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

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

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

Aragan Oil Rules The Arena Of Aromatherapy

Nothing gives a high like listening to the favourite set of songs…and something as soothing and pacifying as aromatherapy…

You know what aromatherapy is? Have you ever tried it? If you haven’t…after reading this article I bet you will…Read on…

Aromatherapy actually is the ancient science of healing….relaxing and energizing by the use of plants and their parts….you know absolute natural way…
Be it the

  • Roots
  • Barks
  • Flowers
  • Fruits
  • Seeds
  • Nuts

The above mentioned parts of a plant…they all play a crucial part in this science….It is one of the more popular branches of alternative medicines…The word aromatherapy is derived from two words aroma which means smell and therapy which stands for healing….

Essentials oils like Argan oil are the extracts of plants and their parts and form their life force….These oils are extracted by the means of steam distillation…cold expression…or fixed oil or alcohol extraction…

Argan oil affects your mood…They enter through our olfactory system and affect the nervous system…thus improving mood and relaxing or energizing us…

Also Argan oil helps in alleviating stress and speeding up healing…These essential oils also have cosmetic properties and can be used in skincare and hair care products….Many of these oils have known

  • anti-viral
  • antifungal
  • antiseptic properties

And they are even used in household products for cleaning and antiseptic uses…

These oils can be inhaled…massaged onto your body…added to the bath or shower or sprayed in the room….and see the magic this oil do to your senses…

Ancient Argan Oil has survived since the Tertiary period…only to almost become extinct in our time…due to over grazing by goats…chopping down of trees for firewood and long…extended periods of drought….

But to our oil’s rescue was…UNESCO and the cooperation of the Moroccan Government…Together they have created a reforestation project and developed a women’s cooperative that produces Fair-Trade Argan Oil….Money from the sales of Argan Oil are used for health care and women’s education….And this in turn this supports their entire community….I think this is the only aromatherapy Argan Oil which is exported….

Argan oil has been a prized possession of the Berbers for hundreds of years for its cooking…medicinal and cosmetic properties….Aromatherapy Argan oil is rich in

  • Vitamin E
  • Phenols
  • Carotene
  • Squalene
  • Unsaturated fatty acids

Argan Oil is also rich in essential fatty acids…antioxidants…It can be used to soften…protect and nourish your skin…hair and nails…It is incredibly light…non-comedogenic and is easily absorbed…to leave skin and hair feeling silky soft and smooth….It is suitable for all skin types….And is hence extensively used in aromatherapies…

Have a look at our reference links…

  1. Vegetable oils used in aromatherapy by bpb
  2. Virgin Argan oil by Best Aromatherapy Candles
  3. Argan Oil by Cathy Wong

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

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

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