Due to the significant nutrients almonds contain, almond oil has many health benefits both internally and externally.
The oil is extracted from sweet and bitter almonds with the bitter almond oil used for cooking.
Almond Oil For The Skin
Sweet almond oil is effective as a carrier-oil. Simply put, when applied to the skin undiluted, essential oils, absolutes, CO2s and other concentrated aromatics can cause bad reactions and severe irritation in some individuals. Carrier oils such as almond oil are used to dilute essential and other oils prior to application. They carry the essential oil onto the skin.
The properties contained in this oil make it ideal as aromatherapy massage oil. It does not absorb into the skin straight away, is non greasy, has a warming or heating effect and has a pleasant, natural fragrance.
This natural heating effect makes it popular among Aroma therapists and masseurs who use it to relieve tired and aching muscles.
Pure almond oil is suitable for any skin type so you don’t have to worry how it will react when you apply it to your face and body. It is also a rich source of vitamin E which is effective in keeping the skin nourished and vibrant looking.
Here are some other benefits almond oil can provide the skin:
• Helps improve complexion and retains glow
• Is a great moisturizer with a pleasant smell
• Soothes skin irritation and inflammation
• Delays ageing process. The natural oil retains more water than other moisturizers and helps plump out the wrinkles on the face
• Lightens dark circles under the eyes
• Relieves dry and itching skin
• Nourishes the skin. Makes it smooth and soft
• Cures chapped lips and body rashes
Almond oil works great on the skin. It soaks in really well and you can almost feel those healthy nutrients working their magic! Try having a foot rub with it – heaven!
A friend of mine says its a perfect moisturizer for her baby because it has no side effects or causes any skin reactions.
Aura Cacia Organics sweet almond oil has some excellent reviews and feedback from Amazon.com and seems to be the prefered oil.
Almond Oil For The Hair
Almonds health benefits dont just include what it can do to your skin. Almond oil is also great in keeping your hair looking shiny and vibrant, benefiting from its high source of vitamin E and essential minerals like magnesium.
The oil retains moisture in the hair which prevents it from drying out and will treat already dry and damaged hair.
Simply massage a few drops into your hair and scalp for deep nourishment and moisture.
Hair benefits include:
• Nourishes hair and smoothes hair cuticles
• Stronger and healthier hair
• Massaging with almond oil adds shine to the hair
• Helps prevent hair loss
Almond Oil For Cooking
Bitter almond oil can be used on foods and has a smooth buttery flavor. It is not really suitable for cooking at high temperatures and so should be used more for a finishing oil and added to meals just prior to serving.
Go for a Cold Press almond oil rather than the refined oil. Refined almond oil goes through a highly processed system enabling it to be heated for high temperature cooking. It makes it more versatile but the oil loses its nutritious benefits this way.
Cold press almond oil or any cold press oil doesn’t go through this heat process and so retains all of its natural flavor and nutritional benefits.
Almond oil aids digestion, and is widely used in Indian culture as an effective pain-killer and a remedy for high cholesterol.
Try almond oil in baking. Use it to add a fruity/nutty flavor to cakes and cookies. Just replace a quarter or a half of your regular oil or butter with almond oil.