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

Argan Oil’s Best Defence

 

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

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

Acne Battle No More – Argan Oil

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Argan Oil For Acne?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Red skin
  • Blackhead
  • Whiteheads
  • Pimples
  • Scarring 

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

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

Understood? Now…go through our reference links…

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

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

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

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 – The Eraser Of Stretch Marks

 

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

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

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

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

  • Pregnancy
  • Bodybuilding
  • Weight gain
  • Spurt

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

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

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

Argan Oil…The Eraser…

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

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

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

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

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

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