Bitter Almond Oil
Based on taste, two major types of almonds are commercially grown: the Bitter Almond (Prunus amygdalus var. Amara dulcus) and the Sweet Almond (Prunus dulcis). Bitter Almond kernels are completely different from Sweet Almond. It is very difficult to distinguish Bitter Almond from Sweet Almond in appearance, but the Bitter Almond kernels are wider and shorter in shape than the Sweet Almond kernels. Bitter Almond oil has a nutty odor and is used for its fragrance, aroma and therapeutic values .
Bitter Almond oil is cold-pressed from Bitter Almond kernels. Bitter Almonds contain the cyanogenic glycoside amygdalin. Amygdalin forms toxic hydrogen cyanide (HCN) when in contact with emulsion in saliva [2,3].
Bitter Almond oil contains benzaldehyde, magdalene glycoside, and hydrogen cyanide and monounsaturated fatty acids .
Due to its toxic nature, it should be used with extreme caution and in very small quantities. Most medicinal uses are limited to external uses and internal uses are only when needed.
Bitter Almond oil can be used alone or blended with your other favorite base oil.
With its toxic nature, It helps prevent the growth of infection from bacteria, or viruses in the body.
This oil can be used as an effective moisturizer, and through its use it can reduce the incidence of aging.
It is widely used in the ingredients of hair care products, as it helps to strengthen the hair.
Use Bitter Almond oil as a hair conditioner. Apply oil on your scalp and hair. Gentle massage with fingertips using a circular motion, 20 minutes to a couple of hours prior to a hair wash.
Warning & Safety Requirements:
If you are pregnant or lactating, please consult with your doctor before using any product containing essential oils.
For external use only.
Not suitable for children.
Store oils in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight and out of reach of children.
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. Daniel, Z., Hopf, M. Domestication of plants in the old world: the origin and spread of cultivated plants in West Asia, Europe, and the Nile Valley. Oxford University Press, pp.186. 2000.
 Shargg, T.A., Albertson, T.E., Fisher, C.J. Jr. Cyanide poisoning after bitter almond ingestion. West J Med, 136(1):65-69. 1982.