Hemp seed oil, aka hemp oil, is an oil that is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. It is now increasingly growing in popularity as a dietary supplement and as an ingredient in skincare and cosmetic products. With a rich history and a wide range of potential benefits, it sure is a wonderful alternative to pharmaceuticals.
A history lesson
Hemp has been cultivated for thousands of years for its fibre and oil. It’s use for fibre dates back to ancient China where it was beneficial in making clothing, paper, and a whole lot of other products. Hemp seed oil has been used in traditional medicine for centuries with evidence of its utility dating back to ancient Egypt. It’s safe to say that if our ancestors trusted it, we should too.
Gods good green
In the 20th century, hemp was outlawed in many countries citing its association with the marijuana plant. However, in recent years, the cultivation and use of Hemp has been legalised in many places, leading to a renewed popularity of hemp seed oil. And thank god for that.
Is it good for me?
Hemp seed oil is a rich source of essential fatty acids and some of which include omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These are crucial and beneficial for a person’s overall health as they reduce inflammation, support brain function, and promote heart health.
It is also a great source of protein and contains all nine essential amino acids making it an excellent choice for vegetarians and vegans who may have difficulty getting substantial protein in their diet.
Along with a high fatty acid and protein content, hemp seed oil is a good source of vitamins and minerals including vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc. A Super food by all accounts.
What about my furry little friend?
We know everyone considers their pets as family. Pet owners must always consult with their veterinarian before dishing out hemp oil to their furry friends. The appropriate dosage and potential side effects vary depending on size, breed, and health condition. When used properly, it can be a safe and effective way to support your pet’s overall well-being.
Hemp seed oil is a nutritious and versatile oil that has a range of potential health benefits. With the increasing dependence on allopathy, it makes sense to try out alternative and natural treatments, so that we depend less on big pharma, and find a cure rather than a remedy.