Almond | What's that?
The beneficial properties of almonds were recognised as far back as the Middle Ages, for example by the German Benedictine abbess Hildegard of Bingen. The almond belongs to the rose family and is closely related to cherries, plums and peaches.
The almond tree is thought to have originated in Southwest Asia and has been cultivated for around 4,000 years. But these sweet nuts are much more than just a festive baking ingredient. In addition to their outstanding array of vital nutrients, recent studies have shown that eating almonds on a regular basis has a positive impact on our health – without causing weight gain. Almonds contain an unusual combination of secondary metabolites, which are primarily found in their skin.
Almond oil has also been a skincare staple for centuries. It contains valuable unsaturated fatty acids, such as linoleic acid and palmitic acid, which are beneficial for the skin: the former increases the skin’s resistance to environmental influences, while the latter keeps it feeling soft and smooth. Almond oil is often used as a basis for creams as a result.