These trees existed since the tertiary era, over 65 million years ago. Green, majestic in stature and thorny. The trees have been considered sacred. If you will take a look at this miracle tree, it would look a little bigger than average trees, growing from 5 to 7 feet. They have an inverted V shape that is eye-catching in the first place. Plus, there is a nutty aroma around it. It was believed to have come from the town of Argana in Morocco. But what makes it so special?
The Argan Tree has existed in the plains of North Africa but has been depleted due to deforestation and the need for fuel. Nowadays, because of UNESCO’s restriction, Argan trees only exist in the southern parts of Morocco, in the Atlas mountains, and in a few other countries. Because of the rarity and the proposed extinction, the tree now has its designated circa of 250,000 sq km between the Atlantic and the Atlas mountains as a local reserve. UNESCO has acknowledged that this tree is one of the few species that have surpassed multiple era of the earth’s history. Another interesting fact about it, and maybe the reason why it lasted so long, is that after dying, 7 years later, it can grow again. So people are saying that if we want to save the world from pollution and erosion, Argan trees are the ones that should be planted. They have this regenerative ability to ‘resurrect’ after death. This is one of the reasons why they are extremely special.
However, there is a deeper story about this tree. The Argan oil. This is the “liquid gold of Morocco”. Centuries before the Berbers (Moroccan women) have used its oil to protect their skin, nails and hair from the harsh conditions of the environment. They have also used this for cooking food. Because of the slightly nutty taste, it is one of the key recipes of their specialties. So what the Berbers do is that they use the crushed nuts from the goat’s wastes and crush it further to extract the oil. It would take about roughly 20 hours to produce one liter of argan oil. The extraction of the oil uses traditional ways that is why it is a very tedious and arduous task. Once they have done that, the oil will now be used for different purposes.
Nowadays, the popularity of the Argan oil is spreading all over the world. There are celebrities advertising and recommending the product. There are different alterations to the packaging and content of the Argan oils that are sold nowadays but they are also used for the same reasons, health and beauty. People are now using the oil just like what the Berbers made of them. They apply the oil to their skin, hair or nails to protect these body parts. There are also multiple researches that have proven the effectiveness of the oil in protecting our skin and providing us with optimum health.