As the saying goes, hemp is the only plant that can clothe us, feed us, house us and heal us.
But in 2022, there may be a few additions to the old adage.
Now it seems hemp can help us have glowing skin, shiny hair, keep our pets in tip-top condition, all topped off with a (hemp) gin martini for good measure.
Is there anything hemp can’t do?
Read on as we explore the top 10 must-have hemp products that’ll have you feeling great, looking good and shining from the inside out, all while doing your bit for the environment.
SKINCARE & HAIRCARE
CANNABELLA RENEWAL SERUM
Cannabella’s award-winning renewal serum harnesses the healing properties of hemp seed oil along with a variety of other natural botanical extracts to create a luxe facial serum that delivers a powerful hit of hydration and nutrients to the skin.
The oil-based serum is designed to soothe irritated and red skin, balance hydration levels, boost collagen, and brighten our complexion. Alongside hemp seeds, the other active botanicals are things like vitamin E, Camellia Oil, Broccoli Seed Oil and Watermelon Seed Oil amongst others.
These ingredients work synergistically to deliver essential fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins that help to clarify, detoxify, moisturise and protect your skin while simultaneously restoring your skin’s elasticity
The serum absorbs really fast into the skin leaving behind a dewy, radiant complexion. For those that wear makeup, it’s a beautiful base to wear underneath BB creams or foundation.
HEMP COLLECTIVE NATURAL HEMP SHAMPOO BAR WITH LAVENDER & ROSE GERANIUM
If you’re looking for a business with a community focus, environmental conscience and heavenly products, then Hemp Collective is it!
This forward-thinking, environmentally conscious business produces some of the most divine haircare, body care and even pet care products utilising Australian grown hemp.
To be honest, all of the shampoo and conditions are imbued with the intoxicating scent of naturally derived perfumes, but the winner in my books is the Lavender & Rose Geranium which is perfect for normal to dry hair. It somehow manages to tame the frizzy-curly wayward hair cuticles that I’ve been genetically gifted.
These little beauties come in a travel-friendly, re-usable tin, and last way longer than the usual bottles of shampoo and conditioner. In fact, up to 3x times longer.
All the products are made with natural, plant-derived ingredients that are healthy for us and will leave our hair and planet squeaky clean.
FOOD & DRINKS
MARGARET RIVER HEMPCO AUSTRALIAN HEMP SEEDS
I don’t know about you, but I love adding a bit of crunch and texture into my salads and meals and I literally can’t go past the creamy consistency and nutty flavour of hemp seeds.
These little nutritional powerhouses provide dietary essential fatty acids in the form of a balanced ratio of omegas 3, 6 and 9, as well as protein and other vital nutrients, including zinc, copper, manganese, vitamin E and magnesium.
The thing I love most about these hemp seeds is that they’re 100% Australian grown and processed meaning their food miles are reduced and they don’t go through any potentially harmful decontamination processes when arriving into the country.
I personally like adding hemp seeds into pesto, on top of avo toast, in salads and smoothies, and sometimes just by the spoonful…need I go on?
THE CANNACO DRINKS THE MYRCENE HEMP GIN
Gin is having a renaissance, and the craft gin market has exploded with new and exciting varieties in recent years, with distillers mixing traditional botanicals with modern flavours to create unique products for the ever-expanding market.
But one of the most exciting innovations is hemp gin. Before we go any further, no it won’t get you high, but it will certainly make a mighty fine G&T.
Normally, gin is infused with botanicals such as juniper berries, coriander seeds, orris root, or cassia bark (depending on the style of gin), but the CannaCo. has launched a range of world-first, hemp-infused gins utilising terpenes (the aromatic compounds found in hemp) to create a unique flavour profile.
The myrcene hemp gin is described as having “bubblegum aromas blended with lavender, pine forest and sage. Soft tones of violet interact on the palate with woodland flavours of rosemary and resin, cloves and woody spices. With a long complex finish and a rich mouthfeel…”
Myrcene is a naturally occurring terpene found in the hemp plant and has an earthy, herbal, fruity aroma. Myrcene is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties and can even help relax muscles and its sleep-inducing sedative properties may help get a better night’s shut-eye.
While this gin definitely has a different flavour than some of the traditional gins, it’s a welcome change and will definitely be a staple in my spirits cabinet.
HEMP PET CARE
BUDDY PET RANGE
If you’ve got a fur baby, making sure their diet is chocked full of all the right nutrients and vitamins is probably top of your to-do list when it comes to their health and wellbeing.
If you’ve been looking for a dietary supplement that’ll support cardiovascular health, joint function, and promote a healthy immune system then the range of Buddy Pet products might be just what the doctor ordered for your feline or fur friend.
The range features products targeted toward specific concerns and is derived from 100% organically grown Australian hemp seeds, and all products are certified chemical and pesticide-free.
‘Marley’ is designed to support your dog’s optimal wellbeing and may even reduce anxiety. The formula contains the perfect ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in conjunction with 21 amino acids, minerals and vitamins.
‘Milly’ is a powerful combination of hemp seed oil and turmeric designed to support senior dogs experiencing the symptoms of chronic disease and ageing. The anti-inflammatory ingredients may help to reduce pain and mobility issues associated with arthritis, and also support general wellbeing as your dog ages.
‘Luna’ is designed for fur babies of the feline variety. This product contains nutrient-rich hemp seed oil and fish oil to support your cat’s health. The true workhorse of this formula is the high omega-3 content including both DHA and EPA. DHA supports the health of your cat through all life stages and the anti-inflammatory effects of EPA are most beneficial to older cats who are experiencing signs of chronic degenerative disease.
A few drops a day may just keep the vet away.
HEMPPET HEMP DROPS 1000MG
Many pet owners are turning to the natural healing power of CBD to help manage a range of canine conditions such as cancer, pain and anxiety.
Hemp Drops is a full-spectrum CBD supplement designed specifically for animals. The product is formulated with 100% Australian grown premium hemp and a combination of hemp seed and MCT oil along with Vitamin E.
Although limited, clinical canine studies do suggest that dogs can benefit from CBD supplementation and can offer pet-owners a natural alternative to medications. Studies suggest that it may help with conditions such as:
The results of a 2018 study showed that 80 per cent of dogs showed improvement in pain and mobility after CBD treatment was administered .
Many pet owners praise this product for its ability to improve symptoms of seizure conditions and anxiety, and recovery from cancer and strokes.
This product is available by vet prescription.
HEMP COLLECTIVE NATURAL PET SHAMPOO BAR
Another great way to give your pets a dose of healing and nourishing hemp oil is by adding it to their bath time.
So many pet products contain toxic products, the last thing you want to do is wash them with more harmful ingredients.
Hemp Collective’s pet shampoo bar is a cleansing, moisturising and replenishing alternative to other commercial pet shampoos. The ingredient read like a kitchen shopping list; the bars are filled with a nourishing combination of hemp seed oil, coconut oil and cocoa butter, and better yet it does not contain any sulfates, paraben or palm oils.
It’s also a great option for any doggo’s who have skin irritations or allergies.
AFENDS HEMP CLOTHING
Afends is an alternative clothing and fashion brand born and raised in the coastal surf town of Byron Bay.
Afends have successfully launched multiple clothing collections that utilise hemp, and other sustainable fibres to create some of the dopest hemp threads.
Afends co-founders and friends, Declan and Jono, are leading the hemp fashion revolution; the gents have recently purchased 100 acres of farmland in Northern NSW with the ultimate goal of utilising it as a research and development facility to grow their own hemp fibre.
Whether you want a pair of ultra-comfy hemp jeans, a pair of hemp fixed-waist boardies for surfing, or just want to stock up on a few of the basics like tees and singlets, Afends is definitely your one-stop-shop for all things hemp streetwear, surfwear and skatewear.
THE HEMP TEMPLE SLOW FASHION COLLECTION
Fast fashion needs to merge into the slow lane and take its collective foot off the gas, for the sake of our planet.
The fashion industry is one of the largest contributors to the climate crisis we’re facing. Just take a look at these mind-blowing stats.
“The industry belches out 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, more emissions than the shipping and aviation industries combined! And a 2021 report from the World Economic Forum identified fashion, and its supply chain, as the planet’s third-largest polluter (after food and construction), releasing 5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.” Climate Council.
So, what can do about it? Vote with your dollar and shop at ethical, sustainable, slow-fashion icons like the Hemp Temple.
The lovely ladies behind this environmentally sustainable, earth-loving business have created a range of artfully stitched men and women’s hemp threads that feel like wearing your favourite worn-in pair of pants.
Both the men and women’s ranges have pants and tops, and also skirts and dresses.
If you’re wanting to reduce your environmental footprint and wear a sustainably crafted garment that will last the test of time and won’t break the bank, then I highly recommend checking out the Hemp Temple.
HEMP GALLERY ORGANIC HEMP BLEND SHEET SET
Is there anything more indulgent than sliding into the welcoming embrace of luxurious bed sheets? It always reminds me of being on holiday in a fancy hotel, now it’s possible to recreate this feeling in the comfort of your own bedroom.
Hemp Galleries uber-luxe hemp cotton blend bed sheets actually get softer with every wash, and one of the other major benefits of hemp fabric is that it’s breathable and has antimicrobial properties; a great option if you suffer from any allergies.
The sheets are made with 55% pure unbleached hemp and 45% certified organic cotton and includes 1 x flat sheet, 1 x fitted sheet and 2 x pillowcases.
The other thing I love about this business is that it was started by Beatrice and Ray, a husband and wife team who are passionate about educating Australians on the value of the incredible hemp plant.
As with many hemp businesses, this is a family-run venture, with their daughter Nicole recently coming on board to help steer the business in new and exciting directions.
HEMP GALLERY HEMP BEESWAX WRAPS
Single-use plastics are out and re-usable, biodegradable options are in.
Beeswax wraps are an amazing, eco-friendly alternative to clingwrap or kitchen foil and offer a sustainable and reusable way to keep your veggies fresher for longer.
I’ve had a bunch of coriander stay fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks when using these wraps, but I also slice up bread and store it in the freezer, cover leftovers and wrap a sandwich or snacks to take on the go. They are incredibly versatile and you can finally say goodbye to those wilted, mushy greens in the veggie draw.
Both hemp and beeswax possess antimicrobial properties helping to keep your food fresh, plus at the end of their life, they are 100% compostable and biodegradable.
Another way I like to utilise the wraps when they’ve been completely worn out is to cut them into strips and use them in the garden to stake plants.
These are a stylish addition to any kitchen and make a great gift for any friends or rello’s who are ready to ditch the plastic.
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