An excellent source for essential fatty acids including gamma linoleic acid, as well as vitamin A and E and all essential amino acids, hemp oil along with linseed oil ranks among the most wholesome and complete of all oils. It makes an excellent addition for relaxing massage oils or moisturizing 'after sun' body lotions and lip balms and can also be added to hair care blends.
Hemp, or Cannabis is one of the most useful and versatile plants on the planet. The earliest records of its cultural uses, including medicinal, date back some 5000 years to ancient China. In India, Hemp is revered as a sacred plant of Shiva, the god of ecstasy.
Vegetable oils and butters are derived from seeds and nuts or very oily vegetables like olives or avocadoes. Just as such nuts and vegetables are healthy and nutritious for the body when included in the diet they also nourish and help to maintain healthy skin, nails and hair when used in cosmetic preparations. Each type of oil has its own specific characteristics, feel and consistency. Some are quite drying, while others are rich and thick. Some have a chemical structure that is very similar to the skin's sebum and are thus particularly healing. Some oils are particularly rich in unsaturated essential fatty acids (also known as EFAs, such as oleic or linoleic fatty acids) and vitamin E and other fat soluble vitamins, which are essential to our health and well-being. Such oils are considered vitalizing and rejuvenating and are thus particularly suitable for tired and worn skin.