ALMOND



Botanical Name: Prunus amygadalus

Family Name: Rosaceae

Description:

Almond is a valuable food remedy for various common diseases. We have bitter and sweet variety. Avoid using bitter one as it has poison prussic acid. Skin-wise, they are of two types- one is hard and other having thin skin, which is a better quality.

Distribution:

Native of Morocco, in cultivation from ancient times in Syria and Palestine, now cultivated in most of the countries.

Part Used:

Seed

Properties:

Demulcent, stimulative, nervine, tonic, aphrodisiac.

Forms of Use:

Whole seed and oil





Nutritional Value:



The best way of using is to soak them overnight in water, then skin is peeled off and a paste is made. It is now easily digestible and is very nutritious. (250gm of almond is equal to 1kg of milk)

Analysis shows the presence of nutrients in following proportions: (per 100gm)

Moisture : 5.2%

Protein : 20.8%

Fat : 58.9%

Minerals : 2.9%

Fiber : 1.7%

Carbohydrates : 10.5%

Calcium : 250 mg

Phosphorus : 490 mg

Iron : 4.5mg

Niacin : 4.4 mg

B-Complex : Small amount

Caloric value : 665





Medicinal Uses:



1. The fat in it consists of the most beneficial unsaturated fatty acids and it lowers serum cholesterol levels.

2. It contains copper, iron, phosphorus and vitamin B1, thus good for health.

3. It also corrects biological functions of brain, nerves, bones, heart and liver.

4. Its regular use prevents early appearance of wrinkles, dryness of skin, pimples, and keeps the face fresh.

5. As it contains copper and iron, it helps in synthesizing blood hemoglobin, thus blood forming.

6. It is a potent aphrodisiac. Its regular use increases sexual power.

7. It is also very useful in respiratory disorders, cold and cough. A paste of almond with black pepper gives resistance against respiratory problems.

8. When soaked in honey overnight, and taken in the morning they gives strong and healthy constitution (body).

9. Their oil is a boon for health as it increases brain power, removes constipation, and corrects liver and spleen.

10. Oil of bitter variety is a good remedy for skin diseases.





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