You will find the light, sweet and nutty oil of the almond in many natural and organic beauty products. Gentle enough to put in product for pregnant women it is an excellent base oil for moisturisers, shaving cream and nappy cream.

The skin easily absorbs sweet almond oil which is useful giving it is a very good emollient, softening and soothing dry, itchy or inflamed skin. It contains a high concentration of oleic and linoleic essential fatty acids which are vital for cell renewal. Wound healing, hair loss, dry and itchy skin, chapped lips and rashes all benefit from a good dose of this oil. In skin care products it moisturises deeply, improves complexion and glow and helps to lighten dark circles.

High in Vitamin E and D, magnesium and calcium, raw almond oil is as nutritious applied to the outside of the skin as it is ingested. You can add it to salad dressings or, my favourite, spinkled atop toasted rye bread with humus and sliced avocado. Follow this tasty snack by a Hedgerow Herbals Oww! massage from a loved one and your body's wheels and cogs will be all almond oiled up!