The origin of the Apricot tree is unclear. Some claim it's native to Armenia, others say China or India. Now found worldwide in countries with a suitable climate.
The oil is expressed from the kernel of the Apricot fruit.
Apricot kernel is a very popular oil for massage. It's great to use on it's own but even better when used as a base oil for blending with essential oils. Apricot kernel oil contains antioxidants, minerals, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B17 and E. It also has Omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids. It is readily absorbed by the skin thanks to it's light texture and is especially recommended for mature, dry or sensitive skins.
A highly nourishing and moisturising oil, it's very similar to Sweet Almond and is used instead of that oil on people who suffer from nut allergies.