Origin of Apricot essential oil:
Although formerly supposed to come from Armenia, where it was long cultivated, hence the name Armeniaca, there is now little doubt that its original habitat is northern China, the Himalaya region and other parts of temperate Asia. It is cultivated generally throughout temperate regions. The apricot tree originally from Asia and now is grown in certain regions of Europe, where it is widely cultivated for its delicious, juicy fruit, the apricot. The seed is pressed to extract an oil.
Description of Apricot essential oil:
A medium sized deciduous tree. The leaves are broad and roundish with pointed apex, smooth, margin, finely serrated, petiole ½ inch to an inch long, generally tinged with red. The flowers are sessile, white, tinged with the same dusky red that appears on the petiole with five regular sepals and petals and many stamens. The seed are used as drug which is 1-1.19 cm long by 0.8-1.5 cm and 0.5-0.8 thick and is flatenned-cordate in shape. Oil nourishes the skin, softening lines and bringing a healthy glow and is a wonderful massage oil. In addition it is rich in essential fatty acids, making it ideal as a treatment for soft, radiant hair. It is high in Vitamins A and C and especially good for mature, dry, or sensitive skin.
Appearance : Viscous Liquid
Aroma : Mild nutty
Color : Golden
Chemical constituents: Apricot oil has various chemical compounds that include arginine, histidine, lysine, phenylalanine, valine, leucine, crystine and tryptophanmethionine.
Extraction: It is extracted by the cold pressing of the seed and also by solvent extraction.
It is used in massage therapy to help promote healthy skin, nourish and strengthen the body, relieve stress, reduce pain and encourage balance and well being. Massage opens and increases the flow of energy, balancing the entire nervous system and helps to release physical and emotional disharmony. The many benefits of massage are enhanced by the use of high quality massage oil. Apricot kernel oil is known for its ability to penetrate the skin without leaving an oily feel. Apricot kernel oil is also popular as massage oil and it used as carrier oil when used with essential oils for aromatherapy.
Apricot Kernel Oil is used as an antitussive, anti-asthmatic and to treat tumors in traditional Chinese medicine. It helps to calm the inflammation / irritation of eczema and dermatitis. When combined with an equal amount of St. John’s Wort Oil, it is acts as anti-inflammatory and has a cooling effect. Apricot Kernel Oil is commonly used to relieve itching, dryness and inflammation of the skin and is for all skin types. Apricot kernel oil is obtained from the dried kernels of the apricot tree. Apricot kernel oil is rich in vitamins E & A to rejuvenate and invigorate the skin, helping it to retain. Rich in E.F.A. (essential fatty acids like oleic acid and linoleic acid), apricot kernel oil is high in Vitamin A. It spreads easily on the skin and provides useful elements to its health. It is smooth and lightweight. This excellent texture is great for prematurely aged skin and skin that is dry and irritated.
It is high in monounsaturated fat and contains no trans-fatty acids, so it is a very healthy oil. It is suitable for high heat cooking methods, such as sautéing and pan-frying and the mild flavor makes it a good choice for salad dressings. It is also popular as a body oil. Apricot kernel oil is most often available in gourmet shops and in some food stores. Apricot flavour is water soluble extract of apricot fruit processed under controlled conditions.
Apricot flavour uses for natural taste and flavour in food, sauce, bakery and confectionery applications and also as flavour ingredient in tobacco industry.
In South Africa, an unusual preserve called meebos is made from ripe, but firm, apricots which are brined, stoned, pressed flat, salted and dried in the sun for several days before consumption. In the Middle East apricots are used in sweetmeats or stoned and stuffed with almonds or almond paste. Because the almond and the apricot are related, the flavour of the two compliments each other. It is also used in such savoury dishes as pilafs of the Middle East, apricots add a special sweetness. The Italian "amaretti di Saronno" is a cross between a biscuit and a macaroon and owes its flavour and texture to apricot kernels.
Cosmetics and Toiletries:
Apricots are used extensively in cosmetic industry. They are rich in essential fatty acids (oleic acid and linoleic acid) and spreads easily on the skin and provides useful elements to the health. Some essential fatty acids are kinds of counter-types for skin lipids given the fact they are likely to incorporate themselves in the intracellular cement. It also help to regulate moisturization and restructure the skin. Apricot kernel oil has moisturizing, nourishing and revitalizing properties.
It is used in preparing body and hand products (body and bath oils), products for baby skin, dry and mature skin. Apricot kernel oil can be used in any cosmetic product as an active principle or as a carrier in the oily phase, without any proportion limit. Apricot oil soothes and softens the skin.It is rich in vitamins A, D and E. This oil is very soothing for the skin in general but particularly good for mature and dry skin. It heals scaly skin and scalp. The oil is used as a massage oil, in creams, lotions and hair products.
Apricot oil is used in making many industrial products like adhesives, cosmetics, hair oils, food containers, fuel additives, varnishes, plastics and fibers. It has a wide range of industrial applications.