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Essential Oil Profile: Argan

Argan oil is not actually an essential oil. It could be considered a carrier oil but for the sake of consistency on the blog posts for the profiles I’m keeping them the same for now. Unlike essential oils, Argan oil can be applied directly to the skin. Argan oil is one of those oils that is really handy to have around. I believe that most, probably all, of us experience some type of skin irritation, sun burn or dry skin at some point AND who doesn’t want to to prevent wrinkles… so it just seems like a no brainer to have this stuff around doesn’t it? Argan oil is not cheap. It’s high quality stuff and you get what you pay for. It will last for awhile (shelf life), so if you do buy some buy a bigger bottle. There is also Argan oil you can purchase for culinary purposes…

Special note: Culinary argan oil and cosmetic argan oil are not the same. Please always choose cosmetic Argan oil for skincare purposes. Do not take cosmetic Argan oil internally.

Cosmetic Argan Benefits:

  • Tissue healing (scars)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Sun-protective
  • Has disinfectant properties
  • Improves skin metabolism
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Promotes moisture retention
  • Reduces wrinkles

Cosmetic Argan Uses :

  • It can be used to soothe skin ailments like chickenpox, acne, psoriasis, and dry eczema.
  • Can be used to prevent stretch marks during and after pregnancy.
  • Can be applied to help sooth sunburn.
  • Apply to hands and nails to soften and to keep from cracking.

Culinary Argan Benefits:

  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Aids in digestion
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Increases circulation which helps strengthen the immunes system

 

What I use it for:
I use the cosmetic in my anti wrinkle serum and sometimes add a couple drops to my moisturizer. I have also applied it to a sunburn spot once… the sunburned area didn’t seem to bother me after that. I never tried the culinary oil but am very interested in giving it a try.

Purchase:
Buy Argan Oil (cosmetic)

Recipe:
Argan Body Butter

1 Wide Mouthed, Sterilized container
½ Cup Shea Butter
1/3 Cup Argan Oil
1 teaspoon cornstarch
10-15 drops of essential oil (optional)

Place Shea Butter in a mixing bowl and begin to beat with a stand or electric hand mixer until soft.  This may take a while. Note: If the butter is too hard, soften slightly in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Do not melt in microwave. Gradually add the Argan oil slowly. Blend well between additions. Blend in cornstarch. Blend in 10-15 drops of Essential Oil. Mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated and spoon into the sanitized jar.

Info from here, here, and here

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