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Guide to the Benefits of Hemp

When you think of Hemp, you might not associate it with everyday household items, but did you know that Hemp can now be found in almost everything from protein powder to lip balm? For anyone who is still unsure about what Hemp is, I've put together this guide to the best natural Hemp skin and body care.

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From skin care to natural health supplements, Hemp is one of those amazing natural superfoods which can deliver a range of benefits to both your skin and your inner health. Until recently, Hemp seeds and oil were only permitted for use in skin care, but thanks to recent changes in Australian law we can now consume Hemp legally, so I thought I would share my picks for the best natural Hemp products, how to use them and what makes them so great.

What is Hemp?

Edible Hemp comes from the Cannabis Sativa plant species, but does not have the therapeutic effects of medical marijuana due to low or no levels of the active component, THC. In Australia, only Hemp products with less than 0.5% THC can be considered a food ingredient. Hemp seeds and Hemp oil are known for their nutrient rich properties, containing a wealth of protein, fibre, minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids which can help to boost skin health. It's also incredibly hydrating, packed with Vitamins A and E, and has been known to treat mild forms of eczema and other dry skin conditions, and even acne.1

Is it legal to consume Hemp?

Yes! As of 12 November 2017, it is legal to consume Hemp in Australia, thanks to changes to the Food Standards Code. The sale and consumption of Hemp as a food ingredient was previously banned, but it can now be consumed perfectly legally!

Best natural Hemp seeds and supplements

Lariese Hulled Hemp Seeds
If you're after pure Hemp seeds, try the Lariese Hulled Hemp Seeds. These nutritious seeds can be sprinkled over your oats or blended in to smoothies to deliver a concentrated boost of protein, fatty acids and amino acids to your body in an easily digestible form.

Lariese Raw Hemp Protein
For a rich protein boost, try the Lariese Raw Hemp Protein, which comes in a powder form you can blend it straight into smoothies, shakes and protein balls to reap those same amazing benefits. This highly nutritious, raw plant protein can help to support muscle building, weight loss and muscle recovery while also delivering a boost of energy. This unprocessed powder has a protein content of 50% per 100 grams. For an even bigger protein boost, opt for the 80% Protein version.

Lariese Edible Hemp Seed Oil
Ideal as a nutty tasting salad dressing, the Lariese Edible Hemp Seed Oil contains 100% organic, pure and raw cold-pressed Hemp seed oil. Rich in omegas and essential fatty acids, this nutritious oil helps to support general health and wellbeing as well as provide immune support, containing the perfect ratio of Omega Fatty Acids as recommended by the World Health Organisation. Sourced from Canada, this delicious oil can also be used in pesto or mixed into sauces.

Natural Hemp skin care

Madara Hemp Hemp Lip Balm
Because Hemp is so nourishing and hydrating, it also makes a really effective ingredient in lip balm. I love the Madara Hemp Hemp Lip Balm, which combines hydrating Hemp with Olive Oil, Beeswax, Vitamin E and Shea Butter to soothe dry and cracked lips and lock in that rejuvenating moisture. Rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, this protective formula smooths and softens lips with Chamomile and Calendula, with a fruity flavour with hints of nutty Hemp. It's Vegan, Certified Organic and Gluten Free, and comes in a handy tube which is perfect for storing in your bag.

Dr Bronner's Pure-Castile Liquid Soap in Citrus Orange
Containing nourishing Hemp, Coconut, Jojoba and Olive Oils, the Dr Bronner's Pure-Castile Liquid Soap in Citrus Orange is a bestseller as it has a whopping 18 different uses, from a body wash to floor cleaner! Used on the body, this versatile liquid soap works to remove dirt and grime without stripping the skin of its natural oils. It's also Vegan and has a beautiful citrus scent from organic Orange, Lemon and Lime.

Nut Milk Bag Co. Hemp Nut Milk Bag
Made from 100% natural Hemp, the Nut Milk Bag Co. Hemp Nut Milk Bag is perfect for producing your own homemade nut milk. After pulverising the nuts or seeds of your choice, strain them through this handcrafted, tightly woven bag to ensure the final product is smooth and pulp free. Biodegradable and compostable, these pure, undyed bags are naturally antibacterial and can be reused over and over again.

Source: 1 The Conversation.

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