Thursday, 3 November 2011

10 Uses for Organic Argan Oil

These 10 Uses for Organic Argan Oil are based on centuries of Moroccan tradition, and let’s be honest – have you ever seen a Moroccan woman with anything but flawless, ageless skin?

  1. Facial and Body Moisturizer: Massage into your face, neck and anywhere else that needs moisturizer morning and night. Don’t forget your elbows, knees and other areas that tend to get dry.
  2. Nails: Massage argan oil into your cuticles, nails, hand and feet next time you give yourself or get a manicure and pedicure.  Tip* Apply argan oil to your hands and feet and cover with socks and sleep with them…your hands and feet will be soft and hydrated in the morning.
  3. Split Ends: Massage argan oil into the ends of your hair to prevent split ends.
  4. Scalp Rescue: Keep your scalp moisturized and healthy by rubbing argan oil on it prior to taking a shower, let sit 15-20 minutes.
  5. Lips: Use argan oil instead of a lip balm. Use it alone or, for additional moisture and a creamy texture, mix 2 parts beeswax or mango butter with 4 parts argan oil, melt over a double boiler, stir and pour the mixture into your favourite jar.
  6. Luminizer: After applying your makeup, take a very small amount of argan oil and spread it in both hands and gently dab your cheekbones to give your complexion an extra healthy, dewy glow.
  7. Hair Smoothing Serum: Argan oil is both a finishing and styling product for hair, straight, curly, and everything in between.  Apply a small amount after washing hair and then to tame frizz while styling.
  8. Bye Bye Blemishes: Make your own blemish treatment, blending one part argan oil, one part tea tree oil and one part lavender essential oil. All can be found at any specialty vitamin store or grocery store, or online at
  9. Scrub: Make your own sugar scrub: mix raw cane sugar, honey and argan oil. Rub gently unto the skin until the sugar dissolves. Rinse well.
  10. Eat it: Your skin is a direct reflection of what you are eating. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more delicious edible oil than this one, with a distinctive, unique nutty flavour and ridiculous amounts of vitamin E, antioxidants and amino acids. (

Tree goats of Morocco are unbleatable climbers

This Moroccan Argan tree visibly strains under the weight of the agile goats who clamber up in search of its olive-like fruit.
One even makes it to the top branch - some 17ft from the ground below.
Photographer Gavin Oliver took the snap after spotting the amazing scene near the Todra Gorge, Morocco.
The 38-year-old Australian told The Sun: 'There were about 30 goats, with the ones in the tree already in place when we were driving past.
'The tree branches were bobbing up and down under the weight of the goats every time they moved.
'The herd of goats were being looked after by a young teenage shepherd, who you can just make out behind the tree.'

Morocco to host first solar farm in €400bn renewables network

The vast solar and windfarm project across North Africa and the Middle East may provide 15% of Europe's electricity by 2050

Morocco has been chosen as the first location for a German-led, €400bn project to build a vast network of solar and windfarms across North Africa and the Middle East to provide 15% of Europe's electricity supply by 2050.

The Desertec Industrial Initiative (DII), a coalition of companies including E.ON, Siemens, Munich Re and Deutsche Bank, announced at its annual conference being held in Cairo on Wednesday that "all systems are go in Morocco", with construction of the first phase of a 500MW solar farm scheduled to start next year. The precise location of the €2bn plant is yet to be finalised, but it is expected to be built near the desert city of Ouarzazate. It will use parabolic mirrors to generate heat for conventional steam turbines, as opposed to the photovoltaic cells used in the UK.

The 12 square kilometre Moroccan solar farm will, said Paul van Son, Dii's chief executive, be a "reference project" to prove to investors and policy makers in both Europe and the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region that the Desertec vision is not a dream-like mirage, but one that can be a major source of renewable electricity in the decades ahead.

Van Son described Desertec as a "win-win" for both Europe and MENA, adding that the Arab spring had created both opportunities and "questions" for the ambitious project. Discussions are already underway with the Tunisian government about building a solar farm, he said, and Algeria is the next "obvious" country, due to its close proximity to western Europe's grid. Countries such as Libya, Egypt, Turkey, Syria and Saudi Arabia are predicted to start joining the network from 2020, as a network of high voltage direct current cables are built and extended across the wider region.

German companies and policymakers have dominated the Dii conference, reflecting the nation's recent decision to totally phase out nuclear power by 2022 in reaction, in part, to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in March. By comparison, not a single representative from the UK was at the conference.

Jochen Homann, the state secretary at Germany's Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology, told the conference: "We undertook major reforms in German energy policy this summer and Desertec opens up an opportunity for us. We want to enter the age of renewables with sustainable sources of electricity supplying 80% of our power generation by 2050. As we accelerate our phase-out of nuclear power, we need to safeguard an affordable supply of electricity and we will be interested in importing renewables supplies in the future. Germany's government will continue to support Desertec. It is an inspiring vision which is good for foreign, climate and economic policies."

But Homann stressed there would be "pre-conditions" for guaranteeing long-term support from the Germany government. He said there must be "liberalisation" of the energy markets across the MENA region: "North Africa still provides huge subsidies for fossil fuels. There will need to be regulatory improvements. Only then will renewables be able to compete and a common market created. And other European states must participate, too."

Hassan Younes, Egypt's minister of electricity and energy, told the conference that Egypt was keen to participate and that it hoped to have a 1,000MW windfarm built by 2016 in the Gulf of Suez, adding to the 150MW "hybrid" gas-solar power plant that opened 100km south of Cairo earlier this year.

The conference was told via a Dii promotional video that the network of solar and windfarms across the MENA region would help to "halt migration" into Europe, by fast-tracking the rise of the region's youthful population out of poverty and unemployment.

The Desertec plan was welcomed by many in Germany, including chancellor Angela Merkel. However, some German critics argued that the concept of transmitting solar power from Africa to Europe was not proven and that a billion dollar project does not fit in to the country's green energy plan.

German development NGO Germanwatch raised concerns that local people should benefit from the scheme, though Desertec representatives said the energy generated will first be used by the people of north Africa before being exported. Andree Böhling, energy expert at Greenpeace Germany, said: "We have to avoid European companies getting their hands on local resources, therefore we will follow the project carefully."

• This article was amended on 3 November to remove an incorrect reference to Germanwatch and neocolonialism

Unrest in Morocco

Unrest in Morocco

Monday, 31 October 2011

At The Benefits Of Argan Oil for Hair

Natural Argan oil that originates from Morocco is widely known for its properties that makes it very valuable for skin and hair care. It is used as the primary ingredient for a lot of scalp and hair treatment products. It can also be found in some conditioning shampoos.

The health benefit of this oil that is from the Moroccan Argan tree has been known for several centuries. It can protect and repair hair that has suffered some damage. When it is applied constantly, its moisturising properties will enable your hair to become stronger, smoother and healthier.

The fame of this oil is far beyond word of mouth. Several laboratory examinations that were conducted in different countries have proven that it contains a lot of beneficial ingredients like vitamins E, F and A. It also has antioxidants, linoleic acid, fatty acids, and carotene… Its popularly used for the treatment of skin ailments such as wrinkles and eczema. It can also be found in use at several spas for facial care and massage.

The antioxidant ability of this oil makes it possible for it to protect hair from destructive Ultraviolet rays from the sun. The vitamins that it contains also provide you with further benefits. Some examples are vitamin A and E that helps you to have strong and healthy hair.

The scalp is kept healthy and properly nourished by the moisturizing component of the oil. Protection from dandruff can be obtained by applying a few drops on top of your scalp everyday. Rub it in properly to get the best effect.

Argan oil has a lot of health benefits for damaged hair. It can help you to bring back the natural shine and stimulate healthy growth. It has a very good smell and is quickly absorbed. The demand for this oil will continue to increase because of the restorative properties that it has.

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Argan Oil for Smoother Skin?

Argan Oil for Smoother Skin?

In recent years, argan oil has gained popularity as a natural skin-soother. Packed with healthy fats, the antioxidant-rich oil is said to shield skin from the effects of aging. Some proponents claim that argan oil can also help treat skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

Sourced from a tree native to Morocco, argan oil has long been used in skin care by Moroccans. But while a number of beauty companies around the world now use argan oil as a key ingredient in skin-care products, few studies have tested argan oil's effects on the skin.

There's some evidence that consumption of argan oil may offer certain health benefits. For instance, findings from animal-based research suggest that taking argan oil orally may fight insulin resistance and lower blood pressure. Since little is known about the safety of consuming argan oil, it's important to consult your doctor if you're considering the use of argan oil for any health condition.