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Prunus amygdalus, Prunus dulcis

Family: Rosaceae

Part Used: nuts

Base oil: can be used as a base oil, 100 percent

Sweet almond is native to Asia and the Mediterranean region, and is found in dry soils. The medium-sized tree grows to a height of about 35 feet and has pinkish-white flowers. There are approximately fifty species of the wild almond trees, but only a few varieties produce a sweet kernel.

Contains: glucosides, minerals, vitamins. Rich in protein

Practical Uses: Helps relieve itching, soreness, dryness and inflammation. Good for all skin types. Sun-tanning oil. The carrier/base oil is used to dilute essential oils in aromatherapy for massage oils and other formulations.

Therapeutic Properties: alterative, anti-inflammatory, antilithic, antipruritic, antitumor, astringent, carminative, demulcent, diuretic, emollient, galactagogue, laxative, nervine, tonic, vulnerary

Caution: the nuts contain cyanide. It is best to use small amounts of the oil at one time.

Pressed from the edible nuts of the sweet almond tree, Sweet Almond oil is rich in both minerals and oleic acid, a skin nourisher and hydrator. Sweet almond oil is used to treat dryness, chapped hands and sun-damaged skin. This carrier has a slippery feel, so it needs to be massaged thoroughly into the skin. This will leave your skin feeling smooth and silky. Sweet almond oil softens undernourished or dry skin, encouraging cell renewal. This oil rejuvenates the skin and reduces fine lines.

*Special Tip: for dry hands or damaged nails, stand the base in a small glass dish of 100ml / 3 ½ fl oz Sweet Almond oil in a bowl of hot water to warm the oil (this improves absorption). Then soak your hands or nails in the warmed oil for 10 minutes.

Special Blends

Add these essential oils to 20 ml / 4 tsp Sweet Almond oil:

To rehydrate dry skin:

  • 2 drops Rose Otto, 4 drops Neroli, 4 drops Frankincense

To rejuvenate scaly skin on the heels and elbows:

  • 4 drops Myrrh, 4 drops German Chamomile, 2 drops Patchouli

Source: Harding Jennie, The Essential Oils Handbook. Duncan Baird Publishers, 2008 is free to access and use.
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