Even if you are new to the world of essential oils, there’s no doubt you’ve heard of almond oil, as it’s one of the most commonly used oils. It’s an oil that is derived from cold-pressed almonds. It’s yellowy in color and has that sweet, nutty smell that you’d expect. There are plenty of uses around your home and in your life for almond oil, but here are our five favorite ways to use it!
Warning: Almond oil is derived from almonds, so those with nut sensitivities or allergies should not use almond oil.
1 – For Beautiful Skin
Rich in Vitamins E and D, there is no shortage of uses for almond oil in your beauty routine, and one of these uses is to keep your skin clean and beautiful! Despite what you’d think, almond oil is great for any skin type – even oily skin. It’s a fabulous moisturizer, helps to repair skin, relieves itching or irritation, and can assist in healing cracked or broken skin such as heels, elbows, etc. It’s great as an under eye “cream”, skin exfoliant (mixed with sugar), anti-wrinkle moisturizer after cleansing, and as a defense against eczema. It is absorbed by the skin quickly, so it doesn’t leave a greasy residue.
2- For Healthy Hair
Almond oil is also a wonderful moisturizer for your hair! Massage a few drops into your scalp for a healthy shine. It helps to make your hair stronger and thicker, and is great for taming flyaways. It’s also been known to help with hair regrowth.
3- For Medicinal Use
Applied topically, almond oil can work as a muscle relaxer for sore muscles and aches and pains. As mentioned for its uses for beautiful skin, almond oil also helps with skin repair, so it can be applied to minor burns, scrapes, and other small injuries. Taken internally, almond oil can also be used to boost immune systems and used as a laxative for poor digestion issues. Take care not to use almond oil internally for too long at once though, without consulting a medical professional.
4- For Aromatherapy
Almond oil, often mixed with other essential oils, has wonderful calming and cleansing effects when used in aromatherapy. It has been said that almond oil can relieve pain symptoms and nourish the brain and nervous system. It’s also wonderful in massage therapy use, as it is non-greasy and has so many wonderful benefits for the skin.
5- For the Kitchen
Since almond oil is a vegetable oil, there are many uses in the kitchen. It adds a slight nutty flavor to foods, is great for sautéing as it has a very high smoke point, and adds plenty of healthy benefits to whatever you add it to. With each serving of almond oil added to your food, your body gains Vitamin E, K, omega fatty acids, and phytosterols (which help in lowering cholesterol). It can be used in cooking, but can also be consumed raw, so add it to smoothies, sprinkle it on popcorn for a healthy butter replacement, and more!
Where to buy almond oil
Almond oil is quite easy to find in any health foods store, and perhaps even in your local grocery store. Sweet Almond Oil is also available through Healthy Planet for only $3.99!
About the Author:
Leah McDermott is a former teacher turned stay-at-home mama and small business owner. She spends her days chasing a toddler, cooking, crafting, writing, caring for animals, gardening, and enjoying time with her husband and son on their small farm in rural PA. She blogs at Crunchy Farm Baby.