You’ve probably heard about Hemp oil and how it is such a miracle vegetable oil with so many benefits. Well, you’ve heard it right! What’s even better is that hemp oil benefits for skin are indeed amazing. It can make your skin look younger, softer and clearer.
No more acne, no more irritation or inflammation and no more dryness. As you can see, it can help out many skin types, including sensitive skin.
Hemp oil is also called Hemp Seed oil. In this article you will find out about hemp oil’s benefits for skin and its benefits in general. So you can see for yourself why this oil is so amazing. I will also give you 7 recipes that contain hemp oil.
Plus, you’ll also need to be aware of the precautions when you use hemp oil, and that is another aspect I’m going to touch here.
There will also be some interesting and fun facts on hemp. So stick around and make yourself comfortable. Maybe even have a cappuccino while reading.
Did you know?
- The US Declaration of Independence was created and printed on hemp paper. At that time, North America cultivated wide crops of hemp, which was widely used.
What is Unrefined Hemp Seed Oil and What are Its Benefits in General?
Botanical name: Cannabis sativa
Color: green tint (unrefined)
Aroma: rich and nutty
Texture: thick oil (like Olive oil)
Hemp oil or Hemp Seed oil is a carrier oil. It is extracted from the seeds of the industrial hemp plant. Hemp is part of the Cannabis plants family (Cannabaceae). But it is very low on THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).
THC is a psychoactive substance responsible for marijuana’s effects. And in case you were wondering, Hemp oil cannot make you high. After the hemp seeds are washed, there is no more THC left. Or there’s just too little to be considered a threat.
Plus the fact that for true marijuana you need special seeds. Special seeds that have a high THC concentration will produce the marijuana recreational drug.
The industrial hemp plant is used in many industries. From plastic fabrication to textiles and paints, hemp is a multi-purpose plant. Its main advantage is that it is safer for the environment and a small quantity can yield a lot of stock. For instance, 1 acre of hemp can give us more paper than 4 acres of trees.
Hemp oil contains:
- A perfect balance between fatty acids Omega 3 and Omega 6. This balance is rare among carrier oils and vegetables.
- That balance is 1/2 – 1/3 (Omega 3:6). The ideal proportions for human health are set between 1/1 – 1/4.
- 5 – 9% Omega 9.
- 3 – 7% saturated fatty acids.
- 18 amino acids, among which 10 of them the human body cannot produce.
- 4% gamma linolenic acid (GLA) from Omega 6. Some people can’t synthesize GLA on their own, so Hemp oil is a great source for this amino acid. Other good sources of GLA are Borage and Primrose Oils.
General Health Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil
- Food for the brain – The fatty acids found in Hemp Seed oil are necessary for a healthy brain development.
- Great Heart Health – The balanced ratio of fatty acids Omega 3 and 6 in Hemp oil helps supporting the heart. It promotes good cardiovascular function and circulation.
- Pure Supplement – Hemp Seed oil is mercury-free. The most common source of Omega 3 is fish oil. Omega 3 is necessary for brain development, mood enhancement and good immune system. Since some fish species and shellfish may contain mercury, this matter is still being studied. There are clinical studies that found fish oil safe, but Hemp oil also provides Omega 3 and there’s no controversy in this matter.
- Improves Immune System – Once again, the Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in Hemp oil work their magic. They can keep the intestinal flora healthy. That means the immune system will function better and respond to viruses and bacteria faster.
- Strong Hair and Nails – Hemp oil benefits for skin don’t limit there. Hemp oil can also stimulate the blood circulation and strengthen hair and nails.
- Hemp against Cancer – There are over 20 clinical studies on Hemp oil and cancer. They show the inhibiting effects of cannabinoids over many types of cancer. Cannabinoids are the active molecules (or constituents) in cannabis plants. They’re most effective after eating unrefined hemp oil or medicinal cannabis oil. The latter needs a prescription for legal consuming and a more in-depth research, of course.
- Helps Building Muscle Mass – The 10 amino acids found in Hemp oil are essential to a healthy development. They are the reason why the oil is considered a complete protein. This feature helps the body create new tissues. But also, strengthen the muscle mass, as well as its density.
Did you know?
- Hop is part of the Cannabaceae family. The same family as hemp and cannabis. Hop is used as bittering agent in the beer making process. It can extend the beer’s shelf life and has anti-microbial qualities.
Hemp Oil Benefits for Skin
The best choice of a great Hemp Seed carrier oil is an unrefined one. That’s what you’ll want for your skin. Thanks to its generally safe nature and all the good fatty acids it contains, Hemp oil moisturizes the skin on a deep level. It also protects it against free radicals. These free radicals are the main cause for premature aging.
There are many hemp oil benefits for skin and they cover a wide range of issues that can be treated.
1) Hemp oil benefits for psoriasis affected skin.
Hemp oil contains many minerals and vitamins. But it also contains vitamin D. Vitamin D and all the essential fatty acids found in Hemp oil contribute to a very potent treatment against psoriasis.
Psoriasis is characterized by itchiness, redness and dryness. And a skin suffering from psoriasis can be nourished and moisturized with Hemp oil. Hemp carrier oil can be mixed with Geranium or Clary Sage. Or, it can also be mixed with Sandalwood and Frankincense essential oils for the best results.
2) Hemp oil benefits for acne skin.
Hemp oil (Hemp Seed oil) is non-comedogenic. That means it will not clog your pores and cause skin problems. Being so good with reducing inflammations, Hemp oil not only reduces acne but it helps healing its scars as well.
After being applied to the skin, Hemp oil doesn’t leave a greasy, oily feeling. It’s absorbed in a fast manner and it leaves the skin really smooth and elastic. To enhance its powers, try adding a few drops of Teat Tree or Lavender. It’ll work wonders.
3) Hemp oil benefits for skin inflammations.
This carrier oil is great at relieving skin inflammations. But it’s great at relieving the pain caused by the them too. It can be used as a massage oil to soothe the skin and calm all inflammations. Those inflammations may cause muscle and joint pain, which can be improved with Hemp oil.
4) Hemp oil benefits for eczema affected skin.
Again, the essential fatty acids in Hemp oil are the heroes. For a good treatment against eczema, Hemp oil needs to be applied on patches. You can also add a drop of essential oil in your patch dilution.
A Finnish study also showed that after ingestion, your skin will slowly start healing the dryness and itching sensation caused by the eczema. Usually, you can have two spoons of unrefined Hemp oil a day, but for a clearer advice, ask a professional. This carrier oil restores skin tissue and soothes it very well.
Would you have thought that these Hemp oil benefits for skin can solve most problems? I certainly didn’t. Luckily, there are many interested researchers out there! Thanks to their research we’ve gained another great product for all skin types. And we’ve also gained more confidence in the benefits of Hemp oil.
Did you know?
- The first Model T was Henry Ford’s car, and it was made from hemp. Its panels were also made from hemp plastic and they were 10 times stronger than the steel. The car was also designed to run on hemp fuel.
7 Hemp Carrier Oil Recipes and Tips for a Healthy Skin
Like I said above, Hemp carrier oil is non-comedogenic. On top of that, it is also non-allergenic, which makes it great even for sensitive skin. If you know what you’re looking for to prevent or improve with Hemp oil, you can have your pick from the next recipes, to make at home. They’re easy and pretty simple too.
1. Acne Blend
- Hemp Seed oil: 2 oz. (60 ml)
- Neem carrier oil: 2 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 3-4 drops
- Dark colored bottle
Mix all the ingredients and apply on a clean face at night. The skin will be profoundly moisturized. Neem carrier oil has the ability to reduce dark spots and marks left by acne, and so does Hemp oil. You’ll have antibacterial shield from Lavender and nourishment from the rest of carrier oils.
With this blend you’ll also get a low SPF, which is most welcome during sunny days. Except for summers of course, when your skin will need extra SPF.
2. Minor Skin Reactions
All you’ll need is Hemp Seed carrier oil. You can apply and massage it on the affected skin area, several times a day until they start healing. Then continue with fewer applications. Rashes, inflammations, scratches, burns, all these can be improved with Hemp oil.
3. Weekly Oil Cleansing
- Hemp Seed carrier oil: ½ (1 Oz.)
- Jojoba or Grapeseed carrier oils: ½ (1 Oz.)
- Lavender essential oil: 2 drops
- Tea tree essential oil: 2 drops
- 2 Oz. dark colored bottle
Blend all ingredients and gently cleanse your face with a cotton pad and light massage movements. Remove the oil with a steaming towel. Repeat this process until there’s only a thin layer of oil left. There’s no need to apply any further moisturizer.
4. Body Lotion for Inflammations
- Hemp oil: 4 Oz. (120 ml)
- Eucalyptus essential oil: 2 drops
- Ginger essential oil: 3 drops
- Rosemary essential oil: 3 drops
- Lavender: 2 drops
- Dark, colored bottle
You can also add Peppermint, Grapefruit and Basil essential oils. Just don’t add more than 10 – 12 drops for the given amount of carrier oil.
This blend must be massaged gently into the skin. It is good at relieving arthritic joint pain or sore, strained muscles.
5. Soap Scrub
- Ground soap chunks (or scraps after processing some soap of your choice): 3 parts
- Hemp Seed oil: 1 part
- Oatmeal: 1 part
- Water: 1 part
- Sanitized jar or other recipient that you have.
Melt the soap chunks with water. Turn off the heat after they’ve melted and let the mixture cool off a bit. Add the Hemp Seed oil and mix really well.
Then add the oatmeal too and after a final whisk, pour the mixture into your jar. After it becomes solid you can scoop up with a large spoon and use as a very beneficial soap scrub.
6. Scented Body Oil
- Hemp Seed oil: 8 Oz. (240 ml)
- Chamomile essential oil: 3 drops
- Sandalwood: 2 drops
- Lavender: 3 drops
- Tea Tree: 2 drops
- Frankincense: 2 drops
- Black Pepper: 2 drops
- Clove: 2 drops
- Geranium: 2 drops
- Patchouli: 2 drops (or more if you like its aroma)
- Dark colored bottle
You can add between 20 – 30 drops of essential oils for the given amount of carrier oil. You can also replace any essential oil. It depends only on what you’re looking to achieve with the body lotion.
Use the body lotion after bath, while your pores are still open. The essential oils added in this recipe are meant to disinfect and kill all germs and fungi. It restores a fresh and young look and improves circulation.
As you can see, Hemp oil benefits for skin are so many and diverse! It would be a shame not to take advantage and experiment with your favorite essential oils too.
Don’t be afraid to put your signature on all your blends. It takes a bit of experimenting until you’ll find that one great essential oil recipe.
7. Shea Butter and Hemp Oil for a Well Nourished Skin
- Shea butter: half a cup
- Hemp Seed oil: 1/3
- Cornstarch: 1 tsp.
- Essential oils: 10 – 15 drops
- Sterilized jar or other wide container
Mix the Shea butter with a mixer and then slowly add the Hemp oil. Continue mixing until everything becomes soft and fluffy. Ultimately, add the essential oils you chose and the cornstarch. Make sure all the ingredients are well mixed and then pour the mixture into your jar. You can use it as a gentle exfoliator, at least once a week.
Hemp is a highly researched plant and its oil is good for the overall health. I know a few people who use it in their skincare and hair care routine and never complained about it. Although, some don’t particularly like its earthy, nutty aroma because it can sometimes persist in their hair.
But that can be solved with a few drops of essential oils. Used on face, the scent of the Hemp carrier oil fades away quite fast.
Did you know?
- The hemp seeds give us hemp seed oil and hemp flour. Hemp flour is usually used in various foods for animals.
Precautionary Measures When Using Hemp oil on Skin
Generally speaking, there are not many undesirable effects caused by the use of Hemp oil on the skin. But that doesn’t mean we have to stop doing a thorough research before using it.
Being up to date with all the new information on this still controversial carrier oil would at least put your mind at ease. Let’s see what you should keep in mind when using Hemp Seed carrier oil:
- Hemp oil, just like other rich in Omega 3 carrier oils, goes rancid quite fast. Rancidity occurs when there’s too much exposure to light, air and heat. That is why you should buy small quantities to use and keep it stored in dark, cool places.
- The unopened Hemp Seed oil bottle will last for 10 months. But it needs to be kept in a cool, dark place. After the bottle is open, it will last for about 6 months in the fridge.
- Whole hemp seeds can be used and stored for a longer time. That is because their bark protects the core inside and its fatty acids from going rancid too soon. If you use whole hemp seeds in your salads, you can do so safely and keep them unspoiled for more than 6 months.
- Hemp oil is more than suited to flavor your favorite dishes, or to use as salad dressing. But it is not advised to use it in cooking, since it doesn’t have a high burning point.
- So far, there’s been only one case of Hemp oil allergy. But that could still happen because people are very different. I suggest to always perform an allergy test before using Hemp Seed carrier oil.
- A long term internal consumption of Hemp oil can cause anxiety or euphoria feelings. It can also cause hallucinations. It’s best if you’d talk to your doctor before taking Hemp oil internally.
- Hemp oil may also affect people with heart problems. Therefore, extra care must be paid there. Again, seek for the advice of a professional before taking Hemp oil orally.
Luckily, hemp oil benefits for skin are many and various. And all studies so far show very favorable results on using it to treat various skin conditions.
It’s the ingestion of Hemp oil that usually raises questions. Seeking a doctor’s advice for a proper guidance in how to use unrefined Hemp oil will put an end to all your worries.
Are you using Hemp oil? How is it working for you?