You may be aware that almonds are reportedly one of the healthiest foods we can consume. They are a great source of protein and good a promoting a healthy weight, but did you also know that almond oil has many health & beauty benefits? Read on to find out how you can use sweet almond oil for your skin and hair.
Although most people think of an almond as a nut, it’s actually a seed from the almond tree, which is indigenous to the Mediterranean climates. The flowering tree produces a green fruit, known as a drupe and inside that is a shell which encases the edible almond seed that we’re familiar with.
There are different types of almonds produced by these trees, some are sweet and others bitter. The bitter ones are unfavorable as they contain cyanide and are not safe for use.
Years ago, the tree became domesticated and that has resulted in the almonds we are familiar with today. Over half the almonds come from California and any that are sold in the U.S. for consumption as seeds are of the sweet variety. Also, all the almonds cultivated in the U.S. have to go through a pasteurization process to avoid salmonella issues, so truly ‘raw’ almonds aren’t sold as a packaged good in the U.S anymore.
Imported almonds are also supposed to be sweet, but sometimes some bitter ones make it into the mix and can cause some mild reactions due to the cyanide. I’ve only seen almonds shelled, but apparently you can also get them un-shelled.
Almonds are very nutritious as they contains several vitamins and minerals; they are a great source of fiber and protein, are lower in carbs, and although high in fat…it’s the good fat! So besides almonds having many internal health benefits, we can use almond oil in our health & beauty routines too.
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**WARNING: Even though it’s not technically a nut, it can behave as a nut when it comes to allergies…so if you have a nut allergy, it’s probably best to avoid almond oil.
Healthy Skin & Beauty Benefits of Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet Almond Oil For Your Skin
The use of sweet almond oil (make sure it’s not bitter almond oil) as a massage oil can be good for improving the complexion. It may even improve psoriasis or eczema skin issues. It can also help reduce inflammation, like puffy eyes, and works best if you warm it up a bit by rubbing it between your fingers first and then lightly dabbing it where needed. And while I’m a bit leery, supposedly it can help protect you from the sun and/or help heal your skin after sun damage.
It will help keep your skin smooth and soft and is safe for even the most sensitive of skin. You can use it as a facial cleanser as it works well for gently removing makeup and because it will absorb down into your skin quickly, working out any debris in your pores.
If you need to exfoliate a bit, you can mix it with a bit of sugar and use it as a scrub too; you just want to make sure to rinse with warm water after. If you follow your regular cleansing routine with a few drops of the sweet almond oil applied in place of your moisturizer, just use it sparingly so your skin doesn’t become too oily.
Many people have taken to using essential oils for all sorts of remedies, but it’s not advised to put pure essential oils directly on your skin. Almond oil is a carrier oil which can help dilute the pure forms of the essential oils and make them safer for direct skin application. I like to mix a bit of tea tree oil in with some almond oil to spot treat blemishes. I also like to use it as a carrier oil mixed with some luminescent mica powder to create a DIY face/body highlighter.
Sweet Almond Oil For Your Hair
Because of all it’s wonderful properties, your hair can benefit from sweet almond oil too. It can prevent dandruff and promote hair growth. I like to use it sometimes as a ‘hot oil treatment’. I heat up a small amount of almond oil in the microwave and apply it to wet hair. Starting with a little at a time, I massage it into my scalp/roots and then work it through to the ends with a wide-tooth comb. I let it sit in my hair for about an hour and then wash it out.
(TIP: Apply the shampoo and massage it in and through your hair prior to getting your hair wet. It will break down any residual oil and help cleanse your hair without leaving it oily.)
If your ends are especially dry or frizzy, you can also apply a drop or two to your hands and rub them together and put it on the lower half of your dry hair, focusing on the ends mostly. I do this sometimes when my hair has a lot of static and I have random flyaways, but I’m careful to use just the smallest amount so my hair doesn’t look oily.
**NOTE: It’s important to get PURE sweet almond oil just as it’s important to use pure essential oils.
So if you haven’t tried using almond oil for your skin & hair, you may give it a try and see how it works for you. Are there other ways you use almond oil? Please comment below and let me know.
Until next time,
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