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

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

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

Senses Come To Life With Argan Oil Massage

 

I have a personal experience in the field that nothing works better in a strenuous situation than a massage with suitable oil and strain-draining soft hands…

I remember I got up this morning to find that my back…was aching like real bad…I don’t remember in what posture I slept…but morning was terrible…couldn’t move…didn’t know it was a muscle pull…ligament tear (Okay I know that is an extreme)…or whatever but I was in excruciating pain…and it was hurting more when pressed…So…because I couldn’t afford to miss work…so I decided to ignore it and went to work…But at the end of the day…my back stiffened…So I decided to go for something different this time…I went for a back massage to this place once my friend had mentioned about…

I told my problem to the one at the desk…After the massage I felt like rubber…No seriously…I could move each and every part of my body like very easily…I asked them what had they used…They said “Plain Argan Oil”…

Hmm…So you know how it all worked? Argan oil is possibly the best healer of bodily pains…no matter of what sorts…Read on to understand in depth…

Argan oil is multipurpose cosmetic product….It is be used for everything…

  • Skin
  • Hair
  • Facial
  • Nails care

You know why? Because…It restores the natural freshness and adds to the softness of the skin and face….that’s the physical benefit it does and as for the internal one….it soothes and pacifies all the extraneous eruptions under the skin…it relaxes the body…be it any kind of muscle pull…sprain…bruise…or just plain pain…

Also….It makes the hair strong by penetrating easily into the roots and feeding them with rich nutritional components…

Then talk about brittle nails…You know…Out of shape…weak and easily breakable nails and cracked cuticles are repairable by using Argan oil…

Argan oil is rich in essential nutritional components for skin….and acts as an absolute healer whenever comes in contact with it…A few drops of Argan oil are sufficient for applying on skin…and for treating purposes a little more of it can be used…

Neat Argan oil…and use only a few drops of it…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…and massage and treatments….small volume of Argan oil once or twice a day is enough to get the desirable results and relaxing sensations….Also Argan oil can be massaged gently over stretch marks…and it will restore the elasticity of the skin and engulf the stretch marks….It is the non-greasy and non-oily nature of Argan oil that makes it a very good make-up base also…

Feels good to know all this know? Then discover more in detail by the reference links given below…

  1. Argan Oil Massage by www.sbwire.com
  2. Argan Oil Reviews by Berber Argan Oil
  3. Argan Oil by Argan oil Society

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

Ignite That Fire With Argan Oil

 

Frankly…I do not find anything shameful in trying to work out a relationship with it has lost it’s old charm…using the help of something as harmless and natural as Argan oil…

I’ll speak more clearly now…See…there are times when the things in an otherwise healthy and loving relationship…because of the lack of spark do not go well…So those are the times…you need to target…and start the ignition in…

Oil…too trivial a commodity…isn’t it?

The tiniest of things at times can give you the most excruciating of pains…Likewise…the most trivial of things can solve the biggest of problems…

Here’s telling you…how…why…and why not!

Argan oil has a strong and untamed taste….In the Berber tradition…it plays an important role in the preparation of choice meals…or used plain and pure on bread or in seasonings…

As a sweet delight…it like the main thing in the preparation of amlou…heard of it? Well..it is an exquisite treat to serve guests (a rich paste of argan oil…crushed almonds….and honey) and reputed to have aphrodisiac qualities! It is believed to increase…actually it actually does increase sexual desire and ability in a person

Not only that…it is a

  • Powerful
  • Exotic
  • Sensual ingredient

Also…This Argan oil is 2012’s most exciting…exotic…trendy…nutritious and useful yet indulgent…It is a rare treat that comes from an endangered tree only grown in southern Morocco…

Also…This Argan oil is among the hottest trends in the beauty industry for the very same attributes that makes it aphrodisiac….And although it began to garner big buzz on the North American market only in the past two or three years…Argan oil is an ancient secret enjoyed in Moroccan beauty and cuisine for centuries…

The oil of the kernel of the fruit of the argan tree is also considered an aphrodisiac…Like I am repeatedly mentioning in the previous paragraphs…Originally…it was thought that its seductive attributes were a combination of its rarity and its unique sharp flavour….But we now know that it was likely to help lovers achieve fulfilment because of its high nutritional content….and various other abilities…nudge-nudge wink-wink

Argan oil is loaded with vitamin E…You know I mean it has that in sheer abundance…also known as the sex vitamin….Its blend of essential fatty acids…vitamins and antioxidants are known to fight aging in skin and muscles and boasts anti-inflammatory properties…

Because of the reason…argan oil is an aid in both the culinary and beauty worlds…you might want to keep that bottle handy after dinner is done….Two aphrodisiacs in one…this sensual oil is perfect for massage…so drizzle it down your lover’s back or over their toes and treat them to an antioxidant-rich massage…and you’ve already ignited the fire…

Have a look at our reference links…

  1. The New Miracle Oil by health.com
  2. Argan Oil by Tandurust
  3. Benefits of argan oil by mabioma

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

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

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

Now Those Killer Nails Wont Chip – Argan Oil

 

I…seriously have faced the problem of chipping my long nails just a day before grand functions…Trust me nothing is more irritating than it..

And of course the ladies…as you must have heard…are all calm…poise…docile creatures…..until their nail gets chipped…

So…this chipping of my nails at soon as they grew killer long…got on my nerves…So obviously I had to do something about it…C’mon those long…well manicured and meticulously painted nails are a big-big attraction…and add on to the otherwise bland and simple outfit…Isn’t it?

So…I found the best answer in Argan Essential oil…I’ll just discuss the details…

The Moroccan Argan oil is an outstanding treatment for skin…hair and……

Nails…

With amazingly powerful healing and anti-aging properties….Cold pressed from the nuts of which grows only in the South-West of Morocco….Argan oil recently became one of the most popular…expensive and rare oils in the world….More so because it was on the verge of becoming extinct…

This oil is lightweight and easily absorbing oil is rich in natural gamma tocopherols (vitamin E)….biological anti-oxidant and neutralizer for free radicals….It has 80% of fatty acids effective for healing scars and stretch marks tissue and as a protection against UV light….High level of Vitamin A helps to improve skin and hair elasticity….and strengthens the nails…

The fatty acids help to protect skin cell membranes from damages caused by free radicals and enhance the skins’ cellular development…thus slowing down the skin ageing process…Argan oil has 3 times more linoleic acid than olive oil…The natural alcohols also found in Argal oil have strong anti-inflammatory properties…

Anyway…I went a little off track…yeah…So coming back to your fingertips…

Massaging your fingertips a few times each day with argan oil improves the blood flow in your fingers and makes nails healthier….and a lot stronger…Moisturizing your nails on a regular basis will help you to regularly massage your nails…aside of course from keeping nails hydrated…Argan oil is wonderful oil that can do more than just moisturize….It keeps nails healthy with its nutrients and vitamins…Using argan oil will assure stronger and more beautiful nails….

Understand that soaking your cuticles in Argan oil will help keep them soft and manageable…and the problem of chipping nails…Well…it HAS to go…!Because Argan is a doctor of brittle nails…

Also keeping your cuticles nourished with the oil will also help keep your nails healthy and strong….you knoe even dirt free…they’ll look pearly…glossy…and clean…

I’ll give you a handy recipe for application on your nails…

  • Mix Argan tree oil and Lemon juice in equal parts and soak your nails with cuticles for 10 minutes…
  • Also rub a small amount of Argan tree oil into your hands before bedtime..

You will soon love to shake-hands with everyone….to flaunt your beautiful long nails…and make them experience the softness of your supple hands…

Hmm…do a sneak-peek into our reference links…

  1. Argan oil for nails by about.com
  2. Argan oil by Argan Oil Benefits
  3. Argan Oil by drgranny.com