Almond Oil – Prunus dulcis

Posted on Monday 31 March 2008

Sweet Almond oil is one of the most popular oils for use in Aromatherapy and skin care for its soothing and gentle nature. It is found in many cosmetics, lotions, creams and massage oils.
Further, it is a favourite for massage as it provides the skin with a good slip while it is being worked into the body, and leaves the skin feeling soft and supple once it has been absorbed.
The tree is commonly grown throughout the Mediterranean countries, and the nuts are contained within a green sueded fruit. The fruit splits open to reveal the nut when they are ready to harvest.
Sweet Almond oil is also known as Prunus amygdalus and Amygdalus dulcis, however, it is very different to the Bitter Almond Oil which is not recommended for Aromatherapy treatments.
There are two main grades of Sweet Almond Oil – Pure and Virgin, both of these oils are produced by cold pressing the nut. The Pure oil has been filtered to remove colour and odour, while the virgin has a rich, full aroma and is slightly darker in colour.
The choice between oils is up to the individual. They are both excellent oils for very dry, chapped or irritated skin, with moisturising and emollient properties. The oil has good occlusive properties, which help to create a barrier on the skin and reduce moisture loss into the environment.
Sweet Almond oil is rich in Oleic acid, Linoleic acid, vitamin A, vitamin B and a small amount of vitamin E.

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