E-HERBARIA

  • Name : Vatada Badam Taila
  • English Name :Almond Oil
  • Scientific Name :Oleum Prunus amygdalus

 

Habitat:

Almond oil is obtained from almond seeds. The tree is native to Middle East and South Asia.

 

Morphology Description (Habit):

It is a yellow colored oil with neutral to sweet aroma.

 

Parts Used:

Cold Pressed Oil from Almond seeds.

 

Phytochemistry:

Rich in proteins, vitamin E and B.

 

Pharmacological Actions:

The primary pharmacological actions of this cooling and nourishing oil are summarized as under:

 

Central Nervous System:

i. Improves memory

 

Cardiovascular System: 

i. Raises the level of HDL (good cholesterol) and decreases LDL and VLDL (bad cholesterol).

ii. Promotes the health of blood vessels.

 

Musculoskeletal System: 

i. Almond Oil massage mitigates muscle fatigue and spasm.

 

Skin and Hair: 

i. Almond oil has emollient and sclerosant properties and, therefore, has been used to improve complexion and skin tone.1

ii. Topical almond oil is capable of preventing the structural damage caused by UV irradiation and it was also found useful in decelerating the photoaging process.2

iii. Enhances skin permeability of other actives.3

iv. Massaging almond oil during pregnancy reduces the development of Striae gravidarum.4

v. Promotes circulation and enhances skin and scalp health.

vi. Moisturizes and nourishes the skin.

 

Indications:

Dry skin

Tanned skin

Damaged hair

General health

 

References:

1. Ahmad Z. The uses and properties of almond oil. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2010 Feb;16(1):10-2.

2. Sultana Y, Kohli K, Athar M, Khar RK, Aqil M. Effect of pre-treatment of almond oil on ultraviolet B-induced cutaneous photoaging in mice. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2007 Mar;6(1):14-9.

3. Nawaz A, Jan SU, Khan NR, Hussain A, Khan GM. Formulation and in vitro evaluation of clotrimazole gel containing almond oil and tween 80 as penetration enhancer for topical application. Pak J Pharm Sci. 2013 May;26(3):617-22.

4. Timur Taşhan S, Kafkasli A. The effect of bitter almond oil and massaging on striae gravidarum in primiparaous women. J Clin Nurs. 2012 Jun;21(11-12):1570-6.

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