Apricot kernel B17 and therapeutic body oils

Are you aware that the apricot oil ranks second in the top five massage oils?  Although it costs a tad more, it’s similar in color and texture to almond oil, which tops the list.  It’s an excellent moisturizer and softener for the face, hands, and body, besides being the Himalaya’s traditionally preferred oil for the hair.

Highly recommended for dry skin, it’s good for easing inflammation and itching in the skin since apricot kernels hold an average of 45% oil content.  It’s used in aromatherapy and considered as a carrier oil, just like the oils of evening primrose, sweet almond, avocado, jojoba, and many others.  Take note that most oils, such as those bought in grocery stores, are not pressed without applying heat from an external source.  Thus, when heated, they offer less therapeutic help unlike the natural apricot kernel B17 oil.

Containing gamma linoleic acid, it’s useful for firming and toning the skin.  And because it also comprises Vitamins E and A, it can soothe and delay the process of aging.  In addition, it’s anti-inflammatory and nourishing properties can soothe eczema.  In fact, you can cold-press apricot kernel in your home and mix it with essential oils. 

A good rubric when aspiring to create a 2% watering down is to put a dozen drops of essential oil to every fluid ounce or 30 ml of cold-pressed carrier oil, such as the apricot kernel B17 oil.  You can choose any essential oil to mix with the apricot kernel oil. 

The most common oils available are chamomile, peppermint, frankincense, lavender, tea tree, and eucalyptus.  Finally, when making your own apricot kernel B17 oil, bear in mind that it expires after six months to a year. 


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