Argan Oil is believed to be the rarest oil in the world and has a number of health benefits. It is derived from the kernels of the fruit from the ancient Argania Spinosa tree. The oil has been used for centuries by the Berber tribe women of Southern Morocco as a natural skin care product for its wondrous anti-ageing properties, a sunscreen and even a form of hair conditioner. The tree itself is one of the rarest species of trees in the world and is only found in its natural habitat in Southern Morocco in the semi-arid regions around Agadir. The region is bordered to the East by the High Atlas Mountains and to the West by the Atlantic Ocean. In the last 50 years the tree has become an endangered species due to overgrazing of goats and inadvertently by an increasing local population that use the tree as a source of fire wood, animal feed and indeed for the oil itself.
In 1998 UNESCO* recognised the importance of the Argania Spinosa tree and its rare oil by creating the Arganeraie Biosphere Reserve, an area of some 26,000 square kilometers. The Argan tree plays a vital role in preventing soil erosion and remains the last natural barrier against the advancing Sahara desert. In creating a protected biosphere, UNESCO has sought to save this endangered species for future generations.
In recent years as Argan Oil has become increasingly more known about in Western countries, a more scientific approach has been adopted in trying to unlock the secrets behind its many health benefits. Analysis has shown that Argan Oil has one of the highest known contents of Vitamin E (Tocopherols) in the natural world. Vitamin E is widely regarded to protect the skin against free-radicals which have been linked to ageing of the skin as well as decreasing inflammation, scarring and the appearance of stretch marks. In addition Argan Oil is high in Omega 9 (Oleic acid), Omega 6 (Linoleic acid) and Omega 3 (Linolenic acid). Omega 6 in particular plays a vital role in cellular integrity of the outer layers of the skin helping prevent moisture loss, therefore aiding in the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles.
All Ora Naturals products contain the highest quality Argan Oil that is certified organic at source. We have further enhanced our products by combining Argan Oil with a number of other natural plant extracts and a blend of essential oils to produce a sumptuous and luxurious skin care and bath range. We also offer 100% cold pressed organic Argan Oil.
Natural sedimentation is present in Ora Naturals Argan Oil due to the high concentrations of fatty acids, tocopherols and sterols that enhance its emollient properties.
*United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization