Tazdat Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
May 26, 2017

Argan Oil

Argan Oil Facts & History

Natural pure argan oil is very scarce and expensive which is why it is considered a real treasure for it requires a lot of handling to get to extraction. It costs much higher than any other oil.

Argan oil is extracted from the kernels housed in the fruit of the Argan tree (Argania Spinosa). This amazing tree with crooked trunks and small oval leaves covered with spines, grows only in a semi-arid region of southwestern Morocco. The Argan forests cover about 8,280 km², and are designated as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The argan tree still grows naturally, but unfortunately its species has declined by half since a century.

The miraculous Argan tree spread its roots to water at over thirty meters depth. Argan trees were God-sent in South West Morocco to hinder soil erosion and desert encroachment. Several attempt plantations were undertaken in other parts of the world without success… the benefits of Moroccan Argan oil can never be replicated elsewhere. Every aspect in the production process of Argan oil is a source of income and production is source of livelihood and sustenance to the local people. A social life reconciling farming, culinary and cosmetic practices have emerged around Argan oil.

Its fruit called "afiash" has the shape of a large olive. A pulp containing a hard kernel; in this shell fits a fragile fruit full of oil. Traditionally for centuries, women in this region are reaping these fruits to be dried in the sun and then husked by hand. Then with a pebble and a flat stone they break the shell and gently separate the shell of the kernel. With 30 kg of fruits picked we obtain around 2 kg of kernels which when mechanically cold-pressed and filtered will release a litre of “liquid gold”. It’s a laborious job that requires a lot of discipline and time. For centuries Argan oil has been handcraftly extracted by Moroccan women. Apart from eating it with bread as one of the healthiest super foods around the world, Berber women smear the hair and skin of this miraculous oil to protect themselves from the effects of sun, wind and sand. They massaged their children to offer them a natural shield. Its texture is not viscous but fluid and light, quickly absorbed by the skin, leaving a thin film that does not stick. Today these women are grouped in cooperatives. They are responsible for the collection, hulling and crushing. Extracting this delicate oil with subtle fragrance and taste is now done using mechanical pressing units.

Argan Oil for Food

Tazdat® Roasted Argan Oil can be used freely to season dishes, as a dressing for salads or adding flavour to tagines, couscous, grilled vegetables and desserts. Great chefs around the world are using the smooth qualities of Argan oil to add depth and warmth to their dishes. However, aside from its exquisite taste, Argan oil contains rare sterol molecules and phytochemicals that cannot be found in other plant-derived oils. Moreover, modern research is suggesting that Argan oil has some unparalleled health advantages when consumed as a whole food:

Preventing cardiovascular disease Due to its abundance of nutrients, including unsaturated fatty acids, argan oil has been shown to help regulate blood cholesterol and lower blood pressure. Studies have shown that argan oil helps improve blood circulation throughout the body, therefore decreasing cardiovascular risk.

Protection against cancer Argan oil’s high antioxidant content helps repair cellular damage, thereby reducing the risk of cancer cells’ ability to grow. Recent studies have shown that argan oil was able to decrease the rate of cell division of prostate cancer.

Help for those with diabetes : In a recent study, argan oil was shown to decrease insulin resistance in individuals. This is important, since insulin resistance is usually the first step to diabetes. Argan oil was also shown to help combat diabetes by reversing metabolic changes in those individuals who consumed a high-sugar diet.

Boosting immunity : Argan oil has been proved to strengthen the immune system. This is due to argan oil’s powerful antioxidants that work to stimulate proper immune function.

Aiding digestion : This one of a kind oil has been shown to increase the concentration of pepsin in the gastric juice within one’s stomach. Pepsin is an important enzyme in gastric juice that digests proteins found in meat, eggs and dairy products.

In addition, Argan oil consumed as food can help:
Stimulate the nervous system and build brain capacity
Reduce joint and rheumatism pain
Calm hypertensive tendencies

Argan Oil for Skin Care

The liquid gold effectively fights against signs of ageing as it repairs and reinvigorates tired-looking skin, improving elasticity, leaving skin smooth, firm and radiant. It is suitable for all skin types. :

Argan is composed almost completely of fatty acids, of which over 80% are unsaturated fatty acids which naturally restore and stabilise the skin’s hydro-lipid layer.

43% oleic acid (omega-9), 36% linoleic acid (omega-6) and the remainder is their mono-glyceric form: Oleic and linoleic acids have anti-ageing, antioxidant and anti-free radical properties which help reduce and prevent the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Tocopherols (vitamin E), squalene, sterols and polyphenols make the skin fuller and firmer, smooth and revitalized. Complexion is more balanced, clear and healthy. Hair and nails benefit from improved micro-circulation. Moisture is locked-in, not lost.

Between 0.34% and 0.79% of unsaponifiable compounds which are formed of carotenes (antioxidants) and tocopherols which moisturise and condition hair and nails, adding vitamins and texture. Unsaponifiables also act as an anti-inflammatory element, thereby regenerating and healing the skin.

Beauty Tips for Tazdat® Extra Virgin Argan Oil

Face

Apply a few drops of oil at night on your face and neck, after washing it. Massage gently until absorbed completely and insist particularly on the eye contours and expression lines. This will tremendously nourish your skin and activate cell regeneration while restoring the qualities of the hydrolipidic film. We recommend regular use for a better result to prevent and mitigate the effects caused by pollution, stress, tobacco, change of seasons …etc.

Body

Warm the oil in the palm of your hands and perform a massage with round gestures. Beyond the sensation of wellbeing, it hydrates and tones the skin. We recommend repeating the process 2 to 3 times per week after bath or shower, emphasizing on the driest parts of your body. As a strong moisturizer, Argan oil will help reduce stretch marks, cellulite and varicose veins.

Body Massage

Combine the sensual pleasure of massage to the benefits of vitamin E. The revitalizing Argan oil is five times richer in vitamin E than olive oil. Tackles muscle and joint pain, rheumatism and arthritis, after a hot shower, by gently massaging in order to facilitate deep penetration of the oil into the pores. Warm the oil in the palm of your hand to facilitate sliding movement then spread it on the entire body. If you want to lightly perfume your oil, you can add a few drops of rose water.

Nail Care

Nourish your nails, once a week, by mixing in a bowl some Argan oil with fresh lemon juice in equal parts. For a strengthening treatment of your nails thoroughly, you can warm the mixture in a bain-marie. Dip in your washed and unpolished nails for about 20 minutes, then wash them with mild soap. If your nails are brittle or laminated, repeat the operation daily. You can reuse the same mixtures for a week by keeping it in a clean, dry bottle.

Hair Treatment

Vitamin E abundant in Argan oil promotes the growth of healthy hair because it contains antioxidants, which help to stimulate the cells and encourage them to produce healthy hair. It’s been even used in re-growing hair. Spread the Argan oil on your hair from root to tip. Gently massage the scalp and gently brush your hair to evenly distribute the oil on the whole hair. Wrap your hair in a warm towel and let it sit for about 20 minutes. If you don’t have enough time, you can warm your hair mass with a dryer through the towel. Then wash with your favorite shampoo and rinse thoroughly with water. Finally, place a few drops of Argan oil on your fingers and gently massage the points. Your hair will appear silky, shimmering and voluminous. For very dry hair, do not hesitate to directly apply a few drops of oil and leave it for several hours.


Other tips

  • Apply as an after shave for men and women for it prevents irritation.
  • Sooth your sunburns due to the moisturizing effects of Argan on the upper layers of the epidermis.
  • Extend your tan with an added golden color for a much longer time.
  • Curb sea mountain effects because it hydrates and softens hands and face mistreated by the cold, wind and salt.
  • Treat chapping and certain dermatoses such as acne, eczema and psoriasis, thanks to the high content of Omega 6 in Argan oil.

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