9 Surprising Benefits of Argan Oil
Argan oil is probably one of the most talked about health and beauty secrets on the market. Sometimes referred to as ‘liquid gold’, argan oil comes from the kernels of argan trees in Morocco. Yes, argan oil is one of the more expensive oils. But, it’s also one of the more beneficial oils to have in your collection.
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Argan oil contains a considerably high amount of Vitamin E for a natural oil. It also is high in fatty acid content, making it one heck of a moisturizer for both the skin and the hair.
Here are some of its other outstanding benefits:
1. Digestive System Rejuvenation
We’ll bet you didn’t know that there are actually two grades of this oil – edible and cosmetic. If indigestion is a issue for you, try some argan oil. Its natural, and can be a rapid relief agent. It increases the pepsin in your system, assisting in the digestion of your food. The antioxidants also help reduce inflammation.
2. Goodbye High Cholesterol
Research has shown that argan oil increases the levels of the good cholesterol (HDL), while helping to diminish the bad cholesterol (LDL) in your body at the same time. Regular consumption has proven to fight against obesity as well as other cardiovascular diseases.
3. How About A Little Boost
The high antioxidant content of Argan oil has proven to be beneficial to the body’s entire immune system through stimulation.
4. Young Again
The anti-aging benefits of argan oil are tremendous. The nutrients and vitamins that make up this miracle oil have been proven to fight the free radicals that cause signs of aging, diminishing and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. The skin’s elasticity is also rejuvenated by the skin cell regeneration that argan oil supports.
5. Red Bumps Be Gone
As discussed earlier, the antioxidants help reduce inflammation, both internally and externally. This helps to reduce the visibility and of acne, and improves its healing process. Additionally argan oil has also been known to treat psoriasis, eczema, and scarring. This oil is great because unlike some heavy oils it doesn’t clog pores.
6. Hair Mask
This “liquid gold” has endless amounts of benefits for the hair. It improves scalp issues i.e. flakes and dandruff, and promotes soft and shiny hair. Try rubbing it through your hair and leaving it in for 3o min. It will make your olive oil and shea butter look useless.
7. Say No To Splits
You can find argan oil as a key ingredient in plenty of hair products. The high fatty acid contents make it great as a hair treatment, and more importantly fights against frizz and split ends. Try using it as leave-in conditioner. You will love the results, but remember less is more!
8. Kiss Me Baby!
The winter months do your lips no justice. Keep a few drops of argan oil on those lips and you can kiss those sore, cracked, peeling, dry lips goodbye!
9. Hands, Feet, and Nails
Dry hands and feet are common, I mean they are only just the most abused parts of our body. Argan oil can be your gift to them. It will heal cracked dry skin, and moisturize rough cuticles, making your nails stronger and livelier.
Green Smoothie Recipes For Your Mind & Body
Have you ever tried a green smoothie ?
A few years ago, I tasted my first one. It was delicious! Around the same time, a friend bought me a book, called Green for Life, by Victoria Boutenko. I put the book on a shelf and did not pick it up again (or drink another green smoothie) until recently.
…really glad I finally did!
A Solution: Green Smoothies!
What is a green smoothie ? It is a blended drink containing green leafy vegetables and fruit.
Combining fruits and greens in a smoothie each day can help solve the problem of not getting in enough fruits and vegetables every day. It is a source of multiple servings of fruits and veggies every day that doesn’t force you to chew all day long! Why green leafy veggies and fruits? Because they are loaded with more nutrients, including fiber, than any other food on the planet! Contrary to popular belief, they are also a great source of protein!
Some of the experiences documented in the book, Green for Life, that people have felt after 30 days of green smoothies include: more energy, less desire for junk foods/bad carbs, better sleep, weight loss, increased regular bowel movements
Here’s a couple of recipes:
Mint Chocolate Chip Green Smoothie
2 heaping cups organic spinach
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup filtered water
1 scoop chocolate protein powder of choice
1/4 cup fresh mint or 1 drop of mint extract to desired taste
1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs
Blend all ingredients into a high-speed blender until thick and smooth.