Sweet almond oil is pressed from the dried kernel of sweet almonds and is rich in omega-9 and omega-6 fatty acids. Traditionally used by massage therapists to enhance their client’s experience, it also makes the external layers of skin softer and more pliable. It increases skin’s moisture level by limiting evaporation and is rich in Vitamin E and other nutrient rich lipids.
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|Botanical Family||Prunus dulcis, Prunus amygdalus|
|Therapeutic Properties||Moisturizing, not penetrating, lubricating, conditioning, retains moisture, calm skin, does not clog pores, removes impurities and dead skin, aphrodisiac, prevents wrinkles.|
|Approx. Shelf Life||up to one year|
|Plant Parts||Almond kernel|
|Color||Golden pale yellow|
|Scent | Aroma||Sweet, nutty|
|Uses||Food, skincare, massage, hair care, cosmetics|
|Good For||Dry skin, itching, inflamation, eczema, burns, sunburn, sore muscles, dandruff, hair loss, split ends|
|Contains||Vitamin A, B, E, protein, calcium, glucodides, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, omega 3|
|Fatty Acids||Oleic, Palmitic, linoleic, linolenic, stearic|
|Viscosity||Thick (unrefined) - medium|
The History of Sweet Almond Oil
The almond tree’s domestication is thought to have been sometime between 3,000 and 2,000 B.C. Originally native to the Middle East, the United States has become the world’s largest producer. Commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine, sweet almond oil is thought to bring the body back into balance.
The almond itself is the fruit of a tree, technically considered a drupe it is not a nut. The ancients found it so important, they included it in their religious rituals. The ancient Egyptians believed in an afterlife in which they were able to bring with them earthly possessions. Almonds were discovered in the tomb of King Tutankhamun and must have been considered worthy of royalty. To this day, some of the finest woodwind instruments are conditioned with sweet almond oil.
Natural Hair Care
Lighter and thinner than olive oil, sweet almond oil is great for protecting and adding shine to hair, while at the same time smelling wonderful. Try using it as a pre-conditioner to washing, conditioning and styling in order to prevent split ends. Add after styling to prevent frizz and add shine. As a versatile moisturizer, try massaging it directly into the roots to help ease the symptoms of dry scalp. While these benefits are already scientifically known, some believe that it can actually stimulate growth and lead to fuller and thicker hair.
Already a common carrier oil and base for skin lotions, try adding it to your own homemade natural skin care products. Excellent for every skin type it will calm itching, chapping, dryness and inflammation. Incorporate into your lip balms for a natural source of vitamin E and plump, healthy lips. Smooth away fine lines and wrinkles my gently rubbing sweet almond oil around your eyes and lips until absorbed. Gently splash water on your face to rinse without irritation.
Almond oil doesn’t penetrate skin as deeply as other oils and therefore is perfect for aromatherapy. Infuse with your favorite essential oil to create your own personalized perfume that will last for years. Try mixing it into your warm bath water for a stress reliving and skin moisturizing luxurious bathing experience. Add lavender and rosemary for a pain relieving massage on those tired feet and achy back.
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