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Argan Oil
Argan Oil

Argan Oil
(Argania spinosa)

Country of origin: Morocco
Method of Extraction: Cold pressed, certified organic produced, unrefined
Grown and certified organic by producer, but our facility is not certified to make the claim once we rebottle, so we say this is grown organically.
Aroma: Nutty, slightly pungent. The aroma is described by some as similar to theater popcorn.
Color: Golden yellow
Plant part: Nut
Components: Vitamin E, antioxidants, carotenes, flavanoids, oleic acid, linoleic acid, fatty acids.
Approximate Shelf Life is about 2 years with proper storage conditions.

Shelf Life Suggestions:  

  • Refrigeration will extend shelf life.
  • Oxygen is a big enemy to shelf life. Keep caps snug.
  • Write the date of purchase on the label in permanent marker. 
  • Avoid contaminating the oil with fingers or pipettes inserted into the bottle. Unsterilized items such as fingers, cotton balls and pipettes that come into contact with the oils will potentially contaminate them. Pour off the quantity you will need into a smaller container or bottle and work from that.

Argan oil is used in making soaps, lotions and other body and hair products, as well as for massage and skin care including anti-aging products because it is rich in skin-replenishing components. It is considered to be one of the rarest oils in the world due to the small and very specific growing area. The Argan tree grows solely in the southwestern part of Morocco. The oil is obtained from the nut which looks like a cross between a walnut and an almond. Argan oil is commonly called "liquid gold" in Europe. 

Argan oil may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function:
Anti-aging
Anti-inflammatory
Anti-oxidant
Hydrating - seals in moisture yet doesn't clog pores
Massage oil
Moisturizer - used daily/nightly
Scars (due to the vitamin E and phytosterols)
Skin - balancing to the skin, acne, dry, oily, eczema, psoriasis, scars

Application:
- Apply directly to skin after bathing while skin is still moist for a wonderful and simple dry or mature skin treatment.
- Apply as a hair or scalp treatment.
- Soak nails in Argan oil to prevent nail or cuticle dryness.

Study
Nutrition. 2012 Sep;28(9):937-41. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2011.11.032. Epub 2012 Mar 30.
Antithrombotic activity of argan oil: an in vivo experimental study.
Mekhfi H, Belmekki F, Ziyyat A, Legssyer A, Bnouham M, Aziz M. Source Laboratoire de Physiologie et Ethnopharmacologie URAC-40, Faculté des Sciences, Université Mohammed Premier, Oujda, Morocco. hmekhfi@yahoo.fr
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: Argan oil has been shown to inhibit in vitro and ex vivo platelet aggregation without extending bleeding time. In this report, we examined in vivo the antithrombotic activity of argan oil in an experimental thrombosis model in mice: acute pulmonary thromboembolism and in vitro its effect in a coagulation assay.
METHODS: Acute pulmonary thromboembolism was induced, after argan oil treatment, by an intravenous injection of a collagen and epinephrine mixture. The paralyzed and dead mice in each group were numbered and the percentage of protection against acute pulmonary thromboembolism was calculated. The histologic study was conducted in lung tissue to estimate the percentage of opened and occluded vessels by platelet thrombi. The coagulation assay was monitored in platelet-poor plasma from normal rats by measuring the clotting parameters (activated partial thromboplastin time, prothrombin time, and thrombin time) in the presence and absence of argan oil.
RESULTS: Argan oil (1 mL/100 g/day), administered orally, showed an antithrombotic activity preventing the paralysis or death (50%) induced by the collagen-epinephrine intravenous injection. This observation was confirmed by the lung histologic examination, in which the density of occluded blood vessels was significantly decreased (62.16 ± 3.95%). However, the argan oil remained inactive for the coagulation parameters of activated partial thromboplastin time, prothrombin time, and thrombin time at variance with heparin, an anticoagulant reference drug. The antithrombotic activity of argan oil seemed unrelated to the anticoagulant activity.
CONCLUSION: We suggest that argan oil might be an interesting natural dietary source for the nutritional prevention of hemostasis and cardiovascular disorders. Clinical trials would be necessary and relevant to confirm this hypothesis.
Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. PMID: 22465906

Reference
Parker, Susan M. Power of the Seed: Your Guide to Oils for Health ? Beauty, Process Self-reliance Series, page 112.
 

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