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

Free Notes On Argan Oil

 

Argan oil is an oil extracted from the seeds of the argan tree, which is native to Southwestern Morocco. There are a number of uses for argan oil as well as for other products from the argan tree, and demand is often high for genuine argan products.

Since argan oil is difficult to extract, it tends to be very expensive, and this cost is passed on in products which contain argan oil, even in trace amounts. Depending on what you want to use the oil for, you may be able to find it in a health food store or a cosmetic shop; consumers can also order argan oil from cooperatives in Morocco.

To extract argan oil, people must remove an outer layer of pulpy flesh from a hard seed which must be cracked open to get at the seeds inside. The flesh does not smell very appealing, and it is also not very tasty; it is typically used as mulch or animal feed. The cracked shells are burned as a source of -

  • Fuel
  • Wood from downed argan trees
  • Make furnishings

Moroccans make very efficient use of this ancient tree.

Traditionally, women have produced argan oil, first toasting the seeds to release a rich, nutty flavor and then grinding them by hand to extract the oil. The resulting paste can be pressed to get as much oil as possible, and then fed to animals as a nutritious dietary supplement. The dark oil has a rich flavor which appears in some Moroccan foods, classically amlou, a dip for bread, and less toasted oil is used for cosmetics. It is also possible to recover seeds from the feces of goats, as the digestive process softens the hard shells, but these seeds tend to have a pungent odor which makes them less desirable.

This oil is naturally high in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, making it an excellent dietary supplement. It is also very good for the skin; vitamin E can help smooth cracked hands, knees, and elbows while nourishing the skin, and essential fatty acids can promote healthy skin as well. These benefits have made argan oil popular in cosmetics for centuries in Morocco and beyond, and small vials of the costly oil are often on offer at high-end cosmetic stores.

Check out these reference links now -

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

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’s Magical Touch Cures Psoriasis

 

A lot of people in my knowledge have suffered or are suffering from the problem of psoriasis…Frankly…there is nothing alarming about the disease…the damage it does mentally is more than what we can see on the skin…

I’ll brief you in detail…about the ins and outs of this disease…

Psoriasis is basically a medical condition that occurs when skin cells grow too quickly… Faulty signals in the immune system cause new skin cells to form in days rather than weeks…The body does not shed these excess skin cells…so the cells pile up on the surface of the skin and lesions form…

All that is affected by Psoriasis includes the nails…I mean that not the only part that is affected…But the main that is affected…About 50% of people who develop psoriasis see changes in their fingernails and/or toenails….If the nails go through the following…

  • Begin to pull away from the nail bed
  • Develop pitting
  • Ridges
  • Yellowish-orange colour

Be very sure that the trouble is psoriasis…Without treatment…it can progress and become debilitating….It is important to see a dermatologist if nail changes begin or joint pain develops….Early treatment can prevent joint deterioration…

But but but….before you get down to treat Psoriasis an a far more expensive and later level…try giving it the magical touch of Argan oil…I’ll tell you why…

This Argan Oil has gained an international reputation as nature’s anti-aging skin care product….It is rich in naturally occurring antioxidants…

  • Essential fatty acids
  • Carotenoids
  • Ferulic acid
  • Sterols
  • Polyphenols
  • Vitamin E

Argan Oil also contains this component called Squalene…a unique and rare component which is suggested to protect against skin cancer…Argan Oil amazing inventory of active ingredients provides your skin and body with the nutrients it needs to maintain its healthy radiance…

If talk about the conventional uses of this Argan Oil then it is traditionally used for

  • Skin
  • Hair
  • nail care
  • cooking
  • massage
  • prevention of stretch marks
  • natural healing of Psoriasis

To add on to your knowledge….Extensive research has revealed that argan oil…restores the skin’s water-lipid layer and increases the amount of nutrients and oxygen in the skin cell….neutralizes free radicals…and protects connective tissue…Isn’t that amazing to note?

Its chemical composition has prompted numerous laboratories to use it in their best selling products….So today…be it creams….lotions….shampoos….whatever….argan oil is a part of it…

Again I’ll touch a few portions of this oil…I am sure you must be aware of the stupendous benefits of Vitamin E….Listen up…Argan oil has it in absolute abundance…It is a powerful antioxidant and excellent free-radical scavenger…Vitamin E protects essential fatty acids and vitamin A levels in the body…It accumulates in the epidermis and forms a barrier against moisture evaporation from the skin…Vitamin E prevents cellular aging due to oxidation….aids in bringing nourishment to cell…and decreases inflammation and strengthens capillary walls…It has been shown to significantly help in the reduction of scarring from wounds and the appearance of stretch marks….Vitamin E’s antioxidant properties help to prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol…the so-called “bad cholesterol”….This may lower the risk of heart disease and stroke…

Okay…now quickly go through our reference links…

  1. Argan Oil Benefits by bpb
  2. Argan Oil for Psoriasis by henryj.org
  3. Argan oil works for Psoriasis by Psoriasis Help Organization

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

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

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

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

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

Argan Oil For Beauty Treatment- In A Nutshell

 

I dedicate this article to reviewing the amazing Argan oil substantially…I mean all the main benefits of Argan Oil in a nutshell…

Here are the top 10 beauty benefits of Argan oil…

  1. Split Ends….Massage argan oil into the ends of your hair to prevent split ends….
  2. Scalp Rescue…Keep your scalp moisturized and healthy by rubbing argan oil on it prior to taking a shower…let sit 15-20 minutes….it’ll do wonders…
  3. Lip…Use argan oil instead of a lip balm…Use it neat or for additional moisture and a creamy texture…mix 2 parts beeswax or mango butter with 4 parts argan oil…melt over a double boiler…stir and pour the mixture into your favorite jar….
  4. Luminizer…After applying your makeup…take a very small amount of argan oil and spread it in both hands and gently dab your cheekbones to give your complexion an extra healthy…dewy glow….
  5. Facial and Body Moisturizer…Massage into your face….neck and anywhere else that needs moisturizer morning and night…Don’t forget your elbows…knees and other areas that tend to get dry….
  6. Eat it…Your skin is a direct reflection of what you are eating…You’d be hard-pressed to find a more delicious edible oil than this one…with a distinctive…unique nutty flavor and ridiculous amounts of vitamin E…antioxidants and amino acids….
  7. Nails…Massage argan oil into your cuticles…nails…hand and feet next time you give yourself or get a manicure and pedicure….Also…Apply argan oil to your hands and feet and cover with socks and sleep with them…your hands and feet will be soft and hydrated in the morning…
  8. Hair Smoothing Serum…Argan oil is both a finishing and styling product for hair…straight…curly…and everything in between….Apply a small amount after washing hair and then to tame frizz while styling….
  9. Blemishes…Make your own blemish treatment…blending one part argan oil…one part tea tree oil and one part lavender essential oil…All can be found at any specialty vitamin store or grocery store…

10. Scrub…Make your own sugar scrub…mix raw cane sugar…honey and argan oil…Rub gently unto the skin until the sugar dissolves…Rinse well…

Hmm…nice no?

So…quickly check out our reference links now…

  1. Argan Oil by Argan Oil Society
  2. Argan oil for skin…hair…nails by Living Organic
  3. Argan Oil by Argan Oil Benefits