Natural Oils | More, more, more facts!
Produced from the kernels of argan tree -a survivor amongst trees - adapted to drought with deep root systems. This tree is found in the semi-desert soils of Morocco but is slowly disappearing (under protection by UNESCO).
This oil is very rich in tocopherols (Vitamin E), phenols, carotene and essential fatty acids.
All argan oil today is produced by a fair trade women's cooperative that supports the local women of the Berber tribe, working within the preservation biosphere protected by UNESCO. Hence, it is one of the world's rarest oils. (source)
The edible oil, which is extracted by roasting the kernel has a nutty flavour and is used as a dip for bread, in salads and in couscous. It is also used for its skin-healing and softening properties in the cosmetics industry. (source) It is light and absorbs quickly into the skin and I've found, a little goes a long way. This helps as it's quite pricey!
Tea tree oil:
This pale yellow to clear essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, native to New South Wales, Australia. Tea tree has been used for treating colds, healing wounds and other skin ailments by the people of eastern Australia. It smells like camphor (minty/eucalyptus scent). (source)
When applied to the skin, it is effective against viruses, bacteria, fungi and lice (head lice and scabies, for instance). (source)
A fair warning: Tea tree oil should not be orally ingested as it can cause serious toxic effects ranging from skin rashes and blood cell abnormalities to coma. (source) A small proportion of people develop an allergic contact dermatitis with oil. For this reason, I suggest you do a patch test first with 0.1-1% dilution of the oil.
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