How does it feel?
Hemp is an annual plant that grows all over India, mainly in Bihar, Bengal, Himachala and Uttar Pradesh. The plant can grow to heights of 3 metres and has distinctive palm shaped leaves with five to seven leaflets and are a dark green in colour in are covered in fine grey hairs. Hemp naturally grows in Persia, Northern India, China and Southern Siberia. The seeds, which are the portion used medicinally and to produce hemp seed oil, are very small, spherical and a light-brown colour. Hemp is one of the fastest growing biomass in the world and one of the most useful crops with everything from seed to fibrous stem being utilised.
All around the world the actions of traditional medicines were understood by their immediate sensory impacts. Click on each of hemp seed’s key qualities below to learn more:
What can I use it for?
Hemp seed oil contains the highest amount of Essential Fatty Acids of any vegetable oil (80%) which includes Omega-6 (linoleic acid), Omega-3 (alpha linolenic acid) and GLA (gamma linolenic acid). Essential Fatty Acids can help to reduce Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL), raise High Density Lipoproteins (HDL), lower blood pressure and blood ‘stickiness’. It is an excellent remedy for High Blood Pressure, angina, congestive heart disease and circulatory disorders.The body’s cells are partly made up of EFA’s, including the immune cells. Hemp Seed Oil can help to replenish immune cells and reduce immune deficiency. The perfect ratio of Essential Fatty Acids found in this oil help to develop a healthy brain and nervous system and tackle chronic conditions such as depression and anxiety. The impact that this oil has on the nervous system also make it a great choice for dealing with pre-menstrual syndrome and balancing moods. High levels of EFA’s are required during pregnancy and breast feeding and also help the development of the child’s nervous system and brain whilst it is still in the womb.
Alpha-linolenic acid can inhibit inflammatory PGE2 prostaglandins which can reduce skin inflammations in acne, eczema and psoriasis but also help reduce inflammation initiated by allergic reactions.
Prostaglandins PGE1 and PGE3 can help reduce the inflammatory cascade introduced by cycloxgenase and lipoxygenase, reducing inflammation in rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis.
Hemp seed oil is wonderfully lubricating and is perfect for nervous constipation with dry and hard stools as it soothes inflamed mucus membranes. It is a superb demulcent laxative.
Into the heart of hemp seeds
Hemp Seed Oil is packed with Essential Fatty Acids, specifically Omega Oils. Omega Oils are incredibly restorative to the whole body with a particular focus upon the nervous system and the heart. The Omega Oils help to reduce inflammatory build up in the digestive system, the skin system and also in the circulation and the heart providing long term protection and relief from chronic conditions. EFA’s are part of every cell in the body and their inclusion in the diet is vital. A lack of good quality EFA’s can impact upon almost every body system and result in chronic inflammation and congestion. Hemp seed oil contains 80% EFA’s and influences a strong and protective healthy inflammation response that targets the digestion, skin, musculo-skeletal system, nervous system and the heart.
Did you know?
Hemp seed oil is the highly nutritious essence from the seeds of the hemp plant that is high in essential fatty acids (EFAs). They are ‘essential’ as our body doesn’t make them which makes hemp seed oil a vital addition to our everyday diet. The EFAs are also known as Omega oils- or 3,6 and 9 renowned for supporting skin, nerve and brain health.
No drug-herb interactions are known. The flowering buds and the resin is currently illegal for use in most countries across the globe.
Traditional Ayurvedic characteristics are
- Snigdha Demulcent.
- Rasayana Rejuvenative.
- Anulomana Redirects the flow of vata downwards.
- Vibandhahara Alleviates constipation.
Seed: 5-15g of ground seed.
Oil: 15-100ml per day internally. As required, when used externally.