Botanical Name: Prunus armeniaca
Family Name: Rosaceae
Common Name: Apricot
Part used: Kernels
Specific Gravity: 0.910-0.923 at 25°C
Refractive Index: 1.4638 at 40°C
Optical Rotation: 20-46 at 20°C
Blends Well With: Flora, Citrus, all essential oils
Uses: The oil increases the flow of energy, balances the nervous system, and aids in physical harmony. This oil is used in varied cosmetic and personal care products.
Countries where it's found
Today, the plant is cultivated in different parts of the world such as Australia, Persia, Armenia, China, Iran and Japan. The plant is native to the continental climate region and can grow in the Mediterranean region.
Apricots are summer favourites and are best harvested when the fruit is fully ripe. The fruit takes a minimum of three weeks to ripen and is best picked when in yellow.
History of the Plant
Man's association with nature has yielded many medicinal benefits over the years. One such important association is the man-apricot association. Cultivated from the prehistoric period, the apricot was introduced to Europe by the Romans around 70 B.C. During the 17th century England, the oil was used in treating swellings, ulcers and tumours.
Apricot oil is extracted by cold pressing and refining the dried kernels of the apricot fruit. The oil is light in colour with a pleasant nutty odour.
Commonly known Benefits
Apricot oil is super fatting oil and helps rejuvenate dehydrated skin. Since the oil is cold pressed, its nutritional value is retained for the best results. The oil is an excellent moisturizer for face, hands, hair irrespective of the skin type.