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, Zinc, Potassium, Phosphorous, Chlorophyll and Fibre and vitamins A1,B1,B2,B3,B6,C,D & E. It also contains all nine essentialamino acids. 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.
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 with this; you can ingest via hemp seeds, hemp protein or massage onto the skin with hemp oil.
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. You can ingest via hemp seeds and hemp protein also.
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. Sani Hemp is a beautiful oil to massage into the skin.
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.
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. These are great oils to massage into your skin.
We also sell Hemple hulled hemp seeds to be used in soups, salads and dips and Hemple Hemp Seed Oil to be used in cooking and on salads.
Our hemp protein powders are fantastic for smoothies and with muesli. This raw protein powder is easily absorbed by the body and only contains hemp so high in protein. Every serve provides over 15g of vegan protein with all essential amino acids and 4g fibre, plus omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids.
Things to note:
You now can ingest hemp oil in Australia. It was illegal to eat it although that law has now changed. This is wonderful 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.