Some exotic oils are great in the kitchen and some in cosmetics
Some exotic oils are excellent in cooking because they go well with meat and vegetable dishes, while other oils are used for cosmetic purposes because they are similar in composition to substances from the hydrolipid layer of the skin (these oils are well absorbed and incorporated into the structure), retain moisture because they are extremely rich in nutrients.
Argan oil – Argania (Argania Spinosa) is a low tree that grows only in the area of southwestern Morocco. It tolerates drought and temperatures up to 50 degrees well. Lifespan is 150 to 200 years but can come to life again after 7 years (once it dies). The fruit looks like an olive. The fruit contains hard seeds with 3 cores, from which oil is obtained by cold pressing. UNESCO has declared the argan tree a World Heritage Site. Argan oil has been used in Morocco for centuries in daily diet and traditional healing. Barbers call this tree the “tree of life” because they use it every day for food, fuel and skin care. Today, argan oil is one of the most important anti-aging oils in the cosmetics industry. It is called “liquid gold of Morocco” because of its exceptional properties and content of vitamins (vitamin E), minerals saturated (palmitic and stearic acid), unsaturated fatty acids (linoleic, alpha linolenic, oleic) and sterols. It is used in the diet as an addition to dishes after cooking or frying. The combination of argan oil and lemon juice is an excellent topping for salads.
Argan oil and health – lowers blood cholesterol levels and strengthens the body’s defense system. This is one of the most powerful natural ingredients for treating wrinkles and maintaining a youthful appearance of the skin. Because of these properties, it is a favorite oil in the cosmetics industry and can often be found in anti-age facial and body care products. It is used for skin care of newborn babies, in massages to promote weight loss and tissue firming, in rheumatoid arthritis, to regenerate damaged skin, helps with scars and burns, shingles and measles, and works against stretch marks. It contains high amounts of unsaturated fatty acids (including linoleic) which protects and regenerates the skin. Fatty acids stimulate intercellular oxygenation which helps to restore the balance of water and lipids in the hydrolipid layer of the skin. This prevents the skin from drying out and losing elasticity, which means preventing the formation of wrinkles. This makes the skin softer and tighter. The effect against wrinkles increases due to the presence of a large amount of vitamin E (the strongest biological antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals). Vitamin E protects cell membranes from lipid oxidation, which slows down the aging process and helps regenerate scarred skin. Lowers cholesterol and lipid levels (take 2 teaspoons daily).
Application of argan oil
- Facial care-one or two drops of oil for hydrating night care or as a base for day make-up
- Dry and brittle hair without shine – apply oil on the scalp and hold for half an hour and then wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
- Hand and nail care – daily in the evening, lubricate your hands and nails with oil to make the skin soft, gentle, smooth and healthy.
- Fragile nails – once a week immerse your hands for 15 minutes in a mixture of argan oil and lemon juice in a ratio of 1: 1.
- Body Care – Gently massage the oil on damp skin after bathing / showering. Thus, the skin is supplied with moisture and nutrients and becomes firm and elastic but soft like silk. The oil has a preventive effect against stretch marks.
- Massage – strengthens the skin and relaxes muscles (especially the muscles of the spine).
- Peeling for face and body-mix oil and natural salt evenly.