Aragan Oil Rules The Arena Of Aromatherapy

 

Nothing gives a high like listening to the favourite set of songs…and something as soothing and pacifying as aromatherapy…

You know what aromatherapy is? Have you ever tried it? If you haven’t…after reading this article I bet you will…Read on…

Aromatherapy actually is the ancient science of healing….relaxing and energizing by the use of plants and their parts….you know absolute natural way…
Be it the

  • Roots
  • Barks
  • Flowers
  • Fruits
  • Seeds
  • Nuts

The above mentioned parts of a plant…they all play a crucial part in this science….It is one of the more popular branches of alternative medicines…The word aromatherapy is derived from two words aroma which means smell and therapy which stands for healing….

Essentials oils like Argan oil are the extracts of plants and their parts and form their life force….These oils are extracted by the means of steam distillation…cold expression…or fixed oil or alcohol extraction…

Argan oil affects your mood…They enter through our olfactory system and affect the nervous system…thus improving mood and relaxing or energizing us…

Also Argan oil helps in alleviating stress and speeding up healing…These essential oils also have cosmetic properties and can be used in skincare and hair care products….Many of these oils have known

  • anti-viral
  • antifungal
  • antiseptic properties

And they are even used in household products for cleaning and antiseptic uses…

These oils can be inhaled…massaged onto your body…added to the bath or shower or sprayed in the room….and see the magic this oil do to your senses…

Ancient Argan Oil has survived since the Tertiary period…only to almost become extinct in our time…due to over grazing by goats…chopping down of trees for firewood and long…extended periods of drought….

But to our oil’s rescue was…UNESCO and the cooperation of the Moroccan Government…Together they have created a reforestation project and developed a women’s cooperative that produces Fair-Trade Argan Oil….Money from the sales of Argan Oil are used for health care and women’s education….And this in turn this supports their entire community….I think this is the only aromatherapy Argan Oil which is exported….

Argan oil has been a prized possession of the Berbers for hundreds of years for its cooking…medicinal and cosmetic properties….Aromatherapy Argan oil is rich in

  • Vitamin E
  • Phenols
  • Carotene
  • Squalene
  • Unsaturated fatty acids

Argan Oil is also rich in essential fatty acids…antioxidants…It can be used to soften…protect and nourish your skin…hair and nails…It is incredibly light…non-comedogenic and is easily absorbed…to leave skin and hair feeling silky soft and smooth….It is suitable for all skin types….And is hence extensively used in aromatherapies…

Have a look at our reference links…

  1. Vegetable oils used in aromatherapy by bpb
  2. Virgin Argan oil by Best Aromatherapy Candles
  3. Argan Oil by Cathy Wong

Traditional Oil – Argan

 

This Argan oil has innumerable medicinal properties…which are yet untouched…

I’ll try to touch some of those through the medium of this article…

Stay glued…discover Argan in a better fashion…read ahead…

The Argan tree (also called argania spinosa) is perfect for a harsh environment…surviving heat…drought and poor soil….

There was a time when hardly people knew about this magical oil…I mean of course outside Morocco…and surprisingly enough….many Moroccans themselves had never heard of it because it grows only in the south-west of the country….it is roughly between Essaouira and Agadir (unusual names I know)…in an area covering 700,000-800,000 hectares….But within the area where the argan grows there are about 21 million trees which play a vital role in the food chain and the environment…though their numbers are declining…

You know the trunk of the argan is often twisted and gnarled…allowing goats to clamber along its branches and feed on the leaves and fruit…

And if you talk about the appearance of this tree…or the fruit then…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….

Coming to the production of argan oil…Well…the production of it…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

You know this Argan oil is a tad 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 and strengthening the body’s natural defences….Internationally…there is some interest in its possible 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….

Almost all its parts are of some or the other use to us…Like

  • 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…

Isn’t it a really caring…environment friendly tree?

Listen to this…Households that make their own argan oil tend to use if for general cooking….you know why?

Because it is expensive to buy…others may use it more sparingly…you know like for…flavouring salads…just an example….A few drops stirred into couscous just before serving give it a rich…nutty aroma….( yes it is kind of a tip for you to note)

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….

Bottles of what pass for argan oil are sold along the roadsides between Essouira and Agadir…but is difficult to tell if they are genuine…Because the oil commands a high price…sellers are often tempted to dilute it with cheaper oils…Some bottles simply contain olive oil…coloured with paprika or other substances….

Okay…you’ve read enough…go through our reference links now..

  1. Argan Oil Types by Argan oil Society
  2. Liquid Gold by bpb
  3. Miraculous Argan Oil by www.care2.com

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 Essential Oil – Blessed Herb

 

Argan oil is actually one obtained from a rather blessed herb. The oil is in turn blessed with power to cure about any health related problem in the human body and hence does a lot of good for the same with any kinds of side-effects like any other not so natural cure.

Argan oil has been around for many years now, and it is very popular among the women of Morocco, known as the Berber women. It was said that the Berber women of Morocco would make use of this oil as part of their bath regimen, by applying it on their hair and skin daily. The oil is said to help reduce frizzy hair and make it strong and beautiful. Aside from being great on hair, Pure Moroccan Argan Oil helps regenerate the skin and revive your cell’s vital functions.

Argan oil is rich in essential nutritional components for skin and hair. It is therefore not required to use Argan oil in large quantity. A few drops of Argan oil are sufficient for applying on skin. However it is desirable to apply it thoroughly into the hair and the skin on the roots of hair. It is often used as a mixture of –

  • Argan oil
  • Sweet Almond oil
  • Rose oil

However pure raw Argan oil can also be used although in much low volume.

In case of pure raw Argan oil only a few drops of Argan oil are required. For facial usage very gentle massage is needed because of the easily absorbable attribute of Argan oil. It can be used in place of other freshening creams or lotions at night for curing dryness of the face. On wrinkles and other scars caused by some skin disease, small volume of Argan oil once or twice a day is enough to get the desirable results.

It has a soothing effect for Arthritic and Rheumatic conditions as well. It is better to use Argan oil regularly to preempt stretch marks especially during pregnancy. But it is never too late in case of Argan oil. Argan oil can be massaged gently over stretch marks, and it will restore the elasticity of the skin and engulf the stretch marks. Non-greasy and non-oily nature of Argan oil makes it a very good make-up base as well for women.

Alright, go through our reference links now.

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

Top 5 Healthy Recipes Using Argan Oil

 

It is a habit of mine to draw a parity between food and weight loss…I can’t escape or resist the urge…So kindly…bear with me…Hmm…You losing weight is NOT tough!

Trust me…weight can be lost in a span of 2 weeks with crash diets…liquid diets…or whatever…The catch is…MAINTAINING the weight gained after losing it (Wow! Even I can write lines with multiple layers)…What I am trying to say is that…taking that in a long is the toughest part in the process of losing weight…you maintaining the lost weight…

Personal experience…When we want to go steady on our weight…after we acquire the weight we wanted…then starts the real job…maintaining the weight…and then…take my word…crash diets NEVER work…One ends up binging…craving for more…not feeling satiated and full even after consecutive 2-3 meals in one go…So…after you reach the level where you weigh as you wanted…then maintain it by having the following healthy…craving-stifling meals…cooked in Argan Oil…Your best friend when on diet

Note these…

  1. Skip the big mound of mashed potato this year and enjoy vitamin-rich mashed sweet potato instead…Cut them into strips….drizzle with Moroccan Argan oil…top with slivered almonds and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest vegetables…Cook without any fat addition while roasting to keep the flavour intense…These sweet tubers are packed with fibre…vitamin A…potassium and photochemical which provide anti-aging and other health benefits…
  2. Pretty-in-pink cranberries are just too good to be true….Cranberries are packed with disease fighting antioxidants such as vitamin C and proanthocyanidins that help to fight cancer…urinary tract infections and premature aging….Its fibre content helps to lower bad cholesterol and improve overall cholesterol profile…. However…avoid high sugar presentations of this super fruit…And make a fruit salad using these and argan oil…
  3. You know…Turkey is a healthier protein source compared to other cuts of meat… Well…it is healthy…unless it is deep fried and slathered with fat-filled gravy and is instead cooked using Argan essential oil…It is also a good source of folic acids…vitamin B…zinc and potassium….These nutrients are known to keep blood cholesterol level down and guard against heart disease….Stick to white meat…skimp on the gravy and peel the skin during Thanksgiving dinner and you save hundreds of calories…For a healthy snack…slice leftover turkey and heat in the oven….Layer the slices with salad greens…tomato and onions on lightly toasted wheat bread…Skip the mayo and drizzle with a bit of argan oil…
  4. Surprisingly enough…This orange vegetable contains carotenoids…vitamin E and fibre…Pumpkin is also a good source of potassium…It is low in calories and is considered one of the healthiest holiday foods….On the other hand…baked pumpkin pies are high in calories and high in fats…Make your pie healthy when you make a low-fat pumpkin pie by lowering the amount of sugar…using egg substitutes…avoiding trans fats in the recipe and using low-fat milk…and never to forget…The fatless oil…Argan
  5. Lastly…I’ll give You a fruit salad recipe….In a large bowl…combine chickpeas…peppers…onion…tomato…lemon and parsley and mix well….Add garlic powder…lemon juice and oil and mix again….Taste before adding any salt….The preserved lemon may be salty enough for the whole dish…Allow to sit at room temperature for a half hour….Last garnish with Argan oil…And mix again right before serving….

So…you now have 5 handy argan oil recipes in hand…Know some more…Go through our reference links…

  1. Argan Oil by Marie Claire
  2. Amlou Recipe by about.com
  3. Argan Oil by Recipes

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

Flaky Dry Scalp! Argan Oil Is Here

 

Dandruff is something that occurs out of sheer negligence…yes I mean…I remember the time when I got so busy with work and everything that I did not use to oil my hair (I used to oil my hair every time before a head wash)…

So it was obvious…that when I would treat my scalp with just a drying chemical agent like shampoo…without restoring it moisture…that it essentially needs…my scalp would lose it’s essential oils with every wash and would turn dry…itchy and flaky…and that is what exactly happened…I soon had dandruff on my scalp…

Averse to any problems of hair…I resorted to Argan oil…and rest as they say is history…

Argan oil….hmm…You know innumerable cosmetic companies fete argan oil from Morocco….This golden liquid is increasingly being used in skin and hair care products…and psoriasis and eczema sufferers praise its healing qualities….

If you peep in history…you’ll find that These women called Berber women used the oil to counter the ageing effects of the harsh desert sun on their hair and skin and to give them a glowing look….They also use it in cooking and the oil is becoming popular as an ingredient in spicy dishes in the West….and last but certainly not the least…to treat their flaky scalp…

You know the Argan trees have been growing in Morocco for millions of years but the trees and the cottage industry were dying out so UNESCO made the argan forest in South-Western Morocco into a Biosphere Reserve in 1999….another important historical fact…This combines conservation with sustainable resources…Isn’t that amazing to know that they did so much to preserve our dear oil?

As far as the production of this oil is concerned…….Nuts are cracked and squeezed to produce the oil….It used to take several hours to crack enough nuts to produce one litre of oil but now machine presses are increasingly used….So that makes it a lot easier now…

Argan oil contains many ingredients which are often praised by cosmetics companies….These include

  • Vitamin E
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Plant sterols

Argan oil has twice as much vitamin E as olive oil….The antioxidant Vitamin E is often regarded as having healing and anti-ageing qualities…

The oil’s essential fatty acids include Omega 3 and 6 – Omega 3 is believed to reduce skin inflammation and Omega 6 helps prevent dryness of the skin…(Yes obviously the scalp included)

Dry and unhealthy scalp for example may be solved with the use of natural oils like argan oil….Rich in essential fatty acids…argan oil can bring moisture and nutrition to your hair and scalp….A few drops of this oil on your hair could easily bring back health and shine to hair too….

So…now check out our reference links…

  1. Argan Oil for Dandruff by buzzle.com
  2. Argan oil by Hair of Dandruff
  3. Argan oil Reviews by Berber Argan Oil

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

Eczema…Your Time Is Over! – Argan OIil

 

There are certain problems of poor helpless humans which when occur….become the cue for myriad others to follow…You the saying…’it never rains…it pours’

Same goes for the problem of Eczema…once it lashes a being…it brings along many other skin conditions to worsen the Eczema…

Read this explanation of this problem…

The disease called Eczema…is a skin disorder that most often affects babies and children although it may also affect adults…Also known as atopic eczema…it is

  • Unattractive
  • Itchy
  • Irritating

Although it is not contagious…(thank god!) but eczema is a recurring and a chronic skin condition…This skin condition is often linked to dry skin…immune system dysfunction…and allergies…Stress is said to worsen and further enhance the symptoms of it….

Be sure one is suffering from this disease when…you observe…

  • Skin with eczema looks like red and brown rough areas on the skin…
  • Usually…there would be raised bumps which may become crusts…
  • Parts of the skin become thick and scaly….These parts may also crack in cold weather and when skin becomes dry…

It is said to be itchy especially during night time…People with eczema are sensitive to pain…

Argan Oil Is The Saviour

Essential oils like Argan…are very helpful in relieving the symptoms of eczema…Oils are used to moisturize the cracked and dried up skin….Also….Argan oil addresses the allergies and immunity problems of people who have eczema….These allergies act as triggers to some of eczema’s worst symptoms…

Oils are often used to make a topical remedy….I’ll exemplify….argan oil and essential oils are mixed together….This mixture soothes and protects dry skin…When making your own topical remedy…you are able to pick which oils you want to help cure your eczema problems….

Argan oil is the only natural oil out in the market that combines many of the benefits of different oils such as

  • Almond
  • Grape
  • Olive
  • Avocado oils

It can be used as it is on skin affected by eczema and you don’t have to make a blend as it is effective on its own….

How Does Argan Oil Treat Eczema?

  • Argan oil is an excellent natural moisturizer. Because argan oil is rich in fatty acids…it moisturizes better than other oils like olive oil and Shea butter….
  • It is both long lasting and light…making it easy for the skin to absorb….
  • Argan oil has both oleic and linoleic acids that are excellent soothing properties….
  • Argan oil successfully maintains the skins pH balance therefore providing protection to the skin…The skin is protected from harmful agents like the sun…pollution…smoking….
  • Argan oil protects the skin and restores its nutrients…Because argan oil is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E…argan oil has an outstanding ability to oxidize skin….
  • Argan oil is able to reduce and remove ugly scars left by dried up eczema scars….

So…now you know that with these properties…argan oil is sure to help people suffering from eczema….When applied to the skin on a regular basis…argan oil will surely lessen skin irritations and dryness…yes! Be sure it will…As this oil is an all natural product…it is safe to be used by all ages…You don’t have to experiment with various oils….just this one oil can help you relieve any form of eczema problem…Take my word…

Go through our reference links…

  1. Argan Oil and Eczema Outbreak by Beauty Banter
  2. Eczema Treated By Argan Oil by Zimbio
  3. Argan oil works for Eczema by stopeczema

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