Medicinal properties of apricots

Curative properties of apricots


Are apricots a solution for cancer?

The apricot kernel oil has been traditionally used for curing tumors. With this oil, tumors were rubbed to reduce them or neutralize their growth.

This treatment was widely used in England until the late seventeenth century.


Albaricoques, con la semilla de albaricoque se extrae aceite y el laetrille

What is laetrile?

Today, from the core of the apricot seed and of other Rosaceae, especially of bitter almonds, peaches, or cherries, laetrile or vitamin B17 is obtained, a drug for the treatment of cancer.

This vitamin was discovered in 1950 by Ernest Krebs, Jr. who said that cancer is a disease caused by deficiency of vitamin B17.

According to Edward Griffin, as proposed in his books "A World Without Cancer" and "Alive and in Good Health", this deficiency is alleviated with the administration of laetrile. However, according to this author, the administration of this drug has been banned for economic reasons, since it is a drug too easy to obtain and can not be patented.

What does the official medicine say about laetrile?

Laetrile has been banned in many countries because, according to some research, it is ineffective and dangerous. Amygdalin laetrile contains a compound in contact with the body produces hydrocyanic acid, commonly known as cyanide.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (United States Office for drug control) there is insufficient evidence to prove the safety of this drug, whereas, according to many studies, there have been many poisonings by ingestion of laetrile.

Despite the ban, in many countries it continues to operate. For example, in the United States was banned in 1980 by the National Cancer Institute and, as it can be administered in Mexico, many terminal patients resort to this solution by travelling to neighboring country.

Among the people defending the implementation of laetrile, there is Ralph Moss, author of numerous books on the subject.

Gum of the trunk of apricot tree, a cough therapy

The gum exuded from the trunk of this tree is rich in mucilage which, according to Pius Font Quer in his renewed "Dioscorides", can be used for the manufacture of an antitussive horchata (sweet drink made from tiger nuts and sugar). According to him this would be the formula:

Syrup of gum of the trunk of apricot tree for cough


- 50 sweet almonds

- 6 bitter almonds

- 5 tablespoons of sugar

- 5 gr. of apricot gum

- Water


- Chop in a mortar 50 sweet almonds and 6 bitter almonds

- Add 6 tablespoons of sugar and stir well adding water until a compact mass is formed.

- Strain the water. Add 5 gr. of apricot gum.


The adult dose is one tablespoon every two hours and in the younger one 1 teaspoonful. The same author points out the danger of this treatment and the need not to exceed the dose, because of the amygdalin content of bitter almonds)

Note: Despite the possibility of using this treatment it is more prudent to use other safer natural preparations for the treatment of cough.

Cosmetic uses of apricots

Apricots are used in cosmetics to make masks for the treatment of abnormalities of the skin, especially in regard to skin care. Its ability to nourish the skin of vitamin A and provide numerous minerals, makes it very suitable for the care of the skin of the face that need extra power.

This is done to protect the skin against the appearance of wrinkles and whitening their faces bearing patches on the face caused by sun or age. (See Apricot Mask for wrinkles)

A compendium of vitamins y minerals

Apricot fruits are rich in vitamins and minerals, so as to be usually added as a staple food in our diet.

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