The are two parts to the almond plant: the part that produces white flowers and sweet almonds, and the other that grows pink flowers and pure, bitter almonds. Both of these almond types can be made into oils featured in desserts, cookies, cakes, breads and syrups. But which of these two nutty oils should you use in your recipe? Here's how to distinguish the two.
Sweet almond oil, derived from the kernel, is best used as an emollient in massages and for sweets. It's beneficial in treating aches, pains and sore muscles and encourages relaxation. Pure almond oil, taken from the almond fruit, is a healthy addition to many foods for its myriad health benefits. It promotes a healthy digestive system, nourishes the brain and nervous system and helps lower cholesterol.
Sweet and pure almond oils are abundant in Vitamin E, which is needed for proper cell function and healthy skin, hair, heart, muscles and nerves. Both oils also contain Vitamin D and other trace nutrients.
Sweet almond oil is an essential oil used in many aromatherapy techniques, including massages. Pure and sweet almond oil are found in many haircare products and skin lotions. The addition of almond oil makes hair silky, shiny and easy to braid. It also heals dry, chapped skin and lips, lightens dark circles under the eyes and heals irritated skin.