*Almond oil is extracted from the seeds of the almond tree.
*It is odorless, clear with a tinge of yellow, and slightly oily to touch.
*Two varieties of almond oil are available –
(1) Sweet almond oil- it is a fixed oil (does not evaporate), and is used in cosmetics in the manufacture of soaps, lotions, moisturizers, in aromatherapy, and as a nutrient supplement.
(2) Bitter almond oil – it is a volatile oil and is used in the preparation of fragrances and flavorings.
*Almond oil is low in saturated fats and high in unsaturated fats, especially the essential fatty acid linoleic acid (17%).
*Though it is mostly used for cosmetic purposes, it can be used as salad oil or vegetable drizzling and can be used in place of olive oil.
*Sweet almond oil may become rancid very quickly, due to the high amounts of polyunsaturated fats. So it should be purchased in small amounts and stored in a dark, cool place away from light and heat.
Is it raw?
Yes. Almond oil is extracted from the dried almond kernels by expeller pressing. Make sure you read the label.
1. Almond oil is believed to encourage longevity and high intellectual level.
2. High levels of PUFA enhance the immune system by the formation of prostaglandins.
3. When taken orally, it acts as a laxative and relieves constipation.
4. Used in the pharmaceutical industry as a carrier for injectable drugs that deteriorate in a water-based carrier.
5. It is a great lubricant and helps relieve the symptoms of itching and inflammation.
6. Used as massage oil and carrier oil in aromatherapy and is suitable for all types of skin, and also as a base oil in cosmetics.
7. It is used as an emollient, soothes and softens the dry, rough and damaged skin.
8. Naturally rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant. When applied topically, it helps in fighting off the free radicals in the skin and repairs the damaged skin.
9. It conditions and revives the skin, improves the complexion, and gives a youthful look.