Hemp has a rich history and many benefits, but the use of hemp in cosmetics and skin care has faced a lot of skepticism. Conflicting news stories and rumours labelled hemp as a drug akin to marijuana and many people stopped buying it or using it. Today, healing hemp is back on top, and with the increased interest in natural products and holistic medicine, it’s a well-liked and widely-used plant.
What is Hemp?
Hemp comes from the cannabis plant and is grown for over 50,000 different uses such as food, body care, paper, textiles, and many other biodegradable products. The hemp debate stems from the fact that hemp comes from the same species of cannabis as the medicinal substance . However, hemp has a concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that is less than 0.3%, while the cannabidiol (CBD) concentration of hemp is higher, reducing or eliminating its intoxicating effects.
How is Hemp Grown and Harvested?
Hemp grows in many regions of North America. The only areas that don’t foster hemp growth are high mountains and deserts. It thrives better in warm climates and well-drained, high organic content soils. Hemp can be harvested for both its fibres and its seeds. Its fibres are harvested from the stalks of the plant after they have been cut and dried out for about 5 weeks. The seeds are harvested by cutting and threshing the stocks to remove the seeds.
What is Hemp Used for in Skincare?
Hemp Seed Oil is used in skincare products for many reasons. It helps moderate oil production in all skin types without clogging pores, and it balances and hydrates. It can soothe inflammation, treat dermatitis and has plenty of anti-ageing properties.
Hemp seed oil can be added to lotions and other compounds for topical use on the body and face. It can be applied directly and left on the skin, like a moisturiser, or it can be washed off with warm water if used to treat acne.
Hemp seed oil is also sometimes used orally to help reduce outbreaks of acne, dermatitis and other irritations before they start. It is also used in a variety of food recipes, however, before introducing any type of new supplement to your diet, it is always advised to speak with your doctor first. While it is a natural product that gives you all the benefits of some prescription grade products, Nezza Naturals Hemp Oil is a cosmetic grade oil, so please do not ingest.
Tips and Recipes to Try at Home Using Hemp Oil
You can purchase hemp seed oil to use as an ingredient in many of your own DIY recipes such as soap, lotion, and beard balm. Combining hemp with ground oats and shea can make an excellent body butter for relieving the symptoms of eczema! Hemp seed oil can also be used in vegan products because it’s 100% plant derived.
If you prefer to purchase your products instead of making them yourself, Nezza Naturals has a variety of healing hemp products. You can find items like our and Healing Hemp Facial Cream and Healing Hemp Lotion that promote healing of the skin and provide anti-aging benefits.