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The Almond (Prunus Dulcis, Prunus Amygdalus, Amygdalus Communis, Amygdalus Dulcis) is a species of tree native to the Middle East and South Asia.

Almond tree originates from warm regions of the Near and Middle East, where, according to archaeologists started using the nuts of wild trees 780,000 ago. In Iran was cultivated 5,000 years ago in China - 3000 ago, and in Greece - 2500 years ago.

The Sweet Almond tree has dark-colored bark, rose to white flowers in early spring, and dry-fleshed fruit with a pitted stone containing the nut. The Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis produces Almonds, which are formed with an exterior hull, an interior shell, and in the middle of it all, a seed.

The fruit of the Almond is a drupe, consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed (which is not a true nut) inside. Shelling Almonds refers to removing the shell to reveal the seed. Almonds are a rich source of oil, with values ranging between 36 to 60% of seed dry mass.

Sweet Almond should not be confused with Bitter Almond, which contains Amygdalin and can be broken down into the poisonous substance Hydrocyanic acid (Cyanide).

Chemical structure:

Pure Saweet Almond oil contains many nutrients including calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and vitamins E, B9 (Folate) and B12. These nutrients nourish the body on the outside when applied topically.

A study by Venkatchalam and Sathe suggests Almonds contain approximately 44% oils, of which 62% is monounsaturated oleic acid(an omega-9 fatty acid), 29% islinoleic acid (apolyunsaturated omega-6 essential fatty acid), and 9% is saturated fatty acid:

Natural Almond oil in 36 g (28-30 Almonds) 32 g / 30 ml:

Calories - 208 - 205 calories
Protein  - 7,7 g - 4,9 g
Carbohydrate - 7,1 g - 6,9 g
Fats - 18,2 g - 19,2 g
Saturated - 1,4 g - 1,8 g
Monounsaturated - 11,6 g - 12,4 g
Polyunsaturated - 4,4 g - 4,0 g
Fibers - 4,2 g - 1,2 g


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Almond tree and its fruits have been revered since ancient times and that’s why it is mentioned in the Bible as a symbol of hope and fertility of the Promised Land. In ancient Egypt, people used to put Almonds in the bread of the pharaoh. Thanks to the ancient Greeks Almond tree reached the Roman Empire, the Romans even called it “Greek nut”.

In the Hebrew Bible, the Almond was a symbol of watchfulness and promise due to its early flowering. In the Bible the Almond is mentioned ten times, beginning with Book of Genesis 43:11, where it is described as "Among the best of fruits".

Domesticated almonds appear in the Early Bronze Age (3000-2000 BC) such as the archaeological sites of Numeria (Jordan), or possibly a little earlier. Another well-known archaeological example of the Almond is the fruit found in Tutankhamun's tomb in Egypt (1325 BC), probably imported from the Levant.

In an old fable, Phyllis was deserted by her lover Demophoon and died of grief. The gods changed her into a barren Almond tree. When Demophoon returned and embraced the tree, it burst into leaf and flower - a symbol of true love transcending death.

Oil burn for money, riches and wisdom. Almond wood makes a nice magickal wand.

Sweet Almond oil is one of the primary carrier oils for ritual and anointing blends.