There are many amazing benefits of Argan Oil (similar to olive oil, but is much more expensive, lives longer (250-400 years) and the tree needs no cultivating. Used by the Moroccan people and known as the “Tree of Life” the Argan tree is used for healing, protecting, domestic and medicinal purposes. Not one part of the entire tree is wasted. The leaves and fruit sustain local animals (cattle, goats, camels and sheep), the oil for human use and the nut shells are used for oil. Argan oil is produced from the kernels of the tree and is one of the rarest and most expensive oils in the world. Just like many indigenous or amazonian fruits, nuts, seeds and oils, this is the next popular “miracle” food for the health conscious. It is extremely high levels of Vitamin E and 80% fatty acids and is promised to help people with skin irritations and skin problems because it protects against premature aging caused by oxidation.
“Tissue healing (scars), anti-inflammatory, sun-protective and disinfectant properties
The oil contains 80% unsaturated fatty acids and is more resistant to oxidation than olive oil. Argan oil also contains 0.8% unsaponifiables (a large group of compounds also known as plant sterols or sterolins). Sterolins improve skin metabolism, reduce inflammation and promote excellent moisture retention
Due to high properties of vitamin E /tocopherols (anti-oxidants help neutralise free radical damage, which is important for skin exposed to polluted Western environments) and saponins (skin-softening agents)
Cools and soothes inflammation reduces wrinkles by restoring skin’s hydro-lipid layer
Helps block cholesterol absorption from the intestines
Lowers cholesterol levels
Increases concentration of pepsin in the gastric juice (helps digestion)
Beneficial for arthritic or rheumatic conditions
Soothes skin ailments (chickenpox, acne, psoriasis, dry eczema and stretch marks”
Look for Argan Oil in your local health food store such as Whole Foods, Mother’s Market, Spouts.
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