Culinary Care – Argan Oil

 

Argan oil is one of those countable natural essential oils that have great say in the world market because of they can be efficiently used for so many purposes. They are not just a cure to any one ailment but can even work as enhancers to many needful places on the human body.

For centuries before modern times, the Berbers (indigenous people of Morocco) of this area would collect undigested argan pits from the waste of goats which climb the trees to eat their fruit. The pits were then ground and pressed to make the nutty oil used in cooking and cosmetics. However, the oil used in products available for sale today has most likely been harvested and processed with machines in a verifiably clean and sanitary way, namely -

  • cosmetic
  • culinary

The oil was sold in Moroccan markets even before the Phoenicians arrived, yet the hardy argan tree has been slowly disappearing. Overgrazing by goats and a growing, wood-hungry local population have whittled the number of surviving trees down to less than half of what it was 50 years ago. The tree is a relic of the Earth’s Tertiary Period, which ended about 1.6 million years ago, and it grows in only a few other places in the world. It is tenacious, withering and fruitless during extended droughts, and it lives as long as 200 years.

Argan oil is used for dipping bread, on couscous, salads and similar uses. “Amlou” a thick brown paste with a consistency similar to peanut butter is produced by stone grinding roasted almond and Argan oil and is considered a favorite local bread dip. The unroasted oil is traditionally used as a treatment for skin diseases, and has found favour with the cosmetics industry.

Supporting Women All argan sold today is produced by a women’s cooperative that shares the profits among the local women of the Berber tribe. The cooperative has established an ecosystem reforestation project so that the supply of argan oil will not run out and the income that is currently supporting the women will not disappear. The money is providing healthcare and education to the local women, and supporting the entire community as a whole.

Have a look at our reference links now -

  1. Argan Oil by Argan Oil Society
  2. Argan Essential Oil by Cathy Wong
  3. Argan Oil by Jenn Adkins

Bid Farewell To Rheumatism Using Argan Oil

 

You know why everywhere there are some poor people screaming at the top of their voices…of weight loss machines and equipments…and tonics and capsules…?

Because if one maintains a fit and healthy body (Mind you I said fit! And not thin! There’s a vast difference) in the early years of life and drags the maintenance to the latter years…then the person’s health would be his last concern…

The link here is that ‘prevention is better than cure’ and usually the problems one faces in the dusk of life are…extreme-pain inducing and incapacitating…one of them being Rheumatism…

Again…even if you haven’t reached your old age yet…then also there is no harm in taking that little extra care of your body…your body parts…so that they can take care of your activities when that hair turns clear white…

Rheumatism…let me explain to you and clear the myths doing the rounds about the disease……it is basically a medical term once frequently used to describe disorders associated with many different parts of the body…Most often…people associate rheumatism with arthritis or with rheumatic fever…a complication of strep throat that can result in damage to the heart…However…the term rheumatism might apply to the symptoms of numerous conditions that can cause pain and/or weakness…

Some conditions that were once given the general label of rheumatism or called rheumatic diseases include…

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Lupus
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tendonitis

There is also a fact that autoimmune disorders…since they remained unnamed but caused pain as well as affecting other organs…were classed as rheumatism…Illnesses like lupus were particularly susceptible to being called rheumatism…Later understanding of the actions of these illnesses show that the problem is not dysfunction of the joints…but rather immune systems that can attack joints…muscles and organs…

Hmm…now talking about your rescuer….Argan Essential Oil…

Known since ancient times…this argan oil is used to massage dietary babies (because it protects against infections of the skin)…but also in children and adults to treat

  • Rheumatism
  • Acne
  • chicken pox
  • Eczema
  • Chapped skin
  • Heal burns

A substance (the name of it is schottenol) that contains the fruit of the argan tree is indeed involved in remedial action burns and skin diseases…It would relieve rheumatism and joint pain…Just the mere application of this amazing oil will relieve you from the problem of rheumatism in the passage of a slew of weeks…

Talking about other benefits Argan oil…

  • Helps in the improvement of liver function and digestion
  • Offers protection against free radicals and tissue protection
  • Preventing the risk of miscarriage
  • Contribution to weight loss (two tablespoons each morning)
  • Stimulation of sperm production

It does it all!

Okay…please check out our reference links for further information…

  1. Argan Oil benefits by WiseGeek
  2. Argan Oil by Palleto
  3. Argan Oil For Skin by Helium

Argan Oil Vs Shea Butter

 

Heard of Argan oil…heard of Shea butter…Heard of their amazing and unusual benefits…

But…Ever heard of a fight between the two?

Well…I am the referee fot his ring…And Ladies and Gentlemen…I present before you…the illustrious…Shea Butter…And the Apparent best…Argan Oil…

Read on to decide yourself…which one is the ‘really’ better oil

Will start from the scratch…The Argan tree and Karite tree (Shea Butter) are in the same family and as such are comparable in many respects….Both have fantastic qualities and one cannot be called better than the other….

Fine…I being the referee…can’t deny that both of these oils are great moisturizing oils….Argan oil is a better moisturizer than Shea Butter because of its high content of unsaturated fatty acids….Yes that means One point to Argan oil…This fact gives Argan oil a higher rate of absorption….Both Argan oil and Shea Butter are non-comedogenic…as in they will never clog your pores…defying the obvious quality of any oil…

Shea Butter has a higher nonsaponifiable…Okay I know it is too big and bizarre a word…but I was trying to refer to its healing fraction…And it is better than Argan here…thus giving it an edge in this category…One point to Shea butter here…Many people call these trees cousin trees…. Now that’s unusual…cousins fighting…(Okay I know it was corny)

One of the primary noticeable differences between Argan oil and Shea Butter is their consistency at room temperature’….Shea Butter is a solid and Argan oil is a liquid…Like an oil it is meant to be…

The only oil we know of which can successfully be blended with Shea Butter without losing the healing properties associated with Premium Grade A Shea Butter is Argan oil….So the cousins come together at this stage…

Okay…now coming to the medicinal properties…these oils have excellent moisturizing properties we have combined Shea Butter and Argan oil are hence a part of many Anti-Aging products….

Argan oil is specially amazing…The aroma of this oil is slightly nutty and dissipates in a few minutes….the  best part of this oil being…it penetrates deep into the skin…So that’s how…the application of argan oil at night before sleeping gives you ultra soft skin in the morning…

So…at the end of the day…I am not surprised to announce that the winner of this competition is the invincible…the best…the most beneficial….Argan Essential Oil…Happy using!

Okay…go through our reference links now…

  1. Argan Oil for anti-aging by Argan Oil Society
  2. Argan Oil by Cathy Wong
  3. Argan Oil for Skin Care by Forever Looking Good

Argan Oil Extraction

 

It is pretty obvious that when you are so keenly interested in something…have a penchant for it then even the most trivial and minute of detail regarding the thing becomes important…

So…Similarly I have taken the responsibility through this article to enlighten you regarding the extraction of this amazing and beloved oil called Argan….

But…before that…know a little about the background of this extraordinary plant…The Argan tree is found mostly in southern Morocco and some parts of Algeria…It is a thorny…weather resistant fruit producing tree…It has a prominent place in the Moroccan civilization heritage…It was named Argania Spinosa in the early 20th century…Argan tree can live hundreds of years…150 to 200 years according to an estimate…

The weather in which it flourishes is basically hot…dry weather and chalky soil rich in lime are the kind of circumstances that are suitable for the growth of Argan…There is very low average rainfall in those areas of Morocco where Argan is found….But it can capture and absorb moisture necessary for its survival from deep within the soil due to its deeply penetrated roots…Total area where Argan is found today is call Argania Forest…

Hmm…the fruit…the magical fruit of this plant looks somewhat like an olive but just that it is a tad bigger…rounder and brown….Each Argan fruit contain very hard kernels…which contains one or three seeds…The Aragn oil is made from the seeds…But as all this seems it is not so…all this process doesn’t happen that fast…

Now…Finally….coming to the Extraction…

For the extraction of the Argan oil…the fruits after been collected by a beating pole…or from the ground….Then the Argan fruits are dried out naturally in the sun….From the smooth surface they become kind of bumpy and dark brown…When the fruits become totally dry…the flash is peeled off and the kernels are broken to remove the seeds….We tried breaking some…and it wasn’t that easy…

There is a slight catch in all this…Cracking the kernels…takes lots of work and effort and it is being done by hand….Taking the seeds out of the kernels…is also done by hand….

Once the seeds are collected they are being fed into a stone…and some say even clay…made grinder from the top…where another woman rotates the top part to squeeze the oil out of seeds….

Another part of the process is gently roasting the seeds…which give the nutty flavor to the oil….Once the seeds are ground into the paste…the paste is then squeezed between the hands to get the oil….

That oil gets purified to get the clean look as we know it…and we see….

The Argan tree grows wild and only in a semi-dessert type of soil…Today…it’s only possible to find it in southwestern Morocco…and since it’s rare and endangered…UNESCO put it under its protection…

So…for further queries…roll your eyes over the reference links given below…

  1. Argan Oil by Argan Oil Society
  2. Benefits of Argan oil by ecogreenforus
  3. Argan Oil Makes you look young by Argan Oil

Grand History Of Argan Oil

 

This article I dedicate to the historical background of this kingly oil…Argon oil…Even the name seems of a king…Anyway

The Argan tree (formally or say scientifically known as Argania Spinosa) is one of the few still living tree species from the tertiary era (I mean the era over 65 million years ago) and it is typical of south western Morocco…

This tree was and actually is considered pious and holy…It grows from 7 to 10 metres high and is also considered a true Moroccan miracle due to its extraordinary…rare…sometimes bizarre characteristics….

This tree stands tall and does not fear drought and can withstand high temperatures up to 50 degrees Celsius…This tree has a life of more than 150 to 200 years…and if it dies it can remain dormant and then revive again in 7 years…Due to its amazingly strong and able root system…it is highly effective in preventing erosion…thereby preserving fertility of the soil and limiting the advance of the desert…So you now know what to do…to help nature…plant an Argan tree…

Hmm…moving on…I have certain typical historal facts to present before you about this tree…

  • In the 18th century during the reign of Sultan Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah the French diplomat De Chenier dedicated enormous attention to the Argan tree in his reports…
  • Thomas Barkelyan American diplomat whom U.S. President George Washington had sent on a mission to conclude a peace treaty between the two countries…reported with great interest on the Argan tree in 1786….
  • Then again…talking of 1867…the first Moroccan delegation participated in the international fair in Paris…They brought with them their exquisite products…most importantly the Argan nuts which caused a sensation among the fair’s attendees….

Hmm..thrilling it is to just be the history if a mere ‘tree’ ( okay I wont use ‘mere’ it might hurt sentiments of the believers)…

Again…In 1998…UNESCO added the Argan tree to the World Heritage list and in 2001 home institutions and foreign partners…organised the first festival dedicated to the Argan tree….Many important decisions were reached during the festival…such as long term development of the underdeveloped Berber regions…protection of the environment…and preservation of the Argan tree itself….

To present before you…facts about the usage of this tree…Lend me your eyes (it’s all literally…visual you see)

Morocco’s Berbers use Argan oil in their daily diets…it is served for breakfast together with home baked bread…and even the pieces are dipped into Argan oil and honey…A traditional Moroccan dish…There is this sweet called Amlou sweet…is considered a real delicacy…It is composed of Argan oil mixed with honey and almonds and gives energy and strength…and is also known as an aphrodisiac….

In cooking taking place at home as well as in exquisite restaurants Argan oil is added to steamed…roasted…or grilled foods which are prepared in this way to enhance flavour and provide several additional vitamins….

Hmm…kindly check out our reference links now…

  1. The history and use of argan oil by health-indicators.com
  2. Argan Oil history by elmaha-tours.com
  3. Argan history by zamourispices.com
  4. Argan Oil by dietobio.com
  5. Argan Oil For Health by Argan Oil News

Under The Aegis Of Argan Tree

 

Heard a lot of the oil…Argan..I think it is time for me to enlighten you about the mommy of argan oil…the one that gave birth to this wonderful…helpful…amazing…thing…

Hmm…Read on…to know about…Argan…The tree..

The Argan tree is thorny and can reach heights of 8-10 metres…probably originated in Argana…a village north-east of Agadir…It lives longer than the olive and requires no cultivation…

When goats eat the frui…the fleshy part is digested but the nut remains…It is later…the nuts are collected by farmers to produce oil…

The production of argan oil…which is still mostly done by traditional methods…is a lengthy process…Each nut has to be cracked open to remove the kernels…and it is said that producing one litre of oil takes 20 hours’ work….

About what it looks like…The trunk of the argan is often twisted and gnarled…allowing goats to clamber along its branches and feed on the leaves and fruit…

As for the fruit of it…the fruit has a green…fleshy exterior like an olive…but larger and rounder…Inside…there is a nut with an extremely hard shell…which in turn contains one…two or three almond-shaped kernels…

Argan oil is slightly darker than olive oil…with a reddish tinge…It can be used for cooking and is claimed to have various medicinal properties…such as

  • lowering cholesterol levels
  • stimulating circulation
  • strengthening the body’s natural defences

Also…Internationally…It is a part of cosmetic uses….

The residue from the kernels after oil extraction is a thick chocolate-coloured paste called “amlou” which is sweetened and served as a dip for bread at breakfast time in Berber households….It flavour is similar to that of peanut butter…just a tad tastier…

The wood and nut-shells of the argan tree are burned for cooking…the wood is also used decoratively in some of the inlaid boxes…The roots of the argan tree grow deep in search of water…helping to bind the soil and prevent erosion…

Households that make their own argan oil tend to use if for general cooking…Because it is expensive to buy…others may use it more sparingly…flavouring salads

Argan production is still basically a cottage industry…managed largely by women….But many people believe that if the oil became better known it could provide more employment in the region as well as enhancing the environment…

Please…have a look at our reference links…

  1. The wonder tree- Argan by bpb
  2. The Argan Tree by stories.coop
  3. Argan tree by Argan Oil Society

Simply Argan

 

Sometimes…when we’re not in touch with certain people…we forget their importance and worth in our lives…I mean the funda ‘out of sight out of mind’….Okay not literally…but in a way applies…to it…

You know that is why it is said…that do not let your absence be so long that the person learns to live without you…

Make your presence and existence felt every now and then…

You know why I am saying this is because..in the helter-skelter of everything…we tend to ignore the most basic benefits of things like argan oil…Read on to understand…and recall…

The Argan nut comes from the Argan tree and grows only in the South Western part of Morocco…From these Argan nuts….a very nutritious oil is extracted which is renowned for its antiaging properties…This antioxidant rich oil has become very popular for its use in cosmetics and also for its nutritional properties…Also as a cosmetic is

  • anti aging
  • nourishing
  • hydratin
  • natural care product

Argan oil is rich in vitamin A and has a very high content of vitamin E…which is an extremely potent antioxidant….it stimulates the synthesis of good prostaglandins and inhibits the effects of aging….

Rich in essential fatty acids….Argan oil invigorates the skin by balancing and stimulating the natural physiologic process of the dermis cells…Argan oil is perfect for aging skins…it will

  • Deeply moisturise…
  • Protect…
  • Regenerate…
  • Nourish…

The best of Argan Oil is….

  • Argan oils promotes the speedy  regeneration of the skin by restarting vital functions of cells to prevent early aging due to external aggressions
  • It noticeably reduces wrinkles and softens the skin
  • Argan oil is rich in proteins shown to tighten the skin and protect skin’s elasticity
  • Argan oil is also known to help reduce scarring…and help prevent stretch marks caused by pregnancy and weight fluctuations
  • Possesses a sebum regulating action for oily skin
  • Significantly hydrates the skin by restoring its natural barrier and neutralizing free radicals 

I will go back in history….You know for almost centuries…Berber women of this Morocco have produced Argan oil which was used for their consumption and traditional Moroccan medicine….The Berber women have also used it for their skin and hair for hundreds of years….The Argan tree is a protected specie….and under the protection of UNESCO… Cooperatives that have been formed to save the Argan tree…and protect it…The cooperative regroups women from the area work together to produce the Argan oil- to preserve the Argan forest by finding a sustainable economic use for its products and improve the social and economic status of rural women….It is from these cooperatives that we source Argan oil from to ensure this valued tree is protected and sustained…

Hmm…Now See the reference links below…

  1. Argan Oil by Sooper Articles
  2. Argan oil Benefits Women by Feel Good Style
  3. Argan Oil by www.care2.com

Acne Battle No More – Argan Oil

 

Seen myriad suffering from the problem…what it does to the skin and appearance is till nothing compared to what it does to the self-esteem…and confidence of the persons…

The ones suffering often feel helpless and trapped and insecure…fact it is that not many things can help with problem…

And here opens the surprise package…Argan oil…I know some of you must have heard of it…others must have ignored…some tried and discontinued…and then there must be a lot sticking to its use because they must have patiently waited for the results to show up and they must have been delighted…elated when they did…

So…I’ll make you all a happy lot today…Read on to discover the extraordinary treatment of Argan oil for acne…

Acne is a disorder of the pilosebaceous unit…which is made up of a hair follicle…you know the tiny hairs popping from the pores of our skin…sebaceous gland…and a hair…These units are found everywhere on the body except on the

  • Palms
  • Soles
  • Top of the feet
  • The lower lip

The number of pilosebaceous units is greatest on the face…upper neck….and chest….Sebaceous glands produce a substance called sebum…which is responsible for keeping the skin and hair moisturized….Just that during the period of adolescence sebaceous glands enlarge and produce more sebum under the influence of hormones…also called androgens…And it is after about age 20….that sebum production begins to decrease….

Why Argan Oil For Acne?

I’ll tell you why Argan oil is best for fighting against acne…It is because….this oil is packed with nutrients such as

  • Vitamin E
  • unsaturated essential fatty acids
  • Polyphenols
  • Sterols
  • Antioxidants

All these things together benefit the skin tremendously….After a week of applying the oil once a day…one starts seeing improvements…After a month of using the Moroccan Argan oil…few less noticeable acne scars are left…

Not only this…there is thorough evidence to support this…Scientists discovered argan oil several years ago….and people have been using the product ever both as skin as well as hair product moisturizer…It is normally used as a standalone product…

Argan oil makes your skin very moist and makes both your skin and hair shine leaving no greasy and oily feel….It is oxymoronic…contradictory but it is true…

Pure Argan Oil can help fight the symptoms of Acne and help reduce acne scarring….If we closely look at the problem of Acne…We will understand what it really is…and also the main causes of this common skin disease…

Acne is typically characterized by one or more of the following…

  • Red skin
  • Blackhead
  • Whiteheads
  • Pimples
  • Scarring 

Nearly everyone suffers from at least one bout of acne during their lifetime and generally it most commonly occurs during adolescence….Like I mentioned previously…Acne generally reduces by the time one reaches their early twenties…Again I have mentioned this before….however in rare cases the condition can carry on well into ones late thirties or forties… 

But…the verdict is….Regular use of Pure Argan Oil has remarkable effects on the skin as the oil is naturally rich in vitamin E…a nutrient that is well known to help repair and keep your skin healthy…Using 100% Deodorized Pure Argan Oil can directly address this skin condition as the light oil will help promote the growth of healthy skin cells… 

Understood? Now…go through our reference links…

  1. Acne and Argan Oil by about.com
  2. Argan Oil for acne by rganoilacne.org
  3. Argan Oil For Acne by 18 Acne Treatment

Argan Oil – The Eraser Of Stretch Marks

 

Stretch marks…In layman’s language…those little white lines around the waist…hip…arms…thighs…that look as if the skin had been stretched and it again became normal…or shrunk…leaving those imprints behind…

Women suffer from this mainly after pregnancy or after losing oodles of weight…They are precisely conscious about this problem…as they feel that it ruins the look of their skin…But on a very frank note…I know males who find stretch marks ‘sexy’…So are least bothered by the presence or absence of these on their female counterparts…

Anyway…I am not here to discuss that….Before you know the cure…understand the problem more formally and explicitly…

Like I mentioned before…Stretch marks usually appear because of quick gain of weight or the subsequent losing of weight…It can happen due to any reason like-

  • Pregnancy
  • Bodybuilding
  • Weight gain
  • Spurt

Among these….the stretch marks that happen due to pregnancy are most common because most of the women pass through this phase once or more through their lifetime….

See…understand….During pregnancy women gain a lot of weight quickly and retain that weight for a long period of time…Okay? Then obviously…..Human skin is naturally very elastic but obviously it has its limitations…When its elasticity limits are exceeded its elasticity breaks apart….As a result of this elasticity breakdown….fine lines appear on the skin….These fine lines are called stretch marks…Stretch marks phenomenon occurs in the middle layer of the skin called dermis…Dermis tissue under the skin may tear apart as a result of rapid stretch and thus create stretch marks or scars…

I am sure the concept must be crystal clear to you now…

Argan Oil…The Eraser…

This Argan Oil has acquired tremendous fame as a preventive and curative cosmetic product against stretch marks…It is very easily penetrable and absorbable oil leaving a silky feel…Rich in antioxidants…Argan oil is naturally formulated to work in synergy with other essential components to substantially and quickly reduce the stretch marks…It is much better to pre-empt the stretch marks than to cure them….Regular application of Argan oil during pregnancy supplements the skin against the possible breakdown of the elasticity of skin….It prevents the breakdown of essential structural proteins like collagen and elastin…It also aids the skin to rejuvenate itself by the natural regeneration of Elastin and Collagen at the cellular level….

Reason for the above action of Argan oil being…Concentration of Linoleic acid in Argan oil is three times higher than in olive oil…This essential fatty acid has a very pivotal role in the preservation of cell integrity…The higher the cell integrity the higher will be the elasticity of skin…

And even the high content of tocopherols in Argan oil gives it the ability to guard against the reactivity of free radicals…It is highly anti-stress and thus preserves the integrity and elasticity of skin and naturally protects it against oxidation….Firm and tight functioning of skin is dependent upon this elasticity and it prevents the external and internal damage to the skin….Argan oil also cures the discoloration of the skin resulting from stretch marks….

So…I am sure you have found the best solution to your problem now…So…please go through our reference links now…

  1. Argan Oil And Stretch Marks by Zakia’s Morocco
  2. Argan oil prevents stretch marks by Stretch Marks Prevention
  3. Five excellent facts about Argan oil by The Map Mag

For Skin That Glows Like A Bulb – Argan Oil

 

I am personally very careful about even a single spot on my skin…especially my facial skin…And even for the ones related to me…my friend…she is a glutton…she started eating unhealthy oily junk a lot…I can’t say if the outburst of pimples was because of the food or sheer neglect…but her face did not look that appealing the way it did before…so I suggested her to use Argan oil…and put a halt to her wild eating…which she obediently followed and still thanks me for the suggestion…

Here’s why…

Application of argan oil to skin daily does this secret magic to it…leaving the observers wondering what you did to your skin…Reason being…It is made up of wonderful ingredients to help nourish the skin….Because of the antioxidants in the oil it will also help afford you protection against the elements….Don’t forget that even though it is an oil…it will not clog your pores…I know it’s hard to believe….But to believe…read on…

What Argan oil does is that it moisturises…repair and prevent skin aging by protecting the skin against harmful UV rays and free radicals….So it is the best natural sun-block liquid you can fearlessly treat your skin with…as it is purely natural..and hence obviously does not have any side-effects…

It is this natural oil taken from Morocco that is able to protect and moisturize the skin… That is how I would define argan oil….Known to have exceptional vitamins and fatty acids…argan oil is able to keep skin healthy at all times…Regular application of this oil will give undeniable results…making skin revitalized…Like I mentioned in the previous paragraphs…

Because argan oil has all the essential nutrients to keep your skin healthy…you don’t have to take in or use different products for your skin care….Like they say in the commercial of some cream…just one thing…and you are sorted…and well…with argan oil you do it in the best natural way…

The oil contains many substances that can promote a healthy and glowing skin and it is also used to heal many skin problems….The oil’s antioxidants can help to prevent premature aging…

Argan oil also contains vitamin E which make it very moisturizing and hydrating…It is an excellent moisturizer for dry and sensitive skin…If your skin is very dry…if it gets red and sensitive in cold and windy weather…or if it is sensitive to commercial skin care products…try Argan oil instead of your normal moisturizer…The oil also works wonders on dry patches of skin on elbows and knees…and it can be used to moisturize and heal cracked skin on the heels…It has been used successfully to relieve the symptoms of dry eczema…and there are some promising results from using Argan oil for psoriasis….

Phew! So much…anyway…check out our references now…

  1. Argan for dry skin by Argan
  2. Argan Oil for Healthy Skin by Living Organic
  3. Healthy Skin by articleslist.net