Sweet almond is a plant. It produces kernels (nuts) that are a familiar food. Sweet almond oil, prepared by pressing the kernels, is used to make medicine.
Sweet almond is used as a mild laxative, and as a remedy for cancer of the bladder, breast, mouth, spleen, and uterus.
Some people apply sweet almond directly to the skin to soften chapped skin, to soothe mucous membranes, and to kill germs.
Sweet almond is also used to dissolve certain medications in a liquid so they can be given as shots.
In manufacturing, sweet almond is used widely in cosmetics.
How it works
Sweet almond might work as a laxative due to the presence of many fatty acids. When applied to the skin, these same oily ingredients might help chapped skin and irritated mucous membranes.
Not ProvenHigh cholesterol
Early research suggests that eating raw almonds daily for 4-9 weeks might lower total cholesterol and “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in people with high cholesterol. However, eating almonds does not appear to improve “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol or blood fats called triglycerides.
Early research suggests that applying almond ointment to the skin does not protect against skin damage caused by radiation treatment in women with breast cancer.
There is not enough scientific information available to know if sweet almond is safe to use as medicine.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking sweet almond if you arepregnantor breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Are there any interactions with medications?
Diabetes: Sweet almond might lower blood sugar in some people. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use sweet almond.
Surgery: Sweet almond might lower blood sugar in some people. In theory, sweet almond might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgical procedures. Stop using sweet almond at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
ModerateMedications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)
Sweet almond might lower blood sugar in some people. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking sweet almond along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.