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Facts about certified organic hempseed oil

by Leah Morgan, Clinical Aromatherapist

Organic hemp oil is an ingredient used in Healingscents skin and body care products.

Healingscents only uses Canadian grown Certified Organic Hempseed oil. Balancing essential fatty acids in the body can be attained through frequent massaging of hemp oil products into the skin.

A few facts about hempseed oil:

  • The Columbia History of the World states that the oldest relic of human industry is a bit of hemp fabric dating back to approximately 8,000 BC.
  • Hemp has been documented as early as 2700 BC in ancient Chinese writings.
  • The origin of hemp is thought to be from Central Asia where it can be found growing wild from Iran to Southern Siberia.
  • Today over 50,000 items are made world wide from hemp fibers and seed. Increasing interest in Hemp is being driven by environmental concerns about harvesting forests. Reports claim fiber production from hemp per year per hectare is three to four times that from trees.
  • There are 23 hemp paper mills world wide an estimated 0.5% of the worlds pulp production 120,000 tons per year. Hemp paper is naturally bright, but wood-based paper pulp turns brown during the cooking process. The wood pulp is then bleached with chlorine, which, when released into the environment produces dioxin and other poisons.
  • Hemp fibers can be woven into cloth and are more durable than and is comfortable as cotton. Cotton is more difficult to grow; it requires chemical compounds requiring large quantities of fixatives of artificial fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides. When cotton ripens, the leaves have to be knocked off with defoliants before the balls can be harvested, thus depleting the soil.
  • Hemp is a rugged plant which out competes weeds and requires no herbicides.
  • In England and Hungary hemp grown in rotation with wheat increases the production of wheat by 20%.
  • Hemp is lawfully grown in 32 countries and in the European Union it is a subsidized crop.
  • The original blue jeans were made from hemp.
  • The first American flag was made out of hempen “canvas”, a word derived from cannabis.
  • Presidents Washington and Jefferson both grew hemp. Americans were legally bound to grow hemp during the Colonial Era and Early Republic.
  • In 1937 Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act which effectively began the era of hemp prohibition. The tax and licensing regulations of the act made hemp cultivation unfeasible for American farmers. Hemp was banned for 60 years – until March 12 1998 under the Opium and Narcotic Drug act.
  • Hemp oil is mainly marketed in cosmetics and personal care products.
  • Hemp oil is low in saturated fats, contains 8 essential proteins, Omega 3 fatty acids and 55% is comprised of Linoleic acid (Vitamin F).
Leah Morgan, Clinical Aromatherapist

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