Hemp’s uses are many and varied; of particular value to humans are the nutritional and healing properties of Hemp seed and its oil.
Hemp grows almost anywhere and requires no pesticides or fertiliser. The plant is good both for the soil and the atmosphere. The potential for Hemp is vast – including sustainable bio-mass (power) and bio-diesel (fuel).
Hemp also makes an excellent source of textile and paper. The fibres are long and very strong, making the most beautiful fabric and paper. Many of the world’s most famous historical works are written on hemp paper.
people have been using hemp to make textile for some 6000 years all over the world. The hemp plant grows to heights of 15-20 foot and the fibre, when stripped from the plant, is as long as the plant itself, giving hemp added strength when woven into textile.
The oldest tradition of hemp cultivation is in China. The discovery of new softening techniques and the investment of millions of dollars into the hemp factories in China has resulted in Hemp garments that still retain all the traditional qualities of hemp textile but with a softness and quality that has not been seen before.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is extracted from raw hemp seed and contains a fully balanced spectrum of essential fatty acids. When processed and stored correctly, the beneficial properties of the oil can be readily absorbed by the skin. Hemp seed oil is noted for these benefits:
- Superb moisturiser, natural anti-inflammatory
- Rare source of gamma-linoleic acid
- Protects from UV radiation and pollution
- Assists healing, soothes acne
- Prevents and repairs hair damage
- Treats eczema and psoriasis
- Rich in anti-oxidants
Hemp Seed Milk
Perhaps the biggest gift the hemp plant has for people lies within the seed. Anyone can access the full nutritional impact of the hemp seed by following this simple recipe:
- Take some organic fresh hemp seed and soak for 24 hours in distilled water with a few organic almonds.
- Drain, rinse and blend in a blender with a little distilled water.
- Strain through a cloth or sieve.
This milk will then be ready to drink and should be consumed immediately, although it will keep for 48 hours refrigerated. This milk will combine well with all fruits and vegetables.