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Hemp Oil 101: What You Need to Know

Hemp Oil 101: What You Need to Know

Authored By Kailee Meskimen

Hemp has been a mainstay ingredient with us since the early 2000s. It's not only the star of our Hemp Lip Balm and our new Hemp Skin Care Oil, it's a highly regarded and beneficial oil that's soaring in popularity.

Hemp oil can refer to a full-spectrum oil from the Cannabis sativa plant or hemp seed oil, which is oil that comes from the cold-pressed hemp seeds.

All forms of hemp oil come from food-grain strains of hemp.

But, what is hemp?

Hemp is a strain of the Cannabis sativa plant species that's grown specifically for industrial uses of its derived products. It's one of the fastest growing plants & was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber!

You may have seen hemp used in clothes, food, rope or paper making, in jewelry and more recently in body care. Many associate hemp with marijuana or assume THC (the chemical constituent that makes users feel high) is present. Although the two are derived from the same plant, they are very different. Hemp oil is not the same as cannabidiol (CBD) oil. The production of CBD oil uses the stalks, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant whereas hemp oil comes from just the seeds.

Here are the benefits of hemp:

  • Skin Health - hemp oil is said to regulate oil production, so you can nourish your skin without clogging pores as its noncomedogenic. 
  • Anti-aging properties -  hemp oil can help reduce fine lines & wrinkles as well as prevent signs of aging, thanks to linoleic acid and oleic acids
  • Problem Skin/Inflammation - with its omega-6 fatty acids, hemp oil functions as a powerful anti-inflammatory, which soothes inflammation.
  • Naturally moisturizes - it's a natural humectant, which draws moisture into the skin

Hemp seed oil is very gentle and doesn't often cause side effects, but it's possible you may be sensitive to the ingredient. We encourage you to try a patch test and look out for signs of irritation or reaction: redness, itching, burning or rash. 

Choosing a product with hemp oil

  • Take a look at the ingredient listing - Some products only contains a small amount of hemp but is still marketed as a trendy "hemp" product. It doesn't need to be the first ingredient, but it definitely shouldn't be the last. 
  • Consider your skincare goals - Don't select hemp based on its popularity. Consider what the product does and if it aligns with your skin's needs.
  • Experiment - Try using hemp oil in a variety of ways - massage, body oil, DIY facial serum or as a carrier in aromatherapy

Quick Tip: Unrefined hemp seed oil is fragile and can quickly go rancid. To extend its shelf life, keep your hemp oil in the refrigerator.

Recipes:

Hemp Facial Butter

Add hemp oil and wax into double boiler. Remove from heat and add in essential oils. Decant into a 2 oz. tin and set for 3 days before using.

Hemp Beard Oil

  • 3/5 teaspoons apricot seed oil
  • 2.5 teaspoons. Eco Lips Hempseed + Vitamin E Oil
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 6 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 1 drops nutmeg essential oil 

 Add oils together into 1 oz. glass bottle with dropper cap. Shake and use!

Hemp Facial Mask

Add ingredients into a blender until smooth. Apply to face and let mask sit for 15-20 minutes. Wash off and store extra mask in fridge.

Hemp Facial Moisturizer

Add ingredients together and shake. Store in an amber glass container and use up to 8-12 months. Don't use on a dirty face - cleanse before using.



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