African folklore tells us the story of how the Argan tree’s significance was first developed. According to legend, in times of severe poverty, bloody feuds and disease, man spent his days and nights in prayers, hoping to someday discover the root of evil and path to salvation. As time passed, the evil maintained and people continued to perish. Eventually, a virtuous woman with a pure soul joined the prayers of man and nature and in response delivered, to the people, Argan – the tree that gives life. People soon learned to use the tree’s hard wood as a material for houses and tools, the leaves and fruits to feed the cattle, and from the kernel they extracted Argan oil, which served both as a cooking oil and as a general remedy for disease, a preserver of beauty in women and vitality in man. It is said that the very first Argan tree still remains, decorated with an illustrious crown. Still to this day, Moroccan people living amongst the Argan forests continue their worship of the Argan tree. Its significance remains strong in the lives of many Moroccans. – from Victoria Beauty
Argan oil is a carrier oil, not an essential oil. Carrier oils are what carry the powerful essential oils, diluting them so they are in a usable form. The ratios vary depending on recipe/blend, but it is usually at least as many drops of carrier oil for every drop of essential oil.
Argan oil (argania spinosa)
Plant appearance: trees growing 26-33 feet high and can live for 200 years. The fruit of the argan tree is small, and round, oval, or conical. A thick peel covers the fleshy pulp. The pulp surrounds a hard-shelled nut that represents about 25% of the weight of the fresh fruit. The nut contains one to three oil-rich argan kernels.
Part used: nut kernels
Therapeutic uses: Per verywellhealth Rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, argan oil is often used in skincare as an anti-aging product. Argan oil is also used for culinary purposes, the consumption of which is believed to have medical benefits, including the treatment of high blood pressure and diabetes.
Precautions: none known
Argan Oil Soap from Be Youthful
What You Need:
- ¼ cup coconut milk
- ¼ cup water
- ½ cup liquid castile soap*
- 1 teaspoon of Argan Oil
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla essential oil (optional, for added smell.)
TIP: Want to strengthen those strands as well as give them some shine? Take about 3-5 capsules of vitamin E, cut in half, squeeze out the good stuff, and add to the mix.
What To Do:
Take a clean, empty shampoo bottle (an empty soap dispenser will work as well.), add all the ingredients in, close tightly, and shake well. Voila! Homemade shampoo done! Keep in the shower and use as you would normally shampoo.
After rinsing, follow up with your favorite conditioner, rinse off, and as much as possible, towel dry. Stay away from the blow dryer unless absolutely necessary.
TIP: Don’t shampoo everyday. Now, I’m not saying that you should skip the bath altogether. Sure you can still take your daily shower, but try to shampoo only every other day. Remember, you produce natural oil that is great for the hair, but shampooing everyday strips it right off your strands.
*Not knowing exactly what castile soap was, I went out and found information at healthline.com: Castile soap is an amazingly versatile vegetable-based soap that’s made free of animal fats and synthetic ingredients. This natural, nontoxic, biodegradable soap is available in bar or liquid form. Castile soap was made in the Mediterranean area before its use spread to Europe. Traditionally, castile soap was made of olive oil. It gets its name from the Castile region of Spain. These days, the soap is also made with coconut, castor, or hemp oils. Sometimes it’s made with avocado, walnut, and almond oils as well. These oils give the soap its lathering, moisturizing, and cleansing properties. Castile soap is an exciting product since it’s not only environmentally friendly but also incredibly useful and effective for certain purposes. You can use it on your body, to clean your house, and even on pets. You may find that a bottle or bar of castile soap conveniently replaces a plethora of other products in your home. Castile soap is also safe and gentle to use as long as it’s diluted properly.
If you want to learn more about Argan, go here for an exceptional website:
“The Curious Story of Argan Oil: A Miracle in the Moroccan Desert,” by John Poisson.