The many health and beauty benefits of sweet almond oil have been known for thousands of years and have been used to promote healthy skin, hair, and face. In fact, sweet almond oil has been used in Middle Eastern and South Asian medicine for centuries, and is also an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). However, it is only a recent fact that scientific research has supported some of these health benefits of almond oil for skin, hair and in general. The good news is that there are many ways this almond oil can be enjoyed.

What is sweet almond oil?

There are two types of almonds:
• The homemade sweet almond that we can get in any supermarket.
• The wild bitter almond.

Sweet almond oil has many antioxidant properties and is rich in vitamin E , which has many health benefits. It also contains vitamin K which is important for effective blood clotting and good bone health. Besides this, it is also a good source of monounsaturated fatty acids, which are known to have many benefits for the heart.

The sweet almond nut contains approximately 50% oil, which is extracted, and can be used both internally and externally.

Difference between sweet and bitter almond oil

Sweet almond oil and bitter almond oil should not be confused. Bitter almonds and the oil extracted from them are highly toxic and can even be deadly if consumed. Although bitter almond oil can be used safely on the skin, it is best to stay away from it due to its harmful effects if ingested.

On the other hand, sweet almond oil comes from the same almonds that are bought in the store and used in cooking. They are the common almonds.

How to use sweet almond oil for healthy skin and hair

Sweet almond oil can be used in numerous ways. For example, in food preparation, it can be used in replacement of olive oil as a delicious salad dressing, or it can be used for healthy skin and hair.
You can massage directly on the skin and scalp or mix it with other ingredients for a facial cleansing.

Here are some of the many ways you can use sweet almond oil:

Sweet almond oil for face and skin

To nourish and hydrate the skin

Sweet almond oil is very good for skin health as it is rich in vitamin E , which is both an antioxidant and a nutrient. In fact, most skin health products advertise that their products contain vitamin E. Almond oil has traditionally been used by massage therapists to hydrate the skin during a session, and is probably the most common base oil. common for skin care.

The oil is a great moisturizer when applied directly to the skin, as it doesn’t clog pores and is quickly absorbed through the skin. If you prefer a different scent, then why not add a few drops of your favorite essential oils?
This can be used as part of your daily skin care routine. The oil is also perfect for hydrating a baby’s skin as it is 100% natural, soft, and hypoallergenic.

A deep cleanser for the skin

Sweet almond oil is very effective in opening skin pores , making it a great skin cleanser. It is also a very mild oil and can even be used by people who have sensitive skin. Can be used as a makeup remover – All you have to do is massage some oil directly onto the skin with a cotton ball and leave it for 2 minutes. After that, clean the makeup with a clean cotton ball.

As part of your weekly facial cleansing routine, you can mix some sweet almond oil with fine sugar for a natural facial cleansing. All of this makes almond oil an excellent tool for skin health.

Repair damaged skin

Almond oil is very effective in treating skin conditions such as eczema, UV rays, and acne. Eczema makes the skin dry and itchy, leading to blisters, peeling, or peeling. These sores can become infected. The antioxidant and soothing properties of sweet almond oil can soothe itchiness and heal the skin. Research has found that almond oil has many properties, including anti-inflammatory, anti-hepatotoxic effects, etc.

To nourish and improve skin health and ease the discomfort of eczema, you can use the oil on its own . However, for best results, you can mix it with jojoba oil, which leaves a protective layer on the skin. Because it is mixed with almond oil, jojoba oil is better tolerated by those with sensitive skin. Another idea is to add a few drops of essential oils against eczema to sweet almond oil.

The cleansing properties of sweet almond oil are also effective against acne and can help prevent pimples and breakouts. Fatty acids also help dissolve excessive amounts of sebum, one of the causes of acne. Research has shown that almond oil can not only protect against harmful UV radiation, but also reverse its effects.

Reduce the signs of aging

The benefits of sweet almond oil also support skin health by reducing the visible appearance of wrinkles . The moisturizing properties of almond oil, as well as the proteins and amino acids it has, in addition to vitamin E, increase the production of collagen. This makes the skin look younger and smoother.

Almond oil for dark circles and puffy eyes

But the skin health benefits of almond oil don’t stop there, if you have dark circles and puffy eyes, sweet almond oil can help.
Apply a few drops of almond oil around the eyes at night before going to bed, and massage in a circular motion.
Make sure to apply sweet almond oil regularly to reduce dark circles and puffy eyes.

Sweet almond oil for hair

Not only is sweet almond oil excellent for skin health, it is also ideal for hair . It is rich in magnesium, vitamins, and fatty acids that can nourish hair and even help hair growth.

Sweet almond oil for hair growth

Almonds and almond oil contain a high amount of magnesium. One of the reasons for thinning hair is a deficiency of magnesium and zinc in the body. Thus, by regularly massaging sweet almond oil into the scalp, you could help stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss.

Sweet almond oil gives you shiny hair

The vitamins and fatty acids in almond oil also help nourish hair. That is why by regularly applying sweet almond oil to your scalp and hair, you will nourish your hair with all the nutrients it needs.

Other benefits of sweet almond oil

The benefits of sweet almond oil are not just limited to the skin. It can be effective in treating and alleviating a number of other health-related conditions.

Reduce the cholesterol

Almonds and sweet almond oil, when combined with a healthy diet can help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Research found that a diet containing almonds and other nuts reduces LDL (bad cholesterol) after just 2 weeks. The antioxidant effects of vitamin E have also been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. Another study showed that both whole almonds and almond oil effectively reduce bad cholesterol (LDL), and increase good cholesterol, or HDL, which can reduce cardiovascular risk.

Helps digestion

Sweet almond oil is used as a popular treatment to help lower digestive tract problems , including constipation, as it has a mild laxative effect. If a person suffers from constipation, 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil will work as a natural laxative and provide the necessary relief.

Incorporate sweet almond oil into a diet

Cold-pressed almond oil has a low smoke point (the temperature at which an oil begins to spoil) so it is not ideal for cooking dishes that require high temperatures, but you can still add sweet almond oil as a topping for salads, pickles, and even smoothies.

However, as with all fats, this should be consumed in moderation, as it contains around 120 calories per tablespoon.

Where to buy sweet almond oil

Sweet almond oil can be purchased online, or it can be found in many large supermarkets. Please remember that sweet almond oil is the only one that can be consumed, NEVER bitter almond oil.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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