Happy Hanukah! I'm celebrating Hanukah, when one little jar of oil burned for 8 nights, by profiling my 8 favorite miracle oils! You can read the whole series here (or subscribe to my blog to get them delivered!) For the fourth night of Hanukah, let's meet:
Apricot Kernel Oil.
Apricot kernel oil is popular in body care products. It's easily absorbed by the skin, and contains components like oleic acid and B-sitosterol which act to reduce itching. B-sitosterol in particular acts as a natural version of the steroid cortisone to reduce itching, redness and inflammation (source)
Apricot kernels are frequently used in Traditional Chinese herbalism, especially in gynecology. Apricot kernels or tao ren are used to Move the Blood, relieving pain and benefiting circulation. Apricot kernel oil is a light, golden, virtually odorless oil, and is a key ingredient in Swimming Dragon and Tranquil Palace oils, and in Bear and Hare oils.
Happy Hanukah and tomorrow for the fifth night we'll be talking about sunflower oil.