Bitter Almond

Prunus amygdalus var. amara
Botanical name: 
Prunus amygdalus var. amara

Harmonising and nurturing

Please note: The information below is meant to give a brief outline of how an oil can be applied by a trained aromatherapist. Please do not use this information as a guide for how to use essential oils at home.

Properties and applications: 
Immune Stimulant - colds, coughs, influenza
Hypotensive - hypertension
Sedative - panic, shock, hysteria, fear, nervous conditions, insomnia
Euphoric - depression, chronic conditions, lack of confidence, general unhappiness
Country of origin: 
USA, Spain, across Middle East
Part of plant used: 
Method of extraction: 
Steam distillation - Prussic acid then removed through rectification.
Blends with: 
Spice, citrus and floral oils.
Chemical character: 
Aldehyde type
Safety information: 
Has a short shelf life as it readily oxidises. Hypersensitivity - avoid damaged diseased, delicate or children's skin.
Odour profile: 
Sweet marzipan, heady and overpowering.
Plant description: 
Bushy almond tree, pink or white flowers and velvety fruit.
Historical use: 
The essential oil was used to flavour marzipan.