You may wonder why we have a lot of apricot products, besides their beautiful fragrance and taste, apricots are also used in the beauty products. Lets look at a bit of history regarding the apricot.
Altough the origin of the apricot is disputed and unsettled, it was known in Armenia during ancient times, and has been cultivated there for so long that it is often thought to have originated there. The Romans dubbed the apricot the “precious one.” The conquering Arabs took it to the Mideast, where the luxurious fruit was exploited in sugary confections. It was also cultivated in China and Central Asia as early as 2000 B.C., migrated with the country’s traders, who traveled the Great Silk Road. The Chinese merchants, botanist Berthold Laufer suggests, very probably introduced the fruit to the Persians. Which they called it the “yellow plum” (zardaloo).
The apricot is a small tree, 8–12 m (26–39 ft) tall, with a trunk up to 40 cm (16 in) in diameter and a dense, spreading canopy. The leaves are ovate, 5–9 cm (2.0–3.5 in) long and 4–8 cm (1.6–3.1 in) wide, with a rounded base, a pointed tip and a finely serrated margin. The flowers are 2–4.5 cm (0.8–1.8 in) in diameter, with five white to pinkish petals; they are produced singly or in pairs in early spring before the leaves. The fruit is a drupe similar to a small peach, 1.5–2.5 cm (0.6–1.0 in) diameter (larger in some modern cultivars), from yellow to orange, often tinged red on the side most exposed to the sun; its surface can be smooth (botanically described as: glabrous) or velvety with very short hairs (botanically: pubescent). The flesh is usually firm and not very juicy. Its taste can range from sweet to tart. The single seed is enclosed in a hard, stony shell, often called a “stone” or “kernel”, with a grainy, smooth texture except for three ridges running down one side.
- (1) Apricots Help In Healing Damaged Skin Cells
Apricot pulp and oil is very effective in making our skin soft and healing the damaged skin cells of our body. This benefit of apricots is because of the presence of vitamin C in apricot seeds which helps in the treatment of various skin problems without making our skin oily. Also acts as an excellent moisturizer for hand, face and hair because of its ability to cure damaged skin cells without causing any undesirable side effects.
- (2) Using Apricots For Reducing Wrinkles
Apricot kernels can be used to prepare scrub for removal of old and dead skin cells from the surface of our skin. This exfoliating benefit of apricots makes them very effective in reducing fine lines and small wrinkles from our skin and promotes the growth of new skin cells.
- (3) Using Apricots For Maintaining Skin Elasticity
Apricot oil helps in making our skin soft and supple, and in maintaining clarity and elasticity of the skin. For this reason, apricot oil mixed with some other fruit oils is used for making the facial mask for skin softening, and for providing revitalizing and nourishing effects to the skin. Apricot oil is mild natural oil and is also used in various baby products.
- (4) Apricots Help In Removing Blackheads
Scrub prepared by apricots is very effective in removal of old and dead skin cells, blackheads remove the surface of our skin, and also ensure opening of unclogged pores. This exfoliating benefit of apricot also helps in keeping our skin smooth and radiant by stimulating the growth of new skin cells.
- (5) Using Apricots For Treatment of Skin Disorders
Apricot oil is very effective in preventing our skin from various skin disorders like dermatitis and eczema because of its anti-inflammatory properties (which is due to the presence of vitamin A and vitamin C). Apricot oils combined with another fruit oil provides a soothing effect to our skin, but before using apricot for the treatment of skin disorders, it is always better to consult your doctor and seek their guidance to avoid any adverse side effects. Oil prepared by the apricot kernel is very good for people with sensitive skin and because of its gentle and mild nature; this oil is also used in various baby products. Apricot is also rich in oleic acid which also helps in treating various skin disorders.
- (6) Using Apricots For Treatment of Acne
If you are suffering from skin problems like acne and pimples or if you are skin is prone to acne, then apricots can help you a lot. Scrub prepared by using apricot flesh can act as an excellent exfoliating agent for the removal of dead skin cells, blackheads sunburn, and scabies.
- (7) Apricots Help In Removing Skin Blemishes
These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body and stabilize them, and thus prevent them from damaging our body cells. Because of this benefit of apricot, apricot face masks has been found to be very useful in eliminating skin blemishes without causing any side effects.
- (8) Using Apricots As Skin Moisturizer
If you have a dry and irritated skin, then apricot oil can help you a lot because of the presence of vitamin A and high content of essential fatty acid in it. Apricot oil moisturizes our skin and keep it hydrated and thus counteracts any drying effect associated with exfoliation of the skin and make our skin healthier and softer.
- (9) Apricots Help In Improving Skin Tone
Apricot is very effective in improving skin tone of our body because of its exfoliating nature which helps in the removal of dead and dry skin cells, and promotes the growth of new skin cells and thus improves the pigmentation of our skin.
- (10) Apricots Prevent Signs of Premature Aging
Apricots are very effective in preventing various signs of premature aging like fine lines, wrinkles etc. because of a large number of antioxidants present in it. These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body and stabilize them, and thus prevent them from damaging our body cells. Other than this, apricot is also rich in vitamin E which helps in the delaying the signs of aging, tones and firms our skin and make it soft ( for this benefit, make a paste of apricot flesh and use it as a facial mask).
More facts you didn’t know about apricots!
- Turkey is at first spot when it comes to the production of apricots in the world and produces about twenty percent of world’s production of apricots.
- The 95 percent of apricots produced in the US comes from a single state named “California.”
- Apricots are known as fruit but scientifically they are a member of the rose family.
- Refrigerating apricots can weaken the ripening power of apricots and, for this reason, it is better to keep apricots at room temperature until they are ripe, and refrigerate them later for preservation.
- Apricot trees can bear fruit for up to 20-25 years.
- As per some sources, apricots were first cultivated in Chinese region, and as per some other sources, apricots were first cultivated in India about 3000 BC
- The Scientific name of apricot is “Prunus Armeniaca” (Armenian Plum), and they are a member of rose family and relative of the peach family.
- As per Greek mythology experts, apricots were believed to “Golden apples” of Hesperides and where the fruit Hercules was ordered to pick in the eleventh of his twelve labors.
- In English Folklore, dreaming about apricots is considered as good luck.
- Apricot means “precious” in Latin.
Article Sources : Wiki, Internet, The Royal Horticultural Society Diary/Wikimedia Common, photo, shutterstock.
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