Benefits of Sweet Almond Oil

Want to know the benefits of sweet almond oil? Keep reading to find out about this powerhouse oil, which is used for skin health, aromatherapy massage, and a host of other uses.

Although it is usually classified as a nut, the sweet almond is actually a fruit. Sweet almonds are used in the extraction of the oil because it’s cousin, the bitter almond, contains small amounts of the deadly toxin cyanide. In fact, in my career as a respiratory therapist I encountered a patient with cyanide poisoning a few times. It is recognizable due to the “smell of almonds” on the patient’s breath.

It is not exactly clear how humans distinguished the sweet from bitter almond trees as they were domesticated. I would be willing to bet there were a few mishaps as people learned which almonds they could gather and eat safely. Today we know that the sweet almond is tasty as a snack and the oil has many uses for health and wellness.

Most almonds which are grown in the US come from California. Large farms of almond trees exist in California due to the favorable growing climate. They are a major user of the mobile bee hives which race around the country during the growing season to pollinate crops. Almond trees benefit hugely from the bees, and the harvest would be very much reduced without the bees to help pollinate them.

Health Benefits of Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil contains a large amount of vitamin E, with only trace amounts of other vitamins and minerals. The health benefits mainly come from the vitamin E and the polyunsaturated fats and fiber they contain.

Benefits For Heart Health

I bet you didn’t know that one of the benefits of sweet almond oil is a healthier heart. Regular consumption of sweet almond oil may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. We have learned through research that many disease conditions in the human body are the result of inflammatory processes. Chronic inflammation has been found to contribute to many diseases in humans. Consuming foods high in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory constituents are a good way to fight back. Sweet almond oil contains constituents which fit the bill.

But it doesn’t stop there. Sweet almond oil can also help regulate cholesterol levels. High cholesterol levels can lead to plaque formation in the arteries of the heart, leading to coronary artery disease. Studies have shown that regular consumption of sweet almond oil raises the HDL (good) cholesterol and also lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol levels in humans. This is great news for your heart health.

Benefits of Sweet Almond Oil for Skin

Sweet almond oil is a powerhouse for your skin. It is safe for even sensitive skin, and it is hypoallergenic. Regular use for the skin can lead to a more radiant complexion and younger looking skin. Adding essential oils such as lavender or geranium can help it work even better. Sweet almond oil is one of my favorite oils for aromatherapy massage. It glides on easily and when warmed to body temperature it absorbs easily.

The antioxidant properties of sweet almond oil have been widely recognized as helping to protect your skin. One study from India found that the oil can help to prevent UV damage to skin and could even help reduce the total amount of damage that has already happened.

The anti-inflammatory properties can help those with skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. These skin conditions are caused by inflammatory response so the anti-inflammatory properties of sweet almond oil can help to reduce the appearance of redness, scaling and itchiness which those suffering from these conditions experience.

May Help Control Blood Sugar

Multiple studies have concluded that consumption of almond oil can benefit blood sugar levels. One such study found that consuming sweet almond oil or whole almonds with a meal promoted insulin production. Another study showed that sweet almond oil may actually help regulate and decrease the glycemic level of a meal, helping to regulate blood sugar levels.

May Help To Maintain Digestive Health

Sweet almond oil can be used as a mild laxative when you are having trouble with having a bowel movement. There is a small body of research that suggests consumption of sweet almond oil might help with relieving the symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). The fiber in whole almonds can also be helpful to keep your digestive system working as it should.

Use For An Earache

Sweet almond oil has also been found to work to relieve the pain of an earache. Warm a teaspoon of sweet almond oil and place it into your ear. The oil will not only reduce or eliminate the pain, but it also works to soften ear wax and help to unblock the tubes which lead from the ear to help maintain proper pressure. Try this proven home remedy the next time you or your child suffers from an earache.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are many benefits of sweet almond oil which you were probably not aware of. Sweet almond oil can be used for aromatherapy massage, cooking, and many other things. If you would like to purchase 100% pure sweet almond oil you can find it offered in our online shop.