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10 Amazing Benefits of Argan Oil You Didn’t Know

10 Amazing Benefits of Argan Oil You Didn’t Know

Want to know why argan oil is often referred to as ‘liquid gold’?  Yes, partly because of its price but more likely because it has amazing health benefits which range from heart health to skin and from hair to nails. It is expensive because it can take up to one day to produce just one liter!

It comes from Morocco and also some regions of Algeria. The tree is known as the Argania spinosa (shown above) and bears nuts which are a cross between walnuts and almonds. The oil is pressed from the nuts in a long and laborious process. It is extracted as a paste which is then sent for pressing to Agadir. Many women’s co-operatives have become involved, since traditionally, it has always been a woman’s work. By buying pure argan oil from one of these co-operatives, you can support women’s business initiatives which are quite rare in this part of the world.

The trees themselves are a goldmine in that they can last for up to 400 years and rarely need much attention. It is no wonder that the Berbers refer to this marvelous tree as ‘The Tree of Life’.  Here are 10 amazing benefits of argan oil you never knew about.

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1. It contains the healthiest fat

Most of the unhealthy saturated fats we consume come from dairy and milk. But the healthiest fats of all are the polyunsaturated ones and they are fund in nuts, fish, olive oil and sesame oil. But argan oil beats all these hands down as it contains 80 percent. The neurosurgeon at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Dr.Philip Stieg, regards this as a new super food.

2. It is a great skin conditioner

Moroccan women have used this oil on their skin for centuries. Because it has such a high vitamin E content, tocopehrols and saponins, it can help to moisten and rejuvenate tired and aging skin. It is also great for rough heels, diaper rash and brittle nails. It can help with eczema, acne and even psoriasis.

3. It is a wonderful salad dressing

Moroccans use this oil as a dressing for their salads and their couscous. It is also used for a paste like tahini (called amlou) which is great for hummus and other Arab delicacies.

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4. It can help heart health

One experiment was conducted whereby 60 men were given both olive oil and argan oil for 20 days. Their levels of antioxidants rose significantly which could be a key factor in staving off heart disease. This is mentioned in the Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases journal.

5. It can help heal scars

Because argan oil contains twice as much Vitamin E (tocopehrols) than other oils, this is ideal for smoothing skin to get rid of acne scars, knife scars and even burn scars. It boosts the collagen making processes in the skin and this is why it is so effective for maintaining a healthy epidermis.

6. It can help to lower cholesterol

Argan oil also contains certain types of phytosterols (plant sterols) which are not found in olive and sesame oil, for example. Taking the right dose of these phytosterols (approximately 2 grams daily) over a three week period can lower cholesterol by about 10 percent.  Argan oil is a great source of these plant sterols.

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7. It can help to prevent chronic diseases

There is sufficient evidence to show that flavonoids from plant foods can play a decisive role in helping to ward off chronic disease such as diabetes. But more studies are needed to show that the flavonoids can actually do the job when consumed by humans.

8. It may help prevent cancer

Oleic acids and phenolics which are present in argan oil have been studied. There is strong evidence to show that they are important in preventing certain types of cancers.

9. It has no side effects

Argan oil has been consumed in Morocco for hundreds of years. There are no reports of it being toxic in any way and neither are there any incidences of side effects. 

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10. The purest oil on the market

Which oil contains no chemicals, parabens, gluten and doubtful preservatives? Argan oil. It is a fact that it can last up to 20 years as Moroccan women have found. Which oil is ideal for vegans and is almost completely sustainable? Argan oil. Need I go on?

Featured photo credit: Argana/Christine Boose via flickr.com

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Last Updated on May 28, 2020

How to Overcome Boredom

How to Overcome Boredom

Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

What is Boredom?

We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

1. Get Focused

Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
  • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
  • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

2. Kill Procrastination

Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

Here are some ideas:

  • Do some exercise.
  • Read a book.
  • Learn something new.
  • Call a friend.
  • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
  • Do a spring cleaning.
  • Wash the car.
  • Renovate the house.
  • Re-arrange the furniture.
  • Write your shopping list.
  • Water the plants.
  • Walk the dog.
  • Sort out your mail & email.
  • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

3. Enjoy Boredom

If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

Final Thoughts

Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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