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

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

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

Turn Flab To Abs With Argan Oil

 

I’ll tell you a very basic and notable point that make you go ‘Ooooh yes!’…

Ever seen the pictures of granny or great-grand granny?

Wasn’t she amazingly thin…slim…? (Not a matter that now she looks like a football now!)

Well…Ever wondered why? I mean why were our grandparents SO thin during their youth years?

It is because…they ate mainly…healthy…home-cooked food…and NOT the exotic…sugar dripping dessert or double-cheese hamburgers we savour in almost every meal of ours in a day!

Did the bulb light?…Wait…I’ll unveil points to fuse it!

I know you know everything you should do to lose weight…but futile…you never give it land…Don’t!

Forget all your diet plans!

Tear your calendars marked with days of diets!

Stop hovering over the weighing machines!

Just do as I say!

Add good stuff into your meal plan…the first step towards losing weight….

Ever heard of a ‘Healthy oil’?

I know it is an oxymoron…

But it is time for you to discover argan oil!

Give more attention to argan oil…This oil is 100% natural…It comes all the way from the south western parts of Morocco and it is good for you….No wait…it is BEST for you!

It tastes really well and it has vitamins and minerals that will help keep your body healthy…If you use this oil to dress your salad you’re good to go…You’ll be adding something healthy to what is already healthy…This oil is good for the heart and wonderful for digestion…As in you’ll throw out all unwanted stuff as soon as you consume something healthy…thereby maintaining your good weight…

Using healthy oils such as Argan oil in any food item is !10 times more healthy than cooking the food in any other oil…you know you can continue to have all that you fancy…just with a lot healthier oil….The oil is packed with essential unsaturated fatty acids…vitamin E and antioxidants that provide health benefits and does not contribute to weight gain at all…In addition…the oil will not clog arteries and even help improve your cholesterol profile…Drizzle argan oil on grilled meat and vegetables or use in salad dressings….

Also…to add to your knowledge…Essential fatty acids taht are present in argan oil increase energy production by helping the body to obtain more oxygen….They

  • Increase metabolic rate
  • Increase oxygen rate
  • Increase levels of energy and stamina

This is typical for in athletes…the overweight and elderly and middle aged….

Also…Essential fatty acids increase the body’s ability to metabolize oxygen thus aiding the recovery from tiredness…This energy is not like a high we can get from coffee etc…. but a stable…sustained and more enduring energy…

And please understand…Because essential fatty acids increase our metabolic rate and energy levels…what does it mean?

It means we burn up more calories! It is not correct to count these Essential Fatty Acids as fat calories because they actually increase calorie burning…and rather than being used as fuel…they play a role in cell- membranes…and are converted into hormone-like prostaglandins…These fats keep us slim! Get it?

Okay…now quickly go through our reference links…

  1. Fitness with Argan Oil by Bodydoctor
  2. Argan Oil by Weight Loss Diets
  3. Argan oil and weight loss Classifieds

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

Bid Farewell To Rheumatism Using Argan Oil

 

You know why everywhere there are some poor people screaming at the top of their voices…of weight loss machines and equipments…and tonics and capsules…?

Because if one maintains a fit and healthy body (Mind you I said fit! And not thin! There’s a vast difference) in the early years of life and drags the maintenance to the latter years…then the person’s health would be his last concern…

The link here is that ‘prevention is better than cure’ and usually the problems one faces in the dusk of life are…extreme-pain inducing and incapacitating…one of them being Rheumatism…

Again…even if you haven’t reached your old age yet…then also there is no harm in taking that little extra care of your body…your body parts…so that they can take care of your activities when that hair turns clear white…

Rheumatism…let me explain to you and clear the myths doing the rounds about the disease……it is basically a medical term once frequently used to describe disorders associated with many different parts of the body…Most often…people associate rheumatism with arthritis or with rheumatic fever…a complication of strep throat that can result in damage to the heart…However…the term rheumatism might apply to the symptoms of numerous conditions that can cause pain and/or weakness…

Some conditions that were once given the general label of rheumatism or called rheumatic diseases include…

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Lupus
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tendonitis

There is also a fact that autoimmune disorders…since they remained unnamed but caused pain as well as affecting other organs…were classed as rheumatism…Illnesses like lupus were particularly susceptible to being called rheumatism…Later understanding of the actions of these illnesses show that the problem is not dysfunction of the joints…but rather immune systems that can attack joints…muscles and organs…

Hmm…now talking about your rescuer….Argan Essential Oil…

Known since ancient times…this argan oil is used to massage dietary babies (because it protects against infections of the skin)…but also in children and adults to treat

  • Rheumatism
  • Acne
  • chicken pox
  • Eczema
  • Chapped skin
  • Heal burns

A substance (the name of it is schottenol) that contains the fruit of the argan tree is indeed involved in remedial action burns and skin diseases…It would relieve rheumatism and joint pain…Just the mere application of this amazing oil will relieve you from the problem of rheumatism in the passage of a slew of weeks…

Talking about other benefits Argan oil…

  • Helps in the improvement of liver function and digestion
  • Offers protection against free radicals and tissue protection
  • Preventing the risk of miscarriage
  • Contribution to weight loss (two tablespoons each morning)
  • Stimulation of sperm production

It does it all!

Okay…please check out our reference links for further information…

  1. Argan Oil benefits by WiseGeek
  2. Argan Oil by Palleto
  3. Argan Oil For Skin by Helium

For Skin That Glows Like A Bulb – Argan Oil

 

I am personally very careful about even a single spot on my skin…especially my facial skin…And even for the ones related to me…my friend…she is a glutton…she started eating unhealthy oily junk a lot…I can’t say if the outburst of pimples was because of the food or sheer neglect…but her face did not look that appealing the way it did before…so I suggested her to use Argan oil…and put a halt to her wild eating…which she obediently followed and still thanks me for the suggestion…

Here’s why…

Application of argan oil to skin daily does this secret magic to it…leaving the observers wondering what you did to your skin…Reason being…It is made up of wonderful ingredients to help nourish the skin….Because of the antioxidants in the oil it will also help afford you protection against the elements….Don’t forget that even though it is an oil…it will not clog your pores…I know it’s hard to believe….But to believe…read on…

What Argan oil does is that it moisturises…repair and prevent skin aging by protecting the skin against harmful UV rays and free radicals….So it is the best natural sun-block liquid you can fearlessly treat your skin with…as it is purely natural..and hence obviously does not have any side-effects…

It is this natural oil taken from Morocco that is able to protect and moisturize the skin… That is how I would define argan oil….Known to have exceptional vitamins and fatty acids…argan oil is able to keep skin healthy at all times…Regular application of this oil will give undeniable results…making skin revitalized…Like I mentioned in the previous paragraphs…

Because argan oil has all the essential nutrients to keep your skin healthy…you don’t have to take in or use different products for your skin care….Like they say in the commercial of some cream…just one thing…and you are sorted…and well…with argan oil you do it in the best natural way…

The oil contains many substances that can promote a healthy and glowing skin and it is also used to heal many skin problems….The oil’s antioxidants can help to prevent premature aging…

Argan oil also contains vitamin E which make it very moisturizing and hydrating…It is an excellent moisturizer for dry and sensitive skin…If your skin is very dry…if it gets red and sensitive in cold and windy weather…or if it is sensitive to commercial skin care products…try Argan oil instead of your normal moisturizer…The oil also works wonders on dry patches of skin on elbows and knees…and it can be used to moisturize and heal cracked skin on the heels…It has been used successfully to relieve the symptoms of dry eczema…and there are some promising results from using Argan oil for psoriasis….

Phew! So much…anyway…check out our references now…

  1. Argan for dry skin by Argan
  2. Argan Oil for Healthy Skin by Living Organic
  3. Healthy Skin by articleslist.net

 

Turn 26 Again With Argan Oil

 

‘Pampered’ your skin with those white elephant cosmetics…creams…lotions…those ugly green face-packs…foundations…Even went under the knife!?
Phew!! Time for you to take it easy now…literally!

Heard your friend’s tip…implemented granny’s advice…now listen just to this bland advice of mine for once…No need to indulge in a war with age…pamper it (in the true sense)…and take my word…it will pamper you back…so much that you at Madonna’s age will look like Scarlett Johansson…

The Argan oil I am talking about has been called many names and is considered precious by many people around the globe…If you are wondering what’s the secret of this oil…then…read on…I am here to reveal the secrets of this natural anti-aging liquid…Argan Essential Oil…

Let’s do a sneek-peek in history….For decades…okay…centuries! Berber women from the Atlas have known and treasured Argan oil because of its moisturizing and regenerating properties…And today…the pharmaceutical…cosmetic and food industries are getting more and more interested in Argan oil since science is demonstrating its extraordinary properties…The top one being it’s anti-aging properties…

And ladies and gentlemen! The catch and the bad is that this argan oil is endangered…yes you heard it right…it is an endangered specied…This prompted some Berber women to create and manage cooperatives to produce and distribute argan oil in order to save the Argan tree…and they did..

Wonders of their deeds…Argan oil now is available in two forms….a culinary ingredient for everyday diet or as a skin care product…The Argan oil protects the heart and the blood vessels…is anti-oxidant…and nourishing….whatever it does inside the body shows on the outside…

The Argan oil as a cosmetic is a very potent anti-aging…nourishing…hydrating and regenerating natural care product…Berber women use it for their skin and hair care since it is rich in vitamin A and has a very high content in vitamin E…which is an extremely potent anti-oxidant…stimulates the synthesis of good prostaglandins and inhibits the effects of aging…

Rich in essentials fatty acids…(the schottenol) the Argan oil invigorates the skin by balancing and stimulating the natural physiologic process of the dermis cells….Schottenol stimulates not only the balance but also the regeneration and healing of the

  • Skin
  • Hair
  • Nails

Argan oil is the perfect solution for dry…and devitalized and aging skins as it will deeply moisturize…protect and nourish…

The high level of vitamin E in makes the benefits of argan oil applicable for skin and hair care…whatever the exact need…the oil has the capability to refresh and renew to a high extent the youth and vitality of the skin thus making it a winner in skin care…And how it is the most able oil to make you look of Scarlett’s age…

Because of the benefits for anti-aging…which countless women purchase each year in order to maintain their youth and vigor…When used to treat the natural lines on the face…which appear on the skin due to age or perpetual habits like frowning or laughing…the effects are miraculous…Most dermatologists would advise using preventative measures to treat the skin as opposed to injecting Botox or any other synthetic material…

Also its anti-inflammation properties make it ideal for combating acne and other pimple related skin problems…It brings back the youthful glow to skin…

Wow…This one is not to miss…anyway…just go through the following reference links…

  1. Benefits of Argan Oil by ecogreenforus
  2. A is for Argan oil by Carole Schor
  3. Liquid gold from Morocco by bakepopsx.info

Simply Argan

 

Sometimes…when we’re not in touch with certain people…we forget their importance and worth in our lives…I mean the funda ‘out of sight out of mind’….Okay not literally…but in a way applies…to it…

You know that is why it is said…that do not let your absence be so long that the person learns to live without you…

Make your presence and existence felt every now and then…

You know why I am saying this is because..in the helter-skelter of everything…we tend to ignore the most basic benefits of things like argan oil…Read on to understand…and recall…

The Argan nut comes from the Argan tree and grows only in the South Western part of Morocco…From these Argan nuts….a very nutritious oil is extracted which is renowned for its antiaging properties…This antioxidant rich oil has become very popular for its use in cosmetics and also for its nutritional properties…Also as a cosmetic is

  • anti aging
  • nourishing
  • hydratin
  • natural care product

Argan oil is rich in vitamin A and has a very high content of vitamin E…which is an extremely potent antioxidant….it stimulates the synthesis of good prostaglandins and inhibits the effects of aging….

Rich in essential fatty acids….Argan oil invigorates the skin by balancing and stimulating the natural physiologic process of the dermis cells…Argan oil is perfect for aging skins…it will

  • Deeply moisturise…
  • Protect…
  • Regenerate…
  • Nourish…

The best of Argan Oil is….

  • Argan oils promotes the speedy  regeneration of the skin by restarting vital functions of cells to prevent early aging due to external aggressions
  • It noticeably reduces wrinkles and softens the skin
  • Argan oil is rich in proteins shown to tighten the skin and protect skin’s elasticity
  • Argan oil is also known to help reduce scarring…and help prevent stretch marks caused by pregnancy and weight fluctuations
  • Possesses a sebum regulating action for oily skin
  • Significantly hydrates the skin by restoring its natural barrier and neutralizing free radicals 

I will go back in history….You know for almost centuries…Berber women of this Morocco have produced Argan oil which was used for their consumption and traditional Moroccan medicine….The Berber women have also used it for their skin and hair for hundreds of years….The Argan tree is a protected specie….and under the protection of UNESCO… Cooperatives that have been formed to save the Argan tree…and protect it…The cooperative regroups women from the area work together to produce the Argan oil- to preserve the Argan forest by finding a sustainable economic use for its products and improve the social and economic status of rural women….It is from these cooperatives that we source Argan oil from to ensure this valued tree is protected and sustained…

Hmm…Now See the reference links below…

  1. Argan Oil by Sooper Articles
  2. Argan oil Benefits Women by Feel Good Style
  3. Argan Oil by www.care2.com

Argan Oil-Hair…Best Of Friends

 

My cousin got a layered hair-cut…I agree she looks trendy…chic with it…But don’t know…but for some reason…she misses her long…lustrous tresses…She wanted them back…Fast…I remember her hair once used to be the object of envy among all her and my friends…She went into depression after chopping her hair off…I was moved…she was moved and I couldn’t see her wailing for her hair…so I did a little bit of research…this is what all I found out…

There is this oil called Argan oil…Well…I don’t say anything at all now…Just read on…the best answer I found…

Argan oil’s benefits for healthy hair…Sigh…You know it is called the LIQUID GOLD by beauty experts?

It manages tangled and flyaway…frizzy hair like a mother….Yes…I mean it…It has properties similar to those of Jojoba Oil which is extracted out of shrubs in United States… And can you imagine…it has even surpassed Jojoba oil in fame for hair treatment because of the excellent results….Just ‘some’ of its’ myriad benefits being…

  1. Argan oil penetrates into the hair pores or shafts and enhances the elasticity of hair…It also proves to be very nourishing for the growth of hair….
  2. Argan oil is very good for uncontrollable and unmanageable hair…It restores the smoothness of hair and makes them manageable again…
  3. Presence of Vitamin E in Argan oil makes it a tremendous agent for hair treatment….Many external and internal agents like heat…over styling and oxidization damage the hair…Vitamin E present in Argan oil is very useful in restoring the natural hair and renewing and repairing the damage caused by destructive agents…
  4. Argan oil hydrates the hair in a natural way….It stops the curliness and roughness of hair in an efficient way….
  5. Natural antioxidants present in Argan oil strengthen the hair by repairing the damaged cellular membrane of hair….

Its possibly the best liquid you can make your hair date….Argan oil can be applied before or after taking bath….Before taking bath pour some oil on the head and spread it across the hair so that it becomes applied from tips to roots of hair….After that gently massage and rub the oil on the scalp…Use a brush or comb to distribute evenly the oil. Try Wrapping the head in a hot piece of cloth or towel for some time before washing the hair…. Then…thoroughly wash you hairs…It can also be applied in place of wet gels….A few drops of Argan oil dropped on brush or comb while brushing the hair…gives the hair freshness…softness and lustre…

Hmm…Okay now please quickly go through these links…

  1. Argan Oil for hair by Berber Argan Oil
  2. Frizzy hair by livestrong.com
  3. Strong hair by Health Tips