Argan – A Rare Tree that Provides Amazing Health Benefits
Ever since the beginning of time, people have consumed natural plants and trees to remedy their health problems. There are many natural plants and trees that are known to help prevent illnesses and sometimes even cure them. Today, researchers have sophisticated the ancient methods of utilizing these remedies by extracting oils from the plant or tree to make it easier to ingest. One of the most in-demand medicinal extracts is the natural oil that has been extracted from the nuts of the Argan Tree. One of the most well-known benefits of Argan Oil is the fact that it reduces the appearance of wrinkles by giving the skin the nutrients and moisture that it needs to repair itself. Argan Oil is also an effective remedy for people who suffer from skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema, rashes, dry skin, dandruff, acne, ultraviolet ray damage, scars, and unsightly stretch marks.
The Argan tree is primarily found in the south west part of Morocco. It is very resistant to diseases and harsh environmental conditions, and its lifespan ranges from 150 to 200 years. This tree has been around since the Tertiary age for over 2.6 million years, and it once used to thrive in North Africa. But due to the overharvesting of timber and livestock grazing, the Argan tree has become one of the rarest ancient trees in the world. Today, this tree only survives in small numbers in Morocco. Because it is such a rare species, it has been put on the list of endangered trees by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the area has been declared a reserve to protect the trees from livestock grazing and timber harvesting.
The trees that aren’t protected in the reserve are controlled by women’s cooperatives in Morocco so that they can produce Argan Oil. The extracts of this tree provides many underprivileged women with a reliable source of income to support their families with money for living expenses, education and health care. Argan oil is produced by using a low-heat cold pressed extraction method to yield the purest oil extract without depleting its natural nutrients. As a result, this oil has tons of vitamins and minerals such as tocopherol, vitamin E, vitamin F, phenols, carotenes, and squalene. It takes these women 10 to 12 hours just to produce 1 liter of oil extract. For this reason, along with its scarcity in the environment, Argan Oil is very hard to find in retail stores. The best sources for finding this extract are the Internet or a store that sells natural remedies. For those of you who are considering buying Argan Oil, you should act now and buy a bottle as soon as you can because we don’t know how many unregulated Argan trees are left in Morocco. Once these trees are gone, the only trees that will be left are the ones that UNESCO has protected in a reserve.