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 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

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

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

Turn Flab To Abs With Argan Oil

I’ll tell you a very basic and notable point that make you go ‘Ooooh yes!’…

Ever seen the pictures of granny or great-grand granny?

Wasn’t she amazingly thin…slim…? (Not a matter that now she looks like a football now!)

Well…Ever wondered why? I mean why were our grandparents SO thin during their youth years?

It is because…they ate mainly…healthy…home-cooked food…and NOT the exotic…sugar dripping dessert or double-cheese hamburgers we savour in almost every meal of ours in a day!

Did the bulb light?…Wait…I’ll unveil points to fuse it!

I know you know everything you should do to lose weight…but futile…you never give it land…Don’t!

Forget all your diet plans!

Tear your calendars marked with days of diets!

Stop hovering over the weighing machines!

Just do as I say!

Add good stuff into your meal plan…the first step towards losing weight….

Ever heard of a ‘Healthy oil’?

I know it is an oxymoron…

But it is time for you to discover argan oil!

Give more attention to argan oil…This oil is 100% natural…It comes all the way from the south western parts of Morocco and it is good for you….No wait…it is BEST for you!

It tastes really well and it has vitamins and minerals that will help keep your body healthy…If you use this oil to dress your salad you’re good to go…You’ll be adding something healthy to what is already healthy…This oil is good for the heart and wonderful for digestion…As in you’ll throw out all unwanted stuff as soon as you consume something healthy…thereby maintaining your good weight…

Using healthy oils such as Argan oil in any food item is !10 times more healthy than cooking the food in any other oil…you know you can continue to have all that you fancy…just with a lot healthier oil….The oil is packed with essential unsaturated fatty acids…vitamin E and antioxidants that provide health benefits and does not contribute to weight gain at all…In addition…the oil will not clog arteries and even help improve your cholesterol profile…Drizzle argan oil on grilled meat and vegetables or use in salad dressings….

Also…to add to your knowledge…Essential fatty acids taht are present in argan oil increase energy production by helping the body to obtain more oxygen….They

  • Increase metabolic rate
  • Increase oxygen rate
  • Increase levels of energy and stamina

This is typical for in athletes…the overweight and elderly and middle aged….

Also…Essential fatty acids increase the body’s ability to metabolize oxygen thus aiding the recovery from tiredness…This energy is not like a high we can get from coffee etc…. but a stable…sustained and more enduring energy…

And please understand…Because essential fatty acids increase our metabolic rate and energy levels…what does it mean?

It means we burn up more calories! It is not correct to count these Essential Fatty Acids as fat calories because they actually increase calorie burning…and rather than being used as fuel…they play a role in cell- membranes…and are converted into hormone-like prostaglandins…These fats keep us slim! Get it?

Okay…now quickly go through our reference links…

  1. Fitness with Argan Oil by Bodydoctor
  2. Argan Oil by Weight Loss Diets
  3. Argan oil and weight loss Classifieds

Argan Oil-Hair…Best Of Friends

My cousin got a layered hair-cut…I agree she looks trendy…chic with it…But don’t know…but for some reason…she misses her long…lustrous tresses…She wanted them back…Fast…I remember her hair once used to be the object of envy among all her and my friends…She went into depression after chopping her hair off…I was moved…she was moved and I couldn’t see her wailing for her hair…so I did a little bit of research…this is what all I found out…

There is this oil called Argan oil…Well…I don’t say anything at all now…Just read on…the best answer I found…

Argan oil’s benefits for healthy hair…Sigh…You know it is called the LIQUID GOLD by beauty experts?

It manages tangled and flyaway…frizzy hair like a mother….Yes…I mean it…It has properties similar to those of Jojoba Oil which is extracted out of shrubs in United States… And can you imagine…it has even surpassed Jojoba oil in fame for hair treatment because of the excellent results….Just ‘some’ of its’ myriad benefits being…

  1. Argan oil penetrates into the hair pores or shafts and enhances the elasticity of hair…It also proves to be very nourishing for the growth of hair….
  2. Argan oil is very good for uncontrollable and unmanageable hair…It restores the smoothness of hair and makes them manageable again…
  3. Presence of Vitamin E in Argan oil makes it a tremendous agent for hair treatment….Many external and internal agents like heat…over styling and oxidization damage the hair…Vitamin E present in Argan oil is very useful in restoring the natural hair and renewing and repairing the damage caused by destructive agents…
  4. Argan oil hydrates the hair in a natural way….It stops the curliness and roughness of hair in an efficient way….
  5. Natural antioxidants present in Argan oil strengthen the hair by repairing the damaged cellular membrane of hair….

Its possibly the best liquid you can make your hair date….Argan oil can be applied before or after taking bath….Before taking bath pour some oil on the head and spread it across the hair so that it becomes applied from tips to roots of hair….After that gently massage and rub the oil on the scalp…Use a brush or comb to distribute evenly the oil. Try Wrapping the head in a hot piece of cloth or towel for some time before washing the hair…. Then…thoroughly wash you hairs…It can also be applied in place of wet gels….A few drops of Argan oil dropped on brush or comb while brushing the hair…gives the hair freshness…softness and lustre…

Hmm…Okay now please quickly go through these links…

  1. Argan Oil for hair by Berber Argan Oil
  2. Frizzy hair by livestrong.com
  3. Strong hair by Health Tips