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

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

Argan Oil Frees You From The Pain Of Hemorrhoids

I used to hear this ‘weird’ spelling word in my childhood and used to think how do people learn the spelling of it…and when I grew up a little more…I wondered what it meant…Finally when I got to know what this word was…what it meant…and what was it all about…I felt sympathetic towards the ones suffering…

Because I had heard my aunts discuss the problem…they used to complain of excruciating and incapacitating pain because of this disease…and used to consume dozens of capsules and tablets to treat it…

Even today…being an absolute nature’s being…I am averse to the idea of using anything unnatural to cure the problems of something that itself is nature’s most magnificent and magical machine…the human body….

I believe…When our body is an integral part of nature…then why resort to artificial medicines to cure its ills…I don’t know how many of you know this and how many of you don’t…but the answers to each and every ills of our body are encrypted on some or the other natural plant…tree…or herb…

Like for the problem of Hemorrhoids…Nature offers its best…Argan tree…

Hemorrhoids…more commonly referred to as…Piles…are basically swollen and inflamed veins around the anus or in the lower rectum….I Am sure you don’t know what rectum is…hmm…I’ll explain…rectum is the last part of the large intestine leading to the anus….Now..anus c’mon you ought to know…you know…from where you excrete!

Okay…there are two types of haemorrhoids…

  1. External haemorrhoids
  2. Internal haemorrhoids

External hemorrhoids are located under the skin around the anus…Whereas…Internal hemorrhoids develop in the lower rectum….

The problem is mainly created by the internal ones…Internal hemorrhoids may protrude…or prolapsed…through the anus…Most prolapsed hemorrhoids shrink back inside the rectum on their own….Severely prolapsed hemorrhoids may protrude permanently and require treatment….

Be sure the problem is of haemorrhoids whenyou notice bright red blood on stool…on toilet paper…or in the toilet bowl after a bowel movement…Internal hemorrhoids that are not prolapsed are usually not painful….Prolapsed…I mean the external…hemorrhoids often cause pain…discomfort…and anal itching…Excessive straining…rubbing….cleaning around the anus may make symptoms…such as itching and irritation…worse….So…be careful while dealing with it…

Finally something to ease you down…See…it is a well known fact that Hemorrhoids are not dangerous or life threatening….Also the symptoms usually go away within a few days…

But…what you have to do on your part is….Go the natural way to treat it…and discover long-term benefits…getting back to its cure…Argan oil…

Argan oil is possibly the best remedy to cure hemorrhoids….Just that you will have to be regular in the application of this magical oil…
One thing you need to etch on your mind is that…when using argan oil…do NOT use any chemical based medicine else the reaction can be deadly…when going natural…go the complete way…
Here’s what you are required to do…Apply small test doses of argan oil to your skin before full application….
Before putting the oil treatments onto the hemorrhoid area…be sure to apply a small amount to a different sensitive part of the skin…such as the inside of the elbow area…This is important for preventing any reactions….And also note that if your current diet lacks fiber…or if you do not drink enough water on a daily basis….constipation and hard stools can cause or aggravate a hemorrhoid…Healing is difficult when still suffering from constipation or painful stools…so taking water soluble fiber or drinking more water may be needed….Eating more vegetables…especially dark green colors like spinach and kale…that too cooked well in argan oil…will also help with hemorrhoids by softening the stool…. 

So…you have all the remedies to treat hemorrhoids…So now go through our reference links…

  1. Benefits of Argan oil by Cure Hemorrhoids Fast
  2. Go Raw For Hemorrhoids by Raw Argan Oil
  3. Morrocan Oil By Effective Hemorrhoids Treatment

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

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 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

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

Argan Oil’s Top 10

Ever since I got to know about Argan oil, I couldn’t stop raving about this oil…Be it my cousin’s extreme hair fall problem or an aunt’s constant acne battles…Argan oil has always been the best to provide support in every form…

Argan oil is made from green nuts of Argan tree found mostly in Morocco and sparsely in Algeria and Israel. It is the rarest vegetable oil because of scarcity of these trees in the world. This rare oil is highly valued because of its wide array of uses. It is highly priced owing to its limited production. Its recognized cosmetic benefits have made its demand ever increasing in the world.

  • Presence of oleic acid in Argan oil makes it practical solution for those who always have their cholesterol levels spiked; it helps to limitize it and maintain it. According to recent research, a very small quantity of Argan oil can considerably lower the cholesterol level for over a month.
  • Several other acids present in Argan oil are converted into 3 different kinds of prostaglandins. These prostaglandins are very beneficial for many bodily functions like immunization and anti-inflammatory functions.
  • Prostaglandins are also very useful for people with cardiovascular disorders.
  • Antioxidant vitamin E is present in large quantity in Argan oil. Vitamin E is very good for regulating functioning of heart and sex organs.
  • Unlike other oils, Argan oil contains Sterols. These sterols help block the cholesterol absorption from intestines. They are also found to be anti-cancerous.
  • Argan oil increases the concentration of a digestive enzyme named pepsin thus plays part in digestion as well.
  • Argan oil is very useful in Arthritis in which joints of the body are damaged in several ways. It slows down the degenerative processes going on in long bones of the body.
  • It is also helpful in rheumatic disease. Rheumatic fever can damage heart, skin, joints and brain.
  • Argan oil is also thought to be anti-Acne and good against chickenpox. Acne is an inflammatory disease in which red dots appear on skin.
  • It is also deemed to be Aphrodisiac. It increases sexual desire and ability in a person.
  • Argan oil is most popular as an anti-aging agent. It prevents the degeneration of muscles, a natural process resulting from growing age.

Now quickly go through our reference links…

  1. Argan Oil by Cathy Wong
  2. The Benefits Of Argan Oil by Natural News
  3. Argan Essential Oil by Medical Health Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Saturated
  • Mono unsaturated
  • Polyunsaturated

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

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

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

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

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

Have a look at our reference links now…

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