Carrier oil of the month – Apricot Kernel

Apricot Kernel

This deciduous fruit tree, which can grow up to 9 metres in height, produces white flowers tinged with red in February and March time. The apricot tree is said to have originated in China, though today it has been extensively cultivated since Roman times. The plant was first introduced to the YSA in the 18th century, where its fruit is very popular due to its sweet taste and high fibre content. It is also grown commercially in southern France.

The oil is extracted from the kernel, is frequently used in skin preparations, as it is believed to have softening action.

Sadly, it is not uncommon for apricot oil to be adulterated with almond oil, as the former is relatively expensive to produce.

Main therapeutic uses:
It is believed that the various properties of apricot oil make it a good emollient, with both nourishing and protective qualities. It is suitable in particular for sensitive, dry and mature skins. It is also said to relieve the itching often caused by skin conditions such as eczema.

Main constituents:
Myristic acid; palmitic acid; stearic acid; arachidic acid; behenic acid; lignoceric acid; palmitoleic acid; oleic acid; eicosenoic acid; linoleic acid; alpha linoleic acid.

Other comments:

  • Method of extraction: cold press
  • Traditionally, the crushed fruit has been used as a face mask to soften skin
  • Finely milled kernel shells are sometimes used in facial scrubs
  • The oil is readily absorbed by the skin and its light texture makes it an ideal medium for facial massage.
  • The oil is light to dark yellow in colour, and can have a strong odour if it has not been refined
  • “Prunus” is Latin for plum tree
  • Apricot kernel has been used in laxative preparations
  • Traditional Chinese medicine has used apricot kernel for treating tumours and as an anti-asthmatic

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