You see it in the food section of almost any grocery store, but you’re not aware of just how amazing almond oil is. It’s gotten from either sweet or bitter almonds, and has a slight odour and a nutty taste. Due to the cyanide found in bitter almonds, only sweet almond oils are considered safe for human consumption.
Here are the numerous benefits almond oil has for our skin, hair and health.
Because almond oil is not greasy and does not have a strong fragrance, it is suitable for use by those with extra sensitive skin.
Almond oil acts as a natural moisturizer: Wary of putting chemically laden drug-store moisturizers on your skin? Almond oil is a great substitute. Without clogging the pores, almond oil is quickly absorbed into the skin and it helps in making the skin smoother and softer. As it also contains zinc properties, it heals dry skin too!
It protects the health of your skin: When applied topically, almond oil will help protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays (such as certain types of skin cancer). A study of this published in the ‘Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology” in 2007, concluded that applying it to your skin can prevent structural damage caused by UV rays. And not to worry, Almond oils contain a lot of Vitamin E and thus will not result in you tanning.
Warning: While allergic reactions to this oil are rare. You should perform a patch test before applying it all over your body!
Almond oil has many important nutrients such as poly saturated and mono fatty acids, vitamins A, E, D , B1, B2 and B6. All these are extremely helpful in growing healthy strands of hair. It also contains a high amount of magnesium, lack of which cosmeticians cite as the main reason for hair loss.
Removal of Dandruff: Almond oil helps the scalp by removing dead cells from it. A simple method of getting this done is by massaging the oil into your scalp for 15-20 minutes, letting it sit for at least 45 minutes and then rinsing it away with your regular shampoo.
Hair growth: Almond oil, when combined with other hair favourable oils like castor oil, will help you get the long, soft and luscious hair you have dreamed of. Mix three tablespoons each of almond oil and castor oil together. Warm up the mixture slightly by using indirect heat. Apply and massage into your hair and scalp. Wrap your hair up in a towel for about an hour and afterwards wash off with your shampoo. Repeat this twice a month and in a couple of months you will start to see great changes to the look and health of your hair.
Almond oil has tons of benefits for our health when ingested (by using it to cook or simply taking a tablespoon a day). Almond oil is one of the few complete sources of energy and nutrients. Its high potassium content and low sodium content helps in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and regulating blood pressure. It’s also rich in folic acids and protein which are great for your cardiac health.
Here are a couple of easy ways you can incorporate almond oil in your dishes!
– Baking: You can use sweet almond oil (refined) in baking cakes. Simply substitute it in place of any other oil or butter called for in your cake recipe. Measure the same amount of almond oil as the oil or melted butter called for in the recipe. It works particularly well in cakes that contain chocolate, toffee or caramel.
-Almond oil can be used in place of olive oil in making salad, fish or vegetable dishes.
-Sweet Almond oil is also a great and tasty substitute for vegetable oil in Indian duck and curry dishes.