Facts about Hemp Seed oil and a Smoothie recipe
HEMP SEED OIL
Hemp is one of the earliest domesticated plants known. It has been cultivated by many civilizations for over 12,000 years. Hemp use archaeologically dates back to the Neolithic Age in China, with hemp fiber imprints found on Yangshao culture pottery dating from the 5th millennium BC. The Chinese later used hemp to make clothes, shoes, ropes, and an early form of paper. The classical Greek historian Herodotus (ca. 480 BC) reported that the inhabitants of Scythia would often inhale the vapours of hemp-seed smoke, both as ritual and for their own pleasurable recreation.
The Latin name for Hemp Seed Oil is “Cannabis Sativa” which translates into “useful hemp” and there is a very good reason for this. Hemp is possibly the most useful plant known to mankind and is used to make over 25,000 consumer products… clothing, shoes, nappies, rope, canvas, cellophane, paints, fuels, chain lubricants, biodegradable plastics, paper, fibreboard, cement blocks, food, cosmetics and soap. Hemp is the longest and strongest natural fibre known to man.
There is a particular reason why we at Hypnotic Skinssentials are such huge fans of Hemp and that is down to its incredible nutritional values as a food and as a topical skin treatment. Hemp Seeds are the most nutritionally complete food source in the world – they contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life. That’s pretty impressive for one plant alone. No other single plant source has the essential amino acids in such easily digestible form, nor has the essential fatty acids in as perfect a ratio to meet human nutritional needs.
What has it got to do with Hypnotic Skinssentials products? Well, all of our Body Butters contain Hemp oil which are amazing for people who are suffering with severe dry skin, eczema and psoriasis and are looking for a gentle effective way to moisturize their skin. Hypnotic Skinnsentials body butters have a fantastic added bonus of feeding your skin essential fatty acids from the Hemp Seed Oil at the same time (up to 90% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into the body). EFA’s are known to be the building blocks of healthy cell membranes and these polyunsaturated fats help produce the skin’s natural oil barrier, critical in keeping the skin hydrated. So if you’re not getting enough EFAs in your diet, your skin may become dry and inflamed.
If you suffer with a dry skin condition try using either Hypnotic, Cleopatra or Mimosa body butters topically and sprinkling hemp seeds and hemp seed oil in a shake or on your salad/food everyday.
CHOCOLATE HEMP PROTEIN SHAKE
(Makes 2 servings)
2 cups hemp milk (see note)
2 scoops of low carb, low sugar protein powder
2-3 pitted large dates, to taste
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons hulled hemp seed
1 large peeled and frozen banana
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
4 large ice cubes
Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until super smooth.
1) This recipe yields a fairly thin consistency. If you want a thicker shake-like texture, try reducing the milk to 1.5 cups instead of 2 cups or go wild and add a scoop of your favourite non-dairy ice cream.
2) If your dates are a bit firm or dry, soak them in water for 30-60 minutes before making this smoothie. You can also swap the dates for liquid sweetener if desired. Just reduce the hemp milk a bit so it’s not too thin.