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

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

Argan Oil For Beauty Treatment- In A Nutshell

I dedicate this article to reviewing the amazing Argan oil substantially…I mean all the main benefits of Argan Oil in a nutshell…

Here are the top 10 beauty benefits of Argan oil…

  1. Split Ends….Massage argan oil into the ends of your hair to prevent split ends….
  2. Scalp Rescue…Keep your scalp moisturized and healthy by rubbing argan oil on it prior to taking a shower…let sit 15-20 minutes….it’ll do wonders…
  3. Lip…Use argan oil instead of a lip balm…Use it neat or for additional moisture and a creamy texture…mix 2 parts beeswax or mango butter with 4 parts argan oil…melt over a double boiler…stir and pour the mixture into your favorite jar….
  4. Luminizer…After applying your makeup…take a very small amount of argan oil and spread it in both hands and gently dab your cheekbones to give your complexion an extra healthy…dewy glow….
  5. Facial and Body Moisturizer…Massage into your face….neck and anywhere else that needs moisturizer morning and night…Don’t forget your elbows…knees and other areas that tend to get dry….
  6. Eat it…Your skin is a direct reflection of what you are eating…You’d be hard-pressed to find a more delicious edible oil than this one…with a distinctive…unique nutty flavor and ridiculous amounts of vitamin E…antioxidants and amino acids….
  7. Nails…Massage argan oil into your cuticles…nails…hand and feet next time you give yourself or get a manicure and pedicure….Also…Apply argan oil to your hands and feet and cover with socks and sleep with them…your hands and feet will be soft and hydrated in the morning…
  8. Hair Smoothing Serum…Argan oil is both a finishing and styling product for hair…straight…curly…and everything in between….Apply a small amount after washing hair and then to tame frizz while styling….
  9. Blemishes…Make your own blemish treatment…blending one part argan oil…one part tea tree oil and one part lavender essential oil…All can be found at any specialty vitamin store or grocery store…

10. Scrub…Make your own sugar scrub…mix raw cane sugar…honey and argan oil…Rub gently unto the skin until the sugar dissolves…Rinse well…

Hmm…nice no?

So…quickly check out our reference links now…

  1. Argan Oil by Argan Oil Society
  2. Argan oil for skin…hair…nails by Living Organic
  3. Argan Oil by Argan Oil Benefits

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

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

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

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