The secret to beautiful hair & skin: Hemp seed oil
Feel beautiful from head to toe with this wonder oil
It seems there’s no limit to the strange and wonderful ingredients currently hitting the beauty shelves recently, from seahorse plankton to dragons’ blood, we’ve seen it all. But what is hemp seed oil, where does it come from and what are the benefits?
What is hemp seed oil?
Hemp seed oil has been extracted from hemp seeds, unlike CBD which is extracted from the flowers and leaves. The oil is packed with essential fatty acids omega-3, -6 and -9 – all important for naturally moisturising and restoring healthy hair and skin.
It’s also completely renewable (the plant grows in just 4 months and doesn’t need any pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers), the plant breathes in four times more CO2 than trees and requires very little water to grow. Once harvested, its stalk, leaves, flowers, and, of course, it’s seeds, are all used to form beauty products, food and even clothing – wow.
Reduce hair loss and breakage
The high content of fatty acids stimulates healthy hair growth, as well as Vitamin A, which can help to reduce hair loss and breakage. The oil not only contains the three omegas, its packed with vitamins D, E and magnesium which help stimulate new hair growth. It can also help blood circulation which also results in stronger, healthier and longer hair. The wonder oil can help to soothe itchiness and dryness on the scalp and deter dandruff from forming.
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Moisturise your skin
The oil will nourish and restore dry skin and the fatty acids within are believed to affect immune responses in the body which may help to soothe the effects of some skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis.
It’s completely non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores), non-greasy and easily absorbed – sign me up!
Halt premature aging
Its properties can help to improve skin renewal and elasticity as well as help to slow down cellular skin aging.
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Hemp Seed Oil for Hair
Hemp is a member of the Cannabis sativa species of plant. You may have heard this plant referred to as marijuana, but this is really a different variety of Cannabis sativa.
Hemp seed oil is a clear green oil made by cold-pressing hemp seeds. It’s different from cannabidiol (CBD), which is an extract produced from hemp flowers and leaves.
Hemp seed oil typically doesn’t contain the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which provides the high associated with marijuana use.
Hemp seed oil is said to have many health benefits, among them that it protects hair from damage. Read on to find out more.
There isn’t much clinical research on the benefits of using hemp seed oil on your hair. Advocates of the practice suggest that research on other similar oils that benefit hair may also apply to hemp seed oil.
For example, according to a 2015 research article , certain oils — such as coconut oil — can play a role in protecting hair from damage by:
- preventing too much water from being absorbed by hair
- helping to prevent the penetration of certain substances into hair follicles
- prevent hair breakage by enhancing lubrication of the shaft.
- prevent hair breakage by reducing the combing force of wet hair
Some believe these may also apply to hemp seed oil.
Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are considered to be good for hair when taken as an oral supplement. Hemp seed oil has plenty of both.
For example, a 2015 study found improvement in the hair diameter and hair density of participants who took omega-3 and omega-6 oral supplements over the course of six months.
Researchers on the study also discovered that omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in combination with antioxidants prevented hair loss in participants who took them.
Hemp seed oil has 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids. It also contains smaller amounts of three other polyunsaturated fatty acids: oleic acid, stearidonic acid, and gamma-linolenic acid.
A tablespoon of hemp seed oil contains 14 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, and 12.5 grams of polyunsaturated fat.
Hemp seed oil also includes:
- antioxidants, such as vitamin E
Along with modest amounts of iron and zinc, hemp seed oil also contains a number of minerals, including:
Although there isn’t specific clinical research to support their claims, proponents of using hemp seed oil for hair, whether applied topically or taken as a supplement, suggest that the oil will
- moisturize hair
- stimulate hair growth
- strengthen hair
These suggestions are based on anecdotal evidence and research on similar oils that appear to be beneficial for hair.
Last medically reviewed on January 11, 2019
Hemp and marijuana are varieties of the same plant. Advocates of hemp seed oil for hair claim that it can moisturize and strengthen hair, as well as stimulate hair growth. We'll discuss the possible benefits of hemp seed oil for hair here.