Somewhere far away in the south of white-pink clouds envelop every spring the almond trees ... And we are at any time of the year can buy the fruits of the almond and use them for their own benefit.

Almonds - Prunus dulcis   - Small deciduous tree or strongly branching shrub of the genus plum Rosaceae family.

I myself not so long ago learned that all almonds and walnut, and drupe ... The magnitude and shape of almonds reminiscent of peach bone.

Thorny shoots of two types of almonds - lengthened and shortened vegetative generative. The leaves resemble the leaves of the almond plum - the same oblong, pointed, serrated on the edges.

   Flowers are large, up to 2, 5 cm in diameter, white or pink. Flowering almond in February - April.

Fruits - drupe dry velvety-pubescent oval boxes. They ripen in July - August. When ripe, the fruit dries and cracks the shell, it perforated the bone, and the bone edible kernel.

Grains of bitter almonds, even in small amounts can be poisoned.

Almond is bitter and sweet. Sweet almonds are cultivated in the Crimea and the Caucasus, as well as in Central Asia.

Almonds contains a large quantity of mineral substances, vitamins A, B, PP, E, fatty acids, sugars, cellulose, gums, proteins, ash, potassium, magnesium, calcium, chlorine, sulfur, phosphorus, and copper.

Almonds   since ancient times been used for medicinal purposes . It is often recommended by various diseases Ibn Sina.
- Modern folk medicine considers it one of the most effective means to reduce blood cholesterol.
- Almond normalizes metabolism, improves gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular and nervous systems.
- Improves brain function, so useful to students, students and people of intellectual labor.
- The day is recommended to eat 2-3 almond kernels.

Almond make almond oil, which is used in cosmetics . Folk cosmetics used themselves almond kernels. Some masks are beneficial for the skin:

- Mask nutritious almond
4 tbsp. tablespoons peeled almonds pour 1 cup boiling water, cover the lid, leave for 5 minutes. The water is drained, crushed almonds, for example, through a meat grinder. Add to a mass of 1 st. spoon heavy cream and 1 teaspoon of honey. Apply to the skin for 15-20 minutes, rinse pad soaked in a weak tea leaves of green tea or warm water. Wash with cool water.

- The mask for aging skin
Article 2-4. spoon almond mix with the same amount of yogurt and apply on face for an hour. Forever put bags of chamomile tea or cotton swabs wetted in tea leaves of green tea. After 60-80 minutes, wash off the mask with warm water. This mask helps to smooth out existing wrinkles. Her little flaw in duration. But the mask works effectively, especially if you do the procedure courses. During the mask you can take a nap or listen to soothing music, such as Bach's organ thing. And at the same time calm down the nerves, relieve daily stress.

- Almond mask with apple juice
2 tbsp. tablespoons chopped almonds grains mixed with 2 tbsp. spoons of apple juice or 2 tablespoons. tablespoons grated grated apple. Apply on face for 20-25 minutes, rinse with water at room temperature.

- Almond scented water
5 pound of sweet almonds, pour ½ cup of cooled boiled water. Cover with gauze and leave for days in a dark place. Add 1 tbsp. spoon cologne for oily skin, and 1 teaspoon of olive oil for dry skin. Wipe face in the morning and evening.

- If your hair chopped almonds mixed with milk and rub into the scalp for 40-50 minutes before shampooing.

- Almond oil can be added to the cream 1-2 drops, it is especially beneficial for dry and aging skin.

- Almond oil is rubbed into the hair roots for half an hour before washing the head to get rid of dandruff, strengthening them and better growth.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva