6 Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is a versatile, dark, and nutty-scented liquid extracted from the seeds of a hemp plant, or Cannabis Sativa. Hemp has been used long throughout history all over the world for multiple useful purposes: clothing, paper, food, fuel, and more. The Columbia History of the World states the oldest relic of human industry is a scrap of hemp fabric dating approximately 8,000 BC. Hemp in the past has been categorized with marijuana because of its low level of THC. In some areas cultivating hemp is banned, though products made from hemp (oil, hemp garments, and hemp paper) may be legal. The overall stigmatization of hemp through the passing decades has kept its uses in the dark. Only considerably recent in time, has the benefits of hemp been resurfaced and highlighted for its health and beauty purposes.
So what are the rave-worthy properties of hemp seed oil which make it the perfect addition to your self-care ritual? Popularly used oils like coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, etc. have heavy consistencies which tend to weigh down hair and clog pores. The emollient yet non-comedogenic nature of hemp seed oil makes it perfect for all skin and hair types.
1. Non-pore clogging:
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, a “comedo” is an “acne lesion”, a hard blockage created from an excess of sebum in a pore. Hemp seed oil rates a 0 on a scale from 0-5 (thin to heavy). The comedogenic levels of an ingredient refers to the odds it would cause acne. This oils thin consistency helps tighten pores, firm skin, and counter the production of acne.
2. Moisture Retention:
The high content of fatty acids seals moisture by creating a preventive barrier around skin and hair, helping retain hydration and protect skin from external impurities. Its similar composition to sebum makes it a great emollient for skin. Hemp seed oil has also a high content of vitamin e, a strong conditioning and repairing agent. These properties create the appearance of supple skin and softened hair while preventing breakage from dryness.
3. Hair Growth Stimulator:
The Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 fatty acids are necessary when promoting hair growth. Hemp seed oil provides hair with the protein necessary to grow strong, healthy, and vibrant. It can also improve blood circulation within the scalp, stimulating hair follicles to grow.
Hemp seed oil is believed to soothe and heal itchy scalps, eczema, and even dermatitis. The rich content of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are thought to alleviate itchy, irritated skin.
5. Natural Astringent:
An astringent is a substance that contracts or shrinks body tissues. Hemp seed oil is a “dry” oil. It minimizes the appearance of large pores and excess secretion of sebum which both cause acne and greasy skin. The linoleic acid helps produce high quality sebum that has a non-sticky consistency that won’t clog pores. Linoleic acid at low levels lead to too much sebum production, which causes oily skin and breakouts
6. Reduces the Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles:
The anti-oxidants make hemp seed oil an amazing anti-aging agent, smoothing out wrinkles and restoring skins’ elasticity by toning sagging skin.
Find authentic hemp seed oil from stores by checking for the scientific name (Cannabis sativa) and reading the ingredients, making sure it’s not over-diluted. Always make sure to store oils, especially dark oils, in a cool and shaded area. Always test patch your skin when applying raw products, essential oils, herbs, etc. you have never externally used before. Test patch your wrist or a another sensitive area of skin to ensure it is safe to use without causing irritations.