We all know that almond oil comes from almonds. And now that I have stated the obvious, we move on to the more interesting part.
Almond oil has a generous amount of monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E and a number of other vitamins, potassium, proteins, zinc and some minerals. There are two types of almond oils, namely, bitter and sweet. The bitter is extracted from bitter almonds. It contains amygdalin that turns into toxic acid after processed, so it cannot be ingested. Whilst sweet almond oil is extracted from edible almonds and the oil can be used for skin, hair and for cooking.
So let’s take a look at all the positive things it does to our hair:
- Reduces scalp inflammation
- Treats dandruff
- Gets rid of split ends
- Makes hair long
- Makes hair healthy
- Can take place of a leave-in conditioner
- Prevents hair loss
To our skin:
- Of course it makes our skin healthy
- Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
- Awesome makeup remover
- Reduces dark circles
- Delays signs of aging
- Removes impurities, dead skin cells
- Cures eczema
- Reduces tan
- Stretch marks treatment
- Ideal for massage and skin care products
- (Elongates eyelashes)
To our health:
- Treats constipation
- Prevents cancer
- Prevents heart ailments
- Regulates blood pressure and maintains cholesterol levels
- Aids weight loss
- Provides instant energy
- Boosts immunity
- Aids digestion
- Boosts memory
- Strengthens nervous system
- Enhances blood circulation
- Relieves muscle ache and fatigue
- Promotes healthy and strong nails
- Excellent for pregnant ladies
- Fights against diabetes/prevents
In order to digest the oil, you can either simply drink a few tablespoons of it, like maybe 2 or 3. Try to consume it when it is closer to your body temperature to be quickly absorbed by your system. Other ways of consuming it can be in salads, with vegetables, in a protein drink or maybe with carbohydrates. So yes, you can cook with it, fry your french fries too.
Sweet almond oil is basically my beauty secret weapon. It has helped me with acne problems, still does actually. I constantly have breakages when it’s our special time of the month. The oil helps reduce the acne considerably. I usually get hold of a cotton ball or pad and clean my face first with “Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water” and finish off with the sweet almond oil also applied on the cotton ball to smooth it on my face. You do not have to use the same cleansing water as me, as long as your face is clean and fresh to apply the oil, use the one you are most comfortable with. Just careful not to use too much oil on your face.
Besides helping me with my acne, it also helps with my stretch marks. It has noticeably decreased the size and tone of my stretch marks, turning them almost invisible. For gym goers, there is a constant change in your body size that also leads to stretch marks. What I do is rub sweet almond oil on the muscle I will be working on that day so that my skin becomes “flexible”. This prevents having future stretch marks.
Besides the wonderful beauty weapon that it is, I also use it for my hair for all the above stated reasons.
Did you know? Almond oil has been tested as a potential biofuel. It can be used as a pesticide to protect rice and prevent toxic contaminations that can lead to death.
Do you use sweet almond oil?
How do you use it?