Like many nuts and seeds, apricot kernels are rich in fats. Apricot kernel oil is popular in the cosmetic industry and with aromatherapists and massage practitioners due to its nourishing qualities and pleasant texture that is good for all skin types. Apricot kernel oil is a common choice for those who would like to use sweet almond oil but have a nut allergy. The oils are of a similar light weight and both have a subtle pleasant scent.
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Apricot kernel oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E. These nutrients mean this oil can’t be beat when it comes to supporting skin healing and protecting your complexion against sun damage and signs of aging.
Apricot kernel oil also contains a variety of beneficial fatty acids from the omega-3, 6 and 9 groups. Oleic acid, linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid are all known to reduce inflammation, slow the signs of aging, and promote healthy skin and hair.
Apricot kernel oil contains antioxidants which are known to have positive effects against reducing age spots and preventing the formation of skin cancer cells. For this reason, apricot kernel oil is a great option for use as a night cream. You can simply use it on its own and apply sparingly to the face and neck or blend with other nourishing oils like avocado or evening primrose.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, apricot kernel oil is used topically to treat inflammation in the body including swelling, ulcers and tumors. It can also help soothe inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Blend apricot kernel oil with a few drops of rosemary and tea tree essential oils and apply gently to affected areas.
Thanks to its vitamin E content, apricot kernel oil is helpful in repairing damaged skin, and fading unwanted marks like scars and blemishes. The nourishing fats and vitamins can also soothe rough patches on the elbows, knees, feet and hands. If your skin needs some gentle hydration and healing, make a salve by melting together one part apricot kernel oil, one part avocado or olive oil, one part coconut oil and one part beeswax. Use a double boiler to melt the beeswax, then add the oils and blend well. Once the mixture is off the heat, add a few drops of lavender essential oil, then pour into containers for cooling and storage.
Add softness and shine to hair while also conditioning your scalp with an apricot kernel hot oil hair mask. Gently warm the oil in a double boiler and apply to the hair. Wrap in a towel and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing or washing with a natural shampoo. The astringent quality of apricot kernel oil may also help to slow hair loss.
Invigorate the skin and stimulate regeneration with a face scrub — just mix 1/3 cup raw sugar, a tablespoon of apricot kernel oil and your favorite essential oils. Apply to the skin using circular motions, then rinse off with warm water.
Another use for this versatile oil is supporting digestion. It’s known to support the movement and elimination of waste through the digestive system, so if you’re constipated, try massaging your belly with a teaspoon of apricot kernel oil mixed with two drops of peppermint essential oil and two drops of fennel essential oil.
If you need an all-around great skin oil, try apricot kernel oil it feels great on your skin and is packed with nourishing fats and vitamins.
Apricot Kernel Oil Salve
2 tablespoons apricot kernel oil
2 tablespoons avocado or olive oil
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons beeswax
few drops of lavender essential oil
1. Using a double boiler melt the beeswax first
2. Then add the oils and blend well
3. Take the mixture is off the heat
4. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil
5. Then pour into containers for cooling and storage
Apricot Kernel Hot Oil Hair Treatment
1. Gently warm the oil in a double boiler
2. Apply to the hair and wrap in a towel
3. Leave the oil on for 20 minutes before rinsing
4. Then washing with a natural shampoo
Apricot Kernel Oil Face Scrub
1/3 cup raw sugar
one tablespoon of apricot kernel oil
2 drops of lavender essential oils
1. Mix all the ingredients together
2. Apply to the skin in a circular motions
3. Then rinse off with warm water
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