Beautiful Mondays: For the Good of Argan Oil

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If you have skin or hair, and suspect you have a bit of either if not both, you have probably heard of argan oil.

Practically unheard of in the U.S. until recently, argan oil is created from the nuts of the argan tree, grown almost exclusively in the Berbers of Morocco. It is high in vitamin E, phenols, carotene and fatty acids and is used in skincare products to combat dry skin, acne, psoriasis, eczema, stretch marks and wrinkles, as well as, in many well known hair care products.

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Once the nuts are roasted, the oil produced is good enough to eat and is traditionally used on couscous, salads and as a sauce for dipping bread. It is also, mixed into ground roasted almonds for a thick brown peanut butter-like paste called Amlou.

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Even better than the good that argan oil does for your body is the good that it’s production does for the Berber tribes in Morocco.

According to the Moroccan Department of Water and Forests, the pure argan oil sold today is produced only by the local women of Berber. These women have created a cooperative that provides 3 million women in their communities with incomes, healthcare and education.

The cooperative has also established an ecosystem reforestation project to insure the sustainability of argan oil production along with the continued vitality of their communities for generations to come.

To do your part in this sustainability effort, be sure purchase products that use only 100% pure argan oil.

My pick: Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil. It’s lightweight, organic, cruelty and fragrance free, plus you can use it just about everywhere that you’ve got skin or hair!

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