Argan oil is widely used all over the world. But do you know what it is?
Argan oil is derived from a tree species that is endemic to certain parts of Morocco. It is called the argan tree, and this valuable oil is pressed from its kernels. The kernels are found in the hard-shelled nut surrounded by the fruit’s pulp.
In Morocco, this oil is used in a number of different ways and is even drizzled over food. Its popularity has exploded in recent years and is now used all over the world, mainly for its skin and hair care benefits. Discoveries of other beneficial properties of this oil have led to a renewed interest in harnessing its potential.
Argan oil is available in two grades— culinary and cosmetic. The culinary version has numerous health benefits and tastes similar to sesame oil. The cosmetic grade oil is excellent for your skin and hair.
Benefits of Argan Oil for Internal and External Healing
Youthful, Glowing Skin
Argan oil can help keep signs of premature aging at bay by maintaining skin elasticity. It contains triterpenoids which are potent skin healing agents. These in combination with other organic compounds can help reduce the appearance of age-related spots and wrinkles. Argan oil has also been found to have a powerful restorative effect on skin conditions, such as dermatitis and acne.
A Healthy Heart
Opting for argan oil as a healthy alternative to other cooking oils is a good way to keep your cholesterol levels in check. It increases good HDL cholesterol levels and lowers levels of bad cholesterol. Long term usage of argan oil can help prevent heart attacks, strokes, and other cholesterol related ailments. You can use this to cook with and also drizzle it on salads and soups.
Using argan oil on your hair regularly can help drastically improve its appearance. Due to its high concentration of vitamin E, it protects hair follicles, rejuvenates hair, and improves the overall appearance of your strands. It is also an excellent quick remedy against split ends.
Strong, Shiny Nails
Unhealthy nails can be breeding grounds for bacteria. Argan oil has natural antibacterial qualities to protect your nails from a number of infections. Dab some of this oil on your nails and massage it in to dramatically improve their texture, color, and appearance.
In addition to these, consuming pure argan oil on a regular basis has been found to fight cardiovascular disease, inflammatory disorders, and cancer. It has the amazing ability to heal everything from split ends to scars when applied externally.
It is available in various forms and is added to skin and hair care products such as shampoos, masks, lotions, masks, and even makeup. But the amount of argan oil in these may be negligible, so it’s better to go for the pure, unadulterated oil. Always look for an organic brand that follows fair trade practices when purchasing argan oil. Add argan oil to your skin and hair care routine to experience its amazing benefits for yourself!
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