Monday, 3 June 2013

10 Ways to Benefit from Moroccan Argan Oil

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Organic Moroccan Argan Oil

Produced in Morocco, Argan oil has been used there for centuries by the Berber women to protect their skin, hair and nails. Argan oil is now gaining popularity as a ‘miracle ingredient’ in the Western beauty product industry. It contains very high levels of Vitamin E and fatty acids which make it perfect for healing many skin ailments as well as protecting against premature ageing caused by oxidation.

The Argan tree is endemic to Morocco and is known by local Berber communities as the ‘Tree of Life’. It has supported the people of these regions and their livestock for centuries.

Argan tree groves survive for 125-450 years so they are an important inheritance for future generations

The leaves and fruit sustain goats, camels and sheep and cattle live off the press-cake that remains after the oil has been extracted, making this is very sustainable and ecologically sound product.

Argan oil has a similar fat content to olive oil and is used for similar purposes. Argan oil is alot more expensive than olive oil, however the tree lives longer than the olive tree and requires no cultivation.

Traditionally, local Berber women collected the seed and pressed them to obtain the oil for domestic use. This is a laborious process taking 12-20 hours of hand processing to produce 1 Litre of Argan oil. Now increasingly important for sale, the oil will keep 12–18 months and extraction is much faster using mechanical presses.

Our Organic Moroccan Argan Oil is available in various sizes.  It is Organic, Cold Processed, Refined and Deodorised. BUY NOW.

Its many benefits and uses include:

1. Anti Ageing Properties
Argan oil is considered to be an effective anti-ageing oil due to properties such as the high levels 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).

2. Anti Inflammatory Properties
Besides cooling and soothing inflammation, it is also reputed to help wrinkles by restoring the skin’s hydro-lipid layer.

3. Reduced Fine Lines and Improves Skins Elasticity

Argan oil absorbs easily, reducing fine lines, strengthening elasticity and leaving skin with a radiant glow. Apply to the face as a moisturiser after cleansing, pour into the bath or use on the hands, feet and body as a moisturising and nourishing oil.

4. Soothing Oil
It is used to soothe skin ailments like chickenpox, acne, psoriasis and dry eczema. It is also used to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy and reduce the appearance of scars.

5. Helps with Split Ends
Use daily on the tips (sparingly!) to protect against split ends.

6. Helps Protect Hair and Scalp
Argan oil used on the hair will protect against split ends and breakages, revive dull and damaged hair, protect against environmental damage from pollution and loss of moisture, and leave your hair soft and shiny.

Once a week use as an intensive conditioning treatment. Its best to warm the oil before applying and leave on for 1 hour before washing out.

7. Natural Anti-Inflammatory
Argan oil contains rare plant sterols not found in other oils. It is believed that this phytosterol composition is completely unique to argan oil. In general phytosterols reduce inflammation and help block cholesterol absorption from the intestines. They also show anti cancer properties.

Argan oil facilitates digestion by increasing the concentration of pepsin in the gastric juice. It contains flavonoids that act as a natural anti-inflammatory both internally and externally.

8. Beneficial for arthritic and rheumatic conditions.
The oil is considered highly beneficial for arthritic and rheumatic conditions.

It is helpful for lowering cholesterol levels, stimulating circulation and strengthening the body’s natural immunity.

9. Use on your Lips.
Quickly absorbed use oil on lips for instant moisture.

10. Use on your Nails.
Rub oil into your cuticles and nails on hands and feet for wonderful softness.  For even more luxury put on cotton gloves and socks, have a good nights sleep and wake up to gorgeous silkiness...

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Shelf life minimum 2 years, however we recommend using within 12 months to maximise therapeutic benefits. Micro nutrients in oils gradually deteriorate over time so using fresh oil is really important.

More Information:

-Contains 80% unsaturated fatty acids
-More resistant to oxidation than olive oil
-Contains 0.8% unsaponifiables (plant sterols) which improve skin metabolism, reduce inflammation and promote excellent moisture retention.

We take great care in sourcing all our oils and are of course able to provide full MSDS and Certificates of Analysis. Our oils always come from sustainable sources and care is taken to ensure that it is fairly traded from the source right through to you, the customer, with everyone benefiting along the way.

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