Hemp seed oil is a natural oil, nutty in flavor and light green in color. While you press hemp seeds, the oil is extracted. Growing up in what I consider a "hippie town", I'm well aware of the obvious link between marijuana and hemp and I've heard more about hemp than I'd probably like to!
However, there are a variety of surprising health benefits to hemp seed oil (minus the THC) - ones that you don't want to miss out on in your daily healthcare routine:
INCREASE YOUR IMMUNITY
Full of omega fatty acids, hemp seed oil will greatly boost your immunity and improve the flora in your intestines. Using hemp seed oil during flu season is a smart defense!
Giving your salad just the right balance of nutty and crispy, hemp seed oil is a great replacement if you run out of olive oil to make your favorite, homemade salad dressing. You don't want to let the oil reach too high of temperatures, but generally, you can use the oil in most recipes as an olive oil substitute if you're running low.
Providing amino acids in amounts similar to meat and eggs, hemp seed oil is a wonderful source of protein! The oil is easily digestible and is a great alternative to getting daily protein (without all the extra calories).
This is a great protein shake ingredient if you're sick and tired of using protein powders that taste like chalk! Here's a great recipe from HelloGlow featuring hemp milk (plus turmeric - Emma's favorite power ingredient!):
Anti-Aging Coconut Turmeric Smoothie
- 1 cup hemp or coconut milk
- ½ cup frozen pineapple
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- ½ tsp turmeric (can be increased to 1 tsp)
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp ginger
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp maca powder
Instructions: Blend all ingredients until smooth.
HEALTHY HAIR, NAILS AND SKIN
If you suffer from dry skin, hemp seed oil is PERFECT for you! It's a great moisturizer and has anti-aging benefits due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Especially in these dry summer days, the oil helps rehydrate and smooth. Healthy hair and nails are just a bonus!
LOWER YOUR RISK OF CANCER AND CLOTTING
Because of the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, hemp seed oil can help prevent cancer and blood clots in the long run if used for long periods of time.
BALANCE HORMONES + METABOLISM
Do you suffer from low metabolism or hormonal imbalance? Hemp seed oil may help you balance these two things, the latter often resulting in women experiencing less strong PMS symptoms. As for metabolism, adding 4 tablespoons of hemp seeds themselves in your breakfast will help you diminish excess hunger and keep you feeling fuller for longer - a great natural appetite suppressant.
Of course, I'm not a doctor, so take all of this with a grain of... seed ;)
Which tricks worked for you? Have any more benefits to add to this list? Sound off in the comments!