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Monday, January 18, 2010

BENEFITS OF ALMOND OIL...




Almond oil is produced from sweet almonds (Prunus amygdalus) and from bitter almonds (aprunus amygdalus amara). Sweet almond oil, used as a carrier oil for blending essential oils, is beneficial for the skin, hair and has overall health advantages. It can be used as an effective massage oil. Bitter almonds provide culinary advantages.

 History



Almonds enjoy a rich history. From Greek mythology to Shakespeare and on into modern times, people have enjoyed the benefits of almonds and almond by-products. When modern day Turkey was Anatolia, people enjoyed almond oil for cooking, lighting, medicines and perfumes. Primarily, almonds have provided especially lubricating emollients for skin. Almonds were highly prized in Asia, Persia and the Mediterranean.
 
 Types
 


Sweet and bitter almonds provide oils for a variety of uses, from cooking to skin care. Sweet almonds are the source of almond oil. Sweet almond oil is used as a carrier oil and as as base for skin lotions. Bitter almonds produce Amaretto and cooking oil. The various oils that are produced from bitter and sweet almonds offer a beneficial and sometimes delicious array of uses.
 
Benefits
 
Sweet almond oil is used as an effective massage oil, skin and facial complexion moisturizer and hair care. Good for all skin types, sweet almond oil eases itching, soreness and dryness. Almond oil does not penetrate as deeply as other oils, which makes it a beneficial aromatherapy massage oil with its pleasant, gentle fragrance. Almond oil eases inflammation, rashes and muscle pain.
 
Effects
 
Almond oil comes with a variety of recommended uses. For hair, moisten your fingertips with several drops of almond oil. Gently massage the scalp. A comforting regimen, treating the scalp and hair to sweet almond oil, benefits follicles, prevents hair loss, provides shine and strengthens hair. For skin, almond oil a wonderful treatment. It is compatible with all skin types. You can moisturize with almond oil to ease rashes and chapped lips and skin. It soothes inflamed skin, moisturizes and provides a healthy glow when used regularly. For internal health benefits, almond oil aids digestion, and many in the Indian culture claim that almond oil is an effective pain killer and an effective curative for high cholesterol.
 
Hair
 
Almond oil has numerous health and beauty benefits. When it comes to hair, almond oil is a wonderful, natural treatment for dry and damaged hair. It's a good source of vitamin E and essential minerals like magnesium. When applied to the hair, almond oil provides deep nourishment and moisture for dry locks, adds shine to dull hair, makes hair stronger and even controls hair loss. In fact, ancient Egyptians used almond oil in their hair to fortify strands and stimulate growth.
 
Recipe
 
Things You'll Need:
 
•Almond oil



•Vanilla extract or vanilla essential oil


•Small glass bottle


•Comb


•Shower cap


Instructions

1.  Combine 1 tsp. of almond oil and 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract (or vanilla essential oil) in a small glass bottle. Close the bottle and shake vigorously to blend the almond oil and vanilla extract. The vanilla extract will provide a nice fragrance to your hair. If you have very long or thick hair, double or triple the ingredients, as needed.

2.  Wash your hair and towel dry. Or, spritz dry hair with some water to dampen it. Slightly wet or damp hair will be able to absorb the almond oil more effectively than dry hair.

3.  Pour some of the almond oil mixture into the palm of your hand. Rub your palms together, then massage deeply into your scalp. Apply a few more drops to coat your hair from roots to tips. Run a comb through your hair to disperse the almond oil as evenly as possible.

4.  Cover your hair with a shower cap, and allow the almond oil to become fully absorbed into every strand of hair. Leave the cap on for 15 to 30 minutes, then remove and rinse out the almond oil with warm water and shampoo or co-wash.

Repeat this natural deep-conditioning treatment at least once a week for hair that is soft, shiny, strong and healthy.



If any of you ladies have any recipes for uses of almond oil for our AuNaturale's please share them with us.

                                                                                                             ENJOY!!!

3 comments:

Amira said...

Wow that's preety cool. Thanks 4 sharing

zainab1 said...

Amira: sure , any time!

Muslimah Sukhnah said...

As Salaamu Alaikum:

I use almond oil for my hair and skin. I use almond oil mixed with shea butter every day. It great for the skin.

Muslimah Sukhnah