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It is a species of prunus armeniaca belongs to family rosaceae. The plant is native to continental climate region and can grow in mediterrian region. It is a small tree that grows up to height of 12m. Flowers are white to pink. Fruit is drupe similar to small peach, yellow to orange. The flesh is usually firm; taste can range from sweet to tart. Apricot seeds are used against tumors.
Apricot oil is obtained by cold pressing of dried kernels of apricot fruit. Seed cake is also used separately to extract essential oil.
It is light in color with a pleasant nutty odor.
It blends well with flora citrus & all essential oils.
It is a rich source of oleic acid & vitamin E, thus promotes healthy skin condition.
It is ideal for sensitive skin as it prevents premature ageing.
It is used in various cosmetic products like ointments, shampoos, & conditioner.
It is used in salads & other foods.
It helps in treating asthma.
It helps rejuvenate dehydrate skin.
It is an excellent moisturizer of face, hands & hair.
It is used in cooking.
It has lipid content similar to skin, thus it soothes dry & damaged skin.
It is used as carrier oil in Aromatherapy.
SAFETY & PRECAUTIONS
It should not be taken by mouth or intraveneously as it contains toxic material amygladin which can convert into cyanide which as serious side effects.
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