Argan oil – How To Use Morocco’s Liquid Gold

Argan oil in bottles

by Femita

Argan oil (a.k.a. Moroccan oil) is a scarce oil made  from the kernels of the argan tree. Up until 15 years ago almost nobody knew about this hidden beauty secret, but today more and more people from all over the world discover the benefits of argan oil and its popularity increases day by day.

The oil’s unique chemical composition makes it the perfect choice for culinary as well as cosmetic use. Furthermore scientific studies have shown that the use of argan oil also has several health benefits. Not only does it stimulate blood circulation, lower bad cholesterol and boost your immune system, it also has anti-inflammatory qualities.

Cosmetic uses

Hair mask

Argan oil is very effective as a hair mask. Apply it once a week to treat dry or frizzy hair. It’s the perfect way to add some shine to dull hair. Argan oil will also help to keep your scalp in perfect condition. And we all know, no healthy hair without a healthy scalp.

Moisturizer

Because argan oil is rich in essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamin E and protein, it’s a great moisturizer, anti-wrinkle cream and body lotion. It calms and smoothens the skin, while keeping it well-hydrated.

After sun lotion

Dry air and harmful UV rays dry out your skin. Argan oil soothes and nourishes sensitive skin after sun exposure.

Stretch mark cream

Stretch marks are caused by tearing of the elastic tissue in the dermis. Argan oil can help to keep your skin elastic and well-hydrated, therefore increasing its resistance to stretching.

Skin disorder treatment

The unique components of argan oil help to alleviate the inflammatory symptoms of skin disorders like acne, eczema and psoriasis.

Massage oil

The essential fatty acids in argon oil are important in the formation of prostaglandins that are known for their anti-inflammatory qualities. Therefore aragan oil is the perfect oil to massage sore muscles and joints.

Lip balm

Argan oil is excellent to treat dry or cracked lips and soften irritated skin around the lips. It also acts as a mild natural sun filter that protects the lips against UV rays.

Nail care

No better way to repair damaged nails and keep them healthy. You can either dip your nails and cuticles into a bowl of argan oil or massage the oil into your nails at bedtime.

moroccan argan tree

Culinary uses

Apart from its beauty uses, argan oil is also a great cooking oil. In the south of Morocco it is used as an essential ingredient in traditional dishes. The flavor can best be described as a combination of roasted hazelnuts, sesame and fresh-baked bread.

Because of its nutty flavor it is commonly used in salad dressings and in amlou, a Moroccan dip with almonds, honey and argan oil. International top chefs use ‘Moroccan gold’ (as the oil is sometimes called) with pasta, rice, couscous, ice cream and fresh fruits.

By the way, cosmetic argan oil is different from the cooking oil, so watch out when you’re buying. Whereas for the cooking oil the kernels are first roasted to increase flavor, for cosmetic use the oil is filtered and made as neutral as possible.

Alyssa

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