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Sweet Almond and Macadamia Nut oils

By Karen Morris

Edible nuts and seeds from most plants and trees generally contain high oil content, making them a valuable source of food and energy.

They are pressed to extract the oils and this is then used in cooking or for therapeutic and cosmetic purposes such as hair, face or body treatments.

Nut oils are primarily made up of fatty acids which are the main building blocks of fats in the human body. These good fats provide us with energy and quality building material for the structural support, hydration and maintenance of our cells and therefore our skin.

Sweet Almond (Prunus dulcis) and Macadamia (Macadamia integrifolia) nuts both produce nutrient and antioxidant rich oils that are light to use and easily absorbed. Both have long been prized for their beneficial qualities in skin care and protection.

They contain vitamins including A, B, D and E and minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Selenium and Zinc. Each of these oils also contain certain fatty acids that may assist to alleviate certain skin conditions, promote healthy youthful skin and delay the signs of aging.

Sweet Almond Oil is good for most skin types and is used extensively in massage and Aromatherapy. It contains a high level of the essential fatty acid Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) being soothing, healing and hydrating for dry, sunburnt, itchy or inflamed skin.

Macadamia Oil contains a high level of Palmitoleic Acid (Omega 7) which is also found in human sebum, an oil produced by the body. Macadamia Oil is recommended for cracked, dry, sunburnt skin and is especially recommended for aging skin as the body’s production of sebum slows as we age.