Prunus dulcis

Prunus dulcis (Mill.) D.A.Webb

Rosaceae

  • Amygdalus communis L.
  • Prunus amygdalus Batsch
  • Common Almond
  • Sweet Almond
  • لوز
  • loz
  • שָׁקֵד מָצוּי
  • shaqed matzuy

Tree

  • Mediterranean maquis and forest
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Prunus dulcis (Mill.) D.A.Webb

System/StateTraditional
Complaint/Use
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/Administration

Parts Used

Source
Ageing

Memory enhancement

Nootropic

Grind fruits & eat x3/day for 1 week.

FruitB
Cancer

Cancer

Anti-carcinogenic

1.Eat x7 dried seeds/day +/- honey until well.
2. Eat 1 teaspoon seeds + honey x2/day.

SeedB
Child Health

Abdominal pain in infants

Carminative

Prepare infusion of ground seeds (sugar can be added) & drink x1 teaspoon (for an infant) as needed.

SeedB
Child Health

Candida infection in infants

Anti-fungal

Apply oil externally x1-2/day on affected area.

Seed (oil)B
Dermatological

Acne

Anti-Infective

Mix 1 tablespoon oil + cucumber juice & apply x1-2/day to affected area.

Seed (oil)B
Dermatological

Hair loss

Hair restorer

1.Extract oil from seeds & apply externally to hair, cover with wet cloth & leave for 15-30 min; repeat x4-
6.
2.Extract oil from seeds & apply externally to hair before washing.
3. Mix equal amounts oil extracted from seeds + coconut oil + lettuce seeds & apply to head for 6 hr before hair wash; repeat x2/week.

Seed (oil)B
Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)

Earache

Analgesic

Extract oil from seeds & apply as warm drops into ear.

SeedZ
Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)

Sore throat

Anti-Infective, Demulcent

Mix seeds/gum (see NOTES) + honey & use internally.

Gum, SeedZ
Gastrointestinal

Carminative & stomachic (promotes appetite/ digestion/ relieves flatulence etc.)

Carminative, Stomachic

Decoct root or fruits in water, cool, filter & drink x1 cup after every meal.

Fruit, RootZ
Gastrointestinal

Dysentery

Anti-Infective, Anti-diarrheal

Heat almond oil + "shodon-aliza" (identity unknown) + water extract of Anchusa sp. & drink.

SeedZ
Gastrointestinal

Gastroenteritis

Anti-Infective

Decoct root in water, cool, filter & drink 1 cup x3/day.

RootZ
Gastrointestinal

Stomach acidity

Antacid

Eat raw seeds +/- honey.

SeedB
Haematology

Heal spleen

Non-specific

Mix seeds/ gum (see NOTES) + sugar + poppy fruits & use internally. (Admin.details not specified.)

Gum, SeedZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Kidney stones

Anti-lithic

Mix seeds/ gum (see NOTES) + honey & use internally. (Admin. details not specified. )

Gum, SeedZ
Mens Health/ Reproductive Health

Male infertlity

Fertility

1. Grind dried seeds + Jacob`s rod (Asphodelus lutea) seeds + honey & eat xI teaspoon/day.
2. Boil 1 handful ground bark for 30 min, filter add + suger +� tablespoon lemon juice & drink x3 cups/day.
3. Eat 80 gm seeds daily for 2 mth.
4. Boil fruits in water & drink several times /day until well

Bark, Fruit, SeedB
Mental health

Relaxant

Anxiolytic

Mix seeds + wheat grains + royal jelly + raisins (dried vitis vinefera fruit) + walnuts (Juglans regia) + pine nuts (Pinus pinea)+ dates (Phoenix dactylifera); eat daily.

SeedB
Opthalmic

Cataract

Visual health

Grind seeds, add little water & heat; squeeze out liquid & apply as eye drops.

SeedZ
Respiratory

Asthma

Anti-asthmatic

Decoct fruits & drink 1 cup x4/day.

FruitZ
Respiratory

Cough

Anti-tussive

1.Decoct fruits in water & drink 1 cup x4/day as needed.
2. Mix seeds or gum (see NOTES) + honey & use internally.

Fruit, Gum, SeedZ
Respiratory

Expel mucus

Expectorant

Decoct fruits in water & drink 1 cup x3/ day as needed.

FruitZ
Surgical/ Trauma

Haemorrhage

Haemostatic

Apply seeds/ gum externally. (See NOTES).

Gum, SeedZ
Women`s Health

Promote lactation (B) Prevent milk flow cessation in nursing women (Z)

Galactagogue

1. Eat fresh fruits & seeds x 2-3/day for 1-3 mth after delivery.(B)
2. Mix ground seeds + "nabat" sugar (large sugar crystals) in milk & drink. (Z)

Fruit, SeedB, Z
Women`s Health

Stop labour pains

Tocolytic

Cook a little "hilbeh" (Trigonella foenum-graecum) in water. After cooking, discard bitter water & re-cook to obtain a mash. Add almond oil (from seed) + castor oil + "nabat" sugar (large sugar crystals) & eat.

SeedZ
Women`s Health

Strengthens female hormones

Alterative

1. Mix seeds + wheat grains + royal jelly + raisins (dried vitis vinefera fruit) + walnuts (Juglans regia)+ pine nuts (Pinus pinea)+ dates (Phoenix dactylifera); eat daily
2. Eat roasted seeds daily.

SeedB

The authors of the Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany (FPE) web site do not take responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of the plants described here. Always seek advice from a health professional before using a plant medicinally or for other purposes

Z notes that where "gum" is used in preparations of Prunus dulcis, its unclear whether this refers to the edible solidified resin from the tree or from the seeds. See also CAUTIONS for this species.

The bitter seeds, fruit & leaves of Prunus dulcis contain prunasin, a cyanogenic glycoside. In wild, bitter almonds this can correspond to 4–9 mg of hydrogen cyanide per almond, x42 higher than the trace levels of cyanide found in sweet (domesticted) almonds. The wild bitter seeds or fruit of Prunus amygdalus should therefore not be eaten. HCN in excess (10 seeds in children) can cause respiratory failure and death.