Where Does Argan Oil Come From?

Argan oil is making its way into the beauty industry. You can find it in many products, from facial creams to shampoos. As this product finds its way into more products, consumers are increasingly interested in what benefits Argan oil provides.

Argan Tree

Argan oil is oil that comes from the Argan tree. This tree is native to Morocco. The Argan tree use to cover North Africa, but is now endangered. These trees produce a small fruit. Beneath the flesh of the fruit is a nut. Inside these nuts you will find one to three kernels. Inside these kernels is the Argan oil. Oil is extracted from these kernels through an intense drying, roasting, cracking and pressing method.

Cosmetic Uses

Argan oil is making its’ way into cosmetics. In 2007 only two cosmetic products listed Argan oil as an ingredient. Only 4 years later in 2011, there were over one hundred products using Argan oil. This oil has made an entrance into the beauty world because of the great natural benefits it provides.

  • Phenomenal moisturizer
  • Fights acne
  • Nourishes hair
  • Contains Vitamin E and an Omega-6 fatty acid called linoleic acid that has anti-inflammatory properties

Argan Oil vs. Moroccan Oil

While Argan oil does, in fact, come from Morocco, it is not the same as Moroccan oil. If you are searching for the perfect product containing Argan oil, make sure the product specifies that it is 100% Argan oil. When a product lists Moroccan oil, this means that they have created a blend that contains a very, very small amount of Argan oil. Products that contain Moroccan oil do not provide the same benefits as a product with 100% pure Argan oil.

Health Benefits

Argan oil is in the process of being considered a product that can provided major health benefits. The research is still fairly new, but many scientists are claiming

  • Heart benefits equivalent to Olive Oil
  • “Highly-likely” to prevent various cancers
  • “Highly-likely” to prevent obesity
  • Helps facilitate regular digestion
  • Helps get rid of eczema

Studies show anti-inflammatory properties aide arthritis pain