More and more cosmetic and personal care brands are taking advantage of hemp oil, which is extracted from one of the fastest growing and most productive plants in the world. The flowering annual herb, scientifically known as Cannabis sativa, is widely used to make textiles, ink, soap, wood preservatives, bioplastics, and more. Today, it is also being adopted by the beauty industry for its laundry list of supposed skin and hair benefits.
What is hemp oil?
Hemp oil, also called hemp seed oil or cannabis sativa seed oil, is pressed from the seeds of cannabis plants. It’s different from CBD oil, which comes from the leaves, flowers, and stems of the plant, and doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient more commonly referred to as THC.
Hemp oil is rich in vitamin E, antioxidants, and omega fatty acids. It is widely used as a moisturizer in skin and hair care. Hemp is touted as a sustainable crop because it grows quickly and abundantly with little water and does not require harmful herbicides or pesticides. So incorporate this brilliant vegetable oil into your beauty routine, guiltlessly, with these 10 DIY beauty recipes.
Hemp shampoo with tea tree oil
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Hemp moisturizes and nourishes the hair with a variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fatty acids. Combined with the organic, fragrance-free base of your choice and antimicrobial tea tree oil, you get a deeply moisturizing shampoo that cleanses thoroughly without damaging the scalp.
- 1 cup castile soap, grated
- 1/4 cup of hot distilled water
- 4 teaspoons of hemp oil
- 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil
- 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil
- 2 teaspoons of burdock root oil
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin
- 10 drops of essential oil (optional)
- Dissolve the castile soap in hot water.
- Stir in glycerine and oils.
- Transfer to a bottle, shake, close and let rest for 24 hours.
- Shake each time before use.
DIY hemp oil steam facial
Hemp oil is gentle enough to be applied directly to the skin and can be used as a carrier oil for stronger ingredients. The fatty acids in hemp oil help relieve dryness – and like any moisturizer, it’s most effective on damp skin.
Steam opens the pores and allows the product to penetrate deeper. For a DIY hemp oil steam facial, clean your face and massage a tablespoon of oil into it while it’s still damp. Hold a clean washcloth under hot water, ring the bell, and place it on your face for a few minutes. When the towel has cooled, wipe off any excess oil and massage the rest into your skin.
Natural cuticle and nail oil
Hemp oil is something of a one-stop shop for nails. Vitamin E helps soften the cuticle, while magnesium aids in protein synthesis, thus strengthening the nails and promoting growth. You can use hemp oil alone or make a well-rounded mixture with a tablespoon of hemp oil, one teaspoon each of sesame oil, apricot kernel oil and jojoba oil and a 1/4 teaspoon of vitamin E oil.
Face mask with hemp oil and avocado
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Avocado is ubiquitous in DIY face mask recipes. Like hemp oil, it’s high in beneficial fats, not to mention biotin and antioxidants that provide gentle exfoliation. This recipe also includes spirulina, a trendy superfood full of vitamins and nutrients.
Combine a ripe avocado, mashed, with 1/4 cup of hemp oil and 2 teaspoons of spirulina powder. Add up to 10 drops of an essential oil of your choice for extra power. Apply the mask to clean skin and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
CBD-infused hemp massage oil
Hemp oil is a great carrier for CBD considering they come from the same plant. While the seeds of Cannabis sativa themselves do not contain cannabidiol, the flowers, leaves and stems are rich in the valuable ingredient, which has been repeatedly praised for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
To make a soothing massage oil with the two of them, combine half a cup of hemp oil with four full pipettes of CBD oil (about 240 milligrams total). Add up to 30 drops of essential oil like lavender, mint, eucalyptus, or sandalwood. Shake the bottle before each use.
Hemp body butter with shea and oat oil
Hemp oil enhances the almighty moisture-binding power of shea butter, which gets its thick consistency from five main fatty acids: linoleic, palmitic, stearic, oleic and arachidic acids. Hemp oil also contains up to 70% linoleic acid. Combine both with antifungal oat oil and beeswax and you have the winter skin ointment of dreams.
- 2 tablespoons of unrefined shea butter
- 1.5 tablespoons of oat oil
- 1.5 tablespoons of hemp oil
- 1.5 tablespoons of beeswax pellets
- Combine the ingredients in a double boiler and heat on low.
- Once melted, pour into a reusable can and allow to cool completely before use.
Lip balm with mint
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Hemp oil is edible and therefore completely safe to use as a lip care product. This natural balm can be used in place of store-bought products, which often contain petroleum jelly, parabens, phthalates, and artificial fragrances. It’s also a great Christmas present, considering the recipe is enough to fill roughly seven 1.5-ounce lip balm containers.
- 4 teaspoons of beeswax pellets
- 3 teaspoons of avocado oil
- 2 teaspoons of hemp oil
- 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
- Melt all ingredients except the peppermint essential oil in a water bath over low heat.
- After melting, stir in essential oil.
- Fill into cans or lip balm containers and allow to set completely before use.
Homemade hemp serum
Because of its high fatty acid content, you will be surprised to find that hemp oil is a “dry oil”, meaning one that is quickly absorbed by the skin. It leaves no sticky residue and is non-comedogenic, which makes it a perfect serum ingredient. Mix two parts rose hip oil with three parts grape seed oil and five parts hemp oil for a moisturizing, but not greasy, facial serum. Add a few drops of essential skin care oil like lavender or tea tree for extra fragrance and nutrients.
Increased Castile Soap
Castile soap is often touted as an environmentally friendly product because it is biodegradable, vegan, and chemical-free. However, a pH of around nine or higher means that it is significantly more alkaline than the skin (which has a pH of around five) and therefore can destroy the skin’s protective lipid barrier. To keep this barrier intact, dilute one tablespoon of castile soap with one teaspoon of hemp oil and 10 tablespoons of water when using it on the skin.
Hemp oil hair mask
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This hair mask made from hemp oil, avocado and coconut oil nourishes and nourishes the scalp thoroughly while it envelops the strands with fatty acids, protecting them from environmental damage and promoting shine. Made mostly from standard kitchen ingredients, it’s refreshingly simple, cheap, and light enough to indulge your mane with once a week.
To prepare it, mix half an avocado, pureed, with half a teaspoon each of hemp oil and coconut oil. Apply a generous amount to your hair, cover the strands from root to end and rinse off after 30 minutes. (Pro tip: you can replace the avocado with a banana.)