The argan tree (Argania spinosa) is located exclusively in southwestern Morocco. There, the Berber women wrestle since time immemorial about 30 kilograms of fruit from the thorny plant from which they process one liter of Argan oil in about 10 hours of arduous manual labor. The precious oil is used as a healing oil and within cosmetics and the kitchen.
For culinary use, the Argan oil extracted from the roasted seeds of the argan fruit is suitable. Basically, Argan oil may be used for cold as well as hot dishes of any kind. Simply distribute a few drops of oil over any dish. However, the oil should not be heated excessively, as this would destroy its valuable ingredients as well as its special flavor. To skillfully refine a meal, Argan oil is placed on the hot food after cooking.
The valuable Argan oil is to be stored in a cool but not too cold place, as the highly effective fatty acids respond sensitively to both temperature and light. Therefore, a refrigerator is not the optimal storage space. If the temperature is too low, Argan oil can flake, however, at warmer temperatures it will immediately turn liquid again. The recommended storage temperature is 10 to 15 degrees Celsius.
If Argan oil builds minimal deposits after a longer storage time, it simply shows that the oil is untreated and has only been finely filtered. The deposit means no quality loss, but reflects a traditional and natural method of production without any mechanical influence. If the bottle is shaken briefly before opening, the deposits dissolve.
Argan oil is a natural product which can be used for more than a year under optimal storage conditions. The particular composition of the oil prevents a strong auto-oxidation (oxidation by atmospheric oxygen), thus allowing an excellent storage life as well as stability during heating.
Argan oil reveals its positive effects on the scalp and hair shortly after application. To restore the natural healthy glow of dull hair, it will only take a few drops of Argan oil, which are distributed evenly on dry hair. The hair will become smoother and thus much easier to comb.
For an intensive hair treatment, 10 to 20 milliliters of Argan oil, depending on hair length, are massaged into wet hair and the scalp. The nutrients of the oil take more intense effect when the Argan oil is slightly heated. If a fresh scent is desired, a few drops of lemon juice can be added to the warm oil. After massaging, cover the hair with a towel and let the oil soak for about 30 minutes. Rinse hair with warm water. Don’t use a shampoo, as it would negate the positive effects of Argan oil. Let the hair air-dry.
For dry facial skin, pure rose oil can effectively help (mix 1 tablespoon of Argan oil with 1 drop of rose oil). This mixture is applied in gentle circular movements on the face.
For medicinal purposes or an effective prevention of various diseases, 1 teaspoon of Argan oil mixed with 1 teaspoon of honey once a day or 1 teaspoon of virgin Argan oil 3 times a day may be internally applied. It is also extremely effective to simply incorporate Argan oil into your daily diet.
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