Hemp seed oil, or simply hemp oil, is often regarded as a medicinal oil that offers several health benefits. It is used as an edible oil and can also be applied topically on skin and body.
Now, due to the fact that the oil is extracted from the so-called “hemp” plant, many people may misinterpret it otherwise.
Although hemp belongs to the plant family of ‘Cannabis sativa’, it should not be confused with cannabis oil.
As we all know of the intoxicating properties that the Cannabis plant can have on individuals who consume it, but, what we do not know is that the plant’s other varieties, such as hemp in the form of oil, can have significant health benefits. One such beneficial oil is called the hempseed oil.
In the following sections of this blog, you will come to know what actually hempseed oil is, how it is made and how it benefits us when used topically on body and skin and/or consumed in our daily diet.
History of Hemp Seed Oil
The preparation and use of hempseed oil can be dated back to many thousand years, during the pre-historic period, when early civilisations used it for their natural medicinal purposes.
Several centuries ago, farmers cultivated hemp plants in various regions throughout Asia. It became one of the essential agricultural crops because of the nutritions and benefits it offered.
The widely adopted cultivation and use of hempseed oil began, particularly in China and India.
During the period, people used this effective oil for purposes, like massage therapy, aromatherapy, relief from bodily pain and also for consumption.
It is still used today, but not just in Asia. The importance of Cannabis seed oil has gained attraction over many years. As such, many regions in Europe and the west have embraced its usefulness and benefits with regard to health and well-being.
Nutritions Found in Hemp Oil
Hempseed oil contains plenty of nutritional properties that make it effective when used as edible oil and in treating various bodily complications, both internally and externally.
It is exceptionally nutritious and rich in healthy fats, proteins and various minerals such as anti-oxidants and chlorophyll.
It contains the perfect balance of essential amino acid for sustaining good health. It also contains necessary fatty acids called good fats.
Hempseed oil contains vital nutritions when used in recipes. These include calories, energy, cholesterol, sugar, sodium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A, C and E, calcium, iron, saturated fat, trans fat, polyunsaturated fat (omega-3 and omega-6) and monounsaturated fat.
Process of Making Pure Hemp Seed Oil
Pure hemp seed oil is obtained through the rigorous process of cold pressed method and without using any preservatives, artificial ingredients etc.
This centuries-old mechanical method of extracting oils from ingredients still prevails. Oil is extracted from hemp seeds (a variety of Cannabis sativa plant) at 166° C (330° F). Because the hemp plant contains about 0.3 per cent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it is considered to be non-intoxicant and thus, serves well in the form of edible oil, in addition to being a sort of body care massage oil.
When hemp seed oil is prepared through cold pressed method, it is unrefined in nature and hence, its colour usually appears dark or light green, although it is mostly dark green in colour. As for the taste, it can be quite bitter and/or nutty.
Nutritions Found in Cold-Pressed Hemp Seed Oil
Hempseed Oil contains plenty of rich nutrients that make it effective and beneficial when used as edible oil and also in treating various bodily complications, both internally and externally.
The oil is thus, in its purest form and is free from chemicals, preservatives and other unneeded substances. It is, therefore, safe to consume in foods.
It contains vitamins A and E, essential omega fatty acids and minerals, such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and many more.
These nutrients are vital for the growth and development of cells in the human body and promotes a healthy body and well- being.
Medicinal Properties in Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is rich in medicinal properties and can be used to treat various health problems.
(a) Hemp Seed oil Reduces Heart Disease
(b) Improves Brain Health
7 Benefits of Hemp seed oil can effectively treat
- Auto-immune Disorders
- Dry Skin
- Premature Ageing
- Poor Blood Circulation
- Premenstrual Syndrome