or suffer from heart disease don't use hemp seed oil. 

 

7. Moisturiser for dry skin

Due to the fatty acid composition hemp oil is a wonderful moisturiser and serum. It is great for dry skin, nails, and dry hair. 

Hemp Oil has also been linked to other areas such as cancer treatment, mental health etc. but a lot more studies need to be done on these before we endorse. 

 

Things to note:

You cannot ingest hemp oil in Australia. It's actually illegal to eat it and that is partly due to it's association with cannabis, although they are quite different. It's a shame because hemp is a rich source of protein so could be valuable to our diets particularly if you are vegan or vegetarian. 

It should not be heated or left in the sun as it can be denatured and turn the unsaturated fats into saturated fats. 

Don't use it if you have thin blood as it is an anti coagulant. 

At Flora & Fauna we sell Sani Hemp Oil in a 200ml and 100ml size. Passionate Skin Care's Skin Food Serum is also full of hemp seed oil along with only 3 other ingredients: Jojoba Oil, Rosehip Oil and Manuka Oil. 

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