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Hemp Seed Oil: Health Uses And Popular Misconceptions

For generations hemp and hemp seed oil has been used and traded among nations. Due to many misconceptions, hemp and hemp seed oil has often been banned and deemed illegal. Now, with more research being conducted, the health benefits of hemp seed oil are being discovered and many misconceptions are being clarified.

Nutritional Hemp Seed Oil Health Benefits

High in essential fatty acids, Omega-3 and Omega-6, hemp seed oil can be used as a food source and is often found in salad dressings. The Food and Drug Association (FDA) decided in September 2004 to allow health claims for some food that contain Omega-3 essential fatty acids; hemp seed oil is on that list of foods.

Hemp seed oil is high in Linoleic Acid (LA), which has been discovered to reduce cholesterol levels by 15% in recent studies. Linoleic Acid is also being studied as it has potential to reduce high blood pressure and prevent it. These finding have allowed hemp seed oil to be considered as an ingredient which can fight heart disease.

Hemp Seed Oil Used in Body Care Products

Containing Omega-6 oils, hemp seed oil is also used in body care products. While the grade of hemp seed oil for personal care products has very little nutritional value, it absorbs easily and quickly into the skin. Hemp seed oil can restore the skin’s natural barrier and aid in its restorative process. Deficiencies in Omega-6 fatty acids have been linked to skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis.

Hemp seed oil also has antimicrobial properties, which makes it an attractive ingredient in shampoos and soaps. A natural moisturizer, it’s becoming more widely accepted as an ingredient for personal care products.

Hemp Seed Oil as a Biodiesel

In 2001 a 1983 Mercedes was converted to use biodiesel. The vehicle did a tour around the United States and produced 80 percent less greenhouse gases than a conventional petroleum-burning car would have. The biodiesel it ran on was hemp seed oil.

More research in being done to look at the benefits of biodiesel for vehicles and hemp seed oil is just one of many oil types that can be used as a biodiesel.

Misconceptions of Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp comes from the same plant genus as Cannabis, also known as Marijuana. Cannabis contains an active ingredient called “delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol”, which goes by the short name of THC. THC causes a “high” when ingested and is used as a recreational drug. Marijuana is still considered an illegal drug in most parts of the world.

Due to the fact that hemp does not contain THC, using hemp or hemp seed oil will not cause any “high” feelings. Public education to inform manufacturers and users of this fact is beginning to allow hemp seed oil to be recognized for its good health benefits.

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The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who …

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Top Chemicals To Avoid

Wondering how to identify toxic chemicals when shopping for cosmetics and makeup? You are not alone! Below are articles on various products and chemicals you may find when reading labels. Get familiar with the chemical names and learn how to avoid them when shopping!

parchem_1339598553_88Many ‘natural’ products aren’t as safe as you think. Manufacturers do something called GREEN-WASHING, making the product look and sound safer than it is. Next time you are shopping, pay attention to products with the words “NATURAL” or “PARABEN-FREE” and look at the designs. Products may have images of grasses and flowers, done in beige and neutral tones to make you think the product is safe and natural.

Since not all ingredients are required to be on labels, it’s up to you, the consumer, to read the labels and try to make sense of all the gibberish. Knowing the main ingredients to watch for is step 1!

It’s up to manufacturers to ensure their products are safe BEFORE they are sold on store shelves, but most products get into consumers hands even though they contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals like lead (in lipstick – yuck!)

Get familiar with these chemical ingredients so you can recognize them more easily next time you are shopping for beauty & personal care items. Oh, and yes, some of these toxic chemicals are even approved to be used in the foods you eat, so start reading those labels and begin making safer choices today! If you ever have questions about ingredients or even a certain brand, let us know! We’re more than happy to do some digging for you and help bring to light what products are safe and what products are not!…

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Making Natural Eczema Cream At Home

Approximately 30 million Americans suffer from eczema, according to the National Eczema Association. Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is a skin condition that usually appears during childhood. The most common areas affected are the inside of the legs and arms and it can also appear on the face and other parts of the body.

Eczema is a chronic condition and is often treated with steroid creams. Natural and alternative remedies for eczema include making your own homemade natural eczema creams.

Ingredients That Can be Used in Making Natural Eczema Cream at Home

Collect the following:

  • aloe vera gel – a quarter cup
  • lavender essential oil – about 4 drops per quarter cup of aloe vera
  • lidded tin
  • wax paper
  • amber glass bottle – to use instead of the tin
  • bowl
  • mixing spoon

How to Mix Ingredients to Make Natural Eczema Cream at Home

Mix the ingredients in the following manner:

  1. Mix quarter cup of aloe vera gel and the lavender essential oil together. You can use aloe vera gel bought at a health store or scrape aloe vera plant leaves.
  2. Line the tin with wax paper. If no tin is available use the glass amber bottle. Carefully pour the mixture of aloe vera gel and lavender essential oil into the container.
  3. Seal the container and place in refrigerator immediately. The cream should be fresh and usable for three to four weeks.

Making Larges Amounts of Natural Eczema Cream and Variations

You can make larger batches of the cream by remembering to add four drops of essential oil to every one third cup of aloe vera gel. Lavender is nice essential oil and you can experiment with other essential oils instead of lavender.

Things to be Careful of With Eczema and Natural Eczema Cream

You should always test the cream on a small part of your body to ensure rash or irritation do not occur. If rash or irritation does occur, discontinue use. The cream does have an expiry date so be sure to write the date of production on the tin and expected expiry date. Eczema is sensitive to harsh chemicals and soaps so do your best to avoid irritating products. If problem does not get better, speak to your doctor.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice…