Scientific: Cannabis sativa [WikiPedia]
Appearance: Hemp is from the
Cannabis genus. Its seeds, oil and nuts are amazing dietary and cosmetic
substances. China is the largest producer of hemp. There are a wide
range of benefits to using hemp products. Hemp seeds, nuts and oil are
unlike any other food on earth. Hemp contains the 9 essential amino
acids required for good health.
Parts Used: Seed and Leaf.
Common Uses: Hemp has a bad
reputation as being an illegal narcotic, which deters many people from
the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. However, the plant’s Latin name means
“useful hemp”, and the seeds are one of the most nutritious substances
on earth. Hemp seed contains all the essential amino acids and essential
fatty acids that our bodies need, which makes it a perfect protein
supplement. No other single source provides such a complete protein in a
form that is so easily digested and absorbed by the body. Hemp is
highly nutritious, and retains the necessary fatty acid proportion
required for humans. It is a great dietary supplement in any form. It
does not contain whey or lactose, and is a fantastic substitute food for
people who have nut allergies. Vegetarians and vegans can supplement
their diet with protein rich hemp. Hemp can assist with several medical
conditions and has many health benefits. Hemp seed oil helps to remedy
several medical conditions including acne, psoriasis, osteoporosis,
cancer and multiple sclerosis. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and
anti-ageing agent. It balances dry skin, heals skin lesions, and
contains anti-oxidants and moisture balancing properties. Hemp seed oil
prevents moisture loss on a physiological level. Most oils only coat the
top layer of the skin, but hemp oil provides deep moisturisation. The
balance of linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid in hemp seed oil can
satisfy our needs for these essential fatty acids (EFAs) very well. Both
the complete protein and the essential oils contained in hemp seeds are
in ideal ratios for human nutrition.
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PLEASE NOTE that herbal and
other natural products can harm your animals – not all plants are safe
and gentle! Do not attempt using any of the ingredients listed, or any
other plant matter, without the guidance of a qualified herbalist.
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