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.

photo credit: Helga Weber via photopin cc

Menopause: Hemp vs. Soy


Menopause

Menopause.

For some, the M word brings up thoughts of felonious females flirting with fiery flashes of fitful frustration.

However, not every woman experiences menopause in the same way.

As I stated on an earlier post, some common symptoms of menopause are (this is a partial list):

  • Hot/cold flashes
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Night sweats
  • Dizziness/loss of balance
  • Mood swings
  • Bloating
  • Confusion
  • Hair loss/weakened fingernails/dry skin
  • Depression/panic disorder
  • Headaches
  • Tingling in hands and feet
  • Digestion problems
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Aching joints

The changing levels of estrogen and progesterone can last a few months, or they can last a few years.  Some women may experience all of these symptoms, some may not.

HRT (hormone replacement therapy) is another way, but more women are avoiding that avenue, since HRT has been shown to be associated with increased rates of heart attack, stroke, and breast cancer.

One way to manage symptoms is with nutrition and diet. For quite a while soy has been one of the dietary staples of menopausal women, especially those who wish to avoid HRT.  It has been widely thought that soy isoflavones helped prevent menopausal bone loss, but according to JAMA, “Conclusions  In this population, the daily administration of tablets containing 200 mg of soy isoflavones for 2 years did not prevent bone loss or menopausal symptoms.” (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1106084)

I am seeing more often articles and stories debunking the benefits of soy.

Many menopausal women turn to soy to stave off nasty effects, like decreased bone density and hot flashes, because estrogen therapy is associated with risks for breast cancer and heart attack. But now researchers are calling for alternatives because a new study showed soy might not even work.” (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20090000-10391704.html)

The vast majority of soy at your local market is not a health food. The exception is fermented soy, which I’ll explain more about later and even worse GMO soy that is contaminated with large pesticide residues as the reason it is GMO is so they can spray the potent toxic herbicide Roundup on them to improve crop production by killing the weeds.

Unlike the Asian culture, where people eat small amounts of whole non-GMO soybean products, western food processors separate the soybean into two golden commodities—protein and oil. And there is nothing natural or safe about these products.

Dr. Kaayla Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story, points out thousands of studies linking soy to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune-system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility—even cancer and heart disease.” (Mercola.com)

Today, depending on which source you go by, 86-94% of soy planted and grown in the U.S. is genetically modified. That is reason enough to avoid soy altogether.

If soy were to be avoided, what would be an alternative? HEMP.

Hempseed is a natural anti-inflammatory. It also helps to balance and restore the cellular structures.

Hempseed is a natural source of GLA, and is one of the few plants that contains GLA. This is important, because during menopause the body’s ability to convert LA to GLA is lessened.

The Omega 3 fatty acids found in hemp are the perfect ratio for the human body, and it is especially important for women to have a sufficient intake of them.

Low levels of Omega 3s are associated with inflammation, and inflammation is the root cause of many disorders and diseases. Hemp can reduce the effects of muscular pain, hot flashes, headaches, cardiovascular problems, hair and skin dryness and nail strength.

Hemp has been shown to reduce the effects and decrease the instances of depression and memory loss. The brain is mainly comprised of fatty acids, and having enough Omega fatty acids will help improve memory and brain function.

Osteoporosis, another symptom of menopause, is helped by the intake of hemp and Omega fatty acids. The essential fatty acids in hemp help with absorption of the calcium and vitamin D and aid in bone growth and calcification, and reduce calcium excretion in the urine (calcium loss and excretion through the urine can also cause kidney stones).

Hemp seeds are also rich in vitamin E, which is also important for those suffering from menopause.

One last note:

Hemp protein vs other proteins:

The edestin protein in hemp is one of the most easily digestible proteins.  It is very similar to human globulin.

Omega fatty acids help reduce bad cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and may lessen the possibility of stroke or heart attack.

Hemp does not contain phytoestrogens. Soy does. These hormones mimic estrogen and have been linked to cancer. Soy also contains natural toxins that hinder protein digestion.

There are no known allergies to hemp. Hemp is safe for anyone to consume, from toddler to octogenarians and beyond.

photo: Angry Woman by Vera Kratochvil

Hemp ~ It Does Your Heart Good


It’s Valentine’s Day – a day when the heart symbol is abundantly shared with loved ones.

The heart is, of course, one of the most important organs in the human body and needs to be taken care of well. Proper nutrition and exercise are 2 major factors for keeping the heart healthy.

Inadequate nutrients and unhealthy foods can contribute to an unhealthy heart, and poor nutrition can contribute to high blood pressure and cholesterol – which in turn contributes to heart disease.

Eating clean and nutrient-dense foods, along with healthy fats (essential fatty acids and Omega fatty acids) are necessary to help keep the heart healthy.

The body needs fats, but it needs GOOD fats (not saturated and trans fats). Hempseed and hempseed oil contain Omega fatty acids, which are long-chain polyunsaturated fats. Polyunsaturated fats will not contribute to cholesterol, but will in fact help REDUCE cholesterol from bad fats. Phytosterols, which are also present in hemp, help to lower blood cholesterol.

The Omega fatty acids in hemp also help with circulation and help maintain artery elasticity and health.

If you want to be good to your heart – eat hemp!

Menopause Symptoms? Use Hempseed Oil!


Menopause affects every woman differently. In fact, some women do not experience menopausal symptoms when they are going through it.

Some common symptoms of menopause are (this is a partial list):

  • Hot/cold flashes
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Night sweats
  • Dizziness/loss of balance
  • Mood swings
  • Bloating
  • Confusion
  • Hair loss/weakened fingernails/dry skin
  • Depression/panic disorder
  • Headaches
  • Tingling in hands and feet
  • Digestion problems
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Aching joints

Menopause is the natural decline of hormones (progesterone and estrogen to name a couple). The above symptoms may occur as the hormone levels decrease.

Some women get medical intervention and take prescription meds and hormone replacement therapies; others often choose to treat menopause with natural remedies.

One natural treatment is the addition of hempseed and hempseed oil to the diet.

Hempseed is a natural anti-inflammatory. It also helps to balance and restore the cellular structures.

Hempseed is a natural source of GLA, and is one of the few plants that contains GLA. This is important, because during menopause the body’s ability to convert LA to GLA is lessened.

The Omega 3 fatty acids found in hemp are the perfect ratio for the human body, and it is especially important for women to have a sufficient intake of them.

Low levels of Omega 3s are associated with inflammation, and inflammation is the root cause of many disorders and diseases. Hemp can reduce the effects of muscular pain, hot flashes, headaches, cardiovascular problems, hair and skin dryness and nail strength.

Hemp has been shown to reduce the effects and decrease the instances of depression and memory loss. The brain is mainly comprised of fatty acids, and having enough Omega fatty acids will help improve memory and brain function.

Osteoporosis, another symptom of menopause, is helped by the intake of hemp and Omega fatty acids. The essential fatty acids in hemp help with absorption of the calcium and vitamin D and aid in bone growth and calcification, and reduce calcium excretion in the urine (calcium loss and excretion through the urine can also cause kidney stones).

Hemp seeds are also rich in vitamin E, which is also important for those suffering from menopause.

*The information in this post is from my own research and is not intended to replace medical advice from a physician.

Problems With Impotence? Try Hemp Seed!


One in six couples in the U.S. has trouble conceiving (almost 6 million couples). There are many causes of impotence/low sperm count, including smoking (can reduce sperm count by up to 15%), obesity, poor nutrition, and environmental factors (exposure to chemicals, pollutants, and dioxins).

In 1990, at the WHO conference, a Danish scientist stated that Western men were suffering from an infertility crisis. According to his research, sperm counts in some areas had decreased by 40% over the last 50 years.

Pesticides, traffic fumes, plastics, soya beans, unclean water, processed meats, and other foods can be sources of dioxins, as well as bleached paper products (toilet paper, coffee filters, milk cartons).

Most dioxins are the byproducts of industrial processing. The highest levels of dioxins can be found in soil, meat, poultry, eggs,  fish, shellfish, food, and water. Dioxins stay in the body for a long period of time because they are stored in the fat tissue.

According to the EPA,

“The EPA is now saying that this is soon to become a major health risk problem. The cumulative effects of dioxin in humans have been linked to birth defects, cancer, reproductive disorders and immune system breakdown.”

Dioxins are hormone disruptors. They attach to the cells in the body and cause problems including impotence, low sperm count, cancer, immune disorders, and birth defects.

There is almost no way to totally avoid dioxins, but watching intake of dairy products and processed meats, as well as being mindful of environmental factors and using low dioxin or dioxin-free products.

Proper nutrition can help heal the body of some affects from dioxins. Including hempseed and hempseed oil is a good start. Hempseed’s Omega fatty acids, protein, and nutrients help repair damaged cells and help promote healthy cells. Hemp strengthens the immune system.

The Omega 3 fatty acids in hempseed stimulate the release of nitric oxide (critical for erectile function).

Omega 3 fatty acids in hemp are important for cardiovascular health. Heart disease and hypertension are leading causes of impotence and sexual dysfunction. Sperm formation requires essential Omega fatty acid intake.

A study at Harvard University has found that men who eat larger amounts of saturated fats are more likely to exhibit a reduced sperm count whereas those who eat a diet rich in polyunsaturated fats, including the Omega 3 essential fatty acids, were more likely to exhibit an increased sperm count.” (Healthyomega3.com)

Because there are so many causes of impotence, it is sometimes difficult to pinpoint one specific reason for impotence. But proper nutrition and diet, including reducing saturated fats and replacing them with Omega fatty acids found in hemp, is an excellent step on the road to improving impotence and reducing the factors that cause it.

Lose Weight Naturally ~ With Hemp!


It has been estimated that two thirds of Americans are overweight. But being overweight isn’t the only condition that is of concern. Additional weight can cause a multitude of health problems – heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, high cholesterol, cancer, arthritis, sleep apnea, gallstones, and other conditions.

Industrialized nations in general have strayed from natural, whole foods and turned to faster, processed, chemical-laden foods, foods high in sugar and salt content, starch-laden products that are more chemicals than actual nutritional food. There is also more of a sedentary life-style; in turn, all of these add up to an overweight nation.

We’ve become a pill-based society. Aches and pains? Take a pill. Illnesses? Take a pill. Disease? Take a pill (or 20). Want to lose weight? Take a pill. We’ve become attached to using chemicals to treat something that in MOST cases simple nutrition can prevent, cure, or treat.

Have you noticed that some prescription medications have severe side effects, which in turn are treated with MORE chemical medications? Our ancestors knew that the best way to cure illness and disease was with nature; the best way to keep our bodies at a healthy, optimum level was to consume nature’s own products. Many herbs and plants are still, today, used to treat our aches and pains, and are taken to KEEP our bodies balanced and healthy.

One of the BEST plant sources for weight loss is HEMP. Hemp seed is one of the most nutritionally complete and perfect plant foods on the planet, with the perfect ratio of Omega fatty acids and edestin protein (the type of protein nearest to human globulin). It is an adequate source of calcium, iron, and all essential amino acids. Because hemp is so nutritionally dense, eating it will help satiate the appetite – the body will not be starving for nutrients and the cravings will disappear.

One important factor in weight loss is ingesting sufficient Omega fatty acids. Omega 3s are linked to regulating mood, sleep, and reactions to stress (all of these are contributing factors to obesity). Hemp is also an anti-inflammatory, which will also contribute to weight loss; hemp metabolizes fat and reduces water retention.

And there is MORE! Hemp increases energy, boosts the immune system, relieves aches and stress, reduces cholesterol, helps treat diabetes, and protects against heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.

I personally have lost over 40 pounds by eating more raw foods, as well as incorporating hemp seeds, hemp seed oil, and hemp-based food products into my diet. My cravings disappeared, I slept better, I wasn’t constantly hungry. The hemp seeds gave my body a sense of well-being and definitely more energy!

There is a movement, a recognition, a desire to be more healthy, to be at a healthy weight. Healthy nutrition and lifestyle = healthy weight, and what better way to do that than with nature’s best weight loss formula? ~ Hemp!

Treating Cardiovascular Disease With Hemp


Every 35 seconds someone in the United States dies of heart disease. Nearly 10% of Americans have heart disease, and cardiovascular disease is the number 1 killer in the United States.

Cardiovascular disease is a general term that covers many types of heart/vascular ailments.  Cardiovascular disease is damage to the heart and/or blood vessels, and this damage is caused by atherosclerosis (excess fat build-up – plaque) in the arteries.

Healthy arteries are elastic, flexible, and very strong. They carry oxygen and nutrients to the rest of the body. However, when they are clogged with fatty buildup they cause the blood pressure to raise. This pressure, if not treated, will cause the arteries to become hard, which in turn makes it difficult for them to circulate the needed oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.

Cardiovascular disease is caused by many factors : smoking, being overweight (which can also be reduced by incorporating hemp seeds and hemp seed oil into the diet), lack of exercise, and unhealthy eating habits.

Adding hemp seeds and hemp seed oil to the diet is a great way to start the path to a healthier heart (along with exercise, stopping smoking, consuming healthier foods). The Omega fatty acids in hemp are in the perfect 3:1 ratio – optimum for the human body. The polyunsaturated fats in hemp are a perfect replacement for saturated fats in the diet and can reduce blood cholesterol levels. The LA in hemp seed may reduce arterial thrombosis.

Omega 6 fatty acid and GLA have been shown to decrease cholesterol.

Omega 3 fatty acid helps aid in arterial elasticity, as well as promoting healthy cells and blood vessels.

Introducing hemp seeds and hemp seed oil into the daily diet may prevent or reduce the instance of heart disease.

Hemp is definitely good for you…and your heart.