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Make Sure You Don’t Miss Out The Amazing Benefits From Argan Oil! Here’s Why!

Make Sure You Don’t Miss Out The Amazing Benefits From Argan Oil! Here’s Why!

Used for centuries to heal wounds, treat skin infections, moisturize skin, and keep hair healthy, argan oil, also known as “liquid gold,” packs a powerful punch combating acne, diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, and even cancer. Loaded with Vitamin E, Vitamin A, oleic acids, linoleic acids, and squalene, argan oil is not only beneficial when applied topically but the advantages to consuming it (the edible kind only!) are priceless. The antioxidants in virgin argan oil are higher than in any other plant oil.

Where does Argan oil come from?

Argan oil derives from argan trees in Morocco. The center or “nut” of the argan fruit is removed and cracked open. Inside are the kernels or seeds. The seeds are pressed to extract the oil. This time-consuming, laborious task generates employment and much-needed revenue for Morocco. Women make up the main job sector, and they have formed government-backed cooperatives to keep up with the high demand.

Two kinds of Argan oil: edible and cosmetic

Two types of argan oil are made: an edible version and one strictly for external, cosmetic use. Each type is produced differently. For edible argan oil, the kernels are roasted before pressing. This argan oil will have a nutty taste and can be added raw to salads and vegetables. It can also be used for cooking although it is not good for prolonged frying.

The cosmetic version of argan oil is used topically as moisturizer on skin and conditioner on hair. It is often added to commercial lotions and moisturizers. During the production of cosmetic argan oil, the kernels are pressed in their raw form and not roasted.

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What are the benefits of using argan oil?

1. Treats acne and other skin disorders

Argan oil reduces skin inflammations such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema. [1] Use of the oil rejuvenates and oxygenates skin cells.

2. Improves liver health

Studies [2] show that consumption of argan oil protects against liver disease. During tests inducing liver dysfunction, argan oil preserved insulin production even under distress to the liver.

3. Prevents cancer

Loaded with antioxidants, argan oil helps reduce tumors and other cancerous growths. The squalene in argan oil protects against skin cancer. [3]

4. Heals wounds and burns

Argan oil speeds up the healing process and prevents infection in wounds. A study done on second-degree burns [4] showed that burns treated with argan oil healed more quickly.

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5. Rejuvenates skin

Exposure to UV rays can accelerate skin damage. Use of argan oil promotes regeneration of skin cells and eliminates the appearance of age spots and scars. Argan oil stimulates cell oxygenation and replenishes and renews skin cells, making the skin more elastic and smooth.[5]

6. Promotes cardiovascular health

The fatty linoleic and oleic acids aid in reducing the LDL (bad) cholesterol while leaving the HDL (good) cholesterol levels intact, helping to prevent heart attacks and strokes and reducing heart disease. [6]

How can you incorporate Argan oil into your daily routine? 

1. Moisturizer for skin

Famous for its nourishing properties, argan oil is used as a moisturizer for the skin and even overnight on the face. Put a drop in your hand and smooth over legs, arms, neck, and face. Work into rough areas like elbows and knees. Use sparingly as a little goes a long way.

2. Conditioner for hair

Argan oil is used as an intensive conditioner for dry and brittle hair. Depending on hair length, use only a drop or two and massage through hair beginning at scalp, or rub some on split ends to add moisture.

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3. Sauce for foods (edible oil only!)

Used in place of other oils, the edible variety of argan oil can be used on salads as a dressing, in sauces, and even as a dipping sauce for bread. Sprinkle or spray over salads, add to stir-fry vegetables, and use in place of butter, olive oil, or ghee.

Are there any side effects from using Argan oil?

Argan oil comes from a nut, so if you suffer from peanut, nut, or even sesame allergies, be careful about using this oil. Always do an allergy test on a small patch of skin (usually inside arm) before using even an all-natural product for the first time.

Where can you get Argan oil and how much does it cost?

Argan oil comes only from Morocco — the Argan Forest, bordering the Sahara Desert. The forest has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve [7], where the trees, adapted to drought conditions, provide a buffer against desertification.

Argan oil doesn’t come cheap. The labor-intensive oil production comes with a price tag to match its liquid gold reputation, at about $40 for 1.6 ounces (50ml) for the cosmetic variety and $130 per half gallon for the edible variety. [8]

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You could spend money on comparable beauty products to achieve similar results, but these manufactured products are loaded with unpronounceable chemicals (which build up in the body) and put into pretty packaging to catch your eye. Would you rather eat an apple or a 3-D printed sphere that looks like an apple and tastes like an apple, but which lacks the nutrients and health benefits of a real apple? Be a smart consumer.

Make sure it’s REAL Argan oil, but how?

True Argan oil is expensive and undiluted. If it’s cheap, it’s not real argan oil. Look at the packaging. It should be 100% argan oil and should feel silky and smooth to the touch — not greasy. It is common to see cloudy residue in the bottom of the bottle. There are many products made with argan oil: moisturizers, conditioners, and shampoos, but these are products diluted by the manufacturers.

How to store Argan oil?

True argan oil has a short shelf life: 24 months for the cosmetic use variety, and only 12 months for the edible kind. It is best stored in a glass container out of direct sunlight at around 77°F. If your oil smells rancid, it’s gone bad.

Argan oil versus tea tree oil, which one should you pick?

Another powerful anti-inflammatory oil is tea tree oil, derived from the leaves of the Tea Tree. It works as a great acne-fighter and wound healer. While the cost of tea tree oil is less than argan oil, the intensity of tea tree oil and pungent aroma is difficult to handle for many. Tea tree oil should be diluted with a carrier oil when applied to the skin, unlike argan oil which can be applied directly, undiluted. Also tea tree oil should only be used topically — never ingested. Tea tree oil can cause side effects such as irritation and swelling, skin dryness, itching, and stinging.

Argan oil is healthy for you inside and out. The benefits to you are immeasurable. Are you ready for a healthy change? Go for the natural choice. Try argan oil.

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Last Updated on February 20, 2019

13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

Why is this so critically important to you?

The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

  • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
  • The man facing the judge.
  • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
  • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
  • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
  • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

2. Accept Your Fear

Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

And here’s what can be done.

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3. Get Some Perspective

I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

  • Are you really at risk?
  • Will this kill you?
  • Which leads us on to..
  • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

4. Hold a Hand

As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

Ask yourself:

  • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
  • Could that really happen?
  • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
  • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

8. Assume the Worse

If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

  • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
  • Think about how they feel about champagne?
  • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

11. Go with Fear

When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

13. Own Your Fear

Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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