Complex Properties Of Argan Oil Made Simple
The Argan fruit trees which grow in the Southwestern desert of Morocco are the source of the precious beneficial Argan oil. The Moroccan people sometimes refer to the Argan Trees as the trees of life because they believe the trees are what is protecting the soil in the local farming region from braking down, making the land unusable for farming.
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The Moroccan oil has been being produced by Berber women in the Agadir region of Morocco for hundreds of years. These women work as part of cooperatives. The women run and own the businesses. The cooperatives are set in place to protect the rights of the women by controlling their wages, working hours and conditions. The co-ops also provide the chance for the women to get an education and also provide healthcare plans to the women as an incentive.
The trees are located in southwest Morocco and grow in semi-arid, desert-like environments and live for over 200 years. There are several methods of extracting the oil from the nut/seed. One method is done personally in a procedure which the women strip the delicate main pulp from the nut and allow it to dry in the sun. They make use of surrounding rocks and cliffs to break open the nuts so that the seeds inside can then be obtained. The shell of the nut is actually used as a fuel. The other method of extraction is by being cold pressed by a machine.However not the cultural way, but the way that is preferred is through machine pressing. This is because when using a machine there is less “kernel” waste and there are no added ingredients during the process, making the oil much purer then when pressed by hand. Also when the women press the nuts by hand it is usually mixed with local, non-purified water. The water is necessary when using the hand-pressed method because it actually is used as a stimulant or sequestering agent to cause the nuts to release the oil. Most oil that has been pressed has a very strong pungent smell due to the fact that the nuts and oil expire so quickly.
The maximum amount of time you want to use Argan oil that was hand pressed is three months. You want to stay away from any Argan oil that has a pungent smell and or feels greasy to the touch. A strong smelling, greasy oil is a sign that it is expired and is no longer useful. The safest way to go is to buy pure one hundred percent Argan oil because in the process in retrieving or extracting the oil from the nut no other ingredients are added to the oil giving it a longer shelf life. Another benefit to using the pure oil is that Argan oil is very expensive due to the rareness and endangerment of the Argan tree and when using the one hundred percent oil you only need to use a minute amount compared to other products that might only contain trace amounts of Argan Oil and are mostly made up of filler ingredients that have no aesthetic principles or benefits.