One of our most frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) is “how to use hemp oil”, especially for the kitchen. Hemp is one of our first farmed crops, and hemp seeds have been consumed for thousands of years. Considering the nutritional properties of hemp, it’s little wonder that it’s been a staple food for millennia.
Cooking with Hemp Oil
Compared to other vegetable oils used for cooking, hemp seed oil has a low smoke point (165C) and is not suitable for frying or baking. When any cooking oil reaches its smoke point, the taste and aroma changes and it becomes unpleasant. The fats start to break down and release unhealthy free radicals, and the oil loses its good nutritional properties. Free radicals cause damage to your body’s cells through oxidation and must be avoided. Hemp oil is a champion for its healthy fats, so altering these by cooking is not a great idea.
Salad Dressings and Vinaigrettes
Hemp seed oil has a rich and pleasant flavour profile making it perfect to drizzle on salads. The nutty, grassy taste compliments green vegetable dishes. Using hemp oil on its own or as a vinaigrette gives a perfect finish to a toss salad with a huge health kick. There aren’t too many fats in a healthy salad, so it makes perfect sense to add some healthy ones from hemp oil. A good salad dressing with hemp oil adds zest, balances acidity, and gives a smooth mouth feel. It’s the last piece of theatre before serving your great salad to friends or family.
A Good Dose Daily
There are so many ways to get a healthy dose of hemp oil daily. Take a tablespoon of pure hemp oil each morning, mix it in your smoothies or drizzle it on toast, over roasted vegetables and meat dishes. Used directly on your skin, hemp seed oil is perfect for most skin types as it can moisturize without clogging your pores. It can help to balance oily skin and hydrate cracked and dry skin.
Taking three 1000mg hemp oil capsules daily is a quick and effortless way to get a dose of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and omegas.
Healthy Hemp Seed Oil
I know we keep raving about the health benefits of hemp, but it’s seriously good for you. Hemp oil is a good source of iron, magnesium, and vitamin E, with a good ratio of omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids. Keeping hemp in your diet every day covers lots of nutritional bases to maintain a healthy lifestyle.