Hidden Secrets of Sweet Almond Oil & the Sweet Almond Plant

Sweet Almond

Botanical name (Latin): Prunus amygdalus var. dulcus
Plant family: Rosaceae
Aroma: Light, Sweet, Nutty.
Extraction method:Cold Pressed
Native region/origin
: Middle East
Growing habit: Their 5-inch long, oval leaves have pointed tips and fine-toothed edges.
Parts used: Kernels

Benefits of Sweet Almond Oil

Used topically, Sweet Almond Carrier Oil can heal superficial skin burns, soothe dry and chapped skin, as well as skin affected by dermatosis, eczema, and psoriasis. Being non-comedogenic, anti-bacterial, and non-greasy, this medium-light lubricant has a quick absorption rate that is ideal for use in facial care, massages, and on skin that is sensitive or acne-prone. Sweet Almond Oil is a mild natural oil that promotes smooth, youthful, blemish-free skin by boosting collagen production, keeping it hydrated and supple, and by protecting it against the potential damage caused by UV radiation. Its light texture allows it to soften the skin while penetrating it to cleanse the pores and prevent blackheads as well as future acne breakouts. Applied regularly before bed, Almond Oil can noticeably diminish the appearance of dark undereye circles, and it can soothe inflamed skin caused by overexposure to the sun. Applied to nails, Sweet Almond Carrier Oil addresses mineral deficiencies that lead to thin, brittle nails and restores nail health to promote stronger, thicker, and smoother growth.

Used in a massage, Sweet Almond Carrier Oil can relieve muscular aches, pains, and soreness by relaxing muscle tension, tiredness, and knots. Massing it into the skin introduces protein to the skin and muscles, boosts energy, and purges the skin of toxins and impurities.

COSMETIC:Antioxidant, Tonic, Nutritive, Rejuvenating, Emollient, Anti-Inflammatory.

MEDICINAL:Antioxidant, Tonic, Analgesic, Aphrodisiac, Antispasmodic, Nutritive, Sedative, Anti-Inflammatory.

History of Sweet Almond Oil

The name “Almond” is believed to be a grouping of extractions from both the French word “almande” and the Greek word “amydala.” The amygdala – the part of the brain that controls the ability to make decisions, develop memories, and process emotions – is also believed to have the same etymology. Known as the “King of Nuts,” the Almond, as well as the oil it yields, are both believed to improve the role of this part of the brain. For this reason, it was served to dignitaries to boost their administrative abilities. Historical sources suggest that domesticated Almonds appeared as early as, or possibly earlier than 4000 B.C. They are said to have been native to the Middle East, being spread along the Mediterranean shores to North Africa and southern Europe. It also spread to central and southwest Asia as far as the Yamuna River of India as well as to California in the 1840s.

The Almond belongs to the same stone fruit family as plums, cherries, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. It has traditionally been used in confections such as candies, baked goods, and other desserts, in main dishes such as curries, and in remedies to address physical ailments. Almonds have been used to create lactose-free or vegan substitutes for milk products and to create gluten-free flour that ensures products are suitable for those with distinct dietary regulations. One of the most popular uses of the Almond has been for its oil, which continues to be used for both health benefits as well as cosmetic applications.

The Sweet variety of Almond Oil is derived from only the sweet, edible Almonds of the botanical known as Prunus amygdalus var. dulcis, which grows white flowersThe oil that is obtained from this variety is considered to be a carrier oil and is most commonly used in skin and hair care to enhance the appearance, health, and texture of both.

Many cultures and religious beliefs revere the Almond. Where it is mentioned in the Bible, it is referred to as a symbol of vigilance and promise, because of its early flowering. It is also considered to be “among the best of fruits.” In Torrent, Spain on the 1st of February, the event known as La Entrada de la Flor involves offering the Virgin Mary the fruits of the first tree that flowers after winter, and this tree happens to be the Almond tree. Almonds are also valued in Ayurvedic medicine, according to which they and their oil effectively promote the health of the reproductive system, muscles, and bones. Considered to be a tonic for the brain, blood, and skin, they are often used to address or enhance cognitive functions, immunity, muscle strength, and virility.

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