I love learning and when I hear names that I have never seen I am inspired to learn more. Therefore when Milan commented on argan oil, I hopped on and found out as much as I could.
Argan oil is a traditional moroccan oil and both the oil and the tree (meaning leaves, bark etc) are currently of high scientific interest because of their medicinal properties. These are some interesting facts about argan oil
1. The argan tree grows exclusively in Morocco. There is currently some buzz about protecting this right similar to the way cheese is protected (like roquefort cheese exclusively from Roquefort in France or parmigiano-reggiano aka parmesan exclusively from Italy).
2. It is one of the most expensive edible oils
3. Staying with diet, it is also a cholesterol reducing oil.
4. Skipping to skin, scientific tests have shown that it can reduce oil production and prevent acne.
5. For hair, it is traditionally thought to soften and fortify hair. Scientifically it has been shown to be able to protect skin from damage from UVB rays (sun damage). Therefore it could protect hair too from sun damage.
6. Finally extracts from the leaves are shown to be antifungal and antibacterial.
The second mail item today comes from Yoko in New Zealand who asked about camellia oil. This oil comes from China and Japan and has been used for centuries (why haven't I heard of it?!). Similar to argan oil, all parts of the camellia plant are used from tea making to medicinal properties. Here are some facts for you on camellia oil
1. It is traditionally used as a skin and hair protectant
2. It has been tested scientifically for antiwrinkling (yes it worked too in the study)
3. It has been tested on hair for prevention or reduction of dandruff and that worked too.
4. Tests on camellia oil as a sunscreen were actually unsuccesful but extra virgin olive oil which previously had no sun exposure was actually good for protecting against sun damage!
5. Extracts of the oil, seeds and/or leaves have been shown to have potential for treating or preventing cancer, viral infections and ulcers.
Thankyou Milan and Yoko for your contributions to the haven!!
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