Essouria and Souss are both located in south west Morocco and it is here where the groves of the ancient Argania Spinosa trees grow. In the past North Africa had many forests of argan trees but climate change over hundreds of years has stunted these fertile forests and now the groves exist only in these two areas, hence the reason this oil is so rare.
Argan trees yield nuts which are harvested in late July & August. Once pressed the nuts produce unique oil that have a range of uses.
Unrefined dark gold argan oil can be used for culinary purposes and many people enjoy the nutty flavour in their cooking and salad dressings. This has been known to protect against heart disease because it thins the blood improving circulation in order to reduce clotting. Moroccan herbalists often prescribe it to ease rheumatic joint pain. This is the measure of unrefined oil.
Cold-pressed golden argan oil is edible too but has no nutty smell and somewhat lacks flavour, therefore it is ideally used for cosmetic purposes and should be applied topically.
The unique properties of cosmetic cold-pressed argan oil are manifold. Today it is used as a moisturiser for skin leaving a radiant glow and desirable soft texture and is very kind to problem skins from acne and eczema to psoriasis. Both moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties are rarely found within the same product. But whatismore argan oil is 100% natural. There are no added ingredients.
Natural argan oil has a shelf life of approximately 18 months and the recommendation when applying it to problem skins is to use it liberally as it soaks into the skin instantly.
Much of the feedback this summer is promising because it is known to not only prevents insect bites and protect skin but is a wonderful balm if you are unfortunate enough to be bitten.
A wonderful antidote to mosquitoes and their bold wee cousins the Scottish midge.