Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil
Argan (Argania spinosa) is a flowering tree endemic to the dry southwestern lands of Morocco and Algeria. Argans grow up to 10 meters tall, with wide spreading brances that lean towards the ground and produce fruit. The kernel can separated from the fruit, cracked to free the seeds and then these are ground into a paste, from which argan oil is extracted. Argan oil is high in oleic acid, which, when used in haircare, can moisturize the scalp and help repair damaged hair follicles. Argan oil is also used in regional cuisines for dipping bread, salads and couscous. Cultivation of argans for oil production has helped protect trees from being cut down, and their presence is a ongoing aid against desertification.