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

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

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

Simply Argan

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

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

Make your presence and existence felt every now and then…

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

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

  • anti aging
  • nourishing
  • hydratin
  • natural care product

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

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

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

The best of Argan Oil is….

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

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

Hmm…Now See the reference links below…

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

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

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

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

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 Oil’s Sacred Compounds

Apart from all he good that this oil alone does to the humans, another intriguing quality of it is that it has innumerable compounds which together make such a blend that works as magic for quite a lot many problems.

Ferulic Acid is the most abundant phenolic compound found in Argan Oil. This antioxidant helps prevent damage caused by ultraviolet light. Exposure to ultraviolet light actually increases the antioxidant potency of ferulic acid. It is often added as an ingredient of anti-aging supplements. Studies have shown that ferulic acid can decrease blood glucose levels and can be of help to diabetes patients.

It seems to protect against many types of caner, bone degeneration and menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes. Like many other antioxidants, ferulic acid reduces the level of cholesterol and triglyceride, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease.

Sterols (Phytosterols) are a class of lipid-like compounds that helps to prevent skin aging by improving skin metabolism and reducing inflammation. They promote excellent moisture retention and penetrate quickly. They are vital to the structural integrity of the cell membrane. They work in harmony with human skin because the chemical structure of plant sterols and human sterols is very similar. In the skin, human sterols are the main component of its outermost layer and play a fundamental role in aiding and maintaining optimal skin barrier function.

Two of the families of sterols found in Argan oil, namely -

  • Schottenol
  • Spinasterol

are known for their anticancer properties and are rarely found in vegetable oils. Additionally, sterols are known to block cholesterol absorption sites in the human intestine thus helping to reduce the overall amount absorbed in the body.

Vitamin E (Tocopherol) is a fat-soluble vitamin. It is a powerful antioxidant and excellent free-radical scavenger. Vitamin E protects essential fatty acids and vitamin A levels in the body. It accumulates in the epidermis and forms a barrier against moisture evaporation from the skin. Vitamin E prevents cellular aging due to oxidation, aids in bringing nourishment to cells, and decreases inflammation and strengthens capillary walls.

It has been shown to significantly help in the reduction of scarring from wounds and the appearance of stretch marks. Vitamin E’s antioxidant properties help to prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol, the so-called “bad cholesterol”. This may lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. Research has suggested a link between vitamin E and the prevention of certain cancers and degenerative diseases.

Now, have a look at our reference links -

  1. Argan Oil by Argan Oil Society
  2. Argan Essential Oil by Cathy Wong
  3. Argan Oil by Jenn Adkins

Argan Oil – Official Info

Argan oil is one of the best essential oils that enhance the skin and deeply remove unwanted bacteria residing there. The oil has many properties that make it top the list of the most efficient essential oils.

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.

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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.

Fatty acid Percentage: Palmitic 12.0%, Stearic 6.0%,Oleic 42.8%, Linoleic 36.8%, Linolenic <0.5%. Argan oil is exceptionally rich in natural tocopherols (vitamin E), rich in phenols and phenolic acid, rich in carotenes, rich insqualene, rich in essential fatty acids, 80% unsaturated fatty acids[6][unreliable source?] and depending on extraction method more resistant to oxidation than olive oil.

  •  Used as a nourishing facial treatment and night oil, as a skin protector in cold weather, or as an after-sun soother and moisturizer;
  • 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.

Okay, now 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