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Sweet Almond

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What other names is Sweet Almond known by?

Almond, Almond Extract, Almond Oil, Almendra Dulce, Almendro Dulce, Amande, Amandier, Amande Douce, Amandier à Fruits Doux, Amandier Doux, Amendoa Doce, Amygdala Dulcis, Amygdalus communis var. dulcis, Expressed Almond Oil, Extrait d'Amande, Fixed Almond Oil, Huile d'Amande, Huile d'Amande Douce, Mandorla Dolce, Mindal' Sladkii, Prunus amygdalus var. dulcis, Prunus amygdalus var. sativa, Prunus communis var. sativa, Prunus dulcis, Suessmandel, Suessmandelbaum, Sweet Almond Oil, Zoete Amandel.

What is Sweet Almond?

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.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • High 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.
  • Skin damage caused by radiation treatment for cancer. 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.
  • Constipation.
  • Chapped and irritated skin.
  • Cancer of the bladder, breast, mouth, spleen, and uterus.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of sweet almond for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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