Welcome to the next post in my blog series, Topic in Aromatherapy. Each week I am focusing on an aspect of aromatherapy such as an essential oil or carrier oil and discuss their healing properties. I also will discuss how to make some of your own natural products using essential oils. So far, we have talked about jojoba oil, tea tree oil, sweet almond oil, lavender, ylang ylang,shea butter, patchouli, kokum butter and avocado oil. This week, we are going to talk about argan oil.
What is argan oil?
Argan oil is derived from the kernels of the argan tree (see above) that is endemic to Morocco (source). This oil is unique as it is mainly composed of mono-unsaturated (up to 80%) fatty acids(source). The oil is also very high in gamma -tocopherol (Vitamin E)(source) and have a high level of oleic and linoleic acids and phenols
What are the health benefits of argan oil?
Argan oil has shown to:
- Reduces cardiovascular risk and may be anti-atherogenic (source)
- Posess strong chemopreventive and anti-inflammatory properties likely due to its high Vitamin E content (source)
- Perhaps have the ability to decrease the susceptibility of LDL to oxidation (which leads to atherosclerosis) in type 2 diabetes patients with dyslipidemia(source)
- Perhaps have a role in reducing weight loss in diabetics, and even in inhibiting the development or progression of diabetes.(source)
- Improve some of the metabolic and insulin signaling abnormalities associated with high fat feeding (in mice) (source)
- Perhaps have the ability to prevent prostate cancer (source)
- Have the ability to lower triglycerides in men (source)
How can I use it?
Have you ever heard of argan oil?