Sweet Almond Oil.... Sweet almond is a small deciduous tree that is native to the Indian subcontinent consisting of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, westward to Syria, Turkey, and Israel. In ancient times humans spread the tree to the shores of the Mediterranean, northern Africa and into southern Europe.
The botanical name for this tree is Prunus dulcis. It’s a small deciduous tree, growing to between thirteen and thirty-two feet. The flowers are white. The fruit of this tree is a drupe, about one to two inches long with a downy outer coat. The oil is a clear, pale yellow, odorless liquid, nondrying fatty oil with a bland, nutty taste. It’s obtained from the dried kernel of the plant.
This oil is very similar in composition to olive oil but has a larger amount of olein, an ester of glycerol and oleic acid. In fact the oil consists primarily of olein. It also contains small amounts of Glyceride of Linolic Acid and other glycerides. It contains no Stearin.
Sweet almond oil nourishes, revives and promotes healthy skin without clogging the pores. The oil is easily absorbed and works great on both your face and body. Besides being a good emollient, sweet almond oil works well as a carrier oil such as in aromatherapy. Use it with tea tree oil in place of olive oil when applying it to your ear canal for earaches.
It has been traditionally used by massage therapists to lubricate the skin during a massage session.
The sweet almond is eaten on its own but is also made into an almond butter similar to peanut butter. This is an alternative if you are allergic to peanuts. They also process sweet almonds into a milk substitute called almond milk. They sometimes give immediate relief if you have heartburn. It’s recommended to peel and eat 6-8 almonds.
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