Update: Hempseed Oil for Hair Regrowth (and what about Oil Pulling?)


This morning I received a very nice comment on a previous post about how hempseed oil can help with hair loss/regrowth. It’s always nice to see such wonderful testimonials! Below is the comment:

I have been giving myself hemp oil massages morning and night, as well as using it for oil-pulling. Within a few weeks of starting this regimen my eyebrows began to grow back. They were half gone and now they are 80% there! It’s very obvious. Also, My usually very gray hair roots have a lot more of my naturally dark hair in them. They used to be more gray than dark, and now they are nearly 50/50 in ratio. My eyes can’t lie.

I love testimonials like this!

In case you didn’t read the former post, you can see it here.

Now, for those who are not aware of what oil pulling is: oil pulling is a safe, natural way to boost one’s health and immunity, and helps with dental/gum health.

Interestingly, many diseases originate from the mouth! Periodontitis, heart disease, diabetes – it is said that all of these originate from the mouth. Here is some insight I found on webmd.com:

Your Mouth, the Gateway to Your Body:

To understand how the mouth can affect the body, it helps to understand what can go wrong in the first place. Bacteria that builds up on teeth make gums prone to infection. The immune system moves in to attack the infection and the gums become inflamed. The inflammation continues unless the infection is brought under control.

Over time, inflammation and the chemicals it releases eat away at the gums and bone structure that hold teeth in place. The result is severe gum disease, known as periodontitis. Inflammation can also cause problems in the rest of the body.

Back to oil pulling. Simply put, oil pulling is swishing oil in the mouth for 20 minutes, not much less than that and not more than 20 minutes. The oil needs to cover the teeth, gums, tongue, and all crevices.

Yes, I know, it sounds a bit horrid. But let’s continue.

Because hempseed oil is so healthy, I would recommend it (although other oils may work just as well; just remember, hempseed oil must be refrigerated because it can go rancid quickly if not kept chilled).

Oil pulling must be done in the morning, BEFORE eating or drinking anything. About 1 tablespoon is all it takes, so be brave, grab your tablespoon of hempseed oil, and start swishing!  Pull the oil between the teeth as well; it works best if it is thoroughly spread about.

So now you are swishing and massaging for 20 minutes – but remember, do not swallow it! The oil is drawing out the bacteria, and you do not want to ingest it.

After your 20 minutes is up (which for some might seem like an eternity), spit it into a paper towel or trash can. You really don’t want the oil to go into your drainage system, so the trash is the best way to avoid that.

After removing the oil, immediately rinse out the mouth and gargle, again, not swallowing. Some people rinse with warm water, some choose salt water. You might want to repeat this a few times, then brush and go on about your day!

This can be done safely every morning. Also a good thing to remember: clean out the sink after you’ve spit out the gargle water. You want to make sure there is no lingering bacteria.

Now we know how to DO it, but how does it actually WORK?

Hempseed oil has antibacterial properties and is anti-inflammatory.  Swishing the oil in the mouth guarantees that the oil goes into the gum pockets, where most of the bacteria lies. The oil draws out the bacteria, especially where toothbrushes and floss cannot reach. The oil also can reduce inflammation from the bacteria.

*This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace care by a dental professional.

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Summer Is On The Way, Time To Protect Your Skin With Hempseed Oil


Summer will be upon us soon, and now is the time to get ready to protect our skin from heat, sun, sand and salt (if you are a beach person) and air conditioning.

Hempseed oil contains two fatty acids in particular that are excellent for skin care. Hempseed oil contains 60-70% lineolic (LA) and 15-25%  linolenic (LNA). It also has carotene and vitamin E (both are antioxidants).  The LA and LNA (polyunsaturated fatty acids) contain phospholipids – organic compounds that are building blocks of cell membranes.  Phospholipids are very similar to the natural lipids found in the skin, and help combat dryness and keep moisture in the cells.

The carotene and vitamin E help protect the skin from sun damage and aid in cellular healing.

Hempseed oil has natural properties that block UV rays, but do NOT block absorption of vitamin D.

When choosing hempseed oil-based sunblock, make sure it does NOT contain parabens.  Parabens are chemicals that are used as preservatives. Some are natural, most are man-made. Some studies have suggested that parabens cause cancer. Parabens are also endocrine distruptors, because they mimic estrogen.

“The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in their report “Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment: Agents of Subtle Change?” reported that the chemical preservatives called parabens—methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl (alkyl-p-hydroxybenzoates)—displayed estrogenic activity in several tests. This means that these chemicals mimic your body´s own hormones and can have endocrine-disrupting action when they are rubbed into your body or washed down the drain into your drinking water. These disruptors interfere with your body´s endocrine system: your hypothalamus, your ovaries, your thyroid—virtually every system in your body. The EPA also stated that “continual introduction of these benzoates (parabens) into sewage treatment systems and directly to recreational waters from the skin leads to the question of risk to aquatic organisms.” Scientists in Europe found other endocrine-disrupting body care chemicals in the bodies of fish that humans are eating, and in human breast milk.

Dr. Elizabeth Smith has written that “It is a known medical fact that estrogen stimulates breast cancer” and that “anything absorbed through the skin may be as high as 10 times the concentration of an oral dose.” (www.terressentials.com)

Hempseed Oil Can Reverse Hair Loss and Improve Damaged Hair


Hair loss. For some, it is a sensitive subject, yet at one time or another we all have experienced some type of hair loss or hair damage.

Hair loss, thinning hair, slow hair growth – these are all conditions that can be caused by many factors, including toxicity, illness, infection, chemical medical treatments, hormone imbalance, stress, and poor nutrition.

Another factor in weak, damaged, thin hair or hair loss is the absence of sufficient ceramides. Ceramides are fatty substances found in the skin and hair. Ceramides are comprised of 2 molecules – sphingosine (an amino alcohol) and a fatty acid.

Ceramides help the hair retain moisture and protein. This is especially useful for those who color or use heat on their hair.

GLA, also known as Omega 6 fatty acid, has been shown to help improve hair growth for some, as well as nourishing the hair so that it grows thicker and stronger.

Hempseed oil is an excellent source for GLA and ceramides. Hempseed oil has the perfect ratio of Omega fatty acids, and it is easily digestible.

Getting enough Omega fatty acids in the diet will help the hair, as well as using topical products that contain hempseed oil (shampoos, conditioners, hair tonics). Proper nutrition and sufficient nutrients are important for healthy hair (and skin).

Hempseed oil is an anti-inflammatory, and because some hair loss is due to inflammatory conditions, hempseed oil may be a good supplement for that reason as well.

*This article is for information purposes only. If you are taking Coumadin, aspirin, or any blood pressure medication, please contact your health care provider before supplementing with Omega 6 or adding more hemp to your diet. Hempseed and hempseed oil are known to reduce blood pressure, help with circulation, and help heart disease. Medication dosage may be need to be reduced or closely monitored.

Hemp ~ Our Planet’s EcoSolution


Hemp is more than just a plant ~ it is a gift from nature that can be manufactured into nearly 50,000 items.

We are at a time when we are becoming more conscious of what we eat, wear, use, and HOW we use it, in addition to the impact these items have on our environment and planet.

HEMP AS FOOD AND MEDICINE

Hemp is proven to be one of the natural ways to keep optimum health. It is used as food (hemp seed, hemp seed oil) and medicine. Because hemp is so nutrient-rich, it can, in some cases, eliminate the need for vitamin supplements (in addition to a proper diet). It has the perfect ratio of Omega fatty acids needed by the body. Hemp is also an anti-inflammatory, repairs cells, heals/treats/eliminates disease, and is a perfect energy food.

HEMP AS FUEL

Hemp hurds can be up to 85% cellulose. Ethanol is processed from cellulose, making it the perfect clean fuel. Automobile engines that run on fossil fuels are one of the main sources of greenhouse gases; moving to hemp fuel will allow for cleaner air and less pollution. Gasoline engines produce a carbon residue, engines that run on hemp fuel do not release carbon emissions like gasoline.

HEMP AS PAPER AND PLASTIC

Again, this is where the high cellulose content comes into play. Cellulose is one of the most common organic compounds on the earth. Cellulose is used in paper production (cardstock, cardboard), textile production and even is a component in rayon. Trees are 30-40% cellulose, and in order to make paper products many chemicals and other components must be used. Not so with hemp. Fossil fuel-based plastics can also be replaced with hemp. Hemp plastics are cleaner, stronger, and lighter; hemp plastic components are now being used in vehicle production. Hemp paper and plastic products are biodegradable and will not harm the environment; in fact, if left to decompose they would act more like fertilizer.

HEMP FOR BUILDING

Hemp is an excellent choice for building. It is strong, clean, antibacterial, mold-, rot-, insect-, and pest-repellent. Hemcrete used for foundations is stronger and more flexible than ordinary concrete. Hemp insulation has a high R-value and cleans the air. There are now hemp roof tiles, hemp oil based paints, hemp carpets, curtains, upholstery. Hemp fiberboard is stronger than ordinary fiberboard.

HEMP CLOTHING

Clothing made from hemp lasts longer than clothing processed from cotton. It has excellent thermal properties, is UV resistant, and stays strong after many washings. Cotton is very chemical and water intensive in growth and processing; hemp is not. The first Levi jeans were made from hemp, mainly for the gold-rushers in Nevada.

HEMP FOR BODY CARE

Hemp oil based products are excellent for hair and skin. The nutrients help the hair stay shiny and strong; the oils are perfect for skin, in all seasons. The oil and nutrients do not sit on the skin, they go INTO the skin for optimum results. Hemp is excellent for moisturizing, for eczema and psoriasis, rashes, neurodermitis, and can also help slow the aging process.

Hemp does not need massive amounts of chemicals to grow, it does not need pesticides or fertilizers. It cleans the air as it grows and also helps nourish the soil. It is a clean solution for almost all the products that we now use.

Hemp is THE EcoSolution.

Acne? Try Hemp!


Acne is a very common skin condition, and it’s not a condition that is only experienced during the puberty phase of growth. From teendom and onward, almost anyone at any age can suffer from acne. It can be a painful (and esteem-lowering) condition.

Acne is the blockage of follicles due to over secretion of cells. The blockage is sebum, or oil, that is present in the skin. These blockages then allow bacteria growth, which in turn cause the appearance of whiteheads, blackheads milia, inflamed patches, pain, and scarring.

Acne that appears during puberty is normally the result of increased amounts of testosterone (yes, females have testosterone as well).  For most people acne diminishes when they reach their early 20s, but for some people the acne will continue on into 30s, 40s or even 50s.

Hempseed and hempseed oil are excellent for healthy skin. Hempseed oil is rich in protein and Omega fatty acids, and both are great for the skin. The essential fatty acids in hemp hemp with healing and cellular growth.

Hemp is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial (antiseptic), and nutritive for hair and skin.

Adding hempseed and hempseed oil to the diet will help most skin conditions (I noticed that my skin felt fresher, cleaner, more alive); applying it topically can also be beneficial. There are several hempseed oil based skin products on the market.

*I personally use Versativa’s Hemphoria on my skin. It is meant to be taken internally, but I experimented and put it on my face at night (not a good idea to put it on in the morning, it is orange-colored). Hemphoria is a product with whole hemp, astaxanthin, orange, passion fruit, pomegranate, sweet lime, rose, and frankincense. Not only does it make my body feel incredibly fresh when taken internally, but after using it on my face for 3 nights I noticed my skin was smoother, fresher, younger-looking, and my minor acne had disappeared. I had a few lesions on my face as well, and they were reduced by half after 3 days.

**This post is based on my own research and personal experiences. It is not mean to be used as professional medical advice. If you are on medication for severe acne and have questions, please contact your medical care provider.

Love Your Body With Hemp-Enhanced Body Products


Hempseed is one of the finest nutritional products around. Not only is it an excellent food source, it also helps heal and treat health conditions and disease. It simply does wonders for our insides.

However, we can’t forget our ‘outsides’. Hemp-enhanced body care products are on the rise. People are becoming more conscious about what they put on their skin and hair.

The skin is the largest organ on the human body. It is also the ‘gateway’ for absorption of nutrients, as well as chemicals that may be put on the body. The skin sees a lot of rough treatment – harsh soaps, chemicals, abrasives, and environmental exposure (wind, ice, snow, cold, dry heat, sun).

Hemp-enhanced face and body lotions are wonderful. They moisturize the skin; the hemp oil does not sit on top of the skin, but penetrates it, leaving skin soft, smooth, and non-greasy. The Omega 6 and 3 fatty acids in hempseed oil aid in cellular repair and also protect from UV radiation. Omega fatty acids also help replenish the fats lost in the skin, reducing scaliness and dryness, AND helping the skin to look younger and fresher. (I use a hempseed oil-based lotion several times a day, with no greasy feel left on my hands and skin.)

Let’s not forget the hair. Shampoos and conditioners can be quite harsh to the hair. Some are detergents and strip the hair of it’s natural oils. Hemp oil-based shampoo and conditioner leaves hear feeling clean, fresh, silky smooth, and looking and feeling shiny and healthy. The Omega 3 fatty acids in hempseed oil-based hair products penetrate the scalp and moisturize from the inside, reducing dry, flaky skin and adding nutrients to the hair follicles.

I personally use Versativa’s Juice Citrus Flower hemp-enhanced shampoo and conditioner. My scalp is moisturized; my hair feels fresh and clean, and looks healthy and full of body.

Whether you are wanting to treat your hair, or body, or both to some exceptional care, try hempseed oil-based products. Your skin and hair will thank you.