Boasting an impressive array of applications, which includes health foods, skin care and even obscurities like oil paints… Hemp Seed Oil is arguably one of the diverse and useful derivatives from the hemp plant, which has profound benefits to both our internal & external health.
Not to be confused with with Hemp Oil (learn about the differences here), which has its own host of amazing benefits… Hemp Seed Oil is one of nature’s most valuable gifts to humans – Despite receiving little acknowledgment from health professionals for decades.
So what benefits could you reap from adding Hemp Seed Oil into your diet?
We’re glad you asked…
What is it?
By this point, you’re probably wondering “what’s the difference between hemp, CBD oil and hemp seed oil”? You can read more about that in our article Hemp Seed Oil or Hemp Oil – What’s The Difference?
Hemp seed oil is simply the oil extracted from the seed of the hemp plant via cold press extraction methods. When unrefined, the oil is dark green in colour, odourless and has a somewhat nutty taste. Hemp seed oil has a relatively low smoke point (175 degrees Celsius) so it is recommended to only cook with this oil using low temperatures, to preserve its nutrients.
Due to hemp seed oil losing nutritional content after smoking point, it’s important to verify that you’re consuming Hemp Seed Oil that has been cold pressed.
How is it made?
Hemp Seed Oil is considered ‘unrefined’ when no heat has been used in processing. This means that all the wonderful nutrients and naturally occurring compounds remain in tact while manufacturing hemp seed oil. ‘Refined’ hemp seed oil is extracted using heat, and although it looks cleaner, loses a lot of its nutritional value.
Can I consume it?
The answer is an ecstatic YES!
You can consume hemp seed oil in a variety of ways such as simply eating hemp seeds whole mixing it in with food, and even drizzling it on salad. For those that are in a rush, some even drink it straight by the table-spoon!
Hemp seed oil can also be used as a healthy alternative to common cooking oils when cooking at a low temperature, but raw is the best.
You can also consume hemp seed oil via capsules, if you want to avoid the taste while still receiving the wide array of health benefits it has to offer!
Internal Health Benefits
Hemp seed oil can be used in a variety of ways to improve overall health
The omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids within hemp seeds are maintained when they are cold pressed into hemp seed oil, where they may offer some protective cardiovascular health factors including:
- Reduced Blood Pressure
- Improved Arrhythmias and resting Heart Rate
- Decreased chance of Heart Disease
- Overall promotion of Cardiovascular Health
- Natural Antioxidant properties
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death around the world, so the various cardiovascular health benefits that hemp seed oil offers are more important than ever.
Healthline states that Hemp Seed Oil is a natural antioxidant, which aids the human body in many ways – including reducing the signs of aging and chances of heart disease. Furthermore, the Science Direct claims that hemp seed oil as the only source that contains the optimal ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids (a 3:1 ratio).
Hemp seed oil can also Boost the immune system with the valuable nutrients it provides to our bodies. Humans need essential fatty acids to maintain good health, but cannot produce these on their own. There are also many other compounds necessary to maintain good health which are present in hemp seed oil, such as:
- Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids (overall health promotion)
- Antioxidants (boosts immune function)
- Gamma-Linolenic Acid (vital health maintaining acid)
- Lipase (an enzyme useful for removing plaque build-up in arteries)
- Vitamin D (essential for calcium absorption)
Due to the vast benefits, Hemp Seed Oil is widely acknowledged as a natural source of GLA (Gamma-linolenic Acid). Furthermore, the Lipase content of hemp seed oil is also seen as a great benefit due to its ability to remove plaque buildup in the arteries. On top of all that, hemp seed oil is said to be the only plant oil offering Vitamin D – a necessary vitamin for calcium absorption. Hence, it is notably beneficial for those who have made the switch to a vegan or plant based diet.
Hemp seed oil also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which carry some of the following health benefits;
- Reducing inflammation
- Easing pain (arthritis, migraine)
- Lowering blood pressure
- Improves blood circulation
We know that skin health starts from the inside out, and diet plays a major factor in this, so in addition to helping boost your skin out through your diet, Hemp Seed Oil also has a host of topical uses that we’ll also cover..
Its skin healing qualities are ideal for any skin type, as it helps with moisturisation and balancing out the oils within the skin. The properties of hemp seed oil allow for moisturisation without clogging or irritating pores, which assists in balancing oily skin types through hydration and regulation of the skin’s oil production.
Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) is one of the many amazing nutrients of Hemp Seed Oil and is one of the Omega-6 fatty acids that hemp seed oil contains. Including its’ powerful anti-inflammatory properties and simultaneous encouragement of healthy skin and regeneration of cells; it also:
- Alleviates symptoms of dry or irritated skin, for example, dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis
- Reduces inflammation and irritation of acne
- Promotes the health and growth of nails, hair and skin
- Moisturises and balances the oils within the skin without clogging or inflaming pores
- Allows for maximum hydration and regulation of the individuals skins oil production
When applied topically to the skin, the nutrients like gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) enables skin cells to repair and regenerate, thus reducing skin irritation. GLA is one of the many reasons that Hemp Seed Oil is so beneficial and is able to promote the moisturisation of the skin without clogging or irritating pores. Because of these properties, hemp seed oil can be very beneficial in clearing the skin of acne. When ingested, the gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) can have immediate health benefits and reduce the inflammation of skin, promoting rapid skin regeneration.
You can read more about how hemp seed oil benefits your skin here!
Hemp Seed Oil is AMAZING!
To us, the benefits of Hemp Seed Oil are so remarkable due to the diverse range of health benefits it offers us. As well as it being widely beneficial for its body care, nutritional, and medicinal properties, it can also seriously aid in reducing inflammation, supporting healthy metabolism, promoting skin repair and cell regeneration, and so much more. As one of the only plant sources of Vitamin D, that also contains the optimal ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids, it’s a wonder that it isn’t a staple-food across the globe.
If you want to see these benefits first hand, you can try our 100% Australian grown and made hemp seed oil here!