Almond - Alemande – Tree

Almond - Alemande – TreeBlending Note: Middle

Main Benefits: Other Benefits: Cooking, Hair Care

Properties: Febrifuge, Vermifuge, Antispasmodic, Bactericidal, Germicidal, Fungicidal, Antiviral, Sedative,

Anesthetic, Aperient, Diuretic, Anti-Carcinogenic

Origin: Middle East

Other Producers: Iran, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Mediterranean, Northern Africa, Southern Europe, California, Australia

Allergy Warnings: It should never be given to babies, children, the elderly, or seriously ill people Symptoms of an almond oil allergy vary but may be severe, according to The Allergy Site. The most severe reactions include swelling of the sinuses, mouth and throat immediately upon contact with sweet almond oil or products that contain it. These types of allergic reactions often cut off breathing and will cause death if not treated immediately. Other symptoms of a sweet almond oil allergy include abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea

Short History of Almond:

 Zohary and Hopf believe that almonds were one of the earliest domesticated fruit trees due to "the ability of the grower to raise attractive almonds from seed. Thus, in spite of the fact that this plant does not lend itself to propagation from suckers or from cuttings, it could have been domesticated even before the introduction of grafting. Domesticated almonds appear in 3000–2000 BC or possibly a little earlier. Almond might also be the fruit found in king Tut’s tomb in Egypt 1325 BC

About Almond:

The almond is a tree, growing 4–10 m in height, with a trunk of up to 30 cm in diameter.  The branches are green at first, becoming purplish where exposed to sunlight, then grey in their second year. The leaves are 3–5 cm long. The blossoms are white to pale pink, 3–5 cm with five petals, produced single or in pairs and appearing before the leaves in early spring. Almond grows best in Mediterranean climates with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The optimal temperature for their growth is between 15 and 30 °C and the tree buds have a chilling requirement of 300 to 600 hours below 7.2 °C. Almonds begin bearing an economic crop in the third year after planting. Trees reach full bearing five to six years after planting. The fruit matures in the autumn, 7–8 months after flowering. The almond fruit measures 3.5–6 cm long. The wild form of domesticated almond grows in parts of the Levant. Selection of the sweet type from the many bitter types in the wild marked the beginning of almond domestication. Wild almond species are toxic. Australia is the largest almond production region in the Southern Hemisphere, and second largest producing country.

 

Medicinal Uses:

Fatigue, Flatulence, Nausea, Vomiting

Other Uses:

Cooking, Base Oil for massage