Argan oil is an oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree, native to Morocco. It is valued for its nutritive, cosmetic and numerous medicinal properties. The tree, a relict species from the Tertiary age, is extremely well adapted to drought and other environmentally harsh conditions of southwestern Morocco. The species Argania once covered North Africa and is now endangered and under protection of UNESCO. The argan tree grows wild in semi~arid soil, its deep root system helping to protect against soil erosion and the northern advance of the Sahara. This biosphere reserve, the Arganeraie Biosphere Reserve, covers a vast intramontane plain of more than 2,560,000 hectares, bordered by the High Atlas and Little Atlas Mountains and the Atlantic in the west. Argan oil remains one of the rarest oils in the world due to the small and very specific growing areas.
Argan Oil is produced by a women's cooperative that shares the profits among the local women of the Berber tribe. The cooperative has established an ecosystem reforestation project so that the supply of argan oil will not run out and the income that is currently supporting the women will not diminish. The money is providing health care and education to the local women and supporting the community as a whole.
According to the Moroccan Department of Water and Forests, argan oil provides income for 3 million people in the southern part of the kingdom. The oil provides a total of 20 million workdays per year. Its operation is an income-generating activity and has always had a socio-economic function.
Pure Organic Argan Oil (Argania spinosa)
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The women of the Berber community have long been experiencing Argan oil benefits for skin, hair and nails. It contains as much as 80% essential unsaturated fats, carotenoids, ferulic acid, polyphenols, prostaglandins, protein, sterols, and an abundance of Vitamin E. All these components work together in unison.
As much as your body needs unsaturated fats, unfortunately you cannot produce it yourself. You have to rely on supplements in order to meet your body’s need for it. Luckily, Argan oil contains enough of it to help repair your cell membranes. Also, it aids in promoting healthy waste excretion, maintaining healthy skin and preventing premature aging.
Carotenoids have natural fat soluble properties that provide an effective barrier against ultra-violet radiation, free radicals and arthritis. Another compound which you can consider an ally in the fight against wrinkles, Ferulic Acid provides a very tough barrier against the damage brought on by ultra~violet radiation.
Phenolic compounds found in Argan oil are common in plants. Known for their anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, these provide you with a good defense against allergies. Also a good source of antioxidants, they help you in the fight against wrinkles and crow’s feet.
With prostaglandins in Argan oil, an additional anti~inflammatory defense for your skin is provided. It also aids in cell development and proteins maintain your skin’s elasticity. You naturally have sterols on your skin’s outermost layer. This helps you keep your skin cell membranes healthy and moisturized. Surprisingly, the sterols found in Argan oil are quite similar to those on your skin. They help perform the same functions as an anti~inflammatory agent and help improve your skin’s metabolic processes.
In southern Morocco the Argan tree is revered as a tree of life.
Herbs of Avalon's Pure Organic Argan Oil comes in an amber glass bottle and is available with a choice of closure.