Hemp, also known as industrial hemp, is a strain of the cannabis sativa plant species. Often mistaken for marihuana, it is one of the fastest-growing plants, first spun into usable fibre 10,000 years ago.
It’s a plant that has many uses–such as eating it raw for health benefits, as a potent in beauty products and making sustainable clothes. It is also a great source of plant-based protein and essential nutrients that aids in digestion as well as helps reduce the risk of heart diseases. If you’re leading an eco-conscious lifestyle, you should look to include hemp in your food, beauty, and clothing.
1. Raw Shelled Sativa Hemp Nubs
Since hemp is rich in protein, amino acids, fibre, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, Vitamin E, and especially abundant in omega-6 and omega-3, their seeds make for a perfect diet supplement for the human body.
This particular product from Health Horizons can be consumed raw, cooked or roasted. You can add them to your salads, make a smoothie, or even sprinkle it on your breakfast bowl.
2. Natural Hemp V-Neck Kurta
Since hemp requires just 20 per cent of the water that cotton needs to grow (which is 75 lakh litre per hectare), and can be easily woven into comfortable, soft fabrics, it is great for making clothes. BLabel is a brand solely dedicated to the making of clothes using hemp. This kurta, in particular, can be swapped with your everyday cotton shirts. Its moisture-wicking property also allows the skin to breathe.
3. Eco-Friendly Hemp Scarf
Apart from clothing, hemp can also be used to make stylish fashion accessories such as this stole from Aslee.
Hemp doesn’t need pesticides or chemical fertilisers and is naturally antimicrobial. What’s more, it also blocks out 50 per cent more UV rays than cotton. This eco-friendly scarf can be thrown over a simple tee for a classy, elegant look.
4. Natural Hemp and Moringa Body and Face Oil
The nutrients found in hemp are known to improve skin texture and reduce inflammation. Therefore, this body and face oil from Satlive is excellent for a massage because it promises to treat dry skin, reduce acne and blackhead, and even slow down the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots. The ingredients of this product are specially sourced from the foothills of the Himalayas.
5. Natural Sativa Hemp Powder
If you want hemp in a powder form to mix in your juice or add to your chapatis, then this one from Health Horizon is for you.
Hemp is known to contain all the 20 essential amino acids which make it ideal for everyone, from children to athletes as well as vegans and vegetarians. This powder is cold-milled to conserve its natural benefits and is free from artificial additives.
We’ve researched hemp for you. It is a great place to start if a sustainable, eco-conscious lifestyle is the way forward for you.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)