Women have been using nut ingredients in their beauty routine forever. It is enough to say that some essential oils are derived from nuts. We are well aware of the healing and embellishing qualities of essential oils. Nuts provide us with the opportunity to nourish and care for our bodies and naturally accomplish our beauty potential.
Nuts In Antiquity
It was recently discovered by researchers in Israel, that nuts have been a significant part of the man’s diet for thousands of years. (1) Since centuries people have been aware of their special faculties. Some sources claim that the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra used to put almond oil together with fresh honey in her donkey milk bath – for a soft and glowing skin. (4)
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Almond oil is suitable for the treatment of all skin types. It is beneficial for cleansing and conditioning the skin. Your skin may be irritated, sensitive or dry – it helps alleviate all these conditions. When ground – almond is a great exfoliator. It blends perfectly with other oils. According to the customers of the global, boutique cosmetic company Loccitane – their expensive soap made with almond oil is simply fantastic. It leaves the skin so soft, and its fragrance is so delicious. People testify that with the almond soap bathing feels heavenly. Loccitane’s international boutique shop offers also moisturizers, treatments and indulgent shower products like almond milk, almond shower oil, and even the “irresistible almond collection.” The latter is a winter must-have package which leaves the skin “delicately scented and irresistibly smooth.”(8)
Walnuts are celebrated in the Chinese medicine as a fruit of longevity. They are a rich source of copper, which is good for building collagen and red blood cells. They help to maintain the skin and the bones and assist in the formation of nerves. These nuts are excellent sources of healthy elements: they contain phosphorus, selenium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium and plenty of vitamins – all of them vital. Zinc, for instance, helps us think. (11) They also contain fatty acids, which help to regulate inflammation and hormones.
A shampoo based on walnuts has got the effect to delicately cleanse oily hair. (8) Walnut oil is fabulous in creams, soaps, and lotions – and very suitable for massage – it also eases inflammation.(11) It has been used to treat various skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. The regular application of walnut oil reduces wrinkles and other signs of aging. It makes the hair glossy and smooth. (9)
Hazelnut oil scents of heaven and is easily absorbed by the skin, which is why it is a good choice for toning products, especially for people with oily skin. (5) Hazelnut oil is so tender it is suitable even for babies. (6) It is a good sunscreen since it is able to block the harmful sun rays. To reinforce the effect – mix it with walnut oil, avocado oil or sesame oil. It is good for dry skin, perfect for whole body massage. It is absorbed by the skin which does not look greasy after using it.
The valued Argan oil is derived from the nuts of the ancient Argan tree, which grows only in Morocco, which is why the oil was called by the New York Times Editorial “The Liquid Gold of Morocco.” It is a royalty in the cosmetic industry. It makes the skin younger, alleviates sensitive skin, moisturizes and it is a great anti-oxidant. It is suitable for all types of skin –which means it can be used from your grandma, your mother, your younger sister and yourself – at least four generations of beauties. The keyword related to the Argan oil is “gentle.” It’s good for both dry and oily skin, useful against acne and anti-aging, beneficial for the scalp, the hair and the nails. No wonder the Morocco locals call their Argan Tree – “The Tree of Life.”
George Washington Carver was a colored botanist, born into slavery who discussed “The Possibilities of the Peanut” and exhibited 145 peanut products in front of the United Peanut Associations of America. They included hand and face lotions, creams, tan remover, shampoo, oil for hair and scalp, shaving cream, face ointment, face powder, all-purpose cream, toilet soap and many others. (10) He received a patent for cosmetic and other products based on peanuts. He gave his priceless discoveries freely to help the humanity. He used to say: “God gave them to me, how can I sell them to somebody else?” All achievements of Carver were unusual at his time for an African American.
All the qualities and benefits of nuts are used in cosmetics – butter to protect your skin, masks to protect your hair, and even perfumes benefit from their delightful aroma. However, the true beauty of a woman comes from within. Ayurveda – the holistic medicine also called “science of life” has discovered that all kinds of nuts and their milk and butter are great for pacifying the Vata Dosha – the most important of the three principles of the body. The nuts should be fresh and seasonal. Almonds are considered to be sattvic nuts, where “sattvic” stands for the quality of positivity, goodness, balance, peace, confidence, and virtue. (12)
According to the German Physician, H.C. Agrippa nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, pistachio are ruled by the Planet of Jupiter and are called jovial. As Jupiter is one of the most celebrated planets in Astrological teachings – the one bestowing Joy: this means nuts are beneficial, lucky ingredients, which create joy. As part of a diet, they are even reported to prolong life.
In a nutshell – nuts are good not only for our diet but also for beauty purposes. So watch out for nuts on the etiquette of the self-care products. They do good stuff to you. That is if you do not have nut related allergies.