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Apricot Kernel Oil

*Also Called: Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil

Cosmetic / Ingestion Purposes:

Skin Conditioning, Viscosity Controlling

Ingredient Analysis

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Apricot Kernel Oil

What does it do? What is it used for? Read further to learn how Organna CBD uses this ingredient to compliment our product offerings.

in simple terms,

Apricot Kernel Oil is nourishing, helping enrich and support the skin's natural moisture balance.

How safe is 

Apricot Kernel Oil

Apricot Kernel Oil rated a 1 out of 10. This ingredient is considered low hazard and SAFE! Organna CBD only uses All-Natural ingredients in the formulation of our products.

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Let's dive a little deeper...

The emollient plant oil is pressed from the kernel (the seed of the seed) of the scrumptious apricot fruit. Like many plant-based oils, it contains antioxidant vitamin A, E and nurturing fatty acids (primarily oleic acid 54-74%, linoleic acid 12-35%). 

It's an excellent general-purpose emollient that is fragrance-free with nourishing and moisturizing effects and is relatively efficiently absorbed into the skin.

Apricot kernel oil is generally considered safe for external use and is appreciated for its skin-nourishing and moisturizing properties. However, when considering its consumption or use for specific therapeutic purposes, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or an expert in traditional medicine.

Apricot kernel oil (Prunus armeniaca) is a natural oil that has been studied for its composition, properties, and potential health benefits. While research on apricot kernel oil is not as extensive as some other oils, it has been investigated for its fatty acid profile, antioxidants, and potential applications in skincare, nutrition, and medicinal uses. This oil is similar to almond oil and has a light golden color. The flavor is reminiscent of almonds and has a pleasantly bitter and sweet taste that is nutty. Apricot kernel oil is used to drizzle on foods and can be utilized as a flavoring in dishes and ingredients.

Here is some scientific information about apricot kernel oil:

  • Fatty Acid Composition - Apricot kernel oil is primarily composed of fatty acids. Oleic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid, is the dominant component, followed by linoleic acid, a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid. These fatty acids play a crucial role in maintaining skin health and function.

  • Antioxidant Content - Apricot kernel oil contains antioxidants, including vitamins A and E. These antioxidants help protect the oil from oxidation, and they may have potential benefits for the skin, as they can neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative stress.

  • Emollient and Moisturizing Properties - The high content of oleic acid in apricot kernel oil gives it excellent emollient properties. It is readily absorbed by the skin and is known for its ability to moisturize and soften the skin. This makes it a common ingredient in skincare products such as creams, lotions, and massage oils.

  • Potential Anti-Inflammatory Effects - Some studies have investigated the potential anti-inflammatory properties of apricot kernel oil. Its application may help soothe skin irritation and inflammation, making it suitable for sensitive or dry skin.

  • Haircare Applications - Apricot kernel oil is also used in haircare products due to its moisturizing properties. It can help condition the hair and scalp, promoting healthy hair growth.

  • Dietary Use - In some cultures, apricot kernel oil has been used for culinary purposes. It is used as a cooking oil in some Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. However, there have been concerns about the presence of amygdalin, a compound that can release cyanide when ingested, in apricot kernels. As such, consumption of apricot kernel oil in large quantities or of apricot kernels themselves is a subject of controversy and caution.

  • Aromatherapy and Massage - Apricot kernel oil is commonly used as a carrier oil in aromatherapy to dilute essential oils. Its lightweight and non-greasy nature make it suitable for massage, and it is valued for its slip and easy absorption into the skin.


What is the history of apricot kernel oil?

  • Apricot kernel oil has a long and rich history, dating back to ancient times. And it wasn't simply used in skin and hair care; the Greeks and Romans used it for medicinal purposes, including treating skin conditions and digestive issues.

When was apricot founded?

  • The apricot, which was cultivated in China and Central Asia as early as 2000 B.C., migrated with the country's traders, who traveled the Great Silk Road. The Chinese merchants, botanist Berthold Laufer suggests, very probably introduced the fruit to the Persians. They called it the "yellow plum" (zardaloo).

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