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Home Page > Carrier Oil Profiles > Apricot Kernel Oil

Apricot Kernel Oil

Apricot With Kernel
Halved Apricot With Kernel

The semi-oily texture of Apricot Kernel Oil makes it a good choice for use in massage and massage oil blends.  It somewhat resembles Sweet Almond Oil in its properties and consistency.

Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage by Len Price mentions that Apricot Kernel Oil is low in saturated fats, contains approximately 65% oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), 28% linoleic acid (an omega-6 essential fatty acid), and less than 1% alpha linolenic acid (an omega-3 essential fatty acid). [Len Price with Ian Smith and Shirley Price, Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage (United Kingdom: Riverhead, 1999), 37.]

Botanical Name: Prunus armeniaca

Aroma: Faint.

Viscosity: Medium.

Absorption/Feel: Oily Texture.

Color: Virtually Clear With a Yellow Tinge.

Shelf Life: 12 Months.

Important Note: The information provided on AromaWeb is for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.

General Safety Information: Use caution when trying any new ingredient, including carrier oils on the skin or in the hair. Those with nut allergies should consult their medical practitioner before coming into contact with nut oils, butters or other nut products. Do not take any oils internally without consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Safety information can be found by visiting the Safety Information page. For very in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand. 

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