Used in different industries – cosmetic, culinary, medicine… almond oil has rich, deep history that’s been a time-honoured natural herbal remedy! Therefore, if it’s healthy, luxurious hair you’re looking for, look no further than almond oil.
Almond oil is loaded with unsaturated fats including nutrients such as thiamine, vitamins A, D and E, riboflavin and vitamin B6 that support hair growth. When absorbed, the oil in the scalp supplies the essential vitamins to the hair follicles.
The history of almond oil
The ancient Egyptians first used almond oil as a solution for hair loss. They mixed almond oil with castor oil and applied the mixture to the scalp. They found that this mixture cured baldness and sped up hair growth. In addition, they also discovered how almond oil promoted a bright sheen and silky texture.
Besides castor oil, there are still many recipes that combine almond oil with ingredients such as jojoba, egg yolk and lavender oil. This unique combination of ingredients contributes to hair growth and strength, and also protects the hair shaft from the damage that leads to brittle or dry hair.
Benefits of ingredients used in the recipes below
The liquid castile soap leaves your hair free from hair product, pollutants and DHT buildup. Castor oil has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties and is also high in Vitamin E, proteins, minerals and Omega 6 and 9 beneficial fatty acids. It also has an unusually high ricinoleic acid ratio making it beneficial to skin and hair. Olive oil hydrates the hair and penetrates the hair shaft, leaving you with strong, healthy locks. The aloe vera helps balance the pH level of your scalp, promoting hair growth. Geranium essential oil increases circulation to the scalp, delivering essential nutrients and promoting hair growth.
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Try these simple almond oil recipes
Almond Oil Shampoo
Water (1/2 cup)
Liquid Castile Soap (1/2 cup)
Aloe Vera Gel (1/3 cup)
Olive oil (1 teaspoon)
Almond Oil (2-3 teaspoons)
Geranium Essential Oil (10 drops)
Combine and mix all ingredients thoroughly. Wet your hair and work the shampoo into a lather. Ensure you massage the shampoo into the hair and scalp until completely covered. Leave in for up to 3 minutes, and then rinse with lukewarm water.
Almond oil conditioner
The simplest almond oil recipe calls for equal parts of almond and castor oil. Simply apply the mixture to your scalp, massage it in and then leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes. Finish by washing your hair with a mild shampoo and then towel-drying it.