Monday, April 4, 2011

The Arid Organ

In light of my quest for more natural products, through word of mouth and some online research, i'm happy to say that i've found a moisturizer that I really love!  Ready for it?


What is sweet almond oil you ask?  Well it's a Vitamin E rich oil that is extracted from the nuts of a sweet almond tree.  (Be sure not to get this confused with bitter almond oil as this may cause birth defects!)  Sweet almond oil is a slightly yellow, odorless, massage, aromatherapy, and bath oil.  In aromatherapy, it can be used as a carrier oil- this means you add a few drops of your desired essential oil, and away you go with your massage needs.  However, the use of essential oils is contraindicated in pregnancy.  Though all essential oils may not be bad, there are ones that may cause blood thinning, or put one at risk for spontaneous abortion, so the "do not use if pregnant or have other medical conditions before seeking the advice of medical professionals" is a warning that needs to be taken into account.  I'm not sure if this has been proven for sure in any scientific journals (or really i'm too lazy to dig any deeper), i'm quite fine erring in the size of caution when it comes to anything like that.  In light of this matter though, just using sweet almond oil without the essential oil is perfectly fine!

Read more about essential oils and Pregnancy here: Essential Oils and Pregnancy and Wiki on Essential Oils

Why is sweet almond oil so awesome?  It's not greasy for a long period of time, no preservatives, no parabens, it's easily and readily absorbed by the skin, and has left my skin feeling soft and supple!  I use it just after my shower when my pores are open and ready to receive something moisturizing before it closes up and locks everything in.  In massage, it has that warming effect, which is really nice for those tired aching muscles.  To boot, this oil is good for ALL skin types, and i've read it works wonders for eczema.  Apparently you can also use this for your face like in the under eye area to decrease inflammation, but this is something I personally won't try as I have oily skin to begin with and don't need to be even oilier! 

In Vancouver, i've found Sweet Almond oil at Donald's Market and of course, Whole Foods

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