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Peach Essential Oil : Benefits, Uses, DIY Recipes & Precautions

Hmm peachy! Everyone’s favorite fruit has an essential oil after all. Peach essential oil or peach kernel essential oil is obtained from the deciduous tree Prunus persica. It belongs to the same species as rose, that is, Rosaceae. The edible fruits of these trees are called peaches and nectarines. (Although both come from the same tree, they are both marketed differently because of its subtle difference in appearance.) Peaches have several cultural significance in Asian countries. For instance, in China peach wood is believed to drive away evil spirits. In Korea, peaches represent honor and longevity.

The peach oil is also extracted from the kernel of the fruit and hence it is referred to as the peach kernel essential oil. This oil has been used in traditional Chinese medicine. It is believed to be a delicate elixir that restores youth. It is said that the peach tree was native to northwest China, but it was taken to the new world by the Spanish traders as early as the 16th century. From here, the popularity of the fruit spread far and wide and it began to be cultivated across the world. Peach oils and extracts have been used in lip balms and face care for a long time. It is also used in salad dressing in some parts of the world. (Gya Labs does not recommend the consumption of essential oils unless explicitly stated by a doctor.) Peach essential oil is rare oil, but it is very popular amongst aromatherapists and in the cosmetic industry because of its sweet fruity aroma. The oil is light in texture (easily absorbed into the skin) and orange colored. And anyone who has smelled a peach fruit or used a peach scented product can guess its aroma.

Name

Peach Essential Oil

 

 

Botanical Name

Prunus persica

 

 

Native to

China

Properties

Antioxidant, Stomachic, carminative, cardioprotective, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine

Main ingredients

Palmitic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, myristic acid

 

 

Aroma

Fresh and fruity

 

 

Blends well with

Orange, bergamot, vanilla, ginger, clove, cinnamon, basil, cinnamon, lemon and lime essential oils

Category

Floral

Substitute

Lavender or jasmine essential oil

 

 

 

How Is Peach Essential Oil Extracted?

The peach oil is extracted through a process called cold pressing. In this process the peach kernel, seed or pit is crushed and the oil is squeezed out. The cold pressing method of essential oil extraction ensures that the resultant oil retain all the nutrition and molecular structure of the kernel. Another method of extracting essential oil is heat extraction which uses heat. This method produces more oil, but since heat it used in the extraction, it decreases the nutritional output of the end product. Sometimes even the aroma is lesser. The Journal of Agriculture and Ecology in 2020 published the benefits of cold pressed oils.

Another research conducted in Turkey evaluated the fatty acid content of cold pressed nut oils (1).

So it is determined by studies that cold pressed oil has better nutrition retention. The peach essential oil at Gya Labs is from the cold pressed method and is nutritional and more aromatic.

Peach Essential Oil Benefits

  • Rich in Vitamins

Peach essential oil has ingredients that have high content of Vitamin E and C which give the oil its anti-aging properties. Along with the aroma, these properties are the reason why peach oil is used as an in gradient in cosmetic products.

  • Peach Essential Oil Benefits For Different Skin Types

Peach oil is a light textured oil which is why it is easily absorbed into the skin. The essential oil of peach does not leave a greasy layer on the skin and hence does not clog the pores and hence useful for oily skin. It also has a calming and moisturizing effect on the skin and hence can be applied without any qualms on dry skin and sensitive skin types. It is known to improve skin elasticity and is an emollient. It may be suitable for all skin types.

  • Lowers Toothaches and Improves Dental Health

Therapeutic grade peach oil is a natural remedy for treating oral health issues like toothaches. In case of toothache, applying the oil through cotton ball on the affected region will lower the pain and soothe the gums.

  • It Can Maintain Healthy Heart

The active ingredients in the herbal oil are thought to benefit heart health. Applying the oil reduces the risk of heart diseases and cardiovascular diseases.

  • Fights Against Oxidative Stress

The essential oil of peach has antioxidant properties that neutralizes the free radicals in the body and thus prevents oxidative stress. The LWT - Food, Science and Technology in June 2011 published the details of a study that investigated the physicochemical and antioxidant properties of peach kernel essential oil. It concluded that the oil has high phenolic compounds which increased its antioxidant activities (2).

  • Oil Improves Stomach Functions

Peach essential oil is a stomachic with carminative properties. Even when this oil is applied on the outside of the stomach, it boosts digestive function; it also removes excess gas in the gastrointestinal tract. When applied regularly it stops the accumulation of gas.

  • Peach Oil For Smokers

Peach oil increases the metabolism of toxic substance from the tobacco smoke. It protects the tissues from nicotine poisoning or nicotine toxicity. It can be applied on the body to remove nicotine through urine (3).

Uses Of Peach Essential Oil

Inhalation and Massage Aromatherapy

Health benefits of peach kernel oil has gradually gained popularity as oil for aromatherapy. The peachy aroma of this oil enters the limbic system and relieves stress, fatigue and anxiety. Small cases of stress are quickly dealt with by diffusing peach oil through an aroma diffuser. Add a few drops of the oil in any type of aroma diffuser and inhale the scent for half an hour. It i beneficial when added to massage oils and cream. Monika Michalak published an in-depth research paper highlighting the ways and steps to do aromatherapy (4).

Peach Oil For Skin Uses

Peach essential oil is diluted with carrier oils (which may include coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil or olive oil) and applied locally on the skin. So what does peach oil do for the skin? The oil cleans the skin and pores, and prevent pimples and acne, and acts as a moisturizer. Using this oil regularly removes dead skin from the face and repairs the cells. It is also an anti-ageing agent that reverses the signs of ageing. It may be applied to mitigate the discomfort due to psoriasis and eczema, but only after consulting with your doctor).

Peach Oil For Lip Use

The medicinal healthy acids and the presence of vitamin c and e in the oil when applied on the lips nourish it and gives it suppleness.

Peach Oil Benefits for Hair Care

Peach oil has a healthy effect on the hair. Applying this oil boosts the blood circulation which stimulates the scalp. If used at an early age, this oil makes the hair thicker and curbs hair loss. Peach oil is also diluted and applied on colored hair to keep the hair color last longer. Dilute the oil with any preferred carrier oil and massage the scalp and hair. Rinse it off with shampoo.

Dental Care with Peach Oil

Peach oil is good for dental care. A drop of the oil can be added to toothpaste and brushed with it twice a week to protect the gums and prevent cavities. It is also be added to warm water for gargling.

Peach Oil For Air Freshener

A small spritzer bottle is half filed with water and to it 10-12 drops of peach essential oil are added. This mix can be sprayed anywhere in the house to fill the rooms with sweet fragrance of peach.

Peach Oil For Stomach Health

Peach oil is a new entrant in the world of essential oils, but its uses in improving stomach function is well known. Applying the oil on the abdomen will boost digestion and remove gases. It also stops the accumulation of gases in the gastrointestinal tract.

Peach Oil for Heart Health

Massaging the body with peach essential oil improves the blood circulation. Doing so frequently will improve the functioning of the arteries. Peach oil has cardioprotective properties and hence in the long run will keep the heart healthy.

Oil For Insect Bites

Peach essential oil is an anti-inflammatory oil with a soothing effect on the skin. When applied on insect and bug bites on the body, the oil soothes the skin and lowers irritation and prevents any infection.

DIY Recipes Of Peach Essential Oil

The following recipes are to be diffused via an aroma diffuser, unless specified.

Pleasant Morning Blend

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Acne Fighting Combo (topical application)

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Essentials For Stress Relief

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Safety When Using Peach Essential Oil

Essential oils are great for self-care routines. However, we should also take care and follow caution when using them to keep ourselves and loved ones safe from its side effects. Generally essential oils are safe, but a few guidelines must be followed to avoid any adverse effects. Also, the oils are different, made up of different compounds. Some people may be allergic to certain compounds while others may be allergic to others. Concentrated oil must be bought after careful deliberation. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind.

  1. Read the label and instructions to make sure you’re using the oil correctly.
  2. While buying essential oils be wary of the terms fragrance oil, perfume oil and natural identical oil.
  3. The term pure essential oil can be widely seen on the bottles. These maybe made from substandard sources.
  4. Ensure that you are not allergic to any ingredients or compounds in the oil.
  5. Make sure to dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil for safe application.
  6. Do not add too much of the oil in the diffuser.
  7. Avoid using essential oils of sensitive areas like the eyes and nose.
  8. Don’t apply it on broken skin either unless it’s mentioned on the bottle or label.
  9. Keep it out of reach of kids and fur kids.
  10. Do not diffuse the oil near kids and pets. Consult a doctor before doing so.
  11. Some oils may make you sensitive to sun damage, so be sure to load up on SPF.
  12. Check the label to see if the oil is photo-toxic.
  13. The oil may cause embryotoxicity; consult a doctor before use.
  14. Always do a small patch test before topical application.
  15. If aromatherapy is performed directly from the bottle, make sure that the oil does not touch the skin.
  16. The common unwanted effects caused by essential oils up on topical application are rashes, redness and swelling.
  17. If you show signs of irritation, stop use and consult a health professional.
  18. Some essential oils cannot be used by people with kidney problems, whereas some essential oils cannot be used by those with blood disorders. It is always advisable to consult a doctor about your essential oil needs and predisposition for diseases.


Imashi Fernando

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