Source: NDTV Food
Almond is a drupe, not a nut. Its oil is the best oil for hair and skin care. It is native to Mediterranean and Middle East. USA is the largest producer of almonds. It has got many beneficial properties and nutrients which make it such a powerful cosmetic ingredient. They are extracted from almonds mainly of two kinds bitter and sweet almonds. In fact, it is reputed as a medicinal oil in the Unani system of Medicine.
Bitter almonds- They are bitter to taste and is hardly consumed. These almonds contain a small amount of hydrogen cyanide which is poisonous. Eating them can lead to vertigo or death.
Sweet almonds- These are the almonds which are consumed and gives us a sweet almond oil which is healthy and tasty.
Almond oil has got therapeutical properties as well:
· Anti-Inflammatory – It reduces inflammation.
· Anti-oxidant – Almond oil possesses mild antioxidant capacity.
· Immune Booster –Sweet almond oil boosts immunity and protects us from diseases.
· Anti-hepatotoxic –It is known to eliminate toxins from the liver.
· Emollient –Eliminate dry skin and has an excellent moisturizing property.
· Laxative – Promotes defecation and relieves constipation.
· Analgesic –It is a mild pain reliever
· Muscle Relaxation – Almond oil massage relaxes stressed and sore muscles.
· Cicatrizing – Heals wounds faster.
· Anti-dandruff – Removes dandruff.
BENEFITS OF ALMOND OIL ON SKIN:
GIVES A FLAWLESS SKIN: Almond oil has hypoallergenic properties which work as wonders for sensitive skin too. It is rich in Vitamin E which is very effective as an anti-oxidant. G Applying almond oil regularly on your skin will combat stress and UV damage with ease.
PREVENTS ACNE AND CLEANSES THE SKIN: One of the best characteristics is that it is very light texturally. Thus, makes it easy for the body to absorb the oil and it penetrates the skin deeply to get rid of accumulated debris. This prevents acne formation. Almond oil is also rich in Vitamin A that is known to reduce acne.
REMOVES DARK CIRCLES: Almond oil works as a miracle cure for dark circles and eye bags. It has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant property that helps to reduces puffiness and dark circles under the eyes. Anti-inflammatory property reduces the size of dilated swollen blood vessels. Vitamin K present in the oil improves clotting agents in the blood. This helps to reduce under eye discoloration.
REMOVES TAN: To get rid of tan, mix few drops of almond oil and lemon juice in equal quantity with some honey and apply on the affected area. It contains Vitamin A, B, and E which helps the skin to appear whiter and smooth. It is used as a natural sunscreen with SPF 5 this property reduces sunburn and tanning.
USED AS A NATURAL MAKEUP REMOVER: Sweet almond oil is very gentle on the skin and works as an amazing makeup remover. It has skin-friendly nutrients like Vitamins (A, E, and D), oleic acid, the linolenic acid which gives us a healthy skin after removing makeup.