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Today on LYL Holistic Living Rachel shares her love of Almond Oil and how it’s amazing benefits can be enjoyed as part of a clean eating diet AND as a natural beauty product.
I’ve always been one to appreciate multipurpose products, especially single ingredient, organic products, like cucumbers, that can be both consumed, and used to treat puffy eyes. Another multiuse product that I have grown to love over the last year is almond oil. Not only can it be used for cooking, it is an amazing skin and hair care product, among other things.
We have all been told to eat almonds as part of a well balanced diet, as they are rich in fibre, protein and healthy fats. If we eat healthy, we will begin to look healthy on the outside. Like most women however, I am a firm believer in good quality skin and hair care products to help improve and enhance that healthy glow. For me, almond oil is the answer. I start by using it to remove my eye makeup at night, then apply it all over my face and neck and to any over exposed areas of skin that are subject to the most damage from sun and free radicals. I prefer to use it only at night as it takes several minutes to fully absorb, however it can be used as a daytime moisturizer and worn under makeup.
Initially I was sceptical using pure oil on my skin, thinking that it would cause my pores to clog and my skin to break out. However, I was completely blown away by the results. In only a week or so I noticed that the fine lines and dark circles around my eyes were less visible, and overall I had a more even skin tone. Plus, I have actually had fewer breakouts since using almond oil regularly.
To use on ones hair, you must apply about a half an ounce from scalp to hair ends, and massage. The oil should be kept in for about 8 hours for best results, so I prefer to apply at night, and wash it out in the morning. If you ever need to stretch that hair appointment by another month, almond oil will ensure minimal breakage between cuts.
Here is a breakdown of the best uses of Almond Oil.
Dietary Supplement: To ingest almond oil, you can try supplementing it for other high heat (430 F) cooking oils like coconut or vegetable oil. You can also eat it raw by using it in salad dressings or try adding it to smoothies.
Moisturizer: As a body moisturizer, almond oil is high in oleic acid and linoleic acid which replenishes the intercellular structure of your skin.
Make-up remover: Because almond oil has a chemical formula similar to the sebum produced by our skin, it can be used for removing the makeup from the face, including the areas around the eyes. Its vitamin D and vitamin E are also good for the eyelashes.
Massage Oil: Almond Oil is a good source of vitamin D, commonly known as the sunshine vitamin, and essential to immune system health and muscle growth. It is the perfect oil to mix with other aromatic oils to create a muscle and joint pain relieving rubs.
Sore Muscle Remedy
Sweet Almond oil – 8 ounces
Black pepper – 12 drops
Marjoram – 6 drops
Juniper Berry – 6 drops
Ginger – 6 drops
Blend these oils together then use as massage oil. You only need to use about a teaspoon or two for a nice massage!
Hair tonic: Almond oil is one of the most powerful natural stimulants for growth and strengthening of the hair strands. It feeds the roots, stimulates regeneration, and improves hair’s elasticity and shine. To use almond oil on the hair, simply put a few drops of oil on your fingertips and then massage your scalp.
My favourite brand Almond Oil for Skin and Hair Care – And it’s Cruelty Free!
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