Hemp Seed Oil

SMELL

Grassy, earthy, slightly nutty.

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Depending somewhat on the extraction process, the more pure the hemp seed oil is, the grassier it will be in flavor.

Be wary: Refined hemp seed oil has little flavor and lacks natural vitamins and antioxidants. It will be more
clear and colorless than the pale green unrefined versions.

SKINCARE

Absorbs great into the skin. This is one of my personal favorites for washing one’s face with oils.

Taken orally or topically, hemp seed oil is also great for treatment of eczema and severely dry, cracked skin.

NUTRITION

Often taken as a supplement fohemp-oil-against-inflamationr its perfect ratio of omega-6 and -3 fatty acids (3:1), hemp seed oil provides the body with a complete dose of protein, nutrition, and the essential amino acids.

Unfortunately, despite all it’s yummy benefits, hemp seed oil is not an ideal oil for cooking. Having a very low smoke point, try instead in salads as a substitute for olive oil; hemp seed oil’s “grassy” flavor actually complements well. Another great salad companion? Avocado oil.

INDUSTRIAL

Industrially, hemp seed oil has been used in the production of lubricants, paints, inks, fuel, plastics, wood finish and, like coconut oil, biodiesel.

SHELF LIFE

Surprisingly, hemp seed oil is a delicate baby. Refrigeration will save your oil from becoming rancid quickly. Annoyingly, my bathroom lacks a refrigerator.

Refined hemp seed oil has a much higher shelf life comparatively and may not need refrigeration.