ALMOND

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Sep 12 - 18, 2011

Almond is a species of tree native to the Middle East and South Asia. Almond is also the name of the edible and widely cultivated seed of this tree.

The fruit of the almond is not a true nut, but a drupe, consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed (nut) inside.

Shelling almonds refer to removing the shell to reveal the seed. Almonds are commonly sold shelled, i.e. after the shells are removed, or unshelled, i.e. with the shells still attached.

Blanched almonds are shelled almonds that have been treated with hot water to soften the seed coat, which is then removed to reveal the white embryo.

The almond is a small deciduous tree, growing to between four and 10 meters in height, with a trunk of up to 30 centimeters in diameter. The young twigs are green at first, becoming purplish where exposed to sunlight, then grey in their second year.

The leaves are 3-5 inches long with a serrated margin and a 2.5 cm (1 in) petiole. The flowers are white or pale pink, 3-5 cm diameter with five petals, produced singly or in pairs before the leaves in early spring.

Almond trees become productive and begin bearing fruit after five years. The fruit is mature in the autumn, 7-8 months after flowering.

Almond oil is one of the most popular vegetable oils, which is also used in the form of carrier oil or base oil in Aromatherapy.

Texture wise, the oil extracted from the seeds of Almond, is a bit oily. Sweet Almond has a very light, sweet, and nutty aroma. It is absolutely clear in color with a tinge of yellow.

Almond oil is an all purpose base oil, which is easily accessible from any retail store specialized in cosmetics.

Almond oil is widely used in Aromatherapy for giving body massage. The oil is easily absorbable and serves as a great emollient, by lending a soft glowing beautiful touch to the skin.

It balances the moisture in the body.

In case of loss of moisture, it helps to restore it.

It makes a great lubricant, thus aids in combating itching and inflammation. It is an excellent natural moisturizer that is suitable for all skin types. Owing to the multitude of benefits that Almond oil offers, it is increasingly finding its way in the making of soaps, creams, and moisturizers.

Almond oil application is the best therapy for conditioning the skin and reviving its natural glow. It is also known to improve the complexion and give a younger look to the person to whom this oil is applied.

It helps a great deal in nourishing the skin. Sweet almond oil application provides an instant relief, in case of muscle pain.

It has a high concentration of oleic and linoleic essential fatty acids. Though it is mostly used for giving a body massage, but, at times, it is used as base oil and mixed with wheat germ oil to give it a longer shelf life.

Almond oil can be used for beauty and health purposes. There are numerous benefits of almond oil. Read on to find about the secrets of almond oil.

Almond oil is a rich source of vitamin E and is beneficial in many ways. Almonds are treasures of some essential minerals such as magnesium and calcium. Almonds have high contents of fats. Raw almond oil enhances the taste of the food including salads, grains, and toasts. Besides being a nutritious food, almonds have many cosmetic benefits.

Almond oil is pale yellow in colour and it is extracted from almond kernels. Apart from vitamin E, it also contains vitamin D and other nutritious components.

Almond oil is one of the most popular essential oils used in aromatherapy. Pure almond oil can be used as carrier oil in aromatherapy or massage therapy. Almond oil is suitable for any skin type. The oil improves complexion and retains glow, moisturizes better and deeper, soothes skin irritation and inflammation, delays ageing process, lightens dark circles, relieves dry and itching skin, nourishes the skin, makes it smooth and soft, and cures chapped lips and body rashes, makes hair long, strong and thick. Massaging with almond oil adds shine to the hair and controls hair fall.

NUTRITIOUS

Eating raw almonds can give you innumerable health benefits. There are many other uses of almond oil. Consuming almond oil is beneficial for digestive system. When used in aromatherapy, it has calming and cleansing effects.

Almond oil also releases pain. It is used as an effective painkiller. Following are some health benefits of almond oil. Regular consumption of almond oil helps reduce cholesterol, nourishes the brain and nervous system, and enhances intellectuality and endurance.

The fruit of the almond is not a true nut, but a drupe, consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed ("nut") inside. Shelling almonds refers to removing the shell to reveal the seed. Almonds are commonly sold shelled, i.e. after the shells are removed, or unshelled, i.e. with the shells still attached. Blanched almonds are shelled almonds that have been treated with hot water to soften the seed coat, which is then removed to reveal the white embryo.

In Pakistan, almonds are the base ingredients of many food items. Meat dishes containing almonds include pasanda-style or Mughalai curries. Badam halva is a sweet made from almonds with added coloring.

Almond flakes are added to many sweets (such as sohan barfi), and are usually visible sticking to the outer surface. Almonds form the base of various drinks, which are supposed to have cooling properties. Almond sherbet or 'Sherbet-e-Badaam' in Urdu, is a popular summer drink. Almonds are also sold as a snack with added salt.