Hemp oil comes from the hemp seed and it has been traditionally used in lubricants, paint, ink manufacture, fuel and plastic products. It is also used in the production of skin care products, natural soaps, shampoos and detergents. In recent years, hemp seed oil has been recognized as natures most balanced oil for human nutrition with the perfect three to one Omega three to Omega six ratio required by the human body. It is rapidly absorbed and easily digested.
To obtain hemp oil for use as a food, hemp seeds are cold pressed in an oxygen free environment. It should then be bottled in a light-proof container, flushed with nitrogen and refrigerated to protect the delicate oils from oxidization. This will ensure that your oil is as fresh as can possibly be.
Hemp Oil has the amazing properties listed below:
- Is one of the lowest in saturated fats, only eight percent of total oil volume.
- Has the highest level of Essential Fatty Acids of any plant.
- Contains Gamma Linolenic acid, a rare oil that is highly beneficial for human growth and development.
- Is best taken internally but you may also obtain the benefits from hemp seed oil by using it on your skin.
- Has anti aging properties and can be used with other oils, such as sweet almond and jojoba oils, to make excellent massage oil.
Australian law prohibits the sale of hemp products as a food. Current legislation is not only out dated, it has been held in place due to the lack of knowledge and fear that to legalize hemp foods would be sending out a mixed message and would create policing issues. That was six years ago. However, in late 2009, an application was again submitted and will be decided on in October 2011. Lets us hope that the politicians who make this decision are not afraid to help Australia become the last western country in the world to allow hemp as a food.