We all love eating with Hemp! It’s highly diverse in use, nutritious, and can be quickly added to any meal! Whether you’re pouring some Hemp Seeds on a smoothie bowl, adding them on top of your dinner, making a Hemp Protein shake, or even baking with Hemp Flour, it’s all relatively simple.
The nutritional content of Hemp Seed makes it a superfood in our eyes. It’s loaded with healthy Omega Oils (3, 6, & even 9), magnesium, potassium, iron, fibre, and protein. In fact, protein makes up about 25-30% of the content of Hemp Seed! This is why it makes such a great protein powder when processed correctly. If you’d like to read more about the nutritional content of Hemp Seed, head over to the blog dedicated to this topic!
We had some of our favourite vegan food personalities try our Hemp food products and make some marvellous creations with them!
…So without further ado, here are 7 tasty, nutritious Hemp food recipes that you can easily try at home.
Ingredients: (serves 2)
This one’s for all our friends and family who struggle with more sensitive skin types.
We feel you! It’s not easy to deal with skin that’s sensitive to most products on the market that include chemicals and irritants. In fact, it’s one of the key reasons that we started doing what we’re doing with natural skincare. Even those with normal skin have faced problems when it comes to the chemicals and additives in many skincare products on the market today.
Whilst it can be tough to find skincare ingredients that can be used on sensitive skin, it’s not impossible. Believe it or not, there are some great alternatives available for those who find their skin irritated by chemicals and synthetic fragrances.
This week we’re taking a look at what sensitive skin entails, and why we’ve chosen the ingredients in this article as our top picks when it comes to ingredients for sensitive skincare. Whilst we most certainly love Hemp Seed Oil, these are some of the other highly effective ingredients that can benefit the skin.
Despite the label, sensitive skin is not a diagnosable medical condition. Rather, it’s a blanket term for skin types that tend to have irregular reactions to different factors in day-to-day life. Some examples of these factors are contact with chemicals, dyes, fragrances, or oils. Clothing and friction may even trigger an adverse reaction! And whilst sensitive skin isn’t a condition in itself, it’s often a sign that something like eczema, psoriasis, or a form of dermatitis may be underlying. However, it can also simply be the natural state of your skin.
There are many triggers for sensitive skin, and a range of different ways the symptoms may be displayed. Symptoms often include
Rosehip oil is one of our top picks for natural skincare ingredients for sensitive skin types. It is not known to irritate sensitive skin, and is loaded with antioxidants that may prevent damage from free radicals. This oil is tolerable by all skin types, too, so we also use it in our other skincare products! Besides being a diversely applicable essential oil, it’s packed with Vitamin C and has a comedogenic rating of 1. The lower the comedogenic rating, the less likelihood that pores will be clogged when applied. So whilst moisturising your sensitive skin, it also may help treat acne and scarring.
Sea Buckthorn Oil is also high in antioxidants, which may assist in preventing damage from free radicals. It’s also speculated to help stimulate skin regeneration and reduce inflammation for those who experience redness or irritation. In fact, scientists ran a double blind placebo study on males using Sea Buckthorn Oil and found that those who applied the real ingredient saw a greater promotion of skin elasticity than those who applied the placebo. On top of that, it may help prevent skin dryness and increase the rate of healing for burns and bedsores. And coming in with a comedogenic rating of 1, it’s also very unlikely to clog pores and is readily absorbed by your skin.
Vitamin E is a classic necessity in skincare products! We use natural sources of Vitamin E to fortify our sensitive skin moisturiser due to the well-documented benefits it offers the skin. Vitamin E is known for the ability to promote cellular regeneration and add barriers against free radicals with its antioxidant status. It’s said that Vitamin E is an anti-inflammatory, and might even help reduce hyperpigmentation, signs of aging, and wrinkles. Some reports even claim that it can help treat acne scarring.
Evening Primrose Oil is another great addition in skincare products for sensitive skin. Despite being high in Omega-6 polyunsaturated fats, it comes in with a comedogenic rating of 2, which makes it unlikely to clog pores when applied to soothe irritated, itchy, or dry skin. It also improves skin hydration, texture, and elasticity, whilst both treating and preventing breakouts.
Sunflower Oil is a remarkable base ingredient for skincare for sensitive skin due to its high content of Omega-6 (Linoleic Acid) and a comedogenic rating of 0 – just like Hemp Seed Oil! Sunflower oil may decrease skin inflammation and increase the production of skin cells. It’s also rich in antioxidants that protect from damaging free radicals. On top of that, it may even help minimize signs of aging such as wrinkles!
Shea Nut Butter yet another great base ingredient for skincare products that work well on sensitive skin. Shea softens the skin by locking in moisture without clogging the pores – it also has a comedogenic rating of 0. OIn top of that, it’s loaded with vitamins and fatty acids.
All of these nourishing compounds work together to assist the skin’s natural collagen production, and may also help reduce the appearance of acne scarring.
Aloe Vera Juice is another rejuvenating skincare ingredient with a comedogenic rating of 0, so it won’t clog pores! It’s one of the most well-known natural ingredients for inflammation, dryness, and even sunburn relief. The high moisture content may help reduce the frequency of acne, as well as the severity of eczema and psoriasis-related dryness by hydrating the skin. Aloe Vera is rich in antioxidants and Vitamins A and C, which helps fight free radicals in the environment that can damage the skin.
Hemp Seed Oil For Skincare… Is it a quick trend or a game changer?
This week we’re going to dive into the topic and let you figure that out for yourself!
People have begun to recognise Hemp Seed Oil’s benefits for skin over the last few years, and it’s not surprising! Considering the nutritional content of Hemp Seed Oil, its healing properties come as no shock to people who can carry their weight in knowledge about health and beauty. Loaded with healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals that the skin can gobble up without pores getting blocked, it really might just be the optimal addition to skincare products that we’ve been looking for.
When it comes to Hemp, there are two ways it can be used in skincare: Hemp Seed Oil (oil pressed from the seed), and CBD Oil (made from the flower). If you’re also interested in CBD for skincare, you can find our blog on it here!
However, right now we’re focusing on Hemp Seed Oil Skincare.
Did you know: Hemp Seed Oil contains the optimal ratio of Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids – a 3:1 ratio.
With winter settling in nicely, we’re once again facing the coinciding changes in our skin – namely flakiness and dryness. But fear not! Hemp Seed Oil included in natural skin care formulas can be a great way to stay on top of this.
You might be wondering what makes Hemp Seed Oil so impactful? Let’s take a closer look.
Dry skin is caused by colder temperatures and a lack of moisture in the air. According to research, your skin can lose up to a quarter of its ability to hold moisture in winter months. On top of that, windy conditions can worsen the dryness. This dryness can primarily be attributed to the moisture in skin evaporating more quickly.
As a result of this, people often find their Eczema getting worse in winter due to the lack of moisture in the air – a common cause of flare-ups. During winter, we recommend that eczema sufferers skip hot baths, and use a thick moisturiser – We’ll offer some recommendations soon!
When it comes to Psoriasis in winter, it’s also common to see flare-ups due to the cold. However, another reason is due to the lack of exposure to UV-rays. Besides adding a humidifier to the room, it’s also recommended to use a solid moisturiser and get outdoors more! You can also get an applied UVB treatment from the doctors.
The one common tip when it comes to dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema is that moisturising your skin regularly is a great trick you can use to combat common dry skin issues. When picking a good moisturizer for winter, it’s important to take a good look at what’s in the product and whether the ingredients are known to help fight dry skin.
We recommend 100% natural skincare products for fighting dry skin as chemicals tend to dry your skin out more. Another tip we have is to keep an eye out for ingredients with a low comedogenic rating, which means that it’s less likely to clog pores and cause breakouts. The last thing we want is to fix our dry skin, but cause a week of breakouts as a result!
Hemp Seed Oil is an amazing ingredient to look out for when shopping around for your winter skincare routine. Hemp Seed Oil is one of the few oils that has a comedogenic rating of ZERO! This means that it won’t block pores when applied on your skin.
Hemp Seed Oil contains:
Other ingredients to look out for in skincare products this winter:
For dry skin in winter, we highly recommend our Organic Hemp Body Butter and Face Moisturiser range! It contains all three ingredients noted above – as well as Hemp Seed Oil!
Our Organic Hemp Body Butter is the ‘One-Pot-Wonder’ for dry and damaged skin.
The Hemp Body Butter is perfect for the whole family all year round! It is unbelievably smooth and unashamedly decadent. On top of that, it’s enriched with the nourishing benefits of Hemp Seed Oil.
As a non-greasy moisturiser, this absorbs into your skin like it’s being eaten up by your body. Loaded with Omega-6 and Omega-3, with a wide range of vitamins and minerals, it’s no wonder our customers have labelled it the ‘Miracle Cream’!
On top of being vegan-friendly and certified by Choose Cruelty Free, the body butter contains only 100% natural ingredients and is our hand-selected pick for this winter when it comes to fighting the inevitable skin dryness of the season.
Organic Hemp Facial Moisturisers are the best choice this winter for looking after your ‘moneymaker’.
These face moisturisers have a low comedogenic rating due to the use of Hemp Seed Oil, which means it won’t clog pores. On top of that, it contains anti-inflammatory properties that help combat breakouts and irritation.
Our Organic Hemp Face Moisturiser is also vegan-friendly and certified by Choose Cruelty Free, and is available for all skin types! Dry, Normal, and Oily.
Problems with our skin are inevitable through the dry winter months of Australia. But there are certainly ways to combat it! In summary, we recommend…
If you have any more questions about how you can fight your particular skin condition this winter, please drop a comment below – we’d love to answer any questions you have!
2021 Has already been a massive year for the Hemp Industry, and that’s no exaggeration! We’re about six months in and there have been serious leaps and bounds made when it comes to varietal trials, Hemp Processing, and Hemp product research and development. From new revelations with advanced Hemp textiles down to the development of Hemp insulation in construction projects, this year is truly revealing the commercial potential of Industrial Hemp.
It’s incredible to see the amount of interest being taken in this industry this year, and we only anticipate more to come!
This week, we’re going to take a look at 10 breakthroughs in the Hemp Industry in 2021 so far.
In Australia, the Hemp industry is growing more and more every day. With this, we’re also learning more and more about different varieties of cannabis and the best ways to grow them in Australia. Knowing the best way to grow Hemp firstly depends on what you’re growing for. With the emergence of this industry in Australia, we are finally getting more field data that will ultimately improve the harvest of seed, fibre, hurd, and meeting THC requirements in the Australian climates.
If you’re interested in Hemp farming in Australia, check out our blog about licencing!
Some amazing news for patients! Queensland is finally getting it’s very own medicinal cannabis farm. This has been a long time coming, and with this facility being built, Queensland will soon be able to meet the growing demand for cannabis products in the state. This facility will supply both the domestic and international markets – a win for the medical system & the economy!
We’re very excited to announce that our new Hemp Fibre Processing facility was turned on for the first time. We’re still optimising the equipment before launching full scale processing for Hemp Hurd and Fibre. We’ll keep everyone up to date with this project as it continues to progress!
Hemp Fibre seems to be having a remarkable year in the spotlight! One of the latest revelations when it comes to the uses for Hemp Fibre is the ability to turn it into a bio-leather (or eco-leather). Made with 20-30% Hemp biomass that’s been turned into a dust and natural oils, the goal for this new operation is to establish a solid local supply chain.
Click the image to read more about this remarkable advancement in Hemp fibre product possibilities!
Hemp fibre product development is really in full swing this year! The company in question is getting into advanced product research and development, in particular, carbon fibre, talc, fibreglass, and calcium carbonate. This is one such company that also claims to have figured out how to produce Graphene from Hemp fibre.
The same company is also looking to set up yet another processing facility in Detroit that’s expected to produce around 300 million pounds annually
This year, we started construction on the first home in Western Australia that was built with Hempcrete made from locally grown Hemp Hurd! This was a huge step in our operations, and we couldn’t be more excited to continue the mission of helping create a thriving Hemp industry in Western Australia! This will be great for both the economy, the people living them, and the environment.
The energy drink company ‘Rockstar’, owned by PepsiCo, is getting into the CBD game! With the latest announcement of their new CBD-infused canned beverage in Europe, we would imagine that this is the start of a new trend! We don’t expect it will be too long until other major corporations begin to move in the same trajectory.
A few weeks after turning on our processing facility, we had yet another arrival. The HempCutter is a world-class machine that’s specially designed for harvesting Hemp, and we have had the incredible opportunity to bring it right here to Western Australia! Using this machine for the first time was an incredible experience, and it’s safe to say it was a worthwhile investment.
The product harvested by this new machinery will be carted off to our Hemp Processing facility which is situated just down the road from our farms in Margaret River, Western Australia.
CBG is a newly popular cannabinoid that has found itself in the spotlight for its diverse range of speculated health benefits. Much like all cannabinoids, prohibitionist nations have been wary of CBG. On the other hand, the latest news on the block is that Europe has given CBG the green light for cosmetic use! CBG has numerous benefits for overall health and wellbeing, and with its inclusion of the European Cosmetics Database, the benefits for skincare will also start coming to light. We can only hope to see similar here in Australia soon!
With the rise of Hemp as a building material, entrepreneurs all across the world have been investigating new ways to implement Hemp in the building process. Besides Hempcrete and Hemp Wood, Hemp fibre can also be used to make incredible insulation for the very houses that it’s been used to build. The time has come for production on a commercial scale. A U.S Hemp building material manufacturer has started the planning of a factory to produce insulation! This is a huge step forward for the industry, and we can’t wait to see where this development leads.
This week, we’ve collected 17 defining Hemp quotes that have stood the test of time.
By now, it’s no secret that Hemp has been a powerful ally of human development throughout history. As a testament to this, there are many highly influential historical figures who have praised Hemp in various ways. But what’s incredible about this plant goes much deeper than just the people who acknowledged it; The countless ways it can be used are the most impressive part.
Whether it’s for relaxation, sequestering of carbon dioxide from our atmosphere, or any of the numerous ways that Hemp could help provide relief for unsustainable practices, one thing is for certain: Hemp can help save the world.
Here, we’ve put together 17 of our favourite defining quotes from different points in history that imply just that.
Do you recognise any of the names below?
“Make the most of the Indian Hemp Seed, and sow it everywhere”– George Washington
“Hemp will be the future of mankind, or there won’t be a future”– Jack Herer
“Industrial hemp is a very useful plant. I challenged the attorney general to get rid of the criminal stigma associated with hemp so we can look at it in terms of how it might be useful.”– Jesse Ventura
“Hemp is one of the greatest, most important substances of our nation”– Thomas Jefferson
“As with most consensual crimes, this prohibition of hemp is both silly and sinister.”– Peter McWilliams
“Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp and playing my Hohner harmonica.”– Abraham Lincoln
“Since 1937, about half the forests in the world have been cut down to make paper. If hemp had not been outlawed, most would still be standing, oxygenating the planet.”– Alan Bock
I want people to get over the stigma about hemp. These seeds can’t make you high, but they will make you feel good.– Ziggy Marley
“Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?”– Henry Ford
“Imagine people growing hemp and making everything from food to fuel without petroleum!”– Josh Tickell
“The Anglo-Saxon farmers had scarce conquered foothold, stronghold, freehold in the Western wilderness before they became sowers of hemp–with remembrance of Virginia, with remembrance of dear ancestral Britain.”– James Lane Allen
“Industrial hemp is a safe substance with many practical commercial applications.”– Cory Gardner
“We shall by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption.”– John Adams
“As a physician, I recommend nutritious hemp seeds and oil to anyone interested in maintaining a healthy diet. Everyone will benefit when American farmers can grow this amazing crop once again.”– Andrew Weil
“There is no reason, in a free society, that farmers shouldn’t be allowed to raise hemp. Hemp is a good product.”– Ron Paul
“We can build a high-speed fully automated system of production from durable, lightweight bioplastic and graphene, out of hemp and other plants, powered by biofuel and hemp batteries, while – because of hemp’s ability to revive soil and absorb CO2 – healing the soil and stabilising the climate in the process. This reconstruction of society, which would raise living standards exponentially for everyone, is not an ideal or a fantasy, it is a necessity both historically and ecologically.”– Ted Reece
“More and more people are finding out the benefits of it – hemp and marijuana. The more they delve into it and research it, the more they realize, Hey wait a minute, we should give this another look.”– Willie Nelson
Knowing that hemp has played such a prominent role in the history of humanity goes to show how truly impressive this plant is. With such an astounding reputation, it’s strange to think that certain countries had barring restrictions on Hemp for so long However, this has started to change – and we continue to fight this battle on the front lines in Australia.
Did you have a favourite quote in this post? Do you have a favourite Hemp quote that we didn’t include here?
Drop a comment below and let us know!
It’s a whole new world in the cannabis industry, and CBD has been taking it by storm for quite some time now! As the first cannabinoid that’s been recommended for reclassification by the WHO, it’s no surprise that there is an abundance of information available on most mediums that we spend time on.
Whether it’s through the TV, internet, or medical books, cannabinoids are currently a hot topic!
But as with any sudden influx of information, you have to be more careful than ever now to make sure you’re correctly informed.
We’ve put together 7 of our favourite blogs that you can get accurate, up-to-date information on CBD news, research, and products!
Read on to learn more
As per their website, Project CBD is a California-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting and publicizing research into the medical uses of cannabidiol (CBD) and other components of the cannabis plant. It was founded by journalists who were covering the medical cannabis uprising in 2010.
Project CBD has a range of incredibly informative articles available on their website, and you can even subscribe to their mailing list to get the latest information right in your inbox!
CBD Hacker’s mission is to bring transparency into a somewhat unregulated and at times confusing industry. Their intention is to be a comprehensive source for reviews and information about the topic of CBD.
Alongside its newfound popularity, the CBD industry is undergoing a phase of exponential growth. CBD hacker is dedicated to providing insights on the diverse range of contents that often come in new markets, and ensuring their readers know about the best CBD products available!
Pure Relief makes high grade CBD oil out of 100% Organic CBD in response to the opioid epidemic in California. Their mission is to help people find their moments of relief whilst educating customers about how CBD is made and how Hemp products can help change their lives.
Besides a great range of CBD products, Pure Relief also has an awesome Hemp CBD blog on their website that we definitely recommend!
The CBDistillery is on a mission to make access to CBD easy for the masses, and provide greater education for those who wish to understand more about the variables within the CBD industry.
Low quality, inferior, and overpriced products saturating an emerging market. It’s their mission to ensure that everybody is well informed through information. Head over & check out their blog if this sounds up your alley!
Charlotte’s Web is a CBD company that is very close to our hearts. Charlotte’s Web is a CBD company named after Charlotte Figi, a young girl with Dravet syndrome who took CBD for her seizures. They originated with a righteous mission but have now expanded their offering to a wide range of CBD products and of course, education.
As one of the grassroots companies in the modern CBD revolution, Charlotte’s Web has an incredible blog aimed to educate people on s CBD.
The Ministry of Hemp provides Hemp Reviews, Hemp Education, Hemp News, and CBD guides & reviews. These guys are here for all-things Hemp, so check out their blog if you’re interested in learning more about CBD.
If you like their work, you’ll do well subscribing to their mailing list for regular updates on their news and education!
That’s it everyone, 7 highly informative CBD Blogs that we think provide incredible value to their readers! For our Australian readers, we’re sure you don’t have to tell you that it’s not recommended to have CBD products from any of these companies shipped to Australia as you will be violating certain laws. We simply think you should be keeping up-to-date with these blogs because they offer great insight into this particular sector of the emerging Hemp Industry.
If you’re an Australian who is looking into getting your hands on CBD Oil, we recommend the CBD Reviews Australia Facebook Group!
We hope that you learn a thing or two from these amazing CBD resources, and we’re looking forward to seeing you all for next week’s installment!
Hemp Seed is a nutritional powerhouse – an undeniable statement!
Equally true is that regardless of diet, your body requires adequate amounts of key minerals, vitamins, and nutrients in order to maintain full functionality. When people take up a plant-based diet, it’s common to find that cutting out meat can result in certain nutrient deficiencies. While there have been a lot of hurdles to navigate in learning how to combat this, the resilience and innovation of the plant-based community has shown that yes, it’s possible to maintain a balanced plant-based diet.
Some nutrients are harder to come by in viable amounts when jumping into the world of plant-based diets. Some of the most common deficiencies are as follows;
This week we’re going to look at why Hemp Seed is all but necessary for those who are looking to live healthy plant-based lifestyles – and how much easier it makes nutrition in general!
Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that’s very hard to come by in plant-based foods. Without supplements or food that’s been enriched by this particular vitamin, a deficiency is almost certainly going to develop. This is less common in lacto-ovo vegetarianism due to the presence of dairy and eggs, and is more often found in those who have adapted a full vegan diet.
Vitamin D3 is an essential nutrient if you want to maintain an optimal level of functionality. Yes, you can get Vitamin D from the sun. However, when it comes to dietary Vitamin D, there are two different types: Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is found in animal products, whereas D2 is present in plant products. Vitamin D3 is more effective because it boosts the levels of Vitamin D that is ready to be absorbed by the blood stream.
Studies have shown that Iron deficiency is much more prevalent in those who live on vegetarian diets than regular meat-eating diets. This is less prevalent in Vegans due to the more diverse range of plant-based foods incorporated into their diets. Iron is used by the body to make hemoglobin, which helps carry oxygen throughout your whole body. Iron is also required to create hormones.
Taurine is a nutrient that is most commonly found throughout the brain, heart, and kidneys. Scientists haven’t yet pinpointed it’s exact function in our body, but they have speculated that it’s involved in maintaining the health of the brain and the heart. It’s only found in animal products, and studies have revealed that people sworn to a plant-based diet are more frequently found to have a Taurine deficiency than people who include meat in their diets.
Like we said at the beginning, people have come up with solutions that can offset the nutrient deficiencies that often come with plant-based diets. This means that when you’re transitioning to vegan or vegetarian diets, you don’t necessarily need to suffer from the downsides that early adopters battled with.
The most common way to take action on these nutrient deficiencies is through the use of supplements. Supplements come in the form of powders, capsules, or liquids, and are renowned as the saving grace when it comes to maintaining a balanced plant-based diet.
There is another partial solution for some of the nutrient deficiencies, which is where Hemp Seed comes in.
Hemp seed is one of, if not the most nutritious seed-based source of nutrition on the planet. It’s a highly overlooked ‘superfood’ that should be a staple food for anybody on a plant-based diet. Hemp seed isn’t the perfect supplement for all nutrient deficiencies, but it offers a solution to a range of deficiencies often encountered in vegan and vegetarian lifestyles.
…And so much more!
Hemp Seed works so well for Vegans and Vegetarians due to the dense nutritional contents. Loaded with healthy oils, fats, minerals, and vitamins, Hemp Seed can offer massive benefits for plant-based diets. When it comes down to it, we can talk about the benefits all we want. But the proof is in the pudding! Let’s take a look at how Hemp Seed meets RDI for different vitamins and nutrients required for a balanced human diet.*
*All measurements are based off a 3tbsp serving of Hemp Seeds
For all our friends and fans who have taken up plant-based diets, Hemp Seed offers an incredible amount of your daily nutrition in as small of an amount as three tablespoons! Look, we’re not going to say you can swap out your entire diet with only Hemp Seed, and you won’t be able to replace your supplements with it either. However, we most certainly recommend working it into a balanced diet – especially if you tend to face deficiencies in any of the nutrients we’ve spoken about in this blog!
If you’d like to try working Hemp Seed into your diet to see how it works for you, we stock Australian Grown, Processed, and Made Hemp Seed right here on our website.
Click here to shop our Australian Hemp Food range today!
We are proud to say our Hemp Seed is grown and processed right here in Australia!
Do you pay attention to whether the products you purchase are made and sourced from Australia? Maybe it’s something you care about but don’t base your buying decisions off. Maybe you pay close attention. Or maybe you really don’t mind at all! Either way, there is a wide range of reasons to keep your eye on where the products you buy come from.
In this article, we’re going to be discussing the reasons we think it’s important to purchase Australian Hemp Seed over an internationally sourced product. With reasons ranging from economic to environmental, choosing Australian Grown Hemp Seed has benefits that touch the entire country. But sometimes it can be hard to tell!
Just because the product has the renowned ‘Made In Australia’ logo doesn’t necessarily mean it’s Australian. There are many companies who might deliberately or accidentally present their product as Australian when it was in fact only actually packaged here. That’s why we’re also going to teach you how to tell if a product is actually Australian!
Products sourced within Australia have the guarantee of being much more environmentally friendly than anything sourced internationally. This is due to the simple fact that when a product travels from another country, it has to cover a lot of ground before it makes it to Australia. According to a study from the International Maritime Organization’s greenhouse gas study, by 2018, international shipping contributes to almost 3% of Co2 Emissions caused by humans. All in all, it’s unnecessary to purchase imported products that we can easily grow ourselves right here in Australia.
Needless to say, buying Hemp Seeds (and general produce) grown in Australia is the more eco-friendly option.
One of the most important reasons to buy Australian Hemp Seed is because it supports our local farmers and stimulates industry growth. It’s no secret that Australian farmers are struggling more than ever due to problems arising from climate change & low prices for produce, among a range of other issues. Buying Hemp Seed grown in Australia will encourage local farmers to look into the viability of growing more Hemp Seed. In turn, this draws more attention to the possibility of Hemp being a common staple crop.
Being a drought-tolerant plant in high demand, Hemp could be a part of the answer to many woes for Australian farmers. The other part to this puzzle is the fact that small-medium sized food markets often go out of their way to stock products that were sourced in Australia, so it’s supporting small business, too! Which brings us to the last point. On top of being a great solution to our farmers financial issues, buying Australian Hemp Products keeps our money in our economy – rather than sending it overseas.
When it comes to quality produce, Australia is renowned for some of the best in the world. That’s why countries all around the world are buying up farms in Australia to grow their own food to export! Whether it’s meat, fruit, or veg, we have some of the best land in the world to nurture produce on – this is one reason that our export industry is so prominent.
Our high quality-control standards are marveled upon by the rest of the world. A great example of why choosing Australian food is so important are scares like in 2018, when frozen vegetables imported from Europe were recalled due to the risk of containing the bacteria Listeria – this was linked to nine deaths in Europe alone. When products are grown in Australia, these issues are strictly controlled.
We shouldn’t assume these issues are any different for Hemp Seed, which is yet another reason that buying Australian Grown & Made is the best for you and your family.
Remember, just because the back of the product says that it’s made in Australia doesn’t mean that the contents within it were sourced here. It’s important to look beyond the ‘Made In Australia’ logo and into where the actual product comes from. Many products display the ‘Australian Made’ logo, and even we have been caught out assuming that the products were sourced in Australia. But don’t let the logo fool you. All this means is that the product was assembled or packaged here.
There is a very easy way to look beyond the logo and determine how much of the product was sourced in our own country.
Whilst it’s great to support any Australian business, we like to encourage people to take it one step further and consider the benefits of also supporting Australian producers. Australia is known for some of the best produce in the world, and there’s no reason to be sending our money to overseas economies when our farmers right here could use the support more than ever. We have the choice to vote with our money, back the local economy, support small-medium sized business, and encourage Australian farmers to keep doing what they’re best at. We also have the choice to support real growth within the Australian Hemp Industry now that it’s legal to grow Hemp for food here in Australia.
Here at HempCo, our products are 100% Australian Grown & Made!
If you’d like to get your hands on some Australian Hemp Food Products, feel free to head over to our store and browse our selection of Hemp flour, Hemp protein, Hemp Seed Oil & Hemp Hearts!
Did you know that making Hemp Textiles is one of the oldest uses for this incredible plant? is an incredible plant that can be used in many different ways – and making
Even just the fibre that comes from hemp has a wide variety of uses in regard to textiles. Textiles are flexible materials made by creating an interlocking network of yarns or threads processed by spinning raw fibres into long and twisted lengths. In short, a textile is a type of cloth or woven fabric that’s viable for commercial use.
According to some sources, you can produce 250% more fibre with hemp than cotton and 600% more fibre than flax – with the same amount of land. It’s also much less resource-hungry and doesn’t require the use of chemicals to grow. No other natural fibres meet that same standard, which is another thing that makes Hemp such a unique crop.
Once turned into a textile, Hemp contains remarkable properties that are highly beneficial in almost any use case. In this blog, we will cover how Hemp textiles are made, the benefits of Hemp textiles, and a few major ways they’re often used in different products and industries.
Growing Hemp for textiles is one of the quicker activities that farmers can undertake. Generally speaking, Hemp is only grown for 70-90 days before being ready for harvest. The varieties used for fibre usually end up being about 6-7 feet tall by the time harvest begins. The reason tall varieties are ideal for fibre is that the stalks are what’s being harvested. The more bast in the crop, the more fibre is yielded. Needless to say, it’s an extremely fast-growing plant.
Once fully grown, a combine is used to cut the Hemp stalks, much like with any other crop.
All hemp should be harvested approximately 10 cm above the ground to prevent cutting through hard woody portions and ensure that your cutting has as much of the fibrous stems as possible. Once the stalk is cut, the processing phase can begin.
Hemp fabric is made from the long strands of fibre that make up the stalk of the plant. These fibres are separated from the bark through a process called “retting”, which is decaying pectin that binds the hemp fibres to the core of the stem. You’ll also want to facilitate drying to reduce the potential for mould. It’s said that the retting process produces the highest quality fibre for textiles. Once the fibres are separated, they can be put through a decortication machine and turned into long, continuous strands with minimal amounts of harsh fibre. The spinning of Hemp yarn takes place by twisting fibrous strands together to make a cohesive thread. Manufacturers can then use this thread in the same way that flax, cotton, or other fibres can.
Once the harsher fibres have been removed, producers can use any traditional spinning equipment to turn the fibre into yarn. This is the final phase in processing before the fibre can be used to create Hemp textiles.
As we touched on earlier, Hemp textiles have a diverse range of applications and a wide array of benefits that shine through in the finished product.
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of Hemp textiles!
The benefits of Hemp textiles are incomparable to that of what nearly any other fibre has to offer. The fibre properties are highly desirable, to the point that it’s astounding to know it has been so overlooked for so long! Of course, we have prohibition to thank for this. But banning Hemp still didn’t take away from what it brings to the table, and we’re now learning more and more every year that bans are lifting.
Studies into Hemp textiles have shown that they possess great antibacterial properties. This makes them ideal for day-to-day use in the production of common textile-based products – which we’ll go into a bit later! The fibrous components of Hemp are especially well-performing against common bacteria like E. Coli and Staph.
Hemp is a highly durable material due to the high strength-to-weight ratio. Some studies have suggested that it may even be more robust than steel in some settings. Furthermore, it’s shown that Hemp fabric can be up to 8x stronger than any other natural fibres – and even a bit stronger than the known and loved linen.
Hemp textiles are naturally UV-Resistant, which means they possess the ability to block some of the sun’s rays. This particularly stands out when it comes to clothing made from Hemp textiles, as the wearer will not be as exposed to harmful UV light. This changes based on the dye and dye techniques used, as certain colours reflect light better than others. Though it is recognised that Hemp is not a perfect protector, it’s still somewhat effective with most dyeing methods.
Due to various factors, including the fact that Hemp can be grown without pesticides and other harmful chemicals, the textiles made from hemp are hypoallergenic. This means that people with sensitive skin types can be confident using Hemp because there are no allergens found in properly grown Hemp fibre. Again, certain dyes may affect this, so it’s recommended to use natural dyes and natural dyeing methods.
Now that we’ve covered the major benefits of Hemp textiles let’s look at the different types of commercial products that can be made from the ready fabric.
Hemp can make anything that cotton, flax, jute, or linen can – and at a much higher quality when it comes to garments. Some examples of the Hemp fashion products made nowadays – and even throughout history are as follows;
Hemp textiles can also be used for standard fibre-based industrial products like Rope and Canvas. Pre-1900’s, the entire British naval fleet was equipped with Hemp canvas sails & rope due to the impressive strength, resilience, and ease of growth. Some research suggests that Australia was initially colonised to grow more Hemp to supply the rapidly expanding empire that relied on it.
Being a highly versatile textile also means that Hemp can be used for industrial purposes like the manufacturing of interior furnishings for cars, covers for upholstery in houses (couches & chairs, for example), and even bedding.
The application of modern farming techniques is relatively new in Western countries due to restrictions that have been in place since around the 1930s. With these restrictions easing across the world, we’ve started to see an increase in industry developments and more research into the best farming, harvesting, and processing developments.
Month after month & year after year we’re seeing new Hemp textile-based products come to market. As we continue to have more light shed on the potential for Hemp textiles, we expect to see more and more commercial products include Hemp in their line-up.
You can check our our Hemp Clothing range if you’re interested in trying it or expanding your Hemp wardrobe!