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Difference Between Sweet and Bitter Almond Oil & Which One to Use

Shipra Singh
Shipra Singh

Almond oils are of two types: sweet almond oil and bitter almond oil. Now you would be wondering what’s the difference between the two?  Which one is better?

Starting with the sweet almond oil - it is derived from a type of almond tree, scientifically called Prunus amygdalus var. Dulcis. Almonds from this tree do not contain toxic chemicals.  

Bitter almond oil is derived from another type of almond tree, scientifically called Prunus amygdalus var. Amara. Bitter oil can be toxic. It is used only for medicinal purpo

Nutrients of almond oil  

Sweet almond oil contains four essential nutrients:  

  • Vitamin A

  • Vitamin E

  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids

  • Zinc

Know more about the nutritional value and amazing health benefits of almonds 

Benefits of each nutrient 

  • Vitamin A: It promotes generation of new skin cells. This helps to reduce fine lines on skin and makes it look younger. 

  • Vitamin E: This vitamin gives the oil its antioxidant property, which fights free radicals and reduces cell damage due to UV radiation and free radicals. 

  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids: It helps to prevent premature aging of skin.

  • Zinc: It helps to heal scars on skin. 

Cold-pressed sweet almond oil 

Almonds are nutrient rich. They contain Vitamins A and E, proteins, essential fatty acids, and minerals like zinc, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, and potassium.  

The benefit of cold pressed oil is that it uses no heat, hence, retains the nutrients of almonds. Heat generally destroys most of the nutrients.  

Cold pressing is done by pressing almonds with a steel press and extracting the oil.  

So, if you were confused between sweet and bitter oil and cold pressed oil, we hope your confusion is over now. Please know what type of oil you are using, as bitter almond oil can be toxic. For application on skin and hair, use sweet almond oil. Nourish your hair and skin with the goodness of this dry fruit and watch yourselves glow with health and beauty.  

Want to do something different with almonds? Know how to grow almonds in your garden 

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