Citrus reticulata blanco var. 'mandarin' Achillea millefolium Litsea cubeba Melaleuca viridiflora piper nigrum Piper cubeba citrus limonium Citrus paradisi Cymbopogon martini var. martinii Melaleuca alternifolia

Bitter Almond

Prunus amygdalus var. amara
Botanical name: 
Prunus amygdalus var. amara

Harmonising and nurturing

Please note: The information below is meant to give a brief outline of how an oil can be applied by a trained aromatherapist.
Please do not use this information as a guide for how to use essential oils at home.

Properties and applications: 
Immune Stimulant - colds, coughs, influenza
Hypotensive - hypertension
Sedative - panic, shock, hysteria, fear, nervous conditions, insomnia
Euphoric - depression, chronic conditions, lack of confidence, general unhappiness
Country of origin: 
USA, Spain, across Middle East
Part of plant used: 
Method of extraction: 
Steam distillation - Prussic acid then removed through rectification.
Blends with: 
Spice, citrus and floral oils.
Chemical character: 
Aldehyde type
Safety information: 
Has a short shelf life as it readily oxidises. Hypersensitivity - avoid damaged diseased, delicate or children's skin.
Odour profile: 
Sweet marzipan, heady and overpowering.
Plant description: 
Bushy almond tree, pink or white flowers and velvety fruit.
Historical use: 
The essential oil was used to flavour marzipan.