Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil
Argania spinosa is a flowering tree endemic to the dry southwestern lands of Morocco and Algeria. Argans grow 8-10 meters tall and live up to 200 years, with wide spreading brances that lean towards the ground. The trees are important for providing food, shelter and protection from desertification in the hot climate. To produce oil, the kernel is separated from the fruit, cracked to separate the seeds and then these are ground into a paste, from which the oil is extracted. Argan oil is high in oleic acid, which, when used in haircare, can moisturize the scalp and help repair damaged hair follicles. Argan oil is also used in cuisine for dipping bread, salads and couscous. Cultivation of argans for oil production has helped protect trees from being cut down.