It is a species of prunus armeniaca belongs to family rosaceae. The plant is native to continental climate region and can grow in mediterrian region. It is a small tree that grows up to height of 12m. Flowers are white to pink. Fruit is drupe similar to small peach, yellow to orange. The flesh is usually firm; taste can range from sweet to tart. Apricot seeds are used against tumors.
Botanical Name: Prunus armeniacaExtraction Method:
Apricot oil is obtained by cold pressing of dried kernels of apricot fruit. Seed cake is also used separately to extract essential oil.PROPERTIES
It is light in color with a pleasant nutty odor.COMPOSITION
Its chemical constituents are oleic, Palmitic, Linoleic, Linolenic, Stearic.BLENDING
It blends well with flora citrus & all essential oils.USES
- It is a rich source of oleic acid & vitamin E , thus promotes healthy skin condition.
- It is ideal for sensitive skin as it prevents premature ageing.
- It is used in creams, lotions, soaps, massage oils & balms.
- It is used in treatment for skin conditions such as scabies, itching etc.
- It is used as massage oil.
- It can help in treatment of earaches.
- It can treat respiratory problems like bronchitis.
- It is used in various cosmetic products like ointments, shampoos, & conditioner.
- It is used in salads & other foods.
- It helps in treating asthma.
- It helps rejuvenate dehydrate skin.
- It is an excellent moisturizer of face, hands & hair.
- It is used in cooking.
- It lowers LDL & promotes cardiovascular health.
- It has lipid content similar to skin, thus it soothes dry & damaged skin.
- It is used as carrier oil in Aromatherapy.
SAFETY & PRECAUTIONS
It should not be taken by mouth or intravenously as it contains toxic material amygladin which can convert into cyanide which as serious side effects.