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

Lip-Smacking Food And Argan Oil

 

Could anyone have ever imagined that something so sinfully irresistible and a tasty cheat food like chocolate could do so good to your heart?

I mean..of course you know that it is a must for heart patients to consume at least a small bar of dark chocolate on a daily basis…it does a lot of good to their heart…

Similarly…no one must have imagined that something like Argan oil….when consumed can do SO much of good to the body…the organs…substantially!

Yes…Food when cooked in Argan oil not only becomes a lot more healthy but also amazingly tasty…Don’t believe me? Read on…

As far as extraction of this oil is concerened…Argan Oil Nuts are lightly roasted before pressing….This gives the oil produced its golden brown colour and delicious nutty flavour…Many health benefits are also claimed for culinary Argan Oil most interestingly its role in reducing cholesterol…See…

Culinary Oil in particular should be as fresh as possible to preserve the great taste….This is why we ensure that none of our oil is more than 3 months old….

The culinary Argan oil is golden brown colour and has delicious creamy nutty flavour…The Oil is used within cooking primarily for its roasted nutty flavour…It is not used in place of Olive Oil for high temperature cooking and frying but may be used for medium heat applications such as pan frying ingredients…

You know…Argan is most commonly used in Morocco as a kind of butter….Interesting to know no?

Yes…It is eaten by dipping bread into the oil and eating….and it taste yummy! This is best done using good quality thick bread or even a French baguette style of bread…

The best and versatile quality of this oil is that Argan Oil is very flexible and can be used to add flavour for sweet and savoury dishes…salads and sauces….It can be drizzled over food….such as roasted pepper…before serving or stirred into soups…roasts or Tagines…. Create nutty flavoured salad dressing by combining….It can also be used in preparing cakes such as Moroccan ‘Slilou’ or Baklava type pastries….

I’ll tell you a quick recipe…Use on roasted goat-cheese with almonds…blend with honey to create a breakfast spread…blend with melted chocolate or cream to create unique ice cream sauces add to nutty stuffing and salsas to add a deep rich flavour…Already feeling hungry no?

Hmm…There have been a number of studies into Culinary Argan oil and its health benefits…in particular the cholesterol reducing effects and possible Chemo-preventative effects of Argan Oil in the Moroccan diet….That’s what it does best…

Okay…now go through our reference links…

  1. Argan Oil makes things better by Food Republic
  2. Argan Oil by Cathy Wong
  3. Argan Oil by Not Without Salt

Argan Oil Making Headlines

 

Aware no…that often…either the best or worst of things make headlines…Well…no surprises…Argan too falls in the category of the things that make ultimate headlines…

But…for all the right reasons…Here’s telling you what are those reasons…Read on to find…

Extraction

The ancient and rare Argan tree is the source of the seeds where Argan oil is extracted….Argan trees are endemic and indigenous to Morocco…These trees are heavily exploited…As a result….these trees are listed as endangered and are part of the World Heritage List since 1999….Until recently…Argan oil was processed completely by hand which proved to be a laborious undertaking…There are many companies and shops that have coordinated efforts with Moroccan women and cooperatives to ensure the preservation of Argan trees and that the oils they extract from these trees are derived in environmentally-safe ways…

Argan oil is rich!

Argan oil is composed of linoleic and oleic acids…It is also a rich source of vitamin E…The nutritional value of this natural oil makes it a nutritious addition to culinary dishes and salads….People who are concerned with their heart health need not worry because Argan oil is cholesterol free…In fact…its oleic acids and mono saturated fat content helps lower bad cholesterol levels…

Attain those long tresses

Because of the nutritional properties of Argan oil…it is also a great addition to your skincare and hair care regimen….Argan oil is also known to be an emollient which makes it good for moisturizing the skin and scalp…It has nourishing properties and a good amount of anti-oxidants that help fight skin aging…Argan oil is also known to treat several skin problems…like acne….Argan oil is known to nourish the scalp and make hair look healthier….

Sneak-peek in history

Cooperative groups in Morocco employ women who help with the manufacturing of Argan oil…These cooperative groups control the production and distribution of Argan oil to different parts of the world…Berber women have turned a traditional skill and know-how into something they can subsist on….Argan oil gives these women a reliable and stable source of income for their families and children…

Massage using Argan oil

Argan oil is known to be soothing on the skin…which makes it great for massages….It also has anti-inflammatory characteristics that make it effective at providing relief for sore muscles and joint pains….

Nice to know…right? Okay now quickly check out our reference links…

  1. Argan Oil by Cathy Wong
  2. Argan Oil remedies by bpb
  3. Argan oil Benefits by Argan Oil Society

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 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

The Oil That Nurtures – Argan Oil

 

Argan, frankly when I first read about it, I couldn’t make myself to believe the fact that this oil is just ‘one’ of its kind to deal with possibly anything and everything with equal efficiency, I mean of course there are other essential oils but this one leaves them all behind owing to one amazing quality of it…Versatility!

Argan oil presents an exceptional percentage of essential fatty acids, one of which is linoleic acid (omega 6) ensuring the functions of repair and defence of the skin. They stimulate intracellular oxygenation and thus favour the restoration of the hydrolipidic film and ensure the indispensable moisturizing of the skin.

The essential fatty acids fight against drying and the loss of elasticity, which leads to the appearance of wrinkles.

This beneficial action is reinforced by a very high content in Vitamin E (tocopherols) which has moisturizing and healing properties and is one of the most powerful biological antioxidants in neutralizing free radicals. Vitamin E protects the cell membranes against lipid oxidization and thus slows down the process of skin ageing.

  • Used as a nourishing facial treatment and night oil, as a skin protector in cold weather, or as an after-sun soother and moisturiser;
  • Anti-wrinkle effect; reduces signs of ageing caused by sun and wind, stress or the natural ageing process and prevents dehydration; helps to renew cell structure and revitalizes skin for more elasticity;
  • Helps repair damaged and over processed hair, may treat dandruff and possibly hair loss; when your hair is dry or dim and breaks, argan oil restores to a natural and shiny glow;
  • Recommended for nail care, split and broken nails will be strengthened;
  • Helps to prevent the formation of stretch marks and reduces their appearance;
  • Reduces active blemishes and visible scars; avoids scar tissue when treated against acne and varicose veins and strengthens the skin;
  • Used for massage to treat arthritis or sore muscles and for relaxation of the skin;
  • Works against rheumatism;
  • Can be used effectively on some skin conditions including psoriasis and eczema;
  • Culinary argan oil can be used for lowering cholesterol; as a balanced dietary supplement while also protecting the body against cardiovascular disease and inflammatory disorders;

Alright, 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

Argan Oil – Skin’s Best Friend In Winters

 

Agreed…winters bring along…tons of reason to look excessively chic and stylish…be it dusting those sexy long boots or putting on those long…cosy…coats…

But…Every season has its share of care-taking-area….And when it is for winters…It undoubtedly has to be skin….

Soon after…you’re out of the shower…and the water droplets begin to dry…they leave behind…white….flaky…and dry skin…Frankly…if for a minute the person even ignores the roughness and dryness of skin…what becomes the most intolerable part…is the white-white flakes on the skin…which are unpleasant to see…

But…I wonder why do people have to bother about these problems…when there is Argan essential oil…It certainly is the skin’s best friend in winters…just this and all problems that follow in winters…will take a back seat…

Hmm….The argan oil has a warm citrusy smell…Loaded with vitamin E…anti-aging ingredients that are rich in fatty acids….argan oil is the best treatment for skin during winters…..

This oil glides on smoothly and does not feel heavy or greasy on skin….
Also agran oil when applied on hair ends especially….when hair is damp…it acts as a conditioner for the hair…

The Argan Oil is absolutely

  • Organic
  • Natural
  • Multi purpose
  • Recyclable
  • Fragrance free

Skin surely will fall in love with this caring oil…It will become skin’s favourite care product…as it makes the skin feel and look pampered…moisturized…hydrated and fresh…apply it at night before going to sleep…and see the result in the morning…

Use Argan oil as a skin moisturiser….It is advisable though to skip moisturising if you are going out as the moisturiser will only trap more dust and dirt….You should moisturize your skin using argan oil after you have had your warm bath before going to bed….Like I just mentioned…

You can also use this oil from Morocco on your warm bath…Just a spoonful of this oil and your skin will be invigorated…If you have dry skin…give your skin a massage with this oil before taking your warm bath….Be sure to limit your bath to 15 minutes….

Nails also get a good battering during the cold season…Nails can easily chip and become brittle because of the cold weather…Apply Argan oil on your nails…This oil helps condition and moisturise the nails…This oil has Vitamin E which strengthens your nails….

Use also the oil from Morocco as your conditioner….Remember to not take hot showers or hot baths but instead have quick warm showers or baths to not dry out your skin…

Hmm…Okay now check out our reference links now…

  1. Argan Oil for winter skin by The Mayo News
  2. Dry Skin Remedies for winters by The Daily Green
  3. Argan Oil by Vogue

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

Argan Oil Frees You From The Pain Of Hemorrhoids

 

I used to hear this ‘weird’ spelling word in my childhood and used to think how do people learn the spelling of it…and when I grew up a little more…I wondered what it meant…Finally when I got to know what this word was…what it meant…and what was it all about…I felt sympathetic towards the ones suffering…

Because I had heard my aunts discuss the problem…they used to complain of excruciating and incapacitating pain because of this disease…and used to consume dozens of capsules and tablets to treat it…

Even today…being an absolute nature’s being…I am averse to the idea of using anything unnatural to cure the problems of something that itself is nature’s most magnificent and magical machine…the human body….

I believe…When our body is an integral part of nature…then why resort to artificial medicines to cure its ills…I don’t know how many of you know this and how many of you don’t…but the answers to each and every ills of our body are encrypted on some or the other natural plant…tree…or herb…

Like for the problem of Hemorrhoids…Nature offers its best…Argan tree…

Hemorrhoids…more commonly referred to as…Piles…are basically swollen and inflamed veins around the anus or in the lower rectum….I Am sure you don’t know what rectum is…hmm…I’ll explain…rectum is the last part of the large intestine leading to the anus….Now..anus c’mon you ought to know…you know…from where you excrete!

Okay…there are two types of haemorrhoids…

  1. External haemorrhoids
  2. Internal haemorrhoids

External hemorrhoids are located under the skin around the anus…Whereas…Internal hemorrhoids develop in the lower rectum….

The problem is mainly created by the internal ones…Internal hemorrhoids may protrude…or prolapsed…through the anus…Most prolapsed hemorrhoids shrink back inside the rectum on their own….Severely prolapsed hemorrhoids may protrude permanently and require treatment….

Be sure the problem is of haemorrhoids whenyou notice bright red blood on stool…on toilet paper…or in the toilet bowl after a bowel movement…Internal hemorrhoids that are not prolapsed are usually not painful….Prolapsed…I mean the external…hemorrhoids often cause pain…discomfort…and anal itching…Excessive straining…rubbing….cleaning around the anus may make symptoms…such as itching and irritation…worse….So…be careful while dealing with it…

Finally something to ease you down…See…it is a well known fact that Hemorrhoids are not dangerous or life threatening….Also the symptoms usually go away within a few days…

But…what you have to do on your part is….Go the natural way to treat it…and discover long-term benefits…getting back to its cure…Argan oil…

Argan oil is possibly the best remedy to cure hemorrhoids….Just that you will have to be regular in the application of this magical oil…
One thing you need to etch on your mind is that…when using argan oil…do NOT use any chemical based medicine else the reaction can be deadly…when going natural…go the complete way…
Here’s what you are required to do…Apply small test doses of argan oil to your skin before full application….
Before putting the oil treatments onto the hemorrhoid area…be sure to apply a small amount to a different sensitive part of the skin…such as the inside of the elbow area…This is important for preventing any reactions….And also note that if your current diet lacks fiber…or if you do not drink enough water on a daily basis….constipation and hard stools can cause or aggravate a hemorrhoid…Healing is difficult when still suffering from constipation or painful stools…so taking water soluble fiber or drinking more water may be needed….Eating more vegetables…especially dark green colors like spinach and kale…that too cooked well in argan oil…will also help with hemorrhoids by softening the stool…. 

So…you have all the remedies to treat hemorrhoids…So now go through our reference links…

  1. Benefits of Argan oil by Cure Hemorrhoids Fast
  2. Go Raw For Hemorrhoids by Raw Argan Oil
  3. Morrocan Oil By Effective Hemorrhoids Treatment

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