Edgar Cayce, the famous 20th century ‘Sleeping Prophet’ advocated 2 – 3 almonds a day for their health supporting nutrients.
“Almonds on their own are a good source of protein with a very high proportion of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids and a favourable ratio of unsaturated to saturated fatty acids. This ratio, alongside their high alpha-tocopherol (vit E) content, has linked almond consumption to benefits such as reduced LDL cholesterol and reduced cardiovascular risk. Almonds are also high in betasitosterol, a natural phytosterol, which may also assist with the heart health benefits.” australian almonds
This makes almonds a great option for snacks. A handful a day gives the skin a healthy glow. They also add a nice, nutty flavour to breads, casseroles and salads. Try dry roasting them in the oven for 20 minutes on medium heat. You will have the whole house smelling scrumptious and people chomping at the bit to have some.
Here’s some nifty options to use them for MIND-BODY-SOUL benefits –
- Almond face gentle exfoliating paste (suitable for all skin types)
100ml almond oil; 120gm ground almonds; 50ml cider vinegar; 50ml filtered water; 6 drops of essential oil
(personally I use Young Living essential oils as I know they are 100% pure. My favourites would be Lavender,
Geranium, Frankincense, Myrrh)
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until a smooth paste is obtained – approx 2 mins. Store in a jar.
- Almond face cleanser (suitable for all skin types)
100gm ground almonds; 100 gm cornflour; 100gm grated pure vegetable soap
Mix these ingredients in a blender and then add the following, blending again –
2 drops each of geranium and lemon essential oils
Store dry. To use place a small amount in the palm of your hand and mix to a smooth paste with water.
Wash and rinse your face.
- Sweet almond massage oil. This is a good base oil as it nourishes and hydrates the skin.
To 30ml base oil add 3 drops each of lavender and geranium essential oils. For an optional extra add a further 3 drops of frankincense essential oil. The blend is uplifting and relaxing. It also makes a good body and face oil. When making a blend like this place the essential oils in the bottle first. Always use a coloured glass bottle. Swish them gently around coating the inside of the bottle with them. It creates an entirely new synergistic blend. Then add the base oil. turn the bottle upside down a few times, gently roll between your hands. This ensures complete mixing and also energises the blend. Enjoy the wonderful fragrance!
GW Septimus Piesse in The Art of Perfumery written in 1856 introduced the idea of thinking of fragrance in terms of musical notes. He created a comparative scale, “Gamut of Odours” in which the Almond is listed as the D note in the treble clef.
Please make sure you use 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils. My personal preference is Young Living as I know their Seed to Seal process ensures I can trust the quality and safety of their oils – Buy some now
Reference: The Fragrant Pharmacy by Valerie Ann Worwood