Nutty and aromatic, almond oil has an extensive array of health and beauty benefits and uses around the home. This vitamin E-rich oil, prepared from the small brown nuts, is one of the most sought after ingredients of the cosmetic industry. Bitter or sweet, both the variants are equally beneficial.
It’s now time we go more in-depth and explore the goodness of almond oil for skin, hair, and health, and not to forget, in and around our home. Here are some of the reasons I love it!
Almond Oil Benefits
This nutty oil is beneficial in many ways:
Sweet almond oil for hair
The fatty acids and Vitamin E present in this oil makes it a fabulous choice for taming and soothing dry, curly hair. Use it as a leave-in conditioner or hair mask or in other homemade hair products. The Omega-6 fatty acids strengthen the hair from the roots, allowing it to grow longer and stronger.
Nourished, moisturized skin
Vitamin E, once again, renders almond oil its moisturizing properties. The abundant presence of healthy fats makes it a natural solution to soothe wrinkles, stretch marks, and dark circles.
Intake of sweet almond oil, according to Ayurveda, is beneficial for better memory.
Better nervous system
Potassium + healthy fatty acids + L-carnitine and phenylalanine promote cognitive and nerve health.
Rich in potassium and low in sodium, sweet almond oil could help to shield the heart, especially if there is a risk of high blood pressure involved.
The excellent fatty acids come to the rescue again! Yes, include almond oil in the diet regularly to restore liver health.
The presence of potassium makes it a natural antidote for bloating and other digestive disorders. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties soothe the intestinal lining. It could even ward off the non-friendly gut bacteria. It could also help facilitate smooth and regular bowel movement.
The vast array of minerals and L-carnitine and phenylalanine work on soothing the nervous system. That could be probably why sweet almond oil massage is recommended to help with depression and panic attacks.
Regular inclusion of sweet almond oil in the diet boost the immune system and guards us against infections.
Suitable for babies
The luxurious hydrating and skin softening properties of this oil makes it an excellent choice for babies. Massage the oil gently into their skin for smooth, nourished skin and joints.
As I mentioned, only the sweet variant can be used for cooking purposes. Vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin B complex, zinc, potassium, calcium, manganese, and other minerals and compounds present in this nutty oil makes it friendly for cooking. Use the cold-pressed variants in the salad dressings and dips to make use of its benefits. The refined oil can be used for pan frying.
Almond oil is a superfood and can be incorporated in the day to day life in beauty recipes or salad dressings and dips.
Almond Oil Uses
Almond oil serves us in myriads of ways.
Uses of sweet almond oil in cooking and recipes
Refined sweet almond oil is the single form to make use of this oil in food.
- An excellent cooking oil with an admirably high smoking point. An excellent choice for frying, baking, and dairy-free replacement for butter.
- Add it to dips
- Whip into salads
- Or blend it with coffee
- Try adding it to smoothies and juices
- In eggless nutty mayo with healthy vitamin E
- Or for gooey peanut butter – almond oil chocolate treat
- In children’s energy bars
- Use in the place of vegetable oil for healthier, tastier delicacies
- Or try making almond-y granola for an energy-boosting breakfast
- Toss it into roasted quinoa and chia seeds for a filling snack
- Add to an antioxidant-rich blueberry chia seed nutty smoothie
- Use in pesto
- Or add to the hummus for a nuttier appeal
- Or just scramble the eggs or make an omelet
- Stir fry mushrooms and spinach
Almond Oil Health Benefits and Uses
- The moisturizing nature of almond oil makes it beneficial for dry and sensitive skin.
- The Vitamin E of almond oil makes it a natural antidote for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
- Apply on the face for wrinkle-free, glowing skin.
- Massage warm oil on the scalp to say goodbye to dandruff.
- Consume internally or apply topically to ease inflammation.
- Topical application hastens wound healing because of vitamin E and antimicrobial properties
- It could improve liver health, says a study.
- Use postoperatively to reduce hypertrophic scarring.
- Sweet almond oil might even be a natural solution for digestive disturbances and diseases, including irritable bowel syndrome.
- Consistent use could promote metabolism and banish cellulite.
- Keep the blood pressure under check with sweet almond oil.
- The emollient properties make it an excellent baby massage oil.
- Apply to the diaper rashes or tiny mosquito bites for faster relief.
- Consuming internally could reduce Cholesterol because of Omega 3 and Omega 3 fatty acids.
- It could improve immunity also.
- Or just include in the diet or add a couple of drops on the pillow for better cognitive powers.
- Massage warm almond oil into the heels before bedtime for smooth heels.
- It could help with weight loss when consumed in a balanced meal.
- High antioxidants reduce free radical damage.
- Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in almonds could help with blood sugar balance.
Almond Oil Beauty Benefits
Antioxidants, healthy fats, Vitamin E, a plethora of minerals and vitamins – all these contribute to the beauty benefits offered by almond oil.
- As a simple skin moisturizer
- Whip with coconut oil for an anti-aging serum
- Blend with cocoa butter and rose essential oil for anti-aging body lotion
- Shea butter + coconut oil + almond oil = moisturized, lush lips
- Add a couple of pieces of crushed camphor to warm oil and use as a skin-friendly mosquito repellent
- In a moisturizing skin bar
- As a chemical-free make-up remover
- Blend a couple of drops of lavender essential oil with sweet almond oil for a soothing body massage oil
- Relieve the aches and pains with a blend of this oil and ginger essential oil
- Mix with powdered coffee and crushed sugar for a luscious body and face scrub
- Swirl into gooey oatmeal for a skin soothing body scrub
- Use alone as a diaper rash cream
- Mix with coconut oil for homemade baby massage oil
- Whip with baking soda, rose essential oil, and orange essential for chemical-free homemade deodorant
- Serves as a natural aftershave
- Rub on the nails to shield from damage
- Mix with egg and honey for a skin lightening and moisturizing face pack
- Rub into knees and elbows for keeping them soft
- Make a homemade almond and coconut lip balm
- Or use in DIY anti-wrinkle serum
- Could be used as sunscreen
Almond Oil Hair Benefits
- Massage into the scalp to relieve stress
- Warm almond oil prevents hair fall
- Rub into the hair after shampooing as a leave-in conditioner
- Or mix into the homemade shampoo bar
- Whip with egg white for a hair mask
- Add 5 drops Neem oil to warm almond oil for natural anti-dandruff solution
- Apply before blow drying to keep hair safe from heat damage
Almond Oil Uses Around Home
- Apply on the dry and flaky nose of the pet to soothe winter bites
- Massage into the dog’s coat for a soothing effect
- Use sweet almond as a natural skin moisturizer for pets, especially dogs
- Or make a rose almond oil soap
- Use it as a carrier oil for essential oils
- Mix with warm water for an anti-frizz treatment
- Massage into the heels to soften the cuticles
- Or use as a natural nail polish remover
- Dab sweet almond oil the pup’s coat to alleviate sun-induced inflammation
- Or make almond oil insect repellent spray
Almond Oil Natural Remedies
- Gently dab into the nostrils to soften dried phlegm
- Or mix it with neem oil for a natural antifungal solution
- Use it as a natural remedy for cracked feet and chapped lips
- Or mix with peppermint essential oil for a subtle anti-dandruff solution
- Combine almond oil with rose and orange essential oils for a glowing skin
- Or use it regularly to curb hair loss
- Rub into gently into the skin after a shower to prevent skin from drying
- Mix it with Fuller’s earth and powdered turmeric for anti-inflammatory, anti-aging skin mask.
- Almond oil + camphor essential oil + eucalyptus oil makes a natural topical analgesic for arthritis
- Add lemon juice to bitter almond oil for homemade anti-acne remedy
- Massage a few drops into the stretch marks and dark circles for a clear skin
- Make a skin-soothing anti-tan pack
- Mix a few drops of peppermint and orange oil into almond oil for soothing cold sores
- Low doses of bitter almond could inhibit fungal growth
- The bitter variant might also act as a febrifuge in chronic fever
- Could be used as a natural sedative
- Use it with other essential oils for aromatherapy
- Small quantities of bitter almond oil could induce detoxification by improving urine output
Almond Oil for Pregnancy and Babies
- Massage into the abdomen during pregnancy to clear the stretch marks
- Use it to soothe itchy skin
- Natural remedy for cradle cap and diaper rash – just massage into the affected zone softly
- Nursing moms can include it in their diet to reap the goodness of vitamin E
Types of Almond Oil
Let’s take a quick look at the two varieties of almond oil.
The edible almonds are cold-pressed to produce sweet almond oil. The bitter almonds are shorter and broader when compared to the sweet variants. Irrespective of their edibility quotient, both the varieties contain vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium, zinc, and other minerals that gift the oils their benefits.
Bitter variety has restricted external and internal uses but in extremely low doses. Excess bitter almond oil, even slightly, could have fatal impacts. This limits the use of bitter almond oil to medicinal purposes.
A word of caution
Bitter almonds contain three highly toxic constituents – Hydrogen cyanide, glycoside amygdalin, and benzaldehyde. Hence, it is advisable not to use on children, elderly people, and people who have been chronically unwell. Also, please do check with a professional to know about the correct doses as even the slightest excess intake could be life-threatening.
Sweet Almond Oil Nutritional Profile
The vibrant and exciting nutritional profile of sweet almond oil makes it a super food of sorts.
Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids [PUFAs]
They are known to help with improving the healthy fats in the body, hence suitable for the cardiovascular system.
Oleic acid makes up the major part of almond. It is a monounsaturated fatty acid that could improve the levels of good cholesterol, keeping the heart healthy.
Vitamin E, as it is more commonly known, is beneficial for cellular metabolism. It could save the eyes from cataracts and improve vision. This vitamin, known for its antioxidant properties, could guard against cancer. Not to forget, its anti-aging properties.
The phytosterols in almond oil empower the latter with its prostate health benefits. These compounds also make the oil beneficial for hair and heart.
Allergic to Almond Oil?
Substitute the following;
Coconut oil – For skin, hair, pets, aromatherapy, and other uses, coconut oil, is a great substitute. However, make sure the oil is melted generously to avoid solidification.
Olive oil – Use it in baking recipes in the place of almond oil. One may also use hazelnut or walnut oil for the nutty flavor.
Sesame oil- Use sesame oil to enrich the salads in the place of sweet almond oil
Flour- Almond flour is a beautiful ingredient, but those are allergic to it can experiment with cassava flour or coconut flour.
Rice Milk– Rice milk is an excellent option for those who are allergic to nuts.
What can’t almond oil be used for?
This is a question for which the answer has still not been found. Pretty versatile in nature, one could easily incorporate sweet almond oil in various facets of life.
Yes, it is costlier when compared to coconut oil and olive oil, but the array of goodness it offers makes it an investment.
Have I missed any other benefits of almond oil? Let me know in the comments.