Apricot oil

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]

Apricot seed oil in a clear glass vial

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 OilEdit

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.