Argania Spinosa, A Moroccan treasure
In the beauty industry, this golden liquid is often found in many cosmetic products. This wonderful Moroccan treasure is extracted from the kernel seed of an Argania Spinosa, better known as the argan tree. 100 pounds of fruit is needed to produce 3 litres of argan oil, which is why many place great emphasis on the quality of the oil. The quality varies depending on the extraction method: mechanical pressing or extraction with solvent.
Argania Spinosa is a medium-sized, thorny tree. The argan tree produces a tough hard wood used mainly for firewood, making furniture or agricultural tools. The leaves are processed for cattle feeding, and the pulp is fed to the livestock. Moreover, goats are particularly fond of the argan tree. It’s the fruit’s pulp that attracts the goats to the tree. They love climbing on the branches: a rather amusing sight for anyone travelling around Morocco! In a nutshell, both humans and animals enjoy the Argania Spinosa tree!
Uses of argan oil
The extracted argan oil from the roasted kernels is often used in food, while the oil from the non-roasted kernels is more often processed into cosmetics. This sweet-scented, dark colored oil has several anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The oil has a positive effect on cholesterol, triglycerides and diabetes.
Argan oil made its way into the beauty industry a few decades ago, however, Moroccan women have been using it for centuries. This wonderful oil full of benefits is used for dealing with many problems: psoriasis, burns, scars, acne, chickenpox, stretch marks and for brittle nails. Furthermore, Argan oil has a number of benefits when used on hair. It hydrates and strengthens dry strands, prevents hair loss, inhibits the aging hair and protects it from extreme weather conditions wind, sun, cold…
In short, this wonderful golden liquid is a treasure from nature we should cherish!