Natives of the Argan forest in Morocco have pressed this argan nut to extract their precious oil for generations. This oil is used as a supplement for wound healing, nourishing skin and easing inflammation.
Argan oil is used as a carrier oil to add with other essential oils. It is high in vitamins A and E, high in Omega 6 fatty acids and linoleic acid.
The Argon trees are tenacious and survive the arid dessert in Mediterranean countries. These Argan nuts are so tasty and nutritious that goats climb the tree to eat them.
Key Benefits of Argan Oil
- May reduce the appearance of stretch marks by bringing back more elasticity to skin.
- Improves cracked and chapped lips.
- Nourishes nails.
- Good skin exfoliator.
- Using argan oil along with tea tree oil helps fight stubborn areas of
- Argan oil reduces razor burn when shaving and reduces the number of ingrown hair issues.
- Rub argan oil on dry patches like elbow or soles of feet to create smoothness.
- Argan is not an oily substance; it is so light it can be used as a leave in hair conditioner to stop those pesky split ends, fly-aways and frizzes.
- Great anti-aging oil, since it exfoliates, regenerates tones and moisturizes skin cells.
- Reduces inflammation and helps with rashes, eczema and infections.
The History of Argan Oil
In 1998, the revered Argan tree forest in Morocco was listed as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. These Argan trees play a crucial role in controlling soil erosion and maintaining water resources.
The Argan processing and oil making is done by women co-ops and this work is very tedious and time consuming. The women are learning and socializing more due to this work and earn very little.
Due to the high argan oil demand, these trees are being “aggressively harvested”, which can harm the trees. There have been reports of deforestation in some areas.
There is also cause for concern that some woman’s groups are not being fairly treated. So, it is good to check labels or companies to see if they are Fair Trade Certified or are “socially responsible” sourcing.
Interesting Facts on Argan Oils
Today, many cosmetic companies use it in their hair and skin care lines due to its antioxidants and moisturizing compounds.
Make sure you have good quality 100% cold pressed argan oil. Keep your bottle away from sun and light. It is recommended to use it within 6 months.
While not really a tree nut, there have been some reports of allergic reactions. Recommend to test the oil first by dabbing some on the inside of your arm and check for any reactions.
How to Use Argan Oil
For Acne: Steep some green tea, let it cool and add a few drops of argan oil; use this to cleanse and moisturize.
For stretch marks, wrinkles and other aging skin problems, warm a little in your palms and rub into those afflicted areas.
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist, is a Natural Health Consultant helping individuals start health programs to improve their life, wellness and happiness. Cindy is a speaker, writer and entrepreneur of several businesses.