Almond oil has been used for decades as a beauty and health aid. In recent years, sweet almond oil is gaining a lot of popularity and being added to soaps, creams and other beauty products because of its purported beauty and health benefits. It’s making a comeback for good reason and here’s how you can use it to improve your skin, hair and health. And, also learn to make your own almond oil at home.
How is almond oil obtained?
Almond oil is acquired from dried almonds through a process called cold pressing. This can be derived from two sources: sweet and bitter almond. Because of its potential toxicity, bitter almond oil is less commonly used.
Almond oil contains minerals such as calcium and magnesium and rich in vitamins like A, B1, B2, B6 in addition to D and E, and therefore great for skin, hair and health. It’s also rich in oleic and linoleic acids.
1 tbsp. of almond oil contains 120 calories and 13.6 gms of fat. It’s also high in unsaturated fats and contains low amounts of saturated fats while being cholesterol free. Almond oil also contains high amounts of monounsaturated fats and some amount of polyunsaturated fats.
- Lowers Blood Pressure
According to the studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrient Data Laboratory, almond oil contains phytosterols that helps in inhibiting cholesterol absorption and may help lower blood cholesterol levels.
- Effect on Metabolism
Several studies on almond oils show the benefits of almond oil on metabolic syndrome. Some researches call it a weapon against obesity and diabetes. According to the researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology, almond oil’s potential, lies in the ability to affect certain micro-organisms living in our gut.