Sweet Almond Oil
Updated: Oct 31, 2021
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil - Organic
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil is obtained from the ripe seed kernel of the Sweet Almond Tree (Prunus Amygdalus var. Dulcis, Rosaceae). Sweet almond oil is a favourite base oil for use in massage oils as it nourishes and protects the skin and glides well.
The sweet almond oil I use for massage treatments and products is cold pressed, organic, vegan friendly & animal cruelty free. The oil is generally colourless to pale yellow in colour and has a reasonable shelf life. In order to prolong the shelf life, it's best to store your oils in a cool, dark place.
Benefits for the Skin
Sweet almond oil is fabulous to use as a base oil for many products, and particularly lovely as a massage oil. It's a mild oil, light and nutritious for the skin, good for all skin types, but ideal for dry, damaged or sensitive skin. Also beneficial for itchiness, irritated or inflamed skin, psoriasis and eczema. It moisturises, nourishes and protects the skin, absorbs quickly and is good to use in any DIY beauty products (body oils, face oils, creams, lotions, balms and ointments). Generally softening, moisturising, nourishing, conditioning and soothing.
Sweet almond oil is particularly rich in oleic acid, an omega 9 fatty acid. Oleic acid makes up 30% of the natural fatty acids of the skin, and is commonly found in vegetable oils. When used on the skin it helps maintain flexibility, softness and suppleness of the skin. It moisturises by creating a fine protective film over the skin, is anti-inflammatory and regenerative, helping to maintain healthy skin.
Note - if you have a sensitivity to nuts, do a skin test before using. Do not use if you have a nut allergy.
How to Use Sweet Almond Oil
Apart from being optimum for use in massage, sweet almond oil is an effective facial cleanser and can be used to remove makeup. It can be mixed with other base oils to make a lovely face serum or body oil to use after moisturising (or instead of) in the morning and/or evening.
Alternatively, use as a base for bath oil.
Relaxing Essential Oil Bath Blend for all Skin Types
3 drops Frankincense
5 drops Sweet Orange
5 drops Neroli
10 drops Petitgrain
Blend all the above essential oils together and store in a dark, glass container with a dropper top. When ready to use, combine 5 drops of the mixture with 1 teaspoon (5ml) sweet almond oil. Mix well, pour into the bath disperse well. Relax and enjoy the aroma.
Bath safety note: always dilute your essential oils in a carrier (base) oil, unscented foaming products (shampoo, shower gel, bubble bath etc), solubol, Natrasorb bath, or Polysorbates. Avoid using the following to dilute your essential oils for baths. They are not suitable as essential oils won't dissolve in them, resulting in potential direct contact between the skin and essential oil (which could cause skin irritation): milk, witch hazel, glycerine, alcohol, Aloe Vera, corn starch, baking soda, Epsom salts/regular salt (combine first with a base oil and then add the salts).
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Essential Oil Safety
Always read the EO safety guidance
Always dilute before use (seek advice for recommended quantities)
Avoid contact with the eyes/mucous membranes
Do not use if pregnant without seeking advice
Use lower dilutions for children/babies/elderly
If you have any medical conditions seek advice
Stop use immediately if you experience a reaction - inform your therapist and seek medical advice
Sweet Almond Oil Safety
If you have a sensitivity to nuts, do a skin test before using.
Do not use if you have a nut allergy.
Do your research. Always buy good quality, unadulterated, 100% pure oils, from a reputable company (organic where possible).
Get in touch if you'd like to purchase essential oils, smell any of the oils in my collection, buy a CAM Aromatherapy product, get help with creating your own blend, or have a treatment.
Medical Disclaimer - The above information is intended for educational purposes only, and not to be taken as an endorsement or replacement for any particular medical health treatment. Please check with your health provider before embarking on any type of herbal treatment.
"Almond Sweet Organic Oil" by Naissance (accessed 10 May 2021)
"The Power of the Seed" by Susan M. Parker - (2014) published by Process Media
"The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy" by Valerie Ann Worwood (2016) published by New World Library