Apricot kernel oil is extracted from seeds of Apricot (Prunus armeniaca). Apricots are native to Armenia, although it is believed that Apricots may have originated in China. The fruit is widely cultivated in Mediterranean and Central Asia. The largest producer of Apricots is Turkey. The seeds of apricot have a high percentage of oil. It is quite possible that this seed has been used to extract oil since ancient times.
PRODUCTION – The oil can be obtained from kernels using solvent extraction or cold pressed method. Cold pressed is better as it does not alter the chemical compounds in the oil. One should go for organic, high quality Apricot kernel oil which is cold pressed.
Apricot kernel oil possesses many therapeutic properties which make it suitable for its various uses.
*Emollient – Apricot seed oil is a brilliant emollient ( moisturizer ), *Anti – Inflammatory – It reduces inflammation when applied topically or when ingested, *Anti-Aging – It provides nutrition and support to the skin so that aging is reduced, *Anti – Bacterial – This effect is made use of to treat clothes and other products to keep bacteria away, *Anti Septic – reduces risk of infection in open wounds and cuts, *Antioxidant – prevents the skin from damage by free radicals.
APRICOT KERNEL OIL for SKIN – Apricot kernel oil is good for people with sensitive skin. It is non-irritant and soothing for the skin. It is light and quickly makes the skin soft and smooth. Apricot oil percolates deep into the skin. It is easy to apply on the skin as it quickly spreads on the skin. It soothes irritated skin. A massage with apricot kernel oil is good for dry, parched skin. One can use it after a shower to seal the moisture into the skin. Since it is light, it does not feel too oily. Once it is absorbed into skin,it provides moisturization for a long time.
Apricot kernel oil is one of the best carrier oils for massage. It penetrates nicely into the skin and also improves the delivery of essential oils and other herbal agents. This oil is also good for infusing with herbs and absorbing their essence. It can be utilized for various kinds of massage that require an oil.
AS UNDER EYE CREAM – Apricot oil can be applied just like almond oil for healing under eye skin. It aids in reducing dark circles, puffiness and helps to strengthen the skin around this region. With regular application of Apricot kernel oil, one can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
FACE OIL – Apricot kernel oil is a nice face oil, especially when compared to other heavier oils. It helps to improve skin tone, nourish the skin and lower the appearance of aging signs, like wrinkles, lines and blemishes. However, this oil should be avoided by people who are suffering from acne or are prone to acne. That is because it has a comedogenicity of 2. This means that the oil is mildly comedogenic and it can clog skin pores. This may result in acne breakouts and blackheads.
FATTY ACID PROFILE – The most important part about nutrition of any oil is its fatty acid profile, that is the fats that it contains. Apricot kernel oil is rich in oleic acid and linoleic acid. This is a breakdown of the fatty acids present in apricot kernel oil.
100 gm of apricot oil contains : Saturated fatty acids – 6.3 gm ; Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) – 60 gm ; Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) – 29.3 gm
The fatty acid nutritional value of Apricot kernel oil, infer that the oil is rich in omega – 9 ( oleic acid ) fatty acid. This is mainly responsible for the oil’s powerful emollient property. The oil is also rich in omega – 6 ( linoleic acid ). This makes it important to have omega sources in diet to match up with the omega 6 intake. This is important because our body needs a healthy ratio of omega – 3 to omega – 6 fatty acid in order to keep inflammation in check. Besides healthy fats, apricot kernel oil is also rich in one particular nutrient, Vitamin E. 100 gm of apricot kernel oil provides about 20 % of RDI of Vitamin E.
CHEMICAL PROPERTIES – Besides the nutrients, there are some chemical properties of an oil which are of great significance. They tell us about the broad chemical behavior of an oil. One of the most important of such properties is ORAC ( oxygen radical absorbance capacity ). It is a measure of how many oxygen free radicals a substance can mop up, which is equivalent to its antioxidant power.
SHELF LIFE – The healthiest variety of oil is the cold pressed, organic oil. This oil is quite sensitive to light and heat and can get rancid quickly. Such a change is usually easily noticed in the taste of the oil. However, one should always keep this oil in a cool environment, away from light. The shelf life of this oil varies from 6 months to a year, which is low. If it is kept refrigerated, the shelf life increases.
At BeautyOils We are using only Vegan, * Certified Organic, Raw, Unrefined & Cold pressed Apricot Kernel oil.