*Apricot kernel oil is extracted by pressing the kernels of the apricot tree, Prunus armeniaca.
*Apricot oil is similar to almond oil and peach oil, but is much less expensive than almond oil.
*It is used extensively in cosmetic industry to make soaps, lotions, balms, moisturizers, cold creams etc.
*It is used as massage oil, base oil and carrier oil in aromatherapy.
*It is colorless, light in texture, non-greasy and easily absorbed into the skin.
*It has nearly 90% of unsaturated fats with a high content of essential fatty acid, linoleic acid.
*Though it is mostly used in cosmetic industry, it is also used for edible purposes as cooking or salad oil.
*Buying and storage: When buying, read the labels to make sure it is edible, as apricot oil is sometimes mixed with other ingredients for cosmetic purposes, which then cannot be consumed. Store in a cool, dark place away from light and heat.
Is it raw?
As a general rule, apricot oil is cold pressed to retain the nutritional value. Cold pressed oils have much more complex flavors, as they have not been compromised by heat processing.
1. Apricot oil prevents dehydration of the skin and is suitable for all types of skin.
2. It is an emollient, soothes the burns and boils when applied topically.
3. Good source of vitamin E, helps in reducing the scar tissue.
4. Its moisturizing and revitalizing properties are used to repair the damaged, dry, rough, aged and irritated skin.
5. Delays the ageing of skin.
6. As it has a good amount of vitamin E, it used as a base oil in creams to extend their shelf life.
7. It is very high in the polyunsaturated fatty acid, linoleic acid, which is good for the heart.