Pharmacy name: sweet almond seeds – Amygdali dulcis semen (formerly: Semen Amygdali dulcis).
Botanical description. A small tree, almost indistinguishable in appearance from bitter almond trees; its cultural forms vary even more. Fruits of sweet almonds are slightly larger. Its homeland is the subtropics of China and Asia Minor; bred in many states (especially in the Mediterranean).
Active ingredients: fatty oil, protein, mucus, enzymes, choline, asparagine and vitamin C.
Application. Sweet almond galenic products used to be used for coughs in babies. Almond oil (fatty seed oil) acts as a mild laxative. The almond pulp, which remains after squeezing the oil, is used as a gentle cleanser for the skin.