Apricot kernels are pressed to make oil.
The apricot, formally known as Prunus armeniaca, is a small, yellow to orange fruit with a single pit inside. At the center of the pit is the pit, which can be pressed to produce apricot kernel oil. The oil is used in skin care products and as a culinary condiment, and the beans are sometimes used whole to make distilled liqueurs such as amaretto. The taste of apricot kernels is almost identical to that of almonds, with a mixture of sweet and bitter that has been incorporated into many traditional Italian dishes.
Many massage oils incorporate apricot kernel oil.
Apricot kernel oil is well suited for skin care and is often used as a carrier oil. Carrier oils are used as a base for aromatherapy blends or are mixed with other oils to help them spread. As this oil is readily absorbed into the skin without leaving a residue, it is an excellent carrier oil choice for all skin types. Its prompt absorption also makes it a good skin care oil choice for people with dry skin, while its mildness makes it gentle enough to use on the elderly.
Apricot kernel oil is mild enough to be used by seniors.
For skin nourishment, apricot kernel oil contains the essential fatty acids oleic and linoleic. It’s also rich in vitamins A and E. All of these substances can help soothe irritated skin while also hydrating it. Regular applications of the oil or products containing it can keep the skin smooth and supple. Apricot kernel oil is also used in lotions, creams, and balms, as well as in soaps. It is also often used in massage oils.
The taste of apricot kernel oil is reminiscent of almonds.
Food grade apricot kernel oil can be used as a salad oil or washed down with other foods. It is not often used for cooking, because of the cost, but like other oils with a high concentration of essential fatty acids, it is a good dietary supplement. When purchasing cooking oil, customers should make sure it is labeled as edible, as some companies may add stabilizers to cosmetic oils that are not meant to be consumed.
Apricot kernel essential oil is believed to offer a number of benefits for the skin.
As a general rule, apricot kernel oil is cold pressed to retain all the nutritional value. Cold-pressed oils also have much more complex flavors because they haven’t been compromised by heat. Regulations for oil labeling vary from region to region. In the United States, for example, there is no federal standard for “cold pressed” oil, which can cause confusion for consumers. Consumers should look for intensely scented and colored oils to obtain the best results.