SNAANA’s Apricot kernel oil is obtained from the kernels (seeds) of the Apricot fruit through cold pressed method. Cold pressed is better as it does not alter the natural chemical compounds that are already present in the oil. It can be used both as cosmetic (which is meant for topical application) and edible (which can be used in food). This oil has a deep nutty flavour which also makes it an excellent ingredient for desserts and other recipes.
Wild Apricot kernel oil is an ancient oil, which also goes by the name of ‘Chullu’ oil in India. The origin of apricot trees and fruits are found in the Himalayas and in other parts of Asia and are grown in cold temperatures.
At SNAANA we source the seed from Himalayan towns. A kilogram of seeds contains about 250 grams of oil. And the shelf life of the cold pressed oil is about a year since cold pressed.
Apricot kernel oil is rich in vitamin E, vitamin K, omega-3 fatty acid, omega-6 (linoleic acid) and omega-9 (oleic acid) and also contains portions of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). It has a very small amount of saturated fats.
Apricot oil is great for use in home-made skin care products like facial toners, scrubs, dry and wet shampoo and exfoliants.
Apricot kernel oil can be used for a variety of personal uses and many home remedies. It is also used in alternative medicine for the treatment of cancer. This oil’s application is mentioned in Chinese traditional medicine where it is used for treating tumours and ulcers.
In ancient medicine in India, apricot kernel oil popularly known as chullu ka tel is a known treatment to seek relief from stiff, tender and aching joints.
Apricot kernel oil is great for use as a massage oil as it is very light and makes the skin soft and smooth. It is generally ideal for people with sensitive skin and is non-irritant.
SNAANA’s Apricot kernel oil percolates deep into the skin. It is easy to apply as it quickly spreads on the skin and soothes irritated skin. A massage with Apricot kernel oil is good for dry, parched skin. One can use it after a shower to seal the moisture into the skin.
Apricot kernel oil can be applied for healing under-eye skin. It reduces dark circles, puffiness and helps to strengthen skin around the eyes. Take 2-3 drops of this oil and gently apply around on the skin the eyes, which also helps in reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Apricot kernel oil is also great for hair care. When applied on hair and scalp, it helps de-tangle hair. Use this oil daily before showering to reduce dry scalp problems, hair fall and loss of shine in hair. Take 2-3 drops of Apricot kernel oil and apply on hair once daily.
Apricot kernel oil is one of the best carrier oils for massage. It penetrates nicely into the skin and also improves the delivery of essential oils and other herbal agents. Take a few drops of this oil and gently massage your body once a day.
SNAANA’ Apricot kernel oil consist of about 93% unsaturated fatty acids of which oleic is about 75%, linoleic is 17.5%. Being rich in oleic makes it super effective to deal with eczema, psoriasis, aging (only for dry skin tone individuals) and itching skin concerns.
Individuals with oily- acne prone skin should not use the oil for topical application as it has the ability to clog the skin pore and produce acne-pimples.
SNAANA wants to drag your attention to the fact that we are still living in a legal framework that was adopted in British times and has not been amended at the pace synthetics/chemicals have come into use in skin care. Import, manufacture, distribution and sale of skin care/ beauty products are regulated by Drugs & Cosmetics Act 1940 and this law till date has not given a definite and uniform definition for usage of words on labels like natural and organic which is big-time responsible for misleading the consumers.
That is why what is packed in a bottle or jar in the name of natural, organic, ayurvedic is often not what it claims. Synthetic provide comfort and convenience to manufacturers in terms of making product cost effective and extending the shelf life but they harm our bodies. This is because we have never thought that these chemicals can make cause problems like migraine, cancer, hormonal disorders etc and much more in our bodies.