Hemp seed oil is obtained by pressing hemp seeds. Cold pressed, unrefined hemp oil is dark to clear light green in color, with a nutty flavor. The darker the color, the grassier the flavor.
There are many health benefits associated with hemp seed oil including using it to beautify the hair from within, as well as from without. The oil is full of essential nutrients and is good for people with all hair and skin types, authors Lauren Cox and Janice Cox advise in their book “Ecobeauty.”
Although it’s confused with marijuana, hemp oil doesn’t have tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and is totally legal. However, the plants are both Cannabis sativa L., they are scientifically different species and industrial hemp is grown for its consumption and oil. Marijuana hemp has THC content and has its own uses as well. Hemp seed oil can be purchased in many health food stores around the world.
Several sources recommend the use of hemp oil to condition the hair and your scalp. Hemp oil has essential nutrients, naturopathic author Linda Page notes in her book, “Linda Page’s Healthy Healing.” The oil provide emollient action, meaning it have a softening effect and prevent water loss, says Paula Begoun, author of “The Original Beauty Bible.” Hemp seed oil also naturally moisturizes the scalp by protecting against moisture loss, according to Begoun. Hemp oil can help prevent dry scalp and minimize irritation, especially in the winter, say the Coxes.
Hemp oil contains omega-3’s, omega-6’s and omega-9’s, Page writes in “Cooking for Healthy Healing.” Consuming such polyunsaturated fats stimulates hair and skin growth, according to University of Maryland Medical Center. The oil also has nutrition in it to combat hair dryness, Page notes.