What we eat plays a particularly important role in our spiritual journey. Everything around us has a unique energetic vibration. The energy of the food we eat literally becomes a part of our being - as it floods into our cells; it directly impacts our vibration, either lowering or raising it accordingly.
Eating high vibrational foods can help to expand our consciousness; help us feel the inter-connectivity of all life; help us to remember who we truly are and makes us increasingly aware of ourselves on a soul level. These foods can also help to look after us on a physical level; to nourish our physical vehicle (and emotional/mental vehicles) so that we have a healthy body into which the soul can infuse.
This is the first in a series or articles where we look at at some of the highest vibrational plant-based foods to help support the evolutionary journey. Today, I am looking at hemp seeds...
Hemp is one of the most versatile plants on the planet
Hemp is an amazing gift of nature that can produce high quality clothing, textiles, paper, food and while we're at it - you can even build a house with it! As a bonus, it is also naturally resistant to pests, so it doesn't require harmful pesticides even when grown on a commercial scale. As a food, hemp seeds have an abundance of health benefits. This article explores why we should most certainly be embracing this incredible super-food.
Hemp versus marijuana
Let's clear this on up first. If you've been on the conscious eating path for any length of time, then you may already know that hemp seeds sold for kitchen use contain a completely insignificant amount of THC (delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol, the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that gets people 'high')... just in case you wondered. Hemp and marijuana are essentially completely different varieties of the same plant species. So if you are concerned, then rest assured, there will be no 'tripping out' on culinary approved hemp seed! That's a whole different thing.
Why is hemp so good for us?
Hemp is one of the most amazing plants to support human health that exists on our planet. It's brimming with nutrients, so much so, that I make a point of incorporating it regularly into my already super healthy plant-based diet.
- Protein Power Super Star
Hemp is one of the most complete proteins in the plant food kingdom, containing ALL 21 known amino acids, including the 9 that humans are unable to produce themselves. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Protein is essential for basic bodily functions; it helps to build new cells whilst looking after the tissues within your body (which lets face it, is pretty essential). Protein is responsible for making neurotransmitters, the essential internal messaging service that sends the signals around your body to make it function. Hemp comes up top for protein power and is well recognised as a super-food by those seeking a healthy protein source.
Perfect balance of omega essential fats
'Essential' means that the body can't produce these fats itself, so it requires dietary input. Hemp contains nature's perfect ratio (3:1) of omega 3 to omega 6 essentially fatty acids. This is a unique accomplishment in the plant world. These compounds have been shown to have a particularly beneficial effect on our health. Hemp seeds are one of the few plant-based sources of omega 3 (other sources include walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds).
GLA (gamma linolenic acid)
Hemp is an excellent source of GLA. This is a really special omega 6 fatty acid, that is also found in borage, evening primrose and black currant seeds. It has been shown to help people with skin disorders, PMS, menopause, cancer, heart disease, arthritis and has good anti-inflammatory benefits.
Hempseed oil and skin disorders
Studies have shown that hemp seed oil can help with skin disorders. I found one study concluding that improvement in cholesterol levels and improved symptoms of atopic dermatitis were directly related to the dietary consumption of hempseed oil. It was suggested that this may be because of the abundance of PUFAs (polyunsaturated fatty acids) in hempseed oil.
High fibre food (yes we really do spell fibre like that here!)
Like most plant foods, hemp seeds are rich in soluble and un-soluble fibre. Fibre naturally keeps the colon clear, gives you a satiated feeling, whilst helping to reduces sugar cravings.
High in antioxidants
Hemp seeds are high in the antioxidant vitamin E, a very helpful antioxidant. It has also been found to contain tocopherol, which benefits both Alzheimer’s and atherosclerosis. Phytol is another powerful antioxidant from hemp seed, which has is known to have both antioxidant and anticancer properties.
Different ways to eat hemp seeds
Hemp seed oil
Hemp seed oil is extracted by pressing hemp seeds. It's best to choose a cold pressed, unrefined oil to ensure that it retains its optimal goodness. The best hemp seed oil will have a green tint along with a fresh, nutty flavour. It is known to be unstable at high temperatures and not advisable to use for frying or baking. It works well by drizzling over potatoes or veggies after cooking and is always my first choice for salad dressings.
Here is a deliciously easy hemp & parsley salad dressing that I am totally in love with, so much so that I even created a short video to show you how simple it really is:
Hemp protein powder
This is an excellent way to add hemp to a smoothie or other food if you specifically want to focus on the protein and high fibre element of these amazing seeds. The powder is what's left over after the oil had been extracted and is much easier to digest than many other protein sources. One of my favourite ways to use hemp protein powder is to pop it in a smoothie. Check out my delicious recipes...
Two delicious recipes using hemp protein powder
- Happy Hemp Superfood Breakfast Bowl with maca and tahini
- Raw Protein Hemp Power Balls with chia, flax and cacao
Whole hemp seeds
I remember the first time I ever tried hemp seeds about 15 years ago. They hadn't yet taken the world by storm and generally came with the shells still on. I learned rapidly from experience that you definitely want to buy them hulled/shelled (also referred to as hemp seed hearts). They have a light, nutty flavour and blend easily into smoothies or act as a great sprinkle for salad and other cereals. Grind them or use them whole.
Where to find hemp seeds
You can find hemp seeds, hemp protein and hemp oil at any good health food store or online.
Here are a few helpful suggestions to get you started...
- Hemp seeds online USA: Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds
- Hemp protein powder online USA: Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Hemp Protein Powder
- Hemp seeds online UK: Sevenhills Organics Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds
- Hemp protein powder UK: Sevenhills Organics Raw Hemp Protein Powder
21 years ago Trinity had a profound spiritual awakening that interconnected her with the deeper consciousness of life. What followed was a journey of compassion for all sentient beings, and a passion to share conscious eating for the benefit of all. Trinity is an integral part of the Openhand Core Team, supporting with the philosophy development, energy processing, publication of book and film, and is also the Openhand retreat chef.
Trinity recently published two recipe books with Openhand Press: Trinity's Conscious Kitchen & Angelicious - Food for a New Paradigm.
Find Trinity here on www.Openhandweb.org, and here:
Trinity's Conscious Kitchen Website