The wonders of hemp

In its heyday hemp had over 25,000 uses from food to clothing to shock resistant cars. It’s sustainable too: like bamboo it grows at an amazingly rapid rate, requiring very little attention and yet producing a massive yield. Hemp is so versatile that you won’t be surprised to learn that it is used in body products too.

Hemp has what is known as ‘complete proteins’ which means it can supply all the proteins the body requires for healthy growth and it is high in the essential fatty acids which are so vital to maintaining youthful vigour. It is also an excellent anti-inflammatory.

Yaoh pioneered the way in delivering hemp seed oil cosmetics to the UK and have developed a big range of bodycare products from soap to cream to hair conditioner. Because hemp has a full spectrum of essential fatty acids which are easily absorbed into the skin and hair, all that goodness goes to work straight away. And it is particularly beneficial to anyone with sensitive or challenging skin. Hemp seed oil can be used to treat eczema, mastalgia and psoriasis and it also protects from UV radiation and pollution.

By comparison, many moisturisers are made from saturated oils, which only coat the surface of the skin but cannot be absorbed by skin cells, the result being they don’t prevent your skin from losing moisture. However, the healing properties in hemp seed oil help restore dry and damaged skin, increasing moisture retention and slowing skin ageing.

But, if hemp is so good why don’t other companies use it more? It may have something to do with the fact that hemp was banned in the mid 20th century, particularly in the USA,  for its association with marijuana (though there are other conspiracy theories) – what many don’t understand is that industrial hemp and the plant used to create are two different species. Still, hemp itself is making a comeback as it is proving to be a very useful plant in medical, culinary and industrial terms.

Purists at heart, Yaoh have come up with something that is organic, suitable for vegans, free from harmful substances and unnecessary chemical additives; and their products aren’t tested on animals either. The hope is to bring you something which will not only take care of your appearance, but also your ethics too, and in doing so, might help the world remember that there really is something rather wonderful about hemp.

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