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It’s called Liquid Gold – a Miracle Beauty Elixir! But what is Argan Oil really?

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#Argan#Oil is native to exotic #Morocco, and is extracted from the# kernels of the #ArganTree. It has been used as a #health booster and #cosmetic treatment for ages, and it has a colorful history!

History
This tree is found only in Morocco. So rare is the tree that it has created tremendous demand for Argan Oil. But no one would have heard of it, if #Hollywood #actresses had not revealed it as their beauty secret. The rest as they say is history!

Since it is an endangered plant, the #MoroccanGovernment is taking steps to plant more of these trees. The authorities started promoting this valuable oil worldwide because it supports women’s cooperatives, providing a livelihood to thousands of women across Morocco.

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The benefits of this oil are so numerous that it is universally called #LiquidGold. But its origins were pretty humble! In fact, the traditional method of argan oil #extraction involved a race, the #Berbers, of ancient Morocco who collected undigested argan pits from the waste of goats which climb the trees to eat their fruit. The pits were then ground and pressed to make the nutty oil used in #cooking and #cosmetics. Thankfully, not any more! Today, Argan Oil is #PressExtracted, with an initial #manual process that makes the end-product so precious. The process is incredibly time-intensive. It needs approximately 50 kilos of Argan#berries and 20 hours of work to produce half a litre of the finished oil!

What makes it so Valuable?
The bright golden yellow and silky smooth cosmetic argan oil is rich in beneficial #nutrients including #fattyacids and #VitaminE.
It’s good for the hair and skin, making it a popular cosmetic choice for many celebrities. It’s not just for the rich and famous, though – anyone can reap the Argan oil benefits for their body.

Some Common Uses

1. Skin Moisturiser

It absorbs easily and is non-greasy and non-irritating, thus a great natural moisturiser.

2. Hair Conditioner

It is proven to make hair softer, silkier and shinier – the ideal hair conditioner. Also treats split ends and tames frizzy hair.

3. Sleek and Shine Styling

Argan Oil is a natural styling agent. It makes hair more manageable and adds a healthy, attractive shine to any hair style.

4. Anti-Aging

It gives skin a youthful glow, reduces visibility of wrinkles. Its anti-oxidant effect makes it the ideal anti-aging product, restoring elasticity and leaving skin plumper and softer.

5. Dry Skin Conditions & Acne

Argan Oil prevents dryness and irritation. It soothes skin, and when applied to afflicted skin, provides relief and helps heal.

6. Protection and Healing

The antioxidants in argan oil are generally beneficial for healing skin which is irritated, cracked, damaged or even burned. It reduces inflammation, soothes pain and increases healing rate.

7. Pregnancy

Argan oil increases the elasticity of skin due to its vitamin E content. On application, it reduces chances ofdeveloping stretch marks during pregnancy.

8. Foot, Hand and Nail Treatment

Argan oil’s softening properties are ideal for brittle nails, dry hands and cracked, hard skin on feet.

9. Lip Moisturiser

It ensures lips stay plump, soft and supple during dry winters. .

Just one bottle of this miracle oil is extremely versatile and can be used for all these benefits. It is sure to change the way you live your life!

But there’s more to this wonder oil! It is considered a must in the kitchens of Morocco!  They drink a bit every morning at breakfast, pour it on their fish, drizzle it on salads and creamy desserts…but they’ll never ever heat it!

Well, it’s time you gave the lie to all those so-called #miracle oils… it’s time you reaped the benefits of Liquid Gold!!! This #magical potion is not a long, long journey away for you – you can just click a button and buy Argan Oil from Natural Mantra!

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Chickpea Salad with Lime & Mustard Dressing

How do you like your salad?

Most of us like to complicate or rather are scared to experiment with salads. Some people find it ‘Boring’ or some find it too ‘Healthy’. It all depends on  what you WANT from your salad. Salad making may sound very simple but it’s not. It is an art. An art of blending ingredients and flavours. Even a slight change or an off balance can make the salad taste too leafy, raw or there is something missing. A perfect salad should have a balance of sweetness & sourness. Some salads do ask for some spice but it’s a personal choice again.

Here are some basic tips to keep in mind when it comes to showcasing your salads:

  • Wash your salad leaves thoroughly and pat dry them. Shake the excess water in a salad spinner. If  you don’t have a salad spinner, you can try this at home.
  • Use only one or two fruits and not more than that, unless you are making a fruit salad.
  • All salads require some texture or crunchiness. Either use nuts or some red radish depending on your salad.
  • You can garnish your salad with some  cheese or bacon bits to give it some texture.
  • Pre mix your dressing at least an hour before you serve.
  • Always mix your dressing, just before serving your salad. In some cases, where the leafy veggies are negated, you can mix the dressing  serve on a bed of salad leaves (demonstrated below).
  • Keep some extra dressing on the table just in case any one would like use some more.

These are some of the basics things that I follow and it works really well.

1 cup (250gm) chickpeas, cooked with salt
1-2 small red radish
1/2 onion, chopped small
juice from 1/2 lime
2tbs chopped cilantro
2tbs mint or orange mint (available at Nature’s Basket)
1/2 Tbs sugar
1Tbs i2cook mustard
1clove garlic, finely minced
1/2 tbs olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
salad leaves for serving – use any kind ( I’ve used lettuce)

Mix all the ingredients for the dressing in a salad bowl. Pour the chickpea  and mix well.  Refrigerate for an hour for flavours to blend well.

Just before serving arrange the plates or serving bowl with some salad leaves  and pour in the dressed chickpea mixture. Serves two.

Who am I?
My name is Megha from ‘i2cook’. Yup I’m the one who makes peanut butter and other organic products. You can buy my products online. I’m a guest author on Natural Mantra and will be posting all things healthy. I don’t mind being assertive when it comes to talking about all things healthy/organic that are good for you. Feel free to share your thoughts. There’s always room for a little improvement…..what say ;)