Apricot oil

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Apricot seed oil in a clear glass vial

Apricot oil or apricot kernel oil is pressed from the kernels of the Prunus armeniaca (apricot). Apricot kernels have an oil content of 40-50%. The oil is similar to almond oil and peach oil, both of which are also extracted from the kernels of the respective fruit.[1]

The seed cake is also used separately to extract an essential oil, which contains Amygdalin - a colorless crystalline glucoside.

The oil is chiefly composed of oleic acid and linoleic acid, both of which are unsaturated fats.

Components of Apricot Kernel Oil[edit]

Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Omega 9, Omega 6, Omega 3, Palmitic acid, Stearic acid


  1. ^ Lee, Hyun-hee (September 2014). "Chemical Composition and Antimicrobial Activity of the Essential Oil of Apricot Seed". Psychotherapy Research. 8 (12): 1867–1872. doi:10.1002/ptr.5219. PMID 25219371. S2CID 1438933.