Hemp for Deep Nourishment

Happy Pisces Full Moon Everyone!

This full moon comes each year as an opportunity to get in touch with how we are feeling and find balance in our bodies, hearts and minds.

What is feeling heavy right now? Can you find a stone to symbolize it and place the stone out in the moonlight?

What is feeling nourishing right now? Try to celebrate it with a symbolic act such as picking a bouquet of flowers or enjoying the rich harvest of berries and stone fruit that's available during this late summer season.

To enjoy and relax as we move into fall, try including more hemp in your diet.

Hemp, cannabis sativa, has been part of nutritional therapies since 2300 BCE. It is a high protein seed which, similar to flax, contains all 9 essential amino acids. It is rich in fatty acids, fiber, and vitamin E. Due to its balanced ratio of omega 3 to 6 fatty acids and its high GLA (gamma-linoleic acid) content, hemp seed and oil can help stimulate immunity, balance the endocrine system, and support healthy skin and hair.

Unlike soy, which contains high amounts of phytic acid (an anti-nutrient that prevents us from absorbing minerals), hemp seed has no phytic acid. Because it is nature’s highest botanical source of essential fatty acid, however, it will go rancid if stored at room temperature or heated above 100 degrees F. Hence, hemp milk is not the best source of this power-packed nutrient. Instead, choose hemp oil or seeds that come packaged in opaque containers and stored in the refrigerator.

Sprinkle hemp seeds over your oatmeal and drizzle hemp oil on your salad.

Here’s to your health! Try this smoothie to bring some sweetness and heart medicine into your life.

Blueberry Hemp Smoothie

Place these ingredients in a blender:

  • ½ teaspoon each: cinnamon and cardamom
  • a pinch salt
  • 2 Tablespoons hemp oil
  • ½ can un-sweetened, full-fat organic coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup blueberries

Blend well and enjoy! Keeps in fridge for 3 days.

*Variations: use almond milk instead of coconut milk. Use peaches instead of blueberries.

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