What is Argan Oil? Argan Oil Benefits & Uses
We buy our certified organic cold-pressed Argan Oil directly from a Berber family business, run by a lady who exports the oil from the farm in Morocco, and who is part of one of the many women’s cooperatives that have sprung up around this amazing ingredient.
What is Argan Oil?
Argan Oil is made from the kernels of the Argan tree, in southwestern Morocco, hence it also being known as Moroccan Oil or Moroccan Gold. Over 2.5 million hectares of land has been made into a biosphere reserve named the Arganeraie Biosphere Reserve in order to preserve the land for Argan tree use, employing and supporting approximately 2.2 million people of the region.
Argan Oil History
The Argan tree is said to be a tree species from the Tertiary Period (65 million to 1.8 million yrs ago) making it one of the oldest tree species on the planet, it is able to withstand drought and other harsh conditions. It has been used in skincare and for cooking for millennia in the region, and now is also loved and used worldwide.
The process of extracting the oil from the Argan nuts is an age-old method carried out by the Berber tribe women of Morocco, it is a long multi-stage process. Modern cold-pressing techniques are now used as the funds to buy machinery have become available to some farms, but there are some parts of the process that still have to be done by hand. Women’s cooperatives now exist which ensure payment and autonomy for the women, the establishment of these cooperatives has been supported by various international organisations, and there exists the UCFA ((Union des Cooperatives des Femmes de l’Arganeraie) the largest union of Argan oil cooperatives in Morocco.
Argan Oil Benefits
Argan Oil is nutrient-rich, with vitamins, essential fatty acids, polyphenols, plant sterols, and a little squalene, it is an excellent oil for both skin and hair. With a high percentage of oleic acid (up to 43%) Argan Oil aids skin cell regeneration and is softening, and it helps skin to stay supple and youthful. Argan Oil benefits all skin types.
It’s come into the spotlight in recent years and we are sure that it will continue to grow in popularity; it’s a favourite with the stars including Marian Cotillard and Eva Mendes who calls it “spectacular”, we agree!
It’ll protect skin against environmental damage and by restoring the skins lipid barrier it helps to reduce the signs of ageing whilst promoting skin health.
Argan Oil Uses
Argan oil uses are multiple & varied:
- To nourish hair that is dry
- To style hair (helping frizz)
- Aiding healing of cracked heels
- Hand and nail treatments
- Nourish and remedy dry flaky skin
- Anti-ageing treatments through its antioxidant-rich nutrient content
- Reports that it can remedy acne through its balancing & non-greasy nourishment, reducing inflammation and working on scars
- Helping to reduce and heal stretch marks, for example in pregnancy
- Forming a breathable protecting layer on the skin, for example preventing cold weather damage
Argan really is a wonderful oil and we are honoured to have it in our repositories.