A gift from Morocco: healing argan oil for skin and hair

Argan oil is the most expensive, valuable and rare in the world. Him
will receive from seeds of fleshy fruits of Argania spinosa (argan
barbed) from the Sapotov family. Argan oil has a very wide
application, it is used in cosmetology, medicine and cooking.
Beauticians recommend using it as a moisturizer,
It can give a face a fresh and healthy look. How
use argan oil, about its properties and characteristics — we
will tell in this article.


  • Where grows, characteristics and extraction of argan oil
  • Chemical composition
  • Argan oil: properties and uses
  • Skin benefits
  • Hair benefits
  • What is its danger
  • Draw conclusions

Where grows, characteristics and extraction of argan oil

Argan oil is a plant product that is extracted from
fruits of argan, namely from their seeds. They are yellow in color and
its shape resemble plums. Their pulp is bitter in taste, and themselves
bones have a hard shell. Argan trees grow in
North Africa, namely in Morocco and Algeria. Since morocco
bordered by the Sahara Desert, then in the tropical desert
belts the fruits of argania will be born once every two years. For local
The inhabitants of the plant from the Sapotova family are the “tree of life”,
as it is used everywhere in life. So, it is
medicine, food, fuel, it is used for construction
homes, pet food, cosmetic.

Oil began to be produced from seeds of the argan tree as early as the 8th century,
by thorough grinding and squeezing the oil by hand. At first
remove the flesh and release the bones, then remove from the bones
cores, from which, by cold pressing, squeeze out fragrant
butter. The smell of this product is nutty, and the color varies from
Yellow-golden and pink to bright red. Extract oil very
difficult, because even the harvest of fruits is not an easy thing, because the tree
has long sharp spines. So from 100 kg of raw material receive 1 2
liter of oil. The price of one liter of natural genuine product is 60

Sometimes locals (Berbers) to facilitate the process
oil production, use goat droppings as raw materials. They
get out of it already softened and peeled bones, cut
they get seeds, dried in the sun, sometimes roasted and
grind into flour. Then the flour is mixed with water and literally
squeeze the oil out of it. So produced valuable oil a lot
centuries, until our time. At the industrial enterprises all
technological steps are performed automatically.

There are several types of argan oil:

  1. Roasted bones. The product prepared in such a way
    used only in cooking. It has a nutty taste and golden
  2. Unroasted bones. The product is used in cosmetology,
    medicine, etc. It is light in color and odorless.

Properties and efficiency depend on roasting seeds.

Chemical composition

This product has a unique chemical composition. is he
contains up to 80% polyunsaturated fatty acids, including
linoleic acid, large amounts of vitamin E, vitamins A and F, and
also sterols that have anti-inflammatory effects and
preventing the development of allergic reactions.

All these substances are very valuable, so they are used in cosmetics.
anti-age Vitamin E (tocopherol) is a powerful antioxidant, it
contains polyphenols that prevent skin photo-aging,
vitamin A improves the elasticity of the skin and protects it from
the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation, vitamin F
protects cell membranes, prevents the development of acne, and
linoleic acid helps to hinder the aging process and
prevents atherosclerosis and other diseases of the heart –
vascular system. Linoleic acid is also a very rare substance.
because our body does not synthesize it, so it enters it
only exogenously (from the outside). Squalene is involved in the development of
steroid hormones and vitamin D, protects skin cells from
premature aging and phytosterols stimulate the synthesis
collagen and elastin in the skin.

So, the composition of the oil includes:

  • polyunsaturated fatty acids (linoleic and oleic);
  • vitamins E, A, F;
  • phytosterols (alpha spinsterol, shotenol)
  • saturated fatty acids (stearic, palmitic,
  • antioxidants polyphenols (ferulic and vanillic acid,
    Quercetin, Myrcetin);
  • triterpene alcohols;
  • dumped (useful, hydrocarbon compound).

Argan oil: properties and uses

It contains many nutrients and has the following

  • improves the activity of the gastrointestinal tract;
  • regenerates liver cells;
  • normalizes blood pressure;
  • removes toxins and slags from the body;
  • reduces the feeling of hunger;
  • lowers blood cholesterol levels;
  • improves potency and reproductive function;
  • improves the immune system;
  • improves blood circulation.

This product is used both internally and externally. With
ingested, it improves metabolic processes in
the body. For treatment use unroasted bones. In that
case, they keep all the useful substances in their original form.
So that the oil provides the therapeutic effect it is used on an empty stomach.
It should be remembered that even phytomedicine treatment is not carried out without
doctor’s recommendations. It is also important to know that it cannot replace
basic treatment, since it is not a medicine, but food

The product is taken orally with:

  • inflammatory processes in the throat and respiratory organs (tonsillitis,
    pharyngitis, laryngitis, sinusitis);
  • diseases of the digestive system (colitis, gastritis, ulcers
    stomach, constipation, gallstone disease);
  • chronic seasonal diseases;
  • disorders of the reproductive system (disruption of the monthly
    cycle, poor sperm quality, impotence);
  • metabolic disorders (obesity, diabetes);
  • eye diseases (cataract, blepharitis, reduced vision);
  • cardiovascular diseases (ischemia, atherosclerosis,
    varicose veins, thrombophlebitis);
  • as prevention of cancer.

Moroccan product is also used externally. It is made from
creams, balms, ointments and compresses. For external use
use oil only from unroasted seeds. Sure to
conduct a sensitivity test. For this you need:

  1. On the inner elbow bend to put a little oil, rub it
    into the skin and leave for 20 – 30 minutes.
  2. After half an hour, look at the result.
  3. If there is no redness and itching at the site of application of the product, then
    You can safely use it, no allergies.

The product is applied to the face as follows:

  • clean the skin well before applying;
  • apply the product with your fingertips, or rather
    pads along the massage lines, without squeezing the skin.

The preparation prepared from unroasted bones is used in
pure form usually for cooking:

  • masks;
  • milk to clean the epidermis;
  • nourishing creams;
  • lotions;
  • oils for facial massage;
  • sunscreens;
  • drugs after tanning;
  • lipstick;
  • shower gels and soaps.

Skin benefits

This product is widely used in cosmetology. He copes
both with skin diseases and age-related skin defects
cover. Also has anti-inflammatory and wound healing
action, therefore with its help heals wounds, burns and abrasions. It
can provide comprehensive care: regenerates and renews the skin
cover, reduces the depth of wrinkles and completely eliminates the crayons that
appeared as a result of dehydration of the epidermis. Useful material,
Its members are able to halt the aging process,
as they penetrate deep into the skin and “work” at the level
the dermis.

So, argan oil is capable of:

  • stimulate the production of collagen fibrils;
  • elastin synthesis, making the skin elastic
    and soft;
  • prevent the penetration of ultraviolet radiation
    the skin has an antioxidant effect;
  • eliminate dryness and irritation, protects membrane lipids
  • regenerate skin cells;
  • remove skin irritation and inflammation;
  • heal wounds, abrasions and burns;
  • have a positive effect when applied to problem
  • improve the condition of the skin with acne and acne

Currently, many green manufacturers are adding
natural argan oil in its recipes. These drugs are
not cheap, provided that they use genuine natural

You can also make your own masks based on this

Mask for problem skin

Take in equal proportions of argan and almond oil, blue
clay, mix everything well so that there are no lumps before
mushy state. Clear face and mask on 20
minutes, then rinse with water at room temperature. Make a mask two
times a week for one month.

Fading Skin Mask

Take equal quantities of honey, argan oil and oatmeal.
Mix well to a mushy state, add to mask 2
drops of essential oils of incense and rose.

Mask for oily skin

Take equal amounts of non-fat yogurt, lemon juice, butter
argan and honey. Mix well, apply for 20 minutes on
face, then rinse with water at room temperature.

When using this product for masks in home
conditions, it should be remembered that other ingredients must be selected by
skin type.

Hair benefits

Also, the tool is used to strengthen and treat hair. So in
shampoos, balms and conditioners add this oil. Usually their
used for:

  • scalp treatments;
  • with hair loss;
  • to strengthen the hair follicles;
  • to eliminate dandruff;
  • strengthen thin hair.

At home, you can use the tool only in
natural form. For dry hair before washing the head rubbed into
scalp a few drops means. You can also cook
mask based on egg yolk, argan and olive oil,
taken in equal proportions. All ingredients are carefully ground and
evenly distributed over the entire length of the hair. Head cover
polyethylene and wrapped with a towel. The mask is left for half an hour,
then wash off. With hair loss take in equal proportions
argan and burdock oil, thoroughly mixed and rubbed
the resulting mass in the scalp. Leave for half an hour, then wash off.
warm water. This product is well absorbed into the skin without leaving
greasy trace on the hair. After the masks the hair becomes thick,
silky and shiny.

What is its danger

This natural product does not contain any harmful impurities,
poisons and toxins. However, they may appear as a result.
industrial manufacturing when preservatives and
dyes in order to increase its shelf life. In this case,
Users may experience an allergic reaction.

Also, the product itself can cause allergies in people who have
allergic to nuts. So, as a result of research it was revealed
the presence in argan oil of a specific protein 10kDa. This protein
is a strong allergen and is found mainly in nuts
peanut family. Thus, it is this protein that is
culprit allergic manifestations.

So, when buying funds, in order to avoid development
allergic reaction, you should carefully examine the label,
which should contain information about him on the available to
the language of the buyer, the method of processing the seed and the chemical composition.
Also pay attention to the date of manufacture and shelf life
funds (usually it is not more than 12 months). Also on the label should
the place of manufacture should be indicated – it is either Algeria or Morocco,
since raw materials from arania wood are forbidden for export from the country.
Only finished product is exported. Capacity for oil content
must be dark colored glass and sealed to
prevent oxidation of the product.

It is worth guarding if there is an inscription on the bottle on the bottle.
10kDa protein from the product. After all, to eliminate protein is necessary either
chemical or thermal effects, after which the product is no longer
considered natural because it has undergone a specific

Also important is the collection of raw materials (seed). Made by artisanal
the way the oil says that the bones were harvested from goat
litter. In this case, the purity of the product cannot be guaranteed.
there could be microorganisms, bacteria and just dirt. Such
funds should be feared, because it can be potentially dangerous
for good health. When choosing oil it is better to give preference to large
industrial manufacturer.

Oil should not be given to children under 6 years old, as well as pregnant women and
nursing women, as in children under 6 years old, and
nursing and pregnant women immunity and digestive system
has its own characteristics of functioning.

Draw conclusions

Argan oil is a wonderful product that contains many
useful and unique substances. Taking it inside can be improved
the condition of the patient in many pathologies. Agent derived from
unroasted bones, used in cosmetology as an important
component of creams, serums and emulsions. It is also used for
restore damaged hair. Although this
The product has unique nutrients, it is not
a panacea and a magic remedy for the skin – this is primarily
fat. Therefore, consultation is necessary before using it.
attending physician and cosmetologist.

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