5 things you probably didn’t know about hemp and its benefits.
Discover the benefits of hemp, from cooking to building the house.
Hemp is an amazing plant with multiple benefits. Ecological and economical, the cultivation of hemp offers a thousand possibilities. Food, cosmetics, health, manufacturing of materials discover hemp in all its forms.
Many associate bits of hemp with cannabis. A confusion that harms this completely legal crop which has only a low content of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychotropic element of marijuana. Offering a variety of uses, hemp is a plant with little-known benefits. From its edible seeds to its fibers that go into the composition of many materials, almost all elements of hemp have a use.
Very cultivated in the nineteenth century, hemp was almost completely disappeared from the European agricultural landscape in the 60s Ecological and multi-purpose, this ancient plant slowly regaining the pedigree. Since the 2000s, France has had between 9,000 and 14,000 hectares of surface area dedicated to cultivation, against 5,000 for the rest of Europe.
Long neglected, hemp cultivation is once again appealing to farmers, in part having many ecological advantages. In fact, hemp is a particularly resistant plant which is prone to disease and whose rapid growth requires little energy.
Easily cultivable without GMOs or pesticides , hemp offers an advantageous culture from an ecological point of view, especially as it requires very little maintenance and almost no irrigation. With a life cycle of four to five months, hemp allows rapid cultivation and, in fact, an attractive yield .
But that’s not the only advantage of growing hemp. This is ideal for preparing the land to accommodate other plantations. Up to 5 meters tall, the plant suffocates weeds, leaving the soil clean. Moreover, its branched roots which evolve in depth allow a loose soil, therefore easy to work for the farmer .
Eaten in the form of seeds or oil, hemp has many nutritional benefits. Its seeds, also called hemp seed, are a source of protein, minerals, vitamins and fiber, but above all have a balanced content of omega 3 and 6. However, most oils, too rich in omega 6, are likely to encourage disorders. cardiovascular and inflammatory.
The balance of these fatty acids in the oil and the hemp seeds on the contrary is ideal for the health of the arteries and to lower the level of cholesterol in the blood. Hemp oil, in addition to being particularly rich in nutrients , is among the oils with the least amount of saturated fat.
In addition to its dietary use, hemp oil works wonders in cosmetics thanks to its moisturizing properties, which makes it a valuable ally against dryness of the skin. In 2005, researchers looked at the effectiveness of hemp oil in treating eczema, showing promising results.
Thus, it can be used to naturally treat herpes, psoriasis or cold sores. In cosmetics, hemp oil remains unrecognized despite its nourishing, firming and regenerating properties. It is therefore ideal as an anti-aging treatment, to boost microcirculation or to fight against small redness.
Hemp oil is also found to be effective in soothing the feeling of overheating associated with sunburn or minor burns. Thus, the doctors of the CHU of Limoges were interested in its protective and relipitande properties, using hemp oil against burns associated with radiotherapy. For these gentlemen, it is used after shaving, to calm irritation.
The stalk of hemp, is made of extremely strong fibers that are used in particular to make paper, canvas or construction materials. The use of hemp fibers is not new. Already 8000 years before Jesus Christ, the Chinese used the stems to make textiles or paper. In France, from Charlemagne onwards, hemp was particularly popular in the manufacture of linen, ropes and boat sails. Today, it is used in the composition of plastic parts making it possible to reduce the use of fossil materials. Rods are also converted into insulation material , hemp wool or concrete, a mixture of rod and lime.
From every point of view, hemp seems to be a miracle plant that would benefit from being better known and used. Produced in France, where it improves the quality of the soil, hemp has its place in the kitchen and in the bathroom as well as in the walls of the house.