Loaded with all 20 amino acids and more essential fatty acids than any nut or seed, it’s clear why adding hemp to your diet is a good idea—but can these same nutrients benefit your skin?
The answer: yes!
The Omega 3s & 6s found in hemp seed ozonated oil are responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties that can help combat common skin problems and keep your skin looking healthy.
How is hemp seed oil used?
There are several methods you can use to get the skin benefits from hemp oil.
1)Topical use of hemp seed oil
The first method is to apply the hemp seed oil directly to your skin. This can work if you have immediate irritation or dry patches of skin that you want to soothe quickly.
Before using the ozonated oil, try a patch test to make sure you won’t get an unwanted reaction:
- Wash and dry a small area of your upper arm (such as the crook of your elbow).
- Apply a small amount of the hemp ozonated oil.
- Cover the spot with a bandage and leave it in place for 24 hours, being careful not to get the bandage wet.
- If any redness, burning, itching, or other irritation occurs, you can assume you’re sensitive to the oil and shouldn’t use it. If you have a reaction, remove the bandage immediately and wash the spot with soap and water.
- If you don’t see or feel any reaction, then the oil is probably safe to use.
If you’re using the hemp ozonated oil to treat acne and want to apply it topically, apply the oil directly to clean skin and leave it on for one to two minutes before washing it away with warm water.
Hemp ozonated oil and essential oil mixture. You can also combine hemp ozonated oil and other anti-inflammatory and soothing ingredients with a recipe like the following, which can be applied directly to the skin:
- 1/4 cup hemp ozonated oil
- 2 teaspoons melted coconut oil (can be melted in the microwave; place desired amount in a microwaveable container and heat in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until completely melted)
- 4 to 5 drops skin-boosting essential oil, like lavender or rosemary oil
Note: Essential oils, like lavender or rosemary oil, should only be used topically and in a diluted mixture. Do not take essential oils internally. Many are toxic.
2)Oral use of hemp ozonated oil
The second method is to ingest hemp ozonated oil, which can provide the same skin benefits and additional overall health benefits as using the oil topically. If you take hemp ozonated oil orally, there’s less risk of any skin irritation or break outs, although it may cause some temporary digestive upset.
Talk to your doctor before taking hemp ozonated oil orally.
If you do take it orally, you can have 1 to 2 teaspoons daily — either all at one time or divided into two doses.
What are the side effects and risks?
Hempseed ozonated oil is safe for most people to use and usually doesn’t contain any THC or psychoactive properties, although this has been widely disputed.
Using it topically, some people may experience mild irritation, so apply it to a small test patch of skin first.
Consuming hempseed ozonated oil may cause some negative side effects in some people:
- The most common side effect is loosened stools or digestive upset, which can occur as a result of the oily, fatty nature of the oil. To prevent this, start by taking a small amount of hemp ozonated oil daily and working your way up.
- Hemp seeds can interact with blood thinners by potentially inhibiting platelets, so before taking hempseed ozonated oil regularly, talk to your doctor to see if it’s right for you.