Latin: Cannabis sativa
Method: Steam Distillation
Cannabis sativa, also known as Hemp, is a herbaceous flowering plant that is a member of the Cannabaceae botanical family. Indigenous to Asia but currently grown worldwide, it has been cultivated throughout history for its industrial, medicinal, and spiritual uses. It is important to know that there is no THC or CBD (cannabidiol) in the essential oil as these two components are too heavy to cross over during the steam distillation process. The essential oil is also very different from Hemp Seed Oil, which is a lovely green lipid oil that is produced from the seeds of the plant, and is a very useful carrier oil in some instances.
Hemp essential oil has a strong, earthy and almost harsh aroma. It evolves into milder herbal middle notes, still earthy-green until the lower notes become earthy, peppery and faintly sweet, and is best used as part of a blend. Consider adding a little bit to Lavender, Sandalwood, Orange, and Patchouli for a relaxing diffuser blend. It may assist with the appearance of skin when properly diluted and applied topically. Also, try blending with oils like Basil, Copaiba, Frankincense, or Peppermint and properly dilute in a lotion or massage oils for a soothing massage after a long workout.
Add a few drops of essential oils to a diffuser, cotton round, or a tissue.
Dilute to 1% in your choice of carrier oils to make a face serum or body oil. Apply a small amount to damp skin after washing to help seal in moisture.
Add 5-15 drops to 1 oz. of your choice of carrier oils to make a massage oil.
Mix a few drops with an unscented liquid soap or bubble bath and add to the tub when filling.
For convenience on the go…
Properly dilute with your choice of carrier oils in a roller bottle.
Add up to a total of 15 drops of essential oils to a personal aromatic inhaler (aroma stick).
Skin sensitization if oxidized; old or oxidized oils should be avoided. Should be stored in a cool, dark place, preferably a refrigerator. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, please consult with a healthcare professional prior to use. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Keep out of reach of children and pets. If swallowed, seek medical attention or contact a Poison Control Center. Do not use undiluted essential oils topically. Possible skin sensitivity. Do not use on broken skin. Watch for any possible interactions or side effects. Discontinue use if any reaction including skin irritation occurs and if condition persists, seek medical attention. Be sure you are familiar with all safety precautions including any recommended dermal maximums before use.
This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and is for educational and informational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
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Tisserand, R. and Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition. Churchill Livingstone