Not only is hemp good for you internally, hemp seed oil is also a simple, accessible and nourishing wholefood skincare product suitable for all skin types.
The oil from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant is beneficial for your skin on many levels; it helps add plumpness to the appearance of your skin, aids in firming and tightening skin and provides powerful antioxidant support. Surprisingly, it is also beneficial for people with oily skin and clogged pores because it is moisturizing, yet readily assimilated. Those with sensitive skin find hemp oil gentle and calming. Hemp seed oil is also very nourishing for your hair strands and follicles.
Cold pressed hemp seed oil is dark to light green with a nutty flavor. The refined oil is clear with little flavor, and also contains fewer skin-nourishing qualities. As with all oils, the cold pressed is the most healthful.
Hemp seed oil can be regarded as a food for your skin, leaving it nourished and healthy. You can massage a little hemp oil onto your skin and hair straight from the bottle, or you can incorporate hemp oil into your own skincare blends. Here are some DIY Hemp based skincare recipe ideas.
RECIPE: Hemp Hair Treatment
2 Tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
1 Tbsp hemp oil
3-5 drops essential oil of your choice
A small bowl
Use coconut oil that is in its solid state. If it is summer just place it into the fridge for a few minutes until it solidifies.
Measure the coconut oil into a small bowl and stir well. Stirring will heat it up just enough to create a smooth, creamy texture.
Add the hemp oil and continue stirring until the mixture is even and well-combined.
Add 3-5 drops of your preferred essential oil. Many essential oils can help promote hair and scalp health, including lavender, rosemary, peppermint, and geranium. Stir well.
Apply the mixture to your hair from roots to ends, paying particular attention to any dry areas.
Then cover your hair with a plastic bag or shower cap, and use a hair dryer to warm the hair a bit. Leave the mixture on your hair for 15-30 minutes.
Finally, wash and condition your hair as usual. Use this deep conditioner once a week for the fullest benefits.
RECIPE: Hemp & Coconut Hair Conditioner
100g jar of raw coconut oil
1 Tbsp extra virgin hemp oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
8 drops rosemary essential oil
6 drops geranium essential oil
1. Remove one tbsp of coconut oil from the jar, melt the remaining coconut oil by standing the jar in a bowl of hot water. (water only needs to reach halfway up the side of the jar.
2. Remove the jar from the hot water and stir in your hemp oil and essential oils until well blended. Allow to cool and set. In hot weather you will have to place it into the fridge to set.
3. To use, warm some of the blend in the palm of your hand until melted, then work it methodically through your hair from mid sections to ends.
4. Remove the oil conditioner by applying neat shampoo and working it into the hair before adding water. Rinse and repeat with shampoo if necessary.
For a deep treatment – also concentrate on massaging it into the scalp. Wrap a warm towel around your head and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing out.
RECIPE: Hemp Beard Oil
Hemp is the perfect oil to nourish, soften and help maintain facial hair.
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil – 5ml
Organic Hemp Oil – 10ml
Organic Lavender Essential Oil – 3 drops
Organic Vetiver Essential Oil – 1 drop
1. Melt the Organic Virgin Coconut Oil in a bain marie
2. Remove from the heat before mixing in the Organic Hemp Seed Oil and essential oils
3. For easy storage and to solidify, pop in a jar and keep in the fridge
4. Regularly warm a little of the oil between your fingertips
5. Massage into your beard to soften, scent and keep well maintained
RECIPE: Hemp Foot Balm
Both moisturising and protective. This balm will also treat athlete’s foot.
2 tsp beeswax
4 Tbsp Hemp Oil
2 tsp Swedish bitters
5 drops thyme essential oil
5 drops tea tree essential oil
1. Combine the beeswax and hemp oil in a bowl and place over a saucepan of boiling water. Heat until your beeswax has melted.
2. Take off the heat and when slightly cooled, add you tincture of Sweedish bitters and essential oils. Stir, then decant into a sterilised jar and allow to cool, then set. (It may take up to twelve hours to set, depending on climate.)
RECIPE: Hemp Exfoliating Scrub
You can readily make this scrub for immediate use, all you have to do is keep a bulk blend of the dry ingredients and essential oil mixed together in a jar and add the hemp oil into a little of the mix, or the palm of your hand to blend before use.
Ingredients for one application:
2 Tbsp sea salt
1 tsp hemp meal (the dried fibre left over after the oil pressing process)
2 Tbsp hemp oil
2 drops of your favourite essential oil
Mix all ingredients together into a paste and use immediately.
RECIPE: Hemp/Jojoba Body Oil
3 tsp of organic golden jojoba oil
3 tbs of hemp seed oil
Essential oils (optional)
3 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops of rose geranium essential oil
3 drops of frankinscence essential oil
Dark Amber Glass Bottle
1. Combine all the carrier oils together in a dark glass bottle.
2. Add the essential oils if you wish and shake well.
RECIPE: Hemp Face Cream
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup Hemp Oil
1 tsp of rose essential oil (or your favourite essential oil e.g lavender, rose geranium, vanilla, ylang ylang, jasmine, neroli, chamomile, sandlewood)
100 aloe vera gel
150ml rose water
A cream is 50/50 oil and water. The alchemy within this ratio is in getting these two substances which normally repel one another to emulsify and become one rich creamy texture.
- Place beeswax and coconut oil into a glass measuring cup, that measures up to 2 cups. Place the measuring cup into a large pot with simmering water that rises to approximately the 1/2 cup mark. This hot water bath should be warm enough to melt the wax and oil without burning.
- Meanwhile, mix your ‘water group’ ingredients in a separate measuring cup and set aside.
- The wax and oil will eventually become completely liquified (approximately 10 – 15mins). Once no solid particles are visible, lift the measuring cup out of the hot water bath, and leave standing until it is warm to the touch, but not hot. Approximately body temperature. This only takes a few minutes.
This next step needs to happen quickly, because as the oils are warm, but neither cold or hot, the oil molecules are receptive to bonding with water.
4. Transfer oil blend into a 1 litre mason jar and mix with a stick blender. Gently pour your water group (aloe and rose water) into the oil group and blend until homogenized.
Transfer into jars.