Fortunately there are some products that are non-toxic sunscreens. Many plants have developed their own UVR protection and it is the extracts or oils from these plants that can provide us with natural protection. The SPF ratings for these extracts and oils are not as high as synthetically produced products but they are safe for us and for the environment.
As in all things, the best approach to UVR protection is one of moderation:
Natural plant oils and extracts and SPF
There are a number of natural ingredients that offer sun protection. They are:
Many of these extracts have other benefits besides UVR protection. Because the nutrients in Hemp seed oil so closely resemble our body’s natural lipids, it is easily absorbed into our skin. It has natural anti-bacterial qualities and is one of the world’s richest sources of essential fatty acids, essential amino acids and other nutrients important for healthy keratin formation.
Although these plant extracts do not have high SPF, they do NOT interfere with the absorption of vitamin D like the synthetic chemical sun protection products. Plant extracts may also assist with cell repair. Products such as hemp oil.
Hemp Seed Oil is recognized by the World Health Organization as a natural anti-oxidant and the only balanced (perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3) source of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and is also a good source of Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA). Hemp Seed Oil has a high content of the enzyme lipase, which is a superior non-invasive chelation therapy for removing plaque build-up (undigested protein and cholesterol) from arteries and cell membrane.
Hemp Seed Oil should be taken daily because EFAs support the cardiovascular, reproductive, immune and nervous systems. A primary function of EFAs is the production of prostaglandins, which regulate body functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, blood clotting, fertility, conception and play a role in immune function by regulating inflammation and encouraging the body to fight infection.
Essential Fatty Acids are also needed for proper growth in children, particularly for neural development and maturation of sensory systems, with male children having higher needs than females. Foetuses and breast-fed infants also require an adequate supply of EFAs through the mother’s dietary intake.
NOTE: Due to the high content of precious fragile EFAs it should not be used for frying or cooking, however it can be poured over pasta to give extra flavour. It may be used straight (1-2 tablespoons per day, or as directed by a doctor) or in place of all other vegetable oils i.e. salad dressings, sauces, marinades and low temperature cooking (below 25˚C). Some process organic Hemp Seed oils have been cold-pressed at temperatures below 20˚ Celsius in an oxygen-free environment and nitrogen capped to maintain freshness.
Hemp Seed Oil requires cool and dark storage conditions – it is the very thing that makes Hemp Seed Oil such a valuable product that makes it vulnerable to spoilage – its high Essential Fatty Content content. An opened container will last for ten- to twelve weeks in the refrigerator but should optimally be used within one to two weeks.
NOTE: An unopened container can be stored indefinitely in the deep freezer and one year in the refrigerator. An unopened container can last four to six weeks if stored below temperatures of 25˚ Celsius and away from direct sunlight.
Suggested Daily Oil Dosage : Adults: 1 to 2 tablespoons a day (approximately 1 tablespoon per 45Kgs of body weight)
* Children over 14 months: 2 to 4 teaspoons
* Babies under 14 months: 1 to 2 teaspoons a day
This amount should provide between 8 to 16 grams of Omega 6 EFA and between 3 to 6 grams of Omega 3 EFA in a normal adult body.
Each 15ml (1 Tablespoon) contains the following Essential Fatty Acids:
|Linoleic Acid (Omega 6)||54.8%|
|Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3)||18.1%|
|Oleic Acid (Omega 9)||11.2%|
|Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA)||4.8%|