Hemp for Skincare
Seeds of the plant cannabis sativa, hemp seed, contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life. No other single plant source has the essential amino acids in such an easily digestible form, nor has the essential fatty acids in as perfect a ratio to meet human nutritional needs.
Hemp seed oil contains two fatty acids in particular that are excellent for skin care. Hemp seed oil contains 60-70% linoleic (LA) and 15-25% linolenic (LNA). It also has carotene and vitamin E (both are antioxidants). The LA and LNA (polyunsaturated fatty acids) contain phospholipids – organic compounds that are building blocks of cell membranes. Phospholipids are very similar to the natural lipids found in the skin, and help combat dryness and keep moisture in the cells.
Hemp seed oil comprises 35% of the total seed weight. This oil has the lowest amount of saturated fatty acids at 8%, and the highest amount of the polyunsaturated essential fatty acids at 80%, total oil volume. Flax seed oil comes in second at 72% combined total essential fatty acids. Linoleic acid (LA) and linolenic acid (LNA) cannot be made by the human body and must be obtained through the diet, so they are called essential fatty acids (EFA). LA and LNA are the most important fatty acids in human nutrition and health.
Nutritional benefits of hemp seed and hemp oil
Important Numerical Values for Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp oil's fatty acid profile:
Omega-3 (linolenic) 19%
Omega-6 (linoleic) 57%
Omega-9 (oleic) 12%
Gamma Linolenic 1.7%
Hemp Oil Benefits for Hair
There are many hair health benefits of hemp oil as well. Many non-commercial and herbal hair products like shampoos, hair oils, conditioners, etc. are made by using hemp oil. Like the skin care, massages with hemp oil products can improve blood circulation in the head and the brain. Washing hair with hemp oil shampoos and conditioners can thicken the hair texture and keep the scalp away from dandruff. Thus hemp oil is very beneficial for your hair care as well. Loss of hair is also reduced by using them and scalp infections and problems are kept away.
Hemp Oil Benefits for Skin
The hemp oil contains a number of fatty acids which are very healthy for your skin. These fatty acids nourish and moisturize your skin in the right manner and sufficient amount. There are many skin products like face creams and body creams which have hemp oil as the main ingredients. This is because it is herbal and has almost no side effects. A skin massage of only hemp oil, would give you healthy and rich skin which looks very young and held. If you are a regular user of hemp oil products for the natural skin care, it acts as an anti-aging benefit too. Hemp oil prevents skin disorders like psoriasis, eczema, acne and dry skin and helps in healing of wounds and injuries
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