Almond Essential Oil

Almonds have been considered a super food for a while now. Rich in vitamins A, E, B1, B2, and B6, almonds are an excellent source of calcium, minerals and healthy fats.

In fact, reports show that consuming almonds can lower levels of bad cholesterol in the body.

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Eating two ounces of these nuts daily can also reduce the risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular complications. Apart from these advantages of eating the whole nuts, pure almond oil comes with a host of benefits as well.

Almond oil is extracted from whole almonds and come in two basic varieties. The bitter or amara strain of almonds is cultivated mainly for their oil. Bitter almonds contain cyanide, which is lethal to all mammals. However, during the process of oil extractions, amygdalin, which decomposes into cyanide is destroyed thus making it safe for external use in oils and creams. Sweet almonds on the other hand are the ones that are edible and used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes. Sweet almond oil contains oleic acid ester an important fatty acid - that makes the oil easily absorbed by the skin. Sweet almond oil is therefore used in a lot of cosmetic and beauty products. It has a nutty and sweet fragrance and is pale yellow in color. Almond oil is also an ideal carrier oil as it blends easily with other essential oils and is relatively milder in aroma and strength than some others.

Benifits Of Almond Oil

The benefits of almond oil can be seen in many ways. Almond oil massages are a mainstay in aromatherapy. Since the oil is an excellent moisturizer and emollient, it makes the skin feel soft and smooth and not overly greasy. Its pleasant, light fragrance also adds to the massage experience. Almond oil is rich in vitamin E and this contributes to skin rejuvenation, production of collagen and keeping the skin glowing and healthy. Almond oil can also prevent wrinkles and boost skin elasticity. Applying almond oil for the face is an inexpensive way to keep your skin moisturized and improves circulation.

Almond oil does not clog pores and leave the skin feeling heavy and oily either. Dip a cotton ball into almond oil and use it as an effective make up cleanser at the end of the day. Not only will it remove even the most stubborn mascara and lipstick stains easily, it won't cause any skin breakouts either. This oil is also cheaper than most commercial make up removers and cleansers in the market while doing a better job than most as well. In case you have a muscular strain of a sprain, an almond oil massage on the affected area will lessen any pain as well.

Almond oil for the face can also be used by way of a scrub. You can make one at home by simply mixing almond oil and sugar and applying it to your face. The sugar acts as an exfoliant and removes dirt and any dead cells and the almond oil counters this by softening the skin and making it glow. Chapped lips, heels, cheeks and dry skin, especially in cold weather can be pampered and protected with almond essential oil. The cosmetic industry enlists almond oil in almost all of its products.

Almond oil for eyes is a perfect antidote to tired eyes and dark circles. Apply almond oil around the eyes before you sleep as this also helps reduce wrinkles and dry skin around this delicate area.

Almond oil is also a gentle and moisturizing conditioner for your hair. The vitamin E once again helps repair damaged and dry hair and restore it back to its original luster and shine. A few drops of almond oil can reduce hair frizz and smoothen hair as well. The cosmetic industry enlists almond oil in almost all of its products. From lip balms to body lotions, shampoos to conditioners, hair oils to shaving creams, acne treatments to topical painkillers, almond oil is the ideal additive thanks to its therapeutic properties.

Like the other wonder oil olive oil almond oil is also used for cooking. The health benefits of eating and cooking with almond oil are almost similar to those of olive oil as well. Low in bad fats and vitamin rich, almond oil adds nutrients to any dish. Since its smoking point is not that high, almond oil cannot be used for deep-frying and the like. But sauteing vegetables in almond oil can lend an amazing nutty flavor to a dish without adding to its calories.

How to make almond oil couldn't be simpler.

  • You will need a portion of roasted almonds that have been washed and dried well and a clean oil press.
  • Place the almonds in the press and turn the crank to extract the oil. Collect the oil in a cup and then transfer to a clean, sealable jar.
  • Store this jar in a cool dry place - your fridge will do as well in case the weather is very humid and hot.
  • Use this homemade almond oil in your daily beauty routines for a quarter of the cost of a store bought version.
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