In Morocco, Argan oil is most commonly used for dipping bread or drizzling over salads, but in the rest of the world it is quickly developing a reputation for being an incredible ingredient for our health and beauty.
Argan oil is pressed from the kernels of the Argan tree – a tree referred to by many Moroccan’s as the “tree of life” – and is one of the most expensive and rarest oils in the world.
But what can Morocco’s golden oil really do for our health and beauty? This blog post finds out…
Argan Oil For Health
A number of properties of Argan oil make it an effective oil for preventing cancer cell formation.
Carotenoids present in Argan oil are fat-soluble pigments which protect the skin from UV radiation and free radical damage, they protect the immune system and help to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Polyphenols found in Argan oil repair DNA damage caused by toxic exposures and help to detoxify carcinogens. And research suggests that vitamin E helps to prevent some cancers by protecting cells and DNA from damage, reducing tumor growth and preventing precancerous substances from being converted to carcinogens.
A study conducted in 2005 found that a diet rich in Argan oil (compared with animal fats – butter) led to reduced levels of harmful cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.
Argan Oil For Beauty
Argan oil is incredibly rich in phytosterols – a compound which has been found to not only stop the slow-down of collagen production but often stimulate new production making Argan oil one of the most powerful anti-aging oils in the world. These plant sterols also reduce inflammation, improve skin metabolism and promote moisture retention.
Substances called triterpenoids which are present in Argan oil are capable of healing scar tissue (making Argan oil an effective stretch mark reducer), have sun-protective, anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties.
Research suggests (although further study is needed) that Argan oil is effective for slowing down the signs of aging – particularly due to the high levels of vitamin E. The antioxidant properties of vitamin E help to neutralise free radical damage and saponins help to soften the skin. Argan oil also reportedly helps to reduce wrinkles by restoring the skin’s hydro-lipid layer.
Applied topically, Argan oil has been identified at being an effective treatment for acne, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, sun burnt skin and stretch marks.
Argan oil is rich in omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids which penetrate the hair shaft when applied to the hair. This enables it to deliver nutrients directly to the hair while repairing damaged follicles to promote healthy hair growth.
Split ends can be combated simply by rubbing Argan oil onto them, your scalp can stay moisturized and healthy by simply massaging Argan oil into it, and you can reduce frizz by adding a few drops of Argan oil to your brush or comb and running it through your hair.
Argan oil moisturizes, strengthens and protects nails. It can nourish and repair dry and brittle nails by providing it with the vitamins and minerals it needs. For an effective Argan oil nail treatment, mix Argan oil and lemon juice together and soak your nails for fifteen minutes. Repeat this treatment weekly to restore your nails to their former glory.