The Beauty of Hemp in Skincare and Nail Care

The Beauty of Hemp in Skincare and Nail Care

Hemp, scientifically known as Cannabis sativa, has a rich and diverse history deeply intertwined with human civilization. Dating back thousands of years, hemp is one of the oldest cultivated crops on the planet. Archaeologists believe its origins lie in Central Asia, with evidence of its cultivation and use in China as early as 2800 BCE. Hemp was discovered to be a versatile plant, used for ropes, durable textiles and even paper long before the printing press was invented. The Chinese were also among the first to discover the plant's medicinal properties, incorporating hemp into traditional medicine.

Hemp eventually reached different corners of the globe, including the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Nomadic traders carried its seeds westward along the Silk Road, eventually introducing hemp to Europe. By the Middle Ages, the plant thrived in Mediterranean nations, providing material for sails, clothing, and even the sails of Viking ships that dared to navigate uncharted waters. In the colonial Americas, hemp cultivation became a staple, with early settlers relying on it for textiles, paper, and even as a legal tender in some colonies. 

However, as the 20th century dawned, hemp faced a dramatic shift in perception. In the United States and many other countries, it became associated with its psychoactive cousin, marijuana, and was subject to strict legal restrictions. 

Uses in Skin Care and Nail Care 

Hemp seed oil, extracted from the plant's seeds, is nature's secret weapon for glowing skin and fortified nails. 

Its treasure trove of essential fatty acids, like omega-3 and omega-6, is the key. These fatty acids mimic our skin's natural oils which allows deep hydration. This potent cocktail soothes inflammation, making hemp a hero for calming acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Its anti-aging properties are no slouch either, as it stimulates collagen production, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Hemp is a plant steeped in history and physiological benefits. It's the hero ingredient of our plant based hand cream

Hemp’s Future

In recent years, the distinction between hemp and marijuana has begun to be clarified, leading to a resurgence of interest in hemp for its industrial and nutritional uses. 

Today, hemp is recognized as a valuable and sustainable resource. The plant has gained renewed attention for its environmental benefits, such as its ability to grow with minimal pesticides, its carbon sequestration capabilities, and its potential as a biofuel source. 

As advancements in technology and beauty continue to emerge, Sainte Nèl will find new ways to incorporate this plant into our non-toxic nail care offerings.