Argan oil originated from Morocco. It is a plant oil that is produced from the nuts of the argan tree. It’s uses and benefit varies from food (culinary) to cosmetic and general health. The process on how to make argan oil is traditoinal and tedious, this and the rareness of the argan tree is why it is so valuable.
Uses of Argan Oil
Add one or two drops to your face foundation, bronzer or moisturizer for a radiant look.
Hydration and toning
Add 4 drops of to your facial toner to hydrate and tone your skin at the same time. You can also make your own toner by adding a 2-4 drops to Rose water. Alternatively, if you do not have rose water, simply pour boiling water into a cup, add a bag of green tea and let it brew for 8 minutes. Take out the tea bag and let the tea cool down. Add 2-4 drops to it an store in a tight bottle. Your toner is ready to use.
If you want to treat acne with, just drop small amount of argan oil on your palm, using your finger touch the oil and dab it on the affected areas. You can also mix it with equal amount of tea tree oil for more effective result.
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Other Uses of Argan Oil
- Good leave-in hair conditioner
- It is efficient for nail and foot treatment.
- It is also a good moisturizer
- Treatment of cuts and burns and stretch marks
- Generally it is a good bath and body oil
How to Make Argan Oil
1. The first step in this process is harvesting. This is done in two ways;
- picking of the fruits when they fall from the tree.
- picking the nuts after goats have eaten the fleshy covering of the fruits
2. After harvesting, the fruits are dried and the fleshy parts are peeled off. These parts are very nutritious as animal feed. Other producers remove the fleshy parts mechanically without drying the fruits.
3. After peeling, next stage is cracking of the argan nut to obtain the argan kernels. This process have proved impossible to mechanize so it is still done locally by hand. That is cracking the nuts with stones.
4. For culinary argan oil, the kernels are gently roasted and allowed to cool. When the kernel is cool, they grind and press them. Pure unfiltered argan oil is expelled. Finally, the oil is decanted and poured in a jar. The leftover pressed cake is rich in protein and is often used as animal feed.
5. For cosmetic argan oil, the kernel is not roasted to avoid too much nut smell. They grind and press the kernel. The decanted oil is left to settle for two weeks, this is done so the solid particles can settle at the bottom. The clearer oil is further filtered, depending on the required clarity and purity.