Are you interested in hemp essential oil for aromatherapy, relaxation, or even for flavouring of food products? Well you’ve come to the right place! This pure and natural essential oil has many benefits. We’ve been selling hemp essential oil since 1995 and we are considered to be THE experts on hemp essential oil in the UK, and those years of experience place us as one of the most experienced suppliers in the world. Read on below to discover the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about hemp essential oil.
In recent years, terminology surrounding hemp essential oil has changed somewhat. There now appears to be some confusion between hemp essential oil and CBD oil, which are two completely different things. If you are looking for information on CBD oils, READ OUR CBD GUIDE HERE.
Hemp Essential Oil is taken from the upper leaves and flowers of the Hemp plant and is extracted by low-pressure steam distillation. It is a truly holistic oil that works on both a physical and emotional level and offers a wide range of health enhancing benefits. It teems with the plant's beneficial Terpenes. Hundreds of them. Terpenes are the compounds of the cannabis plant that protect it from predators and funguses. These compounds are distilled into the Hemp essence to provide a range of health benefits including anti-depressant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. You might have previously come a terpene in citrus fragranced products called Limonene for example.
Although the essential oil comes from the Cannabis Sativa L. plant, Hemp is not pot even though it is frequently confused with marijuana due to the similar leaf shape. It cannot be used as a drug because it produces virtually no THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound in Hemp essential oil contains less than 10ppm D9THC and conforms to all UK and EU regulations) so you'd have to smoke a joint the size of a telegraph pole to get high!
Hemp Essential Oil is an aromatherapy oil that has been used throughout history; from providing scents in ancient Egyptian perfumes, to calming aromas in the Roman baths. It has been stocked by apothecaries of the 16th Century to present day aromatherapists who consider it a staple oil. Hemp Essential oil does contain CBD but less than 1%. Hemp CBD oil is a much newer product and is a food supplement with high concentrations of the compound called Cannabidiol, or CBD.
Myrcene is a compelling analgesic with a balsamic aroma. It contains anti-anxiety, anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory properties. Myrcene helps ensure less pain and better sleep.
Terpinolene is a fresh smelling, citrus-like Terpene with anti-anxiety properties. This Terpene is recognised for sedative effects - guaranteeing this essence is a perfect relaxation companion.
Beta Caryophyllene is an anti-inflammatory Terpene with a clove-like, spicy scent. It inhibits body parts from swelling (Edema) and is gastric-protective - helping to ease inflammation of the colon.
Alpha Pinene is an antimicrobial terpene with an earthy, woody-like fragrance. This terpene also exhibits bronchodilator properties, which increases airflow to the lungs. It is also an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor - which aids memory.
Alpha Humulene – anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, andanorectic (suppresses appetite).
Beta Pinene – local antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, bronchodilator.
Limonene – anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, aids digestion.
Hemp Essential Oil offers a wide range of health enhancing benefits.
As you can see Hemp Essential Oil is used for a multi spectrum of ills, also protracted and chronic health problems and pains. However, The Hemp Shop Ltd is not qualified or accredited to offer medical advice. It is best to talk to a herbalist or an aromatherapist for advice on whether to use HEO.
This versatile essence is excellent for health and beauty products, cosmetics, perfumes, soaps, candles, and as an additive for foods. Many people warm the essential oil in an infuser for the health giving aromas. You can put a few drops into your bath or add 3 - 5 drops to 10ml of a carrier oil like hemp seed oil or olive oil, for use as a massage oil. Essential oils are used in food preparation - so for example Peppermint Essential Oil is used to flavour chewing gum. Apparently 1 drop of Peppermint Essential Oil is the equivalent of 70 cups of Peppermint tea!
Hemp Essential Oil is powerful and concentrated. Never apply it directly to skin (or hair), and never ingest it in its pure form.
Hemp Essential Oil contains only trace amounts of CBD, less than 1%. We have received feedback from many customers over the years telling us of the benefits that they have experienced using hemp essential oil for its healing properties. As we know, there is much more to hemp than just CBD!
Well, you could put CBD oil in a diffuser, but it's not going to be very effective. To really enjoy the benefits of CBD you should ingest or take it sublingually. Adding CBD oil to your aromatherapy diffuser will not have the same effects as taking it through the methods recommended in our CBD guide. Put hemp essential oil in your diffuser instead, as this is designed specifically for aromatherapy and optimal deliverability of the soothing benefits of the hemp plant and all of its terpenes.