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

Now Those Killer Nails Wont Chip – Argan Oil

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

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

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

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

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

Nails…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extraction And Uses – Argan Oil And Tree

Argan essential oil, well, that is not the only amazing thing that is obtained from the tree of Argan, in fact everything that is obtained from the tree, right from its leaves, wood and even the flowers and fruits, they’re all of great use for some problem or the other.

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

Be Argan Oil’s Lover…It’ll Keep Your Heart Safe

I don’t know about anyone else…but in my own family….more than half of the people died of a heart attack…

That’s how I am averse to anything that contributes to cholesterol and clogs the arteries…I wanted to conquer the disease myself (Not that I am a heart patient but because…I want to prevent it from occurring at all)

Different people have different food passions…and they don’t realize that the exotic and expensive food they are so much in love with is the number one cause to trigger a heart attack…So why not love something that loves us back (Like they say in some commercial advertisment)…

The most loyal lover you can find in Argan oil…Trust me on this…

I’ll tell you a little about it…Argan oil is basically extracted from the nuts of the argan tree…which is found only in the southwestern parts of Morocco…Therefore…the oil is unknown to most of the people…A relict species from the Tertiary age…the tree is extremely well adapted to drought and other environmentally difficult conditions of the place…The oil…extracted from the tree  is like amazingly rich in essential fatty acids….especially the linoleic acid ( I am sure you mustn’t have heard of it…relax…what am ‘I’ here for! )…the harbinger of vitamin E….it is quiet beneficial for the human body and skin….

Also…with the moisturizing…strong antioxidant and skin anti-aging properties adds to the nutritive…medicinal and cosmetic value of the oil…There have been many researches on the benefits of argan oil…

One of the major advantages of argan oil is that it is extremely helpful in correcting the deficiencies that inevitably occur with age…which results in dehydration and loss of skin elasticity….This article will provide you with detailed information on the health benefits of argan oil…

Argan Oil contains fatty acids classified in three groups you know-

  • Saturated
  • Mono unsaturated
  • Polyunsaturated

Now some more enlightenment…Mono unsaturated fatty acids reduce blood levels of LDLs (the bad cholesterol) without affecting HDLs (good cholesterol as they say) as long as they are used as replacement of saturated fatty acids….

Polyunsaturated fatty acids reduce blood levels of LDLs but HDLs too…However they must be part of our diet since they provide the essential fatty acids…linoleic acid and alpha linolenic acid….

Argan oil is rich in linoleic acid which increases the production of prostaglandins 1 and thus may be of beneficial for people with rheumatologic conditions and cardio vascular problems…It is active in the maintenance and repair of the membrane that encloses the cells….

Argan Oil’s high oleic acid content makes this oil particularly interesting in the regulation of blood cholesterol….It is the magical component of Argan oil….It is reported that some studies are being done and it seems that 2 Tbsp per day of this oil during a month could considerably lower cholesterol levels….How about you too try it?

Other Cholesterol reducing factors may include saponins which can also lower blood cholesterol thereby reducing heart disease….

Have a look at our reference links now…

  1. Health benefits of Argan oil Argan Oil Reviews
  2. Argan Oil by www.hindawi.com
  3. Ways we can benefit from argan oil by bpb

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

Top 5 Healthy Recipes Using Argan Oil

It is a habit of mine to draw a parity between food and weight loss…I can’t escape or resist the urge…So kindly…bear with me…Hmm…You losing weight is NOT tough!

Trust me…weight can be lost in a span of 2 weeks with crash diets…liquid diets…or whatever…The catch is…MAINTAINING the weight gained after losing it (Wow! Even I can write lines with multiple layers)…What I am trying to say is that…taking that in a long is the toughest part in the process of losing weight…you maintaining the lost weight…

Personal experience…When we want to go steady on our weight…after we acquire the weight we wanted…then starts the real job…maintaining the weight…and then…take my word…crash diets NEVER work…One ends up binging…craving for more…not feeling satiated and full even after consecutive 2-3 meals in one go…So…after you reach the level where you weigh as you wanted…then maintain it by having the following healthy…craving-stifling meals…cooked in Argan Oil…Your best friend when on diet

Note these…

  1. Skip the big mound of mashed potato this year and enjoy vitamin-rich mashed sweet potato instead…Cut them into strips….drizzle with Moroccan Argan oil…top with slivered almonds and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest vegetables…Cook without any fat addition while roasting to keep the flavour intense…These sweet tubers are packed with fibre…vitamin A…potassium and photochemical which provide anti-aging and other health benefits…
  2. Pretty-in-pink cranberries are just too good to be true….Cranberries are packed with disease fighting antioxidants such as vitamin C and proanthocyanidins that help to fight cancer…urinary tract infections and premature aging….Its fibre content helps to lower bad cholesterol and improve overall cholesterol profile…. However…avoid high sugar presentations of this super fruit…And make a fruit salad using these and argan oil…
  3. You know…Turkey is a healthier protein source compared to other cuts of meat… Well…it is healthy…unless it is deep fried and slathered with fat-filled gravy and is instead cooked using Argan essential oil…It is also a good source of folic acids…vitamin B…zinc and potassium….These nutrients are known to keep blood cholesterol level down and guard against heart disease….Stick to white meat…skimp on the gravy and peel the skin during Thanksgiving dinner and you save hundreds of calories…For a healthy snack…slice leftover turkey and heat in the oven….Layer the slices with salad greens…tomato and onions on lightly toasted wheat bread…Skip the mayo and drizzle with a bit of argan oil…
  4. Surprisingly enough…This orange vegetable contains carotenoids…vitamin E and fibre…Pumpkin is also a good source of potassium…It is low in calories and is considered one of the healthiest holiday foods….On the other hand…baked pumpkin pies are high in calories and high in fats…Make your pie healthy when you make a low-fat pumpkin pie by lowering the amount of sugar…using egg substitutes…avoiding trans fats in the recipe and using low-fat milk…and never to forget…The fatless oil…Argan
  5. Lastly…I’ll give You a fruit salad recipe….In a large bowl…combine chickpeas…peppers…onion…tomato…lemon and parsley and mix well….Add garlic powder…lemon juice and oil and mix again….Taste before adding any salt….The preserved lemon may be salty enough for the whole dish…Allow to sit at room temperature for a half hour….Last garnish with Argan oil…And mix again right before serving….

So…you now have 5 handy argan oil recipes in hand…Know some more…Go through our reference links…

  1. Argan Oil by Marie Claire
  2. Amlou Recipe by about.com
  3. Argan Oil by Recipes

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 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

Senses Come To Life With Argan Oil Massage

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

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

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

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

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

  • Skin
  • Hair
  • Facial
  • Nails care

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

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

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

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

Neat Argan oil…and use only a few drops of it…For facial usage very gentle massage is needed because of the easily absorbable attribute of Argan oil…It can be used in place of other freshening creams or lotions at night for curing dryness of the face….On wrinkles and other scars caused by some skin disease…and massage and treatments….small volume of Argan oil once or twice a day is enough to get the desirable results and relaxing sensations….Also Argan oil can be massaged gently over stretch marks…and it will restore the elasticity of the skin and engulf the stretch marks….It is the non-greasy and non-oily nature of Argan oil that makes it a very good make-up base also…

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

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

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