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 Life Oil

Argan essential oil is rather useful solution and deals effectively with all the skin diseases and also many chronic health problems, the oil was elevated in usefulness much before when a bunch of educated explorers stumbled across the age old traditional oil…

 

(NaturalNews) Known by the Moroccan Berber community as the “Tree of Life”, the Argan tree (Argania spinosa) has supported the people of these arid regions and their livestock for centuries. The leaves and fruit sustain goats, camels and sheep. Cattle live off the press-cake that remains after the oil has been extracted; humans eat the oil and the nut shells are used for fuel. Argan oil is produced from the kernels of the tree and is one of the rarest and most expensive oils in the world. Berber women have used Argan oil for centuries to protect and nourish their skin, hair and nails from the harsh conditions in which they live. Now Argan oil is gaining popularity as a “miracle ingredient” in the Western beauty product industry. It has extremely high levels of Vitamin E and 80% fatty acids which make it perfect for healing many skin ailments as well as protecting against premature aging caused by oxidation.
The active substances called triterpenoids that occur in Argan Oil offer amazing skin protection benefits. These include tissue healing (scars), anti-inflammatory, sun-protective and disinfectant properties.

The oil contains 80% unsaturated fatty acids and is more resistant to oxidation than olive oil.
Argan oil also contains 0.8% unsaponifiables (a large group of compounds also known as plant sterols or sterolins). Sterolins improve skin metabolism, reduce inflammation and promote excellent moisture retention.

Argan oil contains rare plant sterols (schottenol and spinasterol), not found in other oils. It is believed that these phytosterols are unique in their combination and that there are no other vegetable oils with a comparable phytosterol composition. In general phytosterols reduce inflammation and help block cholesterol absorption from the intestines. They also show anti-cancer properties.

  • Argan oil facilitates digestion by increasing the concentration of pepsin in the gastric juice. It contains flavonoids that act as a natural anti-inflammatory both internally and externally.
  • The oil is considered highly beneficial for arthritic or rheumatic conditions.
  • It is helpful for lowering cholesterol levels, stimulating circulation and strengthening the body`s natural immunity.
  • It is used to soothe skin ailments like chickenpox, acne, psoriasis, and dry eczema. It is also used to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.
  • Traditionally Argan oil is also reputed to have aphrodisiac and tonic properties.

Okay, now have a look at our reference links…

  1. Argan by MHI
  2. Aragn Oil by CW
  3. Argan Oil by Natural

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

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

 

Argan – A Beauty Oil It Is

You know Argan Oil…is just one of its kind…that just the plain use of it…frees you from all possible problems blocking your path from looking ‘beautiful’ in the true sense of the word…

I personally have never heard of any product… ( which are usually chemical based)…doing the favors to you that Argan oil alone does…Leave aside being equally efficient as argan oil…

Argan oil has a separate existence of its own…

Extracted by first cold pressed Argan oil is an oil cosmetic rehydrating and regenerating epidermal cells….It has a restoration of the film hydrolipidic nutrient intakes and increases in the dermis and epidermis….Not only that…Its high levels of natural antioxidant substances (often called tocopherols) and anti-free radicals to give an exceptional anti-aging…What I am trying to explain is that…In particular…anti-aging functions are demonstrated by the latest scientific studies… Argan oil is also an amazing anti-aging action… It quickly removes wrinkles…Berber women to say that it erases the results as an eraser erases in an instant the pencil…

You will be surprised to know that it this oil is nothing of today…rather…For hundreds of years…women in southern Morocco can be treated with argan oil pursuant to the skin by massage to prevent and treat chapped lips…cracks in the dermis especially under anti-wrinkle….

Argan oil has always been and yet has again become a favorite ingredient in beauty products….Hailing from the kernel of the argan tree and extracted by women of the region…this lightweight oil contains a medley of the good stuff:

  • Vitamin E
  • Antioxidants
  • Essential fatty acids

Loaded with anti aging properties…argan oil helps to restore moisture and control oil production…It’s no wonder the cosmetic industry has fallen into beauty lust with this ‘liquid gold’…

Not just skin…Argan Beauty Oil is also wonderful on hair adding body and shine to dull…lifeless and frizzy locks….

This oil respects the integrity and functions of the acid mantle…which in turn protects the skin from moisture loss and acne-causing bacteria….

It works beautifully with the rest of the range…enriching and enhancing the benefits of all our products leaving face…body and hair balanced and healthy…

Rich in antioxidant vitamin E and sterols…cosmetic grade Argan Oil has been shown to prevent drying and physiological ageing….neutralising free radicals…restoring the hydrolipid film….protecting connective tissue…revitalising the skin and boosting vital cell functions….Anti inflammatory and non comedogenic…it is also beneficial to problem skins and conditions such as rosacea…eczema…psoriasis etc….

Versatile and multi-tasking it soothes and smoothes

  • Face
  • Body
  • Hands
  • Nails
  • Scalp
  • Hair

Ideal for use on scars and irritated…dehydrated or damaged skin after exposure to sun or cold weather…Helps prevent stretch marks and is the natural solution to caring for babies’ skins as well…

So…now please go through our reference links…

  1. Argan is a beauty oil by Gorgeously Green
  2. Argan Oil by Skin And Beauty Care
  3. Skin care and argan oil by bpb

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

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

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’s Top 10

Ever since I got to know about Argan oil, I couldn’t stop raving about this oil…Be it my cousin’s extreme hair fall problem or an aunt’s constant acne battles…Argan oil has always been the best to provide support in every form…

Argan oil is made from green nuts of Argan tree found mostly in Morocco and sparsely in Algeria and Israel. It is the rarest vegetable oil because of scarcity of these trees in the world. This rare oil is highly valued because of its wide array of uses. It is highly priced owing to its limited production. Its recognized cosmetic benefits have made its demand ever increasing in the world.

  • Presence of oleic acid in Argan oil makes it practical solution for those who always have their cholesterol levels spiked; it helps to limitize it and maintain it. According to recent research, a very small quantity of Argan oil can considerably lower the cholesterol level for over a month.
  • Several other acids present in Argan oil are converted into 3 different kinds of prostaglandins. These prostaglandins are very beneficial for many bodily functions like immunization and anti-inflammatory functions.
  • Prostaglandins are also very useful for people with cardiovascular disorders.
  • Antioxidant vitamin E is present in large quantity in Argan oil. Vitamin E is very good for regulating functioning of heart and sex organs.
  • Unlike other oils, Argan oil contains Sterols. These sterols help block the cholesterol absorption from intestines. They are also found to be anti-cancerous.
  • Argan oil increases the concentration of a digestive enzyme named pepsin thus plays part in digestion as well.
  • Argan oil is very useful in Arthritis in which joints of the body are damaged in several ways. It slows down the degenerative processes going on in long bones of the body.
  • It is also helpful in rheumatic disease. Rheumatic fever can damage heart, skin, joints and brain.
  • Argan oil is also thought to be anti-Acne and good against chickenpox. Acne is an inflammatory disease in which red dots appear on skin.
  • It is also deemed to be Aphrodisiac. It increases sexual desire and ability in a person.
  • Argan oil is most popular as an anti-aging agent. It prevents the degeneration of muscles, a natural process resulting from growing age.

Now quickly go through our reference links…

  1. Argan Oil by Cathy Wong
  2. The Benefits Of Argan Oil by Natural News
  3. Argan Essential Oil by Medical Health Information