This week we will talk about Almond Oil. This type of oil is obtained from the fruit of the Almond tree, specifically from the fruit of the Prunus amygdalus almond tree, which belongs to the family of the rosaceae. It is of Asian origin as it is cultivated mainly in the regions of Central Asia, although it has spread throughout Europe and for many years it has played an important role in Spain.

Almonds are characterised by their high fat content, especially unsaturated fats. But they are also known for their high quantity of high quality and complete vegetable proteins, in terms of their essential amino acid content and low carbohydrate content.

There are several types of almonds, but these are the most outstanding:

  • The Marcona: Its shape is very characteristic and easy to recognise, as they are usually round, fat and small. It is an almond with a low percentage of bitterness and consists of less oil compared to other types of almond.
  • Mollar: This is a variety that lies somewhere between the hard-shelled almonds and the 100% soft American almonds that can be broken with the fingertips. It contains a soft shell that is easy to crack. Normally, it is highly appreciated by the consumer for its sweetness.
  • The bitter almond: This type of almond is poisonous, as it contains amygdalin, a cyanogenetic glycoside which, when chewed, releases hydrocyanic acid when it comes into contact with saliva.

Almond oil is extracted from sweet almonds, i.e. Marcona almonds. However, bitter almond oil can also be used, as long as it undergoes a refining process.

To obtain this oil, there are two different processes, cold pressing and refining.

As for the cold pressing process, the almonds are dried and pressed at low temperatures.

This sweet almond oil has mainly a cosmetic use due to its properties. It contains monounsaturated fats, essential fatty acids such as omega 3 and omega 6. Also is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E, and some B vitamins such as B1 and B6.In addition, it provides multiple benefits for both skin and hair as it helps fight oxidative damage and can help stimulate hair growth. It is also excellent for treating various skin problems, especially dryness, eczema and acne.

On the other hand, refined almond oil has a neutral taste and smell as well as a transparent colour, which makes it highly demanded in the cosmetic industry thanks to its versatility.

Therefore, we can say that almond oil has great benefits for the skin, but also for people’s health.

We encourage you to try almond oil! If you have ever used it, let us know in the comments.