There are many nutritional benefits of eating apricots. This is a rich source of minerals that cures anaemia, asthma, tuberculosis and bronchitis. But, are you also aware of the health benefits of apricot seed or its oil? Apricot seeds can be consumed raw or ground into a powder for adding in soups, vegetables, curries, fruit juice or cereal. They can also be roasted for the oil that is used in salad dressings, cooking, fuel and facial lotions.

Let us look at the top 13 benefits of this wonderful gift of nature:

Apricot Seeds Benefits:

1. Skin scrub:

You can get glowing skin in just 3 minutes with this delicious smoothing scrub. This will give you radiant skin as with olive or almond oil. Mix the seed oil with sugar and scrub your face to exfoliate. Do this gently for deeply cleansed skin with no impurities. This gives a glowing complexion and renewed radiance (1).

2. Cancer:

It is a widely known benefit of apricot seed that this contains Vitamin B17 that prevents cancer. Apricot seed oil helps to kill cancer cells immediately. This can be useful to cure bone cancer, skin cancer and cervical cancer (2).

3. Blood pressure:

This contains Vitamin B17 that is useful to maintain blood pressure and also lowers high blood pressure (3).

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4. Arthritis:

This is anti- inflammatory. It helps to reduce arthritis symptoms. This also soothes and gives you relief from the pain (4).

5. Colds and flu:

This helps to maintain the immune system. This strengthens your body’s ability to fight infections such as colds and flu (5).

6. Cooking:

Apricot seed oil is used for cooking and flavouring of traditional Italian liquor. It can also be used as a salad oil that has many health benefits (6).

7. Cosmetics:

Apricot seed oil contains high fatty acids, Vitamin E and A which can be used to moisturize and nourish dry and mature skin. This oil is popularly used in cosmetics like creams, soaps and skin lotions. The oil gets easily absorbed into the skin without leaving any oily residue. Hence, this is also used for massage and as sunbathing oil. You can use this as a base with other aromatherapy oils (7).

8. Hair health:

Massage your hair by mixing this with other oils like Amla, coconut, and olive to cure a dry and flaky scalp.  It is very good for damaged and chemically treated hair. This will restore the shine of your hair (8).

9. Moisturizer:

This can be used like a moisturizer for dry areas such as elbows, knees, feet and hands. This will make your skin extra soft and smooth (9).

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10. Night oil:

This oil can give you best results when used as a night moisturizer. Mix it with any other essential oil that suits you and massage gently. Please don’t forget to cleanse and tone your face before doing this!  This will help you to get rid of clogged pores, a shiny nose and will also moisturize dry skin.

11. Skin health:

Apricot seed oil is very light and gentle on the skin. This is used to moisturize normal and oily skin. The texture of this oil is very light so it can be used as a face serum. Apricot kernel oil doesn’t give a greasy coat on application. This also rehydrates your skin.

12. Nourishes:

Natural apricot seed oil contains gamma linoleic acid that is useful to firm and tone your skin. This also contains Vitamin A and E to soothe and slow down the aging process. It has nourishing properties and an anti-inflammatory effect to soothe eczema.

13. Massage:

Apricot seed oil gets very quickly absorbed into the skin, which is the best property of any massage oil. This also increases the benefits of massage to reduce stress, pain and inflammation. This oil is very mild and non-irritating, and can even be used for children and for infants. Hope you liked the article. Do leave a comment below.

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  • Itunuoluwa Rhoda Cole

    Lovely write-up