Monday, March 5, 2012

Benefits of Almond Oil for Hair Growth

Almond tree has origins in Asia and the Middle East. California produces largest amount of almonds in the world. It produces about 80% of the world’s supply. Almonds have a high oil content of 54%. It is widely used as medicine and also as a cosmetic. The benefits of almond oil for hair growth have been recognized by alternative systems of medicine that have been using it for thousands of years.

Almond oil is yellow tinged and provides very good nourishment to the hair. It is especially useful for people who want to grow long hair. It is used as an ingredient in the manufacture of shampoos and soaps. The shampoos and other chemical based lotions available in the market do make the hair lustrous and soft. But they damage hair in the long run. Almond oil stops hair loss and promotes its growth

Almond Varieties

There are two varieties of almonds. Only the sweet variety is used to promote health. The bitter variety is toxic.
      Source: Wikimedia Commons: M. Verkerk

Almond oil contains

 - Vitamin A

- Vitamin D

- Vitamin B1, B2, B6

- Vitamin E

- Copper

- Manganese

- Iron

- Zinc

- Calcium

All these minerals and vitamins promote hair growth.

Almond Oil with Gooseberry

Gooseberry is also very useful in stopping hair loss and promoting hair growth. Almond oil and gooseberry can be mixed together and massaged to the scalp. The massage will also help to improve blood circulation.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Almond oil contains omega 3 fatty acids which is very good for hair. It also absorbs the dust, cleans the scalp, hair and hair follicles. Almond oil can be rubbed to the scalp before taking bath. It softens the skin and helps get rid of dandruff and reduces scalp inflammation. It would be beneficial for people suffering from dermatitis. Omega 3 fatty acids are also very good moisturizers. These fatty acids prevent the hair from drying out and falling off. Fatty acids also nourish the hair and keep it healthy. Almond oil is an emollient which soothes the skin. It has a wonderful aroma. It is a good source of proteins which strengthen and promote hair 
growth. The benefits of almond oil for hair growth have always been recognized over the years.

Almond oil Recipe for Hair Growth

Recipe 1

Almond oil can be mixed with other essential oils for fragrance. Add 2 drops of vanilla oil to 2 tsp of almond oil before application.

1. Wash your hair before applying almond oil. Pat it dry with a towel still leaving some moisture in the hair.   Moist hair absorbs almond oil better.

2. Take almond oil in your palms and gently massage it to our scalp

3. Cover your hair with a towel. Almond oil seeps through the hair to the roots. Wash it off with a natural shampoo after 30 minutes.

4. Repeat this process at least once a week. It will not only promote hair growth but will also make the hair soft, shiny and smooth.

Recipe 2

Combine equal amounts of almond oil, coconut oil and olive oil and lavender oil. Mix it well and apply it to your scalp with a gentle massage. Both coconut oil and olive oil stop hair loss and promote hair growth. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil for fragrance.Wash it off after one hour. It can also be applied overnight and washed off next morning

Other Health Benefits of Almond oil

Almond oil improves digestion. It has analgesic properties. It is an excellent remedy for muscle pain. Apply few drops of almond oil with a gentle massage to your forehead. It will help to relieve stress and sooth the nerves. it is an excellent lubricant and can be used as a substitute for shaving cream. You can rub in a few drops of the oil on your face. It will not only get rid of acne but will also make your skin soft, smooth and shiny.                                                                                                         

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