Have you ever been to Morocco? If your answer is “yes”, then you may already know about this wonderful natural product. It has many benefits for your hair and your skin. But do you know what it is or how it is made?
In this article on the ‘How is Argan Oil Made?’, I will explain how argan oil is made and its properties. Then I will outline how it can benefit our bodies and the different ways it is used, with a particular focus on skin and hair.
At the end of the post, I will provide you with a link to a review called ‘Argan Oil Shampoo Conditioner Reviews’.
How is Argan Oil Made?
Argan oil comes from the kernels from the argan tree. These kernels can be found inside the argan fruit. The fruit is small and oval.
This fruit is so delicious that goats in morocco climb trees to get to it!
A peel covers the fleshy pulp and underneath this, there is a hard nut. Inside the nut is where you will find the kernels, normally one to three. These kernels are oil-rich.
There are different methods for extracting oil.
A common method is to air dry the fruit and remove the pulp. This can be used to feed animals so that it is not wasted.
A traditional method involves allowing the goats to eat the fruit and collecting the nuts from the droppings. This saves a lot of the labor process but is not a modern practice.
The next step involves cracking the nut to access the kernels. People have tried doing this mechanically but have been unsuccessful. Therefore, this step in the process is done by hand and is, therefore, is time-consuming and labor-intensive.
To make culinary argan oil, the kernels are gently roasted. Once they have cooled, they are ground and pressed. The mash forces unfiltered and pure argan oil to separate from the kernels. The unfiltered oil is decanted into containers. What remains are often fed to cattle because it is rich in protein.
A very similar process is used when producing cosmetic argan oil. The key difference in this process is that the nuts are not roasted before removing the kernels. This is to prevent the oil from having an excessively nutty scent.
Properties of Argan Oil
Argan oil contains the following fatty acids:
- Oleic – 42.8%
- Linoleic – 36.8%
- Palmitic – 12.0%
- Stearic – 6.0%
- Linolenic – <0.5%
Its density is relative at 20 degrees Celsius or 68 Fahrenheit and ranges between 0.906 to 0.919.
Argan oil is high in Vitamin E and also contains carotene, phenol, scalene, fatty acids (eighty percent of which are unsaturated).
The phenol in argan are mainly natural and include caffeic acid, catechin, catechol, epicatechin, oleuropein, resorcinol, and tyrosol.
Argan oil is relatively resistant to oxidation and some types are more resistant than olive oil.
Argan Oil Benefits
Argan oil is a fantastic natural product that can be used in a variety of ways to treat several ailments.
1. Skin Moisturizer
Argan oil is most commonly used as a moisturizer for softening skin. Because it contains fatty acids and Vitamin E, it is the perfect product for giving skin a boost naturally.
It is non-greasy and non-irritating, making it a preferred choice for many people. It also absorbs quickly making a great choice for people who are frequently on the go.
2. Hair Conditioner
It is an ideal product for conditioning hair and it has been proven to increase the softness, silkiness, and shininess of hair. It is also well-known for taming fuzziness and treating split ends.
3. Sleek and Shine Styling
building on what we mentioned previously about it being used to treat fuzziness; argan oil is often used as a styling product too. Using it makes hair easier to manage and gives it a healthy shine. I use it by adding a few drops to my hands, rubbing them together and then running my fingers through my hair.
Not only is it a fantastic moisturizer, but it is also known for its anti-aging properties; giving skin a glow and reducing the visibility of wrinkles. It has the effect of an anti-oxidant and this is what makes this a fantastic anti-aging product.
5. Dry Skin Conditions
Do you or anybody you know suffer from dry skin conditions such as eczema? Symptoms of this condition are itchiness, dry and flaky skin which can also feel quite raw.
Argan oil will have positive effects on these symptoms, soothing the skin, adding moisture, reducing itchiness, repairing the damaged skin and preventing further dryness and irritation. Simply add a few drops directly to the area and gently rub it into the skin.
Many acne treatments can make the condition worse. Argan oil soothes the skin and promotes healing. Some people have oily skin and are more prone to acne.
Because argan oil is non-greasy, it works by naturally balancing the skin by providing moisture. Anti-oxidants help by reducing damaged skin cells and inflammation.
I would recommend after cleansing, pat the affected area dry and then directly apply a few drops of argan oil to the skin. This ensures that the moisture and nutrients are being applied to clean and dry skin. You should also gently rub this in with your clean hands. This procedure can be repeated twice daily. It should help clear up mild acne and balance dry or oily skin.
7. Protection and Healing
Antioxidants are brilliant at healing skin that is burnt, irritated, cracked or damaged. Some people even say that it can help reduce the appearance of scarred tissue or speed up the process of healing minor wounds.
When skin is dry or sore, try using the argan oil as a preventative as you the results will be better.
It can be used to speed up the healing process too. It is proven to soothe pain, reduce inflammation and increase the rate at which the skin heals.
Many women suffer from stretch marks and sagging skin after birth. The vitamin E in the argan oil increases the electricity in the skin.
You can apply a few drops to the areas which are likely to incur this stretching (breasts, stomach, bottom, and thighs), you will be far less likely to get these marks.
9. Foot, Hand and Nail Treatment
Brittle nails, dry hands, cracked and had skin can all be reduced and treated with argan oil because of its softening and moisturizing properties.
After using, your skin is going to feel soft and nourished and nails will be stronger and healthier.
I would recommend massaging a few drops into your cuticles, hands, and feet each night.
10. Lip Moisturizer
Your lips are fragile and sensitive. It is easy for them to become dry, sore and/or cracked; particularly in hot or cold climates. Argan oil will help them to stay soft and moisturized so that they can move with ease.
I would directly apply the oil to the dry skin. A couple of drops should be plenty. Rub in and wipe off the excess.
Different Ways to use Argan Oil
Traditionally, people in Morocco used argan oil to treat skin diseases and to treat skin and hair cosmetically.
Over time, argan oil has increased in popularity for cosmetic uses. More and more companies are using it as an ingredient in their cosmetic products. For example, in 2007 only two US products were containing it. In 2011 over 100 products were containing this oil.
Pure Argan Oil (without additives) is also on popular demand for cosmetic uses. Purchased in its pure form can be expensive but many consumers believe it is worth the money.
There are many ways that people use argan food oil. For example, much like how extra virgin olive oil can be used, argan food oil can be used in salad dressings, poured on couscous or used to as a dip for bread.
In Morocco, there is a traditional recipe called Amlou that is used for dipping bread. It has a similar consistency that is similar to peanut butter. It is made by combining toasted almonds and argan oil and grinding them with stones. This is then mixed with honey for a sweet treat.
When eaten, argan oil can have fantastic anti-inflammatory and chemopreventive properties. This is because it has been found to have very high levels of y-tocopherol, higher levels than other oils.
Argan oil is not only a fantastic natural cosmetic product and food oil but it also has some notable positive impacts on our environment and society.
Promote the Environment
The Argan tree supports its environment in many ways. For example, it is a source of food, shelter, and shade in the hot deserts. The deep roots of the tree help to preserve the desert habitat and promote its stability.
The production of argan oil has encouraged the protection of the trees which has resulted in them not being cut down. Many more of these trees have been planted to aid production.
An association called ‘Réseau des Associations de la Réserve de Biosphère Arganeraie’ (Network of Associations of the Argan Biosphere Reserve, RARBA) was started to ensure sustainable development in the Arganeraie reserve in Morocco.
RARBA has contributed to many local environmental projects. For example, the anti desertification program which included local people made improvements to basic infrastructure, managed natural resources, had activities that generated revenue, produced argan oil and worked at reinforcing capacity.
Promote Social Economic Status
The production of argan oil promotes the social-economic status of Morocco. Over 2 million people are being supported by this production in the main oil-producing region – Arganeraie.
Most of the argan oil that is produced today is made by women cooperatives. The Union des Cooperatives des Femmes de l’Arganeraie is sponsored by both the Social Development Agency and the European Union. It is the largest union of argan oil co-operatives based in Morocco. It includes twenty-two co-operatives from that region.
Being part of a co-operative provides women with income that can be used to better their lives. Many of these women have spent their money on education for themselves or children. Morocco is traditionally male-dominated and these co-operatives have provided these women with more independence, autonomy and aware of their human rights.
This co-operative model has been an inspiration to many other producers of agricultural products.
Argan oil is a labor-intensive product and because of this, it can be relatively expensive to purchase.
However, it has some notable properties and can be used to treat a wide range of ailments. It is safe to use in its pure form and one bottle can be put to different uses. Some people do like to look out for products that contain it too but that personally isn’t for me.
Not only does it have cosmetic uses, but some forms can be used within the kitchen too. Let us not forget that it has many positive impacts on our environment and society as well!
This oil has changed the way I live my life and I hope to share this knowledge so that others can benefit from it too!
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