Argan oil is derived from the argania spinosa tree fruit. The argania spinosa tree grows in the South-West of Morocco in very dry soils and measures between 8 to 10 meters. It always stays green which makes it interesting considering the harsh climate it grows under and can live up to 200 years. The argan fruit is green, reminding an olive but bigger and rounder. A hard shell nut is found in the fruit and the same nut contains 2 or 3 kernels, the shape of an almond.
The argania spinosa tree is a heaven for goats that feed from its fruits. The argan oil production is taken care of by Berber women using traditional methods to crush the kernels and extract the oil. The oil is a cold-pressed oil so the nutrients remain intact. The remaining part of the kernel is used to make a chocolate-like paste with peanut butter taste.
Argan oil benefits
Argan oil is darker than olive oil and has a nutty flavour. The oil is rich in omega 6 and 9 and contributes to the reduction of bad cholesterol levels, to the relief of inflammation and to the promotion of healthy looking hair and breaking nails while improving skin conditions and skin irritation. It is also rich in Vitamin E, a powerful anti-oxidant. Unfortunately, argan oil is deprived of omega 3 so a combination intake of complementary oils is suggested such as organic borage oil or organic evening primerose oil.
Organic argan oil or the “liquid gold” is an amazing treat for the skin when used topically as it is a natural hydrating agent that keeps the skin naturally moisturized and helps prevent aging and wrinkles. It promotes skin elasticity by renewing the skin structure and therefore, it can be used to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. It can improve skin conditions in case of acne, psoriasis or eczema. It is also an amazing oil to strengthen breaking nails, to make hair shine and avoid split ends. You can try the organic shampoo for dry hair with borage oil and evening primrose oil.
Organic argan oil can be used internally or directly on the skin. Internally, we recommend to use the oil in salads dressings as the oil cannot be heated. Topically, argan oil can be used on clean face and body to hydrate the skin and fight the aging process. One can also apply argan oil and then soak in a bath for a better absorption into the skin. As a hair product, we recommend to apply organic argan oil from scalp to end and leave in for 30 minutes before the shampoo. This is will promote hair growth, shiny hair and stimulates the scalp micro-circulation. As a remedy for splinting nails, soak your fingers in organic argan oil mixed with lemon juice and repeat one or twice a week.This will guarantee strong looking nails. Argan oil can also be used on your baby skin to smoothe and reduce skin redness.
For best results, organic argan oil must be used on a daily basis over a period of a few months. Not only organic argan oil is an amazing natural remedy but it also provides women in Morocco with jobs, a steady income and access to education as they are the ones perfecting the oil extraction since centuries. The governement of Morocco has funded Women Cooperatives to promote argan oil production. These cooperatives support women in their jobs but also promote responsible harvesting practices to protect the environment and encourage reforestation and fair trade.