Almond

Prunus dulcis

The almond tree is a member of the rose family, it is probably the oldest cultivated fruit of the old world, with their cultivation thought to go back to the bronze age. It originated in Asia and around 3000 years ago made its way via Persia to Asia Minor, Syria and Egypt before eventually arriving in the 5th century in the Mediterranean. 

It is seen as a symbol of vigilance and rebirth because it blossoms so early in January. It was used widely in Persian medicine due to it’s variety of phenolic compounds and phytosterols, giving it antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, sedative, liver protective and prebiotic properties. It has been used for centuries to treat dry skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis.

A rich emollient, Almond oil replenishes dry skin, it has the ability to retain moisture, preventing trans epidermal water loss  and creates a light protective film over the outermost layer of the skin. In fact it’s emollient properties have been shown to be present several days after application to dry damaged skin.

Rich in antioxidant vitamins A and E, squalene and glycosides, all compounds known to soothe and nourish skin, while phytosterols and essential fatty acids provide anti-inflammatory protection and support barrier function.

Almond oil is thought to have following benefits for skin:

  • Reduces puffiness and under-eye circles
  • Ease swelling of the skin due to its anti-inflammatory action.
  • Improves complexion and skin tone due to its emollient properties 
  • The natural retinoids in the oil may improve cell turnover.
  • Helps reverse sun damage. Animal studies have shown that vitamin E, one of the nutrients in almond oil, may help reduce damage to the skin caused by UV exposure.
  • Reduces the appearance of scars. In ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, almond oil was used to reduce scarring. The vitamin E content may contribute to helping smooth the skin.
  • Reduces the appearance of stretch marks. According to a 2016 study, sweet almond oil may be an effective treatment for preventing and reducing stretch marks.

Our Almond oil is organically grown in Italy and cold pressed to preserve the pressure and nourishing fatty acids, vitamins and phytosterols.