few soaked almonds (which I completely hated, by the way) just before
school, claiming it would make me a genius. Now, when I look back, I
wished I had paid heed. Wonder why? Well, they are a powerhouse of
But did you know that almond oil too has its share of benefits? From
aiding weight loss and digestion to making your skin acne-free, almond
oil can prove to be a boon for your health. Learn about the benefits,
and you will vouch for it yourself.
Almond Oil � An Overview
Scientific Name � Prunus dulcis
Native � Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, and North
Other Names � Badam ka tel (Hindi),
Badam nune (Telugu), Patam enney (Tamil)
What is almond oil?
This amazing oil is extracted from raw almonds. It owes its benefits
to the generous amounts of monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E,
potassium, proteins, zinc, and a number of other vitamins and minerals
What are the different types of almond oil?
Technically, there are two kinds of almond oils � bitter and sweet.
The bitter oil is extracted after pressing bitter almonds. They contain
amygdalin that turns into toxic hydrocyanic acid after processing (1).
Despite its medicinal properties, bitter almond oil cannot be ingested.
This oil can be used for topical application only. Whereas, sweet almond
oil is made from edible almonds. This oil is used extensively for skin
and hair and for culinary purposes too.
Now that you have a fairly good idea about almonds, why not learn
about their uses? So, how does almond oil help keep your skin and hair
healthy? Read on.
Exploring The Goodness Of Almond Oil
Skin Benefits Of Almond Oil
In an age where appearance is everything, who wants to look like a
zombie? Blame it on the harsh sun, dirt, and pollution our skin loses
its charm and glow. Covering yourself from head to toe is neither an
option nor feasible all the time.
But hey, don�t lose heart for here�s a natural solution in the
form of almond oil � one of the many miracle oils that truly help in
enhancing the complexion and tackling skin problems. Here�s how it
1. Makes Skin Healthier
Achieving healthy and glowing skin is not an expensive or
time-consuming task anymore. Try almond oil. It not only clears
complexion but also imparts a warm glow to the skin. It nourishes your
skin and makes it smoother and softer.
2. Reduces Dark Circles
Pandas are cute, but having panda-like eyes isn�t cute at all.
I�m talking about those under-eye circles that give you a weird and
mysterious look. Taking refuge in concealers is no way to hide dark
circles. Besides, branded cosmetics cost a fortune.
The solution? Go natural.
A sure shot remedy to get
rid of dark circles is to massage almond eyes under your eyes before
you hit the sack. The vitamin E in the almond oil will rejuvenate
the skin, and with regular use, lighten the skin under your eyes (4).
Regular use of almond oil will also reduce wrinkles and crow�s feet
around the eyes.
3. Delays Signs Of Aging
Sagging skin. Baggy eyes. Dullness. These words are an
absolute horror for us girls. Remember the spooky story of a queen
bathing in the blood of young women to lock her youth forever? No, I�m
not asking you to take such drastic measures. You don�t need to,
especially when you have the elixir of youth handy.
Trust me, regular application of almond oil on your skin makes
your skin feel younger and fresher within no time. The vitamin E and
fatty acids present in this oil reverse and prevent signs of aging. It
not only helps skin renewal but also fights wrinkles (5).
4. Removes Impurities And Dead Skin Cells
The skin tends to look dull due to the accumulation of dead skin
cells caused by external factors like pollution, dirt, sweat, etc. The
moisturizing property of almond oil loosens the impurities and the dead
skin, making it extremely easy to remove them. Here�s how to achieve
What You Need
- 4-5 almonds (crushed)
- A teaspoon of milk
- A few drops of lemon juice
- Gram flour
What You Have To Do
Mix the ingredients and apply the paste on your face. Keep it on for
at least 30 minutes before washing it off with water.
Note: Alternatively, you can make a scrub by mixing a tablespoon of
almond oil and a teaspoon of sugar. Massage this scrub on the face in
small circular motions to get rid of dead skin cells and blackheads.
5. Cures Psoriasis And Eczema
Almond oil is a time-tested remedy for all kinds of skin problems
like acne, psoriasis, and eczema. It soothes irritation and relaxes the
skin. We have already established that almond oil is an emollient. Its
moisturizing property helps cure skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis
6. Reduces Tan
We are forced to hide behind layers of apparels, covered from top to
bottom, to protect ourselves from the sun. The blazing rays of the sun
can cause sunburn and tan lines, which can adversely affect your skin.
But did you know that almond oil acts as a natural sunscreen. It has
an SPF 5, and it not only prevents tan and sunburn, but also reverses
the effects of the sun (7).
The vitamin E in almond oil nourishes and shields the skin from harmful rays of the sun.
7. Substitute For Hand And Foot Cream
Almond oil is a light oil, and therefore, is less greasy compared to
other oils. It is an inexpensive substitute for hand and foot creams.
It smoothens the skin and makes it baby soft and also gets easily
absorbed in the skin owing to its lightness. Almond oil smells so good,
and its zinc content soothes rough skin and heals cracked heels (8).
8. An Ideal Makeup Remover
Did you know you can use almond oil to easily remove makeup?
Almond oil effectively opens up the pores and ensures that all traces of makeup are gone (9). Moreover, it averts the occurrence of acne and can be used for all skin types.
9. Treats Chapped Lips
Soft, pink lips can be yours too, courtesy almond oil.
Almond oil�s rich vitamin content and moisturizing properties can
make your lips soft and pink (10).
Every time your lips feel rough and chapped, you can just dab on on a
little almond oil, and you will be good to go.
10. Reduces Wrinkles And Fine Lines
Has your confidence taken a beating because of those fine lines and
crow�s feet?Give your skin an almond oil massage over the weekend. The
massage will also improve
blood circulation and tighten your dull, aged skin.
What You Need
- 2 teaspoons almond oil
- 2 drops Vitamin E oil
What You Need To Do
1. Heat almond oil and add 2 drops of Vitamin E oil to it.
2. When the heat is bearable, apply this oil to your face and massage
gently with your fingertips in a circular motion.
3. Continue this process for about 10-15 minutes and wipe it off your
face with a soft towel or tissue. Splash water and pat dry.
This facial massage repairs your skin and eliminates wrinkles and
fine lines with regular use. It also moisturizes and nourishes dry skin.
Now, if you are wondering if it has any benefits for your hair, here
Hair Benefits Of Almond Oil
I hate oiling my hair because of its greasy and sticky nature. I do
support regular oiling sessions, though. Thankfully, I was introduced to
almond oil a few years back. It has all the qualities that make it a
perfect hair oil, with the added benefit of being super light and
aromatic. It also adds an intense luster to your hair, making it look
Here�s a peek into the benefits of almond oil for hair.
11. Long And Healthy Hair
Regular use of almond oil on the hair improves its sheen and texture.
What You Need To Do
Apply almond oil once or twice a week to moisturize your scalp. After
you massage your scalp, soak a towel in hot water and wrap it around
your head. This will reduce
hair fall and improve hair quality.
12. Gets Rid Of Split Ends
Unhealthy hair is never a good sign. But the dirt and pollution,
along with our busy schedules, make it worse. Regular massage of hair
with this oil can prevent split ends too.
Mix almond, castor, and olive oils in equal proportions and massage
your hair with this mixture. Apply it once or twice a week, and feel the
We all know that all these three oils incredibly benefit the hair as
they are loaded with essential nutrients that promote hair growth and
strengthen hair. Almond oil specifically has antioxidants, vitamins, and
essential minerals that restore and rejuvenate the hair follicles.
13. Can Substitute Shine Enhancers And Leave-In Conditioners
Every time you wash
your hair, you could gently massage in a few drops of this miracle
oil. It will condition your hair and keep it soft, hydrated, and shiny.
Almond oil�s light texture makes it a great substitute for shine
enhancers or leave-in conditioners (13).
It also has amazing moisturizing properties due to the presence of
essential fatty acids and vitamin E.
14. Treats Dandruff
If dandruff is stopping you from wearing your favorite black dress,
it�s time you gave yourself a warm almond oil head massage.
Almond oil effectively cures dandruff by removing dead cells. It also
nourishes the hair and keeps hair troubles at bay. We have already
established the fact that almond oil is a great emollient that cleanses
the skin and removes dead cells. This quality also helps almond oil
fight dandruff and keep the scalp clean (14).
A mixture of powdered amla and almond oil applied generously on the
hair and left for about 30 minutes, followed by a hair wash, is sure to
soothe the scalp and ensure dandruff-free hair.
15. Reduces Scalp Inflammations
Our scalp is frequently exposed to dust, heat, pollution, and
chemical styling products. All of this can lead to inflammation. If
ignored, this inflammation can cause an acute case of hair fall and
Need a solution? Go for an almond oil massage and see the results for
Its high content of fatty acids moisturizes and softens the scalp
tissues and also improves blood circulation. This also soothes
If you thought the benefits of almond oil are confined to just hair
and skin, you are mistaken. It can be used in cooking too. Curious much?
Health Benefits Of Almond Oil
We all know the health benefits of eating almonds. However, the
benefits are not limited just to the nuts. Almond oil too can provide a
multitude of benefits when included in our diet.
Although it is a tad expensive, foodgrade almond oil is slowly taking
over the culinary world. Trust me, it is totally worth every buck.
16. Prevents Heart Ailments
Almond oil is loaded with monounsaturated fatty acids. These fats
boost heart health and prevent cardiovascular diseases (16).
Sweet almond oil is rich
in folic acids, unsaturated fats, protein, and potassium � all
these have been proven to be beneficial to cardiac health.
17. Regulates Blood Pressure And Maintains Cholesterol Levels
Almond oil helps keep Type 2 Diabetes at bay, restores liver health
and maintains a healthy heart (17).
It also regulates blood pressure and maintains the cholesterol levels.
Impressive, isn�t it?
Almond oil is high in potassium and low in sodium, which can help
prevent cardiac problems (18).
18. Boosts Immunity And Aids Digestion
Regular consumption of almond oil makes the body stronger and helps
it fight common infections. It also proves to be an effective laxative
and aids digestion.
Almond oil can also loosen stools, ensuring better cleansing of the
Now you know why it is used as a salad dressing!
19. Boosts Memory And Strengthens Nervous System
They say if you eat five almonds a day, your memory improves. Almond
oil is even better!
It is a great source
of omega-3 fatty acids and also contains a good measure of
potassium. Almond oil is known to nourish the nervous system.
Add a few drops of the oil to a glass of milk and drink this every
night before you go to sleep (20).
Perhaps you will not forget your keys the next time you step out of the
20. Enhances Blood Circulation And Baby�s Bone Development
Almond oil is a great source
of vitamin D that is required for the absorption of calcium in the
And obviously, calcium is extremely vital for a newborn, as its bones
need to develop and strengthen.
Massaging a baby�s joints with almond oil improves blood
circulation and prevents skin problems.
21. Relieves Pain And Muscles Stress
Any massage is therapeutic, and one with almond oil can relieve
muscular aches and pains.
Almond oil has analgesic properties that help in easing the pain and
stress from strained muscles (22).
A few tablespoons of heated almond oil, when massaged into the affected
area, almost instantly relieves joint or muscular pains.
22. Promotes Healthy And Strong Nails
Long nails look beautiful only if they appear healthy and not
brittle. If you tend to bite the edges of your nails, it�s time to
strengthen them with almond oil (23).
For healthy and strong nails, massage them with a few drops of almond
oil daily. The potassium and zinc present in the almond oil strengthen
your nails and hydrate them, making them less prone to breaking.
23. Rich Source Of Vitamins And Minerals
There is a reason almond oil has hit kitchen shelves across the
Almond oil is high in flavor and a rich source of essential vitamins
and minerals. Calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamins E and D are found
in great quantities in sweet almond oil, making it integral to healthy
24. Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties
We always have this misconception that fats are harmful. However, not
all fats are bad. Some of them are essential for our well-being (of
course, only in the desired quantity � excess can lead to obesity).
And since our body is incapable of producing these essential fatty
acids, we often depend on outside sources. This is where almond oil can
The linoleic and linolenic acids present in almond oil can help
reduce inflammation (25).
They also reduce the levels of LDL-cholesterol in our system.
25. Provides Instant Energy
Are you feeling drained of energy? Just drizzle some almond oil over
your salad for instant energy.
Almond oil is a great energy booster due to the presence of
manganese, riboflavin, and copper, which help in generating energy in
the body (26).
26. Prevents Cancer
Adding almond oil to your food can prevent colon cancer. Almond oil
is full of fiber, which helps in proper movement of food in the colon (27).
27. Excellent For Pregnant Women
Pregnancy is a period where everybody tries to give you unsolicited
advice. And if you have been at the receiving end, you must have surely
heard about why almonds are good for you, right?
Many gynecologists recommend regular consumption of almond oil to
expecting mothers. Almond oil is rich in folic acid, which reduces the
chances of birth defects in newborns. It also ensures that your baby
goes through healthy cell growth and tissue formation process. Almond
oil also ensures your newborn won�t suffer from neural tube defect (28).
28. Aids Weight Loss
Adding a few drops of almond oil to your glass of warm milk can help
you shed a few kilos within no time.
Almond is rich in monounsaturated fats that speed up metabolism,
eventually leading to weight loss (29).
29. Treats Constipation
Almond oil acts as a laxative.
For best results, add a few drops of this oil to warm water and drink
it twice a day. The drink cleanses your stomach, ensuring you have no
troubles related to the digestive system (30).
We all have that little natural beauty secret that has been passed
from our moms and grandmoms. One such popular beauty secret is almond
30. Promotes Long Flirty Eyelashes
If you always dreamt of having long, flirty eyelashes, ake sure you
apply almond oil on your lids (31).
Almond oil strengthens the hair follicles and imparts a beautiful
shine to your hair. Our lashes are not very different from the hair on
our scalp. Therefore, the same nutrients that benefit the hair on our
head can do wonders to the lashes too. The magnesium, vitamin E, and
fatty acids present in almond oil make it a great salve for the lashes
You can simply use an old mascara wand for application. Dip it in
almond oil and apply the oil on the eyelashes, just the way you would
apply mascara. Do this just before you go to bed or in your free time.
Watch your lashes getting thicker and prettier with time.
31. Ideal For Massage And Skin Care Products
Of much value in spas and salons, almond oil is ideal for spa skin
treatments and massage therapy with amazing results (32).
Ideal for integrating with other essential oils, sweet almond oil is
regularly used to manufacture soaps, body and face washes, face packs
and massage oils.
32. Stretch Marks Treatment
Many of us have trouble wearing cut-sleeves and shorts just because
of those embarrassing stretch marks lying on our upper arms and thighs.
Almond oil can help you get rid of those ugly marks.
Sweet almond oil has amazing emollient qualities that have a
strengthening and nourishing effect on the skin. Massaging with almond
oil promotes blood circulation, which effectively prevents stretch marks