Apricot Kernel

Apricot Kernel

Apricot kernel oil possesses many therapeutic properties which make it suitable for its various uses.

1. Emollient – Apricot seed oil is a brilliant emollient ( moisturizer ).
2. Anti – Inflammatory – It reduces inflammation when applied topically or when ingested.
3. Anti-Aging – It provides nutrition and support to the skin so that aging is reduced.
4. Anti – Bacterial – This effect is made use of to treat clothes and other products to keep bacteria away. [1]
5. Anti Septic – reduces risk of infection in open wounds and cuts.
6. Antioxidant – prevents the skin from damage by free radicals

Apricot Kernel

Apricot Kernel

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. Apricot kernel oil has been mentioned in TCM ( Traditional Chinese medicine ) where it is used for treating tumors and ulcers. This use of apricot kernel spread far and wide with time and was used for this purpose in England in 17th century. Apricots themselves are great for a number of conditions. Eating just a few dried apricots can alleviate constipation because of the high fiber content in them. There are two types of Apricot kernel oil.

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