Argan Seed Oil


Argan oil is produced from the kernels of the argan tree (Argania Spinosa L.) in Southwest Morocco. Its tree forest was threatened with deforestation for urban expansion and development during the period from 1918 to 1924, and law had to be implemented to regulate the rights of the use to the local people. Argan forest has great ecological value and is the crucial line between the dessert and the great expanse. To preserve argan tree and for more trees to be planted, the natives has to see the benefit of the tree, such as wealth generated from the production of the fruits , leaves and bark of the tree. Especially the argan seed oil which trades and companies have been set up, to employ the Berber women to shell and crush the fruits prior to pressing the oil form the kernel. Argan tree has been providing food, shelter, protection of desertification and social-economic value.
Argan seed oil has high fatty and essential fatty acids: 14% palmitic acid, 5% stearic acid, 43.5% oleic acid, 37% linoleic acid and < 0.6% linolenic acid. It is rich in alpha tocopherols (Vitamin E), phenols, phenolic acid, carotenes and squalene. Argan oil has strong anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Argan oil has been reputedly used for acne breakouts, chickenpox scars, eczema, psoriasis, wrinkles and fine lines, skin dryness, sun damage and photoaging. It is also commonly used to treat dry and dull hair, brittle nails and stretch marks, and to ease arthritis.
Some proponents suggest that the consumption of argan oil can help treat or prevent certain health conditions, including osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes and atherosclerosis.
References
  1. Publication: Helping Moroccan Women Preserve the Argan Tree at the Gateway to the Sahara Zoubida Charrouf and Serge Dubé
  2. Argan trees and the area in which they grow are threatened by overuse and deforestation.
    http://www.worldwatch.org/argan-oil-too-much-good-thing-0
  3. Argan oil for Beauty. Find Out Why This Rare Oil is Called the Liquid Gold of Morocco. By Gerrie Summers
    http://multiculturalbeauty.about.com/od/Ingredients/a/Argan-Oil-For-Beauty.htm
  4. However, you should be careful while purchasing an original product because there are many companies presenting products using Argan oil as base with number of other oils and ingredients mixed with it. By Jamie Hanson.
    http://www.articlesnatch.com/Article/Argan-Oil-the-True-Benefits-Of-Organic-Argon-Oil/916075
*Squalene may help protect skin from free radicals that cause skin cancer.