This oil is ideal for vascular health, youthful skin and hair

Argan oil is extracted from the seeds of the argan tree. This tree grows mainly in Morocco and in some other parts of the world.

Argan oil is touted as a great tool for cosmetic purposes, especially useful for hair and dry skin. However, modern medical investigation of this oil showed that it also has the ability to alleviate some of the deterioration of health.

The origin of oil

Argan tree (Argania Spinosa) has a characteristic shape, which allows it to stand out against the arid landscape. Quite remarkable that this tree attracts the goats, even help in the production of argan oil. As a rule, the fruits of this tree have oval-shaped fruit is inside the bone, and around her flesh. Just from the bones and extract argan oil. There are two main ways of production of argan oil.

Traditional method: it is used for centuries in Morocco. Berber women living in the area, produce argan oil at home. First, the beans are dried in the sun to remove the pulp.

The other way to get it already cleaned from the pulp of the fruit seeds from the excrement of goats. Goats eat the fruit, but the stomach does not digest the seeds, which then pass through the intestines. Such bone is easier to split.

Then, when bones received, they are toast. The oil seed press with the help of the local press. The result is a thick, viscous liquid. This liquid is filtered with the help of simple methods to obtain oil suitable for food.

Factory method: used primarily for the production of argan oil for cosmetic purposes only. It unsuitable for ingestion because it is produced from unroasted seeds by cold pressing, or by chemical extractors. Unfiltered argan oil is obtained by cold pressing, suitable for skin care best.



Therapeutic properties of argan oil are extremely diverse. This makes the oil suitable for use in cosmetic purposes. However, it is important to note the powerful healing properties of the oil obtained by manual extraction and edible.

  • Calming effect – argan oil hydrates the skin

  • Regenerating property – perfectly heals wounds.

  • Reduction salvadorena – the study showed that the use of high-quality argan oil twice daily for one month reduces sebum (the natural "oils" for skin care). Whereby it is possible to cope with the problem of greasy skin and acne.

  • Anti-aging effect, regular application of argan oil on your skin can help maintain its health and elasticity.

  • Antioxidant effect of argan oil is an antioxidant, it reduces the negative impact of free radicals inside the body and outside.

  • Hepatoprotective effect of argan oil protects the liver.

  • Antidiabetic action in the course of the experiment, argan oil has had on experimental rats hyperglycemic effect. This means that it prevents spikes in blood sugar levels.

  • Choleretic effect – argan oil increases bile secretion.

  • The chemopreventive effect of argan oil has the ability to slow the growth of cancerous tumors or even prevent them from occurring. It demonstrates antiproliferative ability, which allows you to delay or slow down the growth of malignant cells.

  • Hypolipidemic action of argan oil improves the performance of lipid.

  • Cholesterol-lowering effect of argan oil improves cholesterol levels-HDL (cholesterol, high density lipoprotein) and slows the oxidation of low density lipoproteins.

  • Anti-atherogenic action – prevents the formation of atherosclerotic lesions in blood vessels and helps to maintain the health of the cardiovascular system.


The use and health benefits

Therapeutic properties of argan oil make it ideal for use in specific purposes. Let's begin the list of uses of cosmetic argan oil.


Argan oil for hair

Argan oil in a heated state can be a great tool for hair care. Apply a sufficient amount of warm argan oil on the scalp and wet hair, and then put on a shower cap. Do not remove it for at least an hour.

The best result can be achieved if you put this remedy on all night. Then remove the cap and carefully rinse hair with cold water. It helps to remove hair from a large part of the oil residues, so they are not too shiny. This tool softens the hair and makes them much more obedient, therefore, the use of argan oil before styling your hair is a great idea.

Argan oil also protects hair shafts from heat damage, allowing you to use such aggressive methods of hair styling, such as Curling with Curling irons.

Another way to incorporate argan oil in the process of hair care at home make a homemade shampoo with argan oil. The advantage of this shampoo before purchase is that it can be used more often. It is suitable for dry and damaged hair. Half of glass of clean water, take one-fourth Cup of liquid Castile soap. To this mixture, add 1 tablespoon of argan oil and 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil. Pour the resulting liquid into a bottle for shampoo. Shake well before each use.


Argan oil against acne

Argan oil – excellent carrier oil for acne treatment at home. It has the property to reduce salvadorena. Take approximately 30-40 ml of argan oil, add 6-7 drops of tea tree oil. Use for the treatment of acne. If the problem is mainly in the high fat content of the skin, and inflammation are only a few, it is recommended to apply oil all over face and then wash off after 5 minutes. This helps to reduce excessive sebum.

The level of comedogenicity argan oil is 0 (on a scale from 0 to 5). This means that argan oil does not cause the formation of comedones and will not lead to clogged pores. Therefore, the use of this oil without the addition of other oils does not pose the risk of inflammation. Argan oil has regenerating properties, so it can be used for the treatment of acne scars.


Argan oil get rid of wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes

Argan oil is rich in vitamin E and many other substances beneficial for the skin. As a result, regular application of argan oil, many people saw a decrease in dark circles under the eyes and wrinkles around the eyes.


Argan oil for brittle nails

Pretty frustrating when the legs become thin, weak and break easily. To improve the condition of nails is no easy task. There is a simple home remedy to solve this problem. Take a large bowl. Pour a sufficient amount of argan oil and approximately the same amount of lemon juice. Immerse your nails in the mixture twice a day for 10 minutes. After the procedure, wipe your hands with a towel made of cotton. Argan oil helps to restore the nails the thickness, strength and elasticity.


Other home remedies argan oil

There are many other ways to use argan oil.

  • Apply thick layer on cracked heels for quick healing.

  • Use as brilliantine men who like to flaunt a beard, know the value of good care vegetation on the face. Now argan oil may be just such a tool. It softens the beard and makes it more susceptible to other care facilities.

  • Add your skin glow in seconds – just 2-3 drops of argan oil added to moisturizer will give your skin radiance.

  • Mix sugar cubes with argan oil and RUB the resulting tool on the lips. It will help to get rid of the flakes of old skin and heal cracks. If the lips have any sores, such as colds, which often springs to the lips in the winter, argan oil will help them to heal.


Health benefits of argan oil, edible

Fighting cancer

Recent medical research has shown that argan oil has chemopreventive action. Argan oil is the first pressing has demonstrated the ability to delay or slow down the growth of cancer cells in prostate cancer in humans. This is due to the content of micronutrients such as polyphenols and sterols. Despite the lack of a thorough study of the effect of argan oil on other types of cancer, it is possible that it can be useful for eliminating some of them.

Improvement of the cardiovascular system

Good indicators of lipid key to a healthy heart. Links have been established between the consumption of argan oil, edible, and improvements cholesterol-HDL. It also reduces the oxidation of cholesterol-LDL, which is good for a number of reasons. The fact that oxidized cholesterol-LDL is more likely to linger in the body. Argan oil has anti-atherogenic effect, prevents the formation of plaques in the arteries, which directly reduces the risk of heart attack. In addition, argan oil helps to control high blood pressure.

Antidiabetic action

It has been discovered that argan oil reduces the hyperglycemia, and thus its impact on the body. The study, conducted on rats, argan oil was reduced spikes in blood sugar in experimental animals for three hours. The inclusion of argan oil in the diet as, for example, salad dressings can help reduce the risk of developing diabetes.

Antioxidant effect

Argan oil possesses significant potential in the fight against free radicals. Regular application of argan oil protects the body from damage gradually caused by free radicals that oxidize our cells. Total antioxidant capacity of argan oil is due to the presence of significant quantities of natural antioxidants, such as vitamin E.


Besides the fact that argan oil is used as a therapeutic and cosmetic products, it is also used for culinary purposes. It is suitable for frying at a temperature of 215° C. In Morocco it is used for cooking couscous. In the process of cooking, argan oil is gaining a strong nutty flavour, becoming an excellent dressing for dishes of salad and carrots.


Despite the fact that argan oil has been used for centuries, the first written mention of it was made by the Phoenicians around 1500 BC and Later, after about a Millennium, African lion, traveling through Morocco, met with Moroccan argan oil and brought it with him to Europe.

Side effects, dosage, and prevention of poisoning

At the moment there are not so many information regarding the safe use of argan oil. However, there is a possibility of allergic reaction, manifested as itching, burning, rash and, in severe cases, bronchospasm.

Nutritional value and health benefits

Edible argan oil is renowned for its excellent nutritional value. For the most part (80%) it is an unsaturated fat, but also contains some saturated fats. Argan oil is rich in many vitamins of group E, i.e. Tocopherols, so it is so good for skin care. However, the most effective and healthy substances in the composition of argan oil are micronutrients. Although presented in very small quantities, they are extremely beneficial to health.

The macronutrient composition of argan oil is represented by the following fats per 100 g of oil.

Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAS) – 47%

Polyunsaturated fatty acids (Pufas) – 33%

Saturated fatty acids – 20%

The detailed fatty acid composition of argan oil, edible


The percentage


Gamma-linolenic acid (18:3)


Polyunsaturated fatty acid

Stearic acid (18:0)

Of 6.95 %

Saturated fat

Palmitic acid (16:0)

12,5 %

Saturated fat

Palmitoleic acid (16:1)

0,06 %

Monounsaturated fatty acid

Oleic acid (18:1)

46,1 %

Monounsaturated fatty acid

Linoleic acid (18:2)

33 %

Polyunsaturated fatty acid

Alpha-linolenic acid (18:3)

0,44 %

Polyunsaturated fatty acid

Erucic acid (22:1)

— %

Monounsaturated fatty acid

Andonova acid (20:1)

— %

Monounsaturated fatty acid

Behenic acid (22:0)

0,01 %

Saturated fat

Arachidonic acid (20:0)

— %

Saturated fat

In addition, argan oil contains many fatty acids required for health, it is also rich in vitamin E. Because vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, total antioxidant capacity of argan oil is quite high. Here is a list of some bioactive micronutrients in the composition of argan oil with the explanation of what is their health benefits.

  • Squalene is used in cosmetics. Contains argan oil. It was found that it has a chemopreventive effect and helps in combating cancerous tumors.

  • Carotene is an antioxidant similar to vitamin A.

  • Phenol – argan oil contains phenols such as, for example, coffee acid (has anti-inflammatory effect), vanillic acid, oleuropein (an antioxidant) and certain types of catechins. Interestingly, catechin, and vanillic acid also get from green tea that we drink.

Chemical properties


The contents/level



0,918 g/ml

The oil is great for massage

Storage temperature


The ideal temperature for storage



Zero ability to score (in a scale from 0 to 5)

Adsorption capacity with respect to oxygen radicals

Excellent antioxidant


The pH of

Peroxide number


The primary indicator of rancidity

Saponification value


The average length of the carbon chain

Chromaticity according to iodometric scale


Measure of unsaturation of oil

Free fatty acids


The percentage of essential oils


Buying and storing

From small argan oil peroxide number, it means that it is resistant to rancidity. However, it should be stored in a dark, cool place. Many cosmetic products based on argan oil, such as, for example, garnet or rose oil, contain a small number of antioxidants. They protect the oil from rancidity. However, you should carefully choose the oil and buy only a quality product, because very often argan oil is mixed with cheaper oils or fillers, which negatively affects its quality.published


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