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BASE OILS - APRICOT KERNEL OIL (PRUNUS ARMENIACA)

BASE / GENERAL DATA

PHOTOGALLERY

Information submited: 2014-04-24 Modified: 2018-03-29 By: 1
The Apricot, known formally as Prunus Armeniaca, is a small, yellow to orange, soft fruit with a single pit inside. At the core of the pit is the kernel, which can be pressed to yield Apricot Kernel oil. The plant is cultivated in different parts of the world such as Australia,Persia, Armenia, China, Iran and Japan. The plant is native to the continental climate region and can grow in the Mediterranean region.

The Apricot tree is cultivated throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Apricot Kernel oil has 30% unsaturated essential fatty acid content.

Apricot Kernel oil is cold-pressed from the dried seeds of the fruit of the Apricot tree. This natural oil is light-colored and fragrant, imparting a somewhat nutty aroma. Apricot Kernel oil is rich in fatty acids and Vitamins A, C and E.  This makes the oil highly nutritious.

Kernels
are sometimes used whole to make distilled liquors such as Amaretto.

The Apricot oil is similar to Almond oil and Peach oil, both of which are also extracted from the kernels of the respective fruit. Apricot Kernel oil is cold-pressed from the dried seeds of the fruit of the Apricot tree.

Chemical structure:

All of the Apricot Kernels contained between 40,23% and 53,19 % oil. In addition, the samples contained up to 70,83% oleic acid, 21,96% percent linoleic acid and smaller amounts of palmitic and stearic acids.

the chemical structure of Apricot Kernel oil makes it more susceptible to turning rancid from lipid peroxidation, the presence of natural antioxidants, such as Vitamins C and E, help to offset decomposition and extend shelf life. It is recommended that within three months after opening the bottle, the oil should be used.

The kernels have an oil content of 40-50%. Cool and dark place at a temperature of 7-25 C. At low temperature it tends to thicken, when heated the oil gets back to normal. In improper storage room, the oil starts to become rancid.

MEDICINE / HEALTH DATA

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Apricot Kernel oil is also used in traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine to treat inflammatory skin disorders, often in combination with other botanical materials.

The nourishing properties of apricot kernel seed oil have an anti-inflammatory effect and may soothe minor skin conditions such as eczema.

The oil increases the flow of energy, balances the nervous system, and aids in physical harmony.

In massage procese Apricot Kernel oil reducing stress, pain and inflammation and instilling an overall sense of well-being. Apricot kernel oil is also very mild and non-irritating, making it suitable for children and infant massage.

The British used the oil for stomach ulcers. The oil is used to treat respiratory problems such as bronchitis. Even constipation can be treated with the oil.

Apricot Kernel oil is used in the treatment of ear aches. It is very good for burns, sunburns, cuts, wounds, scars, muscular pain, rashes, skin irritation.

Stimulates hair growth and skin rejuvenation.

FOOD / COOKING DATA

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Apricot Kernel oil is encapsulated for use a dietary supplement because it is an excellent source of essential fatty acids and antioxidants. This oil is excellent to use for high-temperature frying and cooking.

Food grade Apricot Kernel oil can be used as a salad oil or drizzled on other foods. It is not usually used for cooking, because of the expense.
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