The secret to beautiful hair & skin: Hemp seed 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.
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.
Advice is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP before trying any remedies.
Evidence Supporting the Benefits of Hemp Oil for Hair Loss
If you search online for hemp seed oil for hair growth reviews, you’ll find a wealth of anecdotal evidence supporting the benefits of hemp seed oil for skin and hair.
We dug a little deeper however…
And we found an interesting study that appears to support the claims scientifically too.
Results from a study of 120 healthy female subjects was published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology in 2015. The subjects were placed on a six-month supplement program of Omega-3, Omega-6, and antioxidants (all of which are found in hemp seed oil), and at the end of the trial, hair thickness was measured.
The results were significant and showed real potential in using hemp seed oil for hair regrowth.
In the group that took supplements the results were as follows:
- Standardized photograph assessment demonstrated superior improvement
- Trichogram measurement found that the proportion of growing hair had increased when compared to the controlled group
- A trichometer index showed that hair diameter and density had increased in the supplemented group and decreased in the controlled group
- The subjects’ self-assessments reported a reduction in hair loss (89.9%), improvement in hair diameter (86.1%), and improvement in hair density (87.3%)
How to Use Pure Hemp Seed Oil for Hair
The easiest ways to make use of hemp seed oil for hair health include either adding it to diet or applying it topically.
However, many nutritionists believe that ingesting hemp seed oil offers the greatest benefits in the long run. It also has zero side effects 99.9% of the time.
Even so, if you choose to apply the oil topically then you can rub it directly into your scalp to help soothe irritated skin and replace lost moisture. You can also apply a very gentle heat with a hairdryer and work it down to the tips of your hair to help repair damage from coloring and styling.
Potentially greater benefits of hemp seed oil for natural hair will be achieved by wrapping a towel around your hair and leaving the oil on overnight before washing it off.
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