Argan Oil Galax VA

You can purchase argan oil in specialty shops or online; a 250 ml bottle costs $30 to $35. A little goes a long way—in culinary enjoyment, in bolstering a prosperous women’s industry, and in protecting the existence of a valuable endemic tree.

Deborah Jeffery
(703) 201-1184
2501 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA
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Deborah Jeffrey, RD, LD
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Nutritionist, Mental Health Professional, Osteopath (DO)

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15000 Washington Street
Haymarket, VA
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Taras Techniques, LLC
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21919 Hyde Park Drive
Ashburn, VA
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Sports Nutrition
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International Society of Sports Nutrition

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Virginia Integrative Medicine
(434) 984-2846
901 Preston Avenue, Suite 402-3
Charlottesville, VA
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Other, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Healthy Aging, Guided Imagery, Functional Medicine, Family Practice, Bio-identical HRT
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American Holistic Medical Association

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Keswick, VA
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Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1978

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(703) 636-4123
10432 Balls Ford Rd
Manassas, VA
 
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(703) 780-1261
1240 North Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA
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(276) 677-3631
799 Ripshin Rd.
Trout Dale, VA
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Heber H Newsome Jr, MD
(804) 828-9788
PO Box 980565
Richmond, VA
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Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1962
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Hospital: Medical College Of Virginia Ho, Richmond, Va
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(804) 344-5360
800 E Leigh St
Richmond, VA
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Internal Medicine, Nutrition
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Argan Oil

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By Jennie Lay

Just inland from southwest Morocco’s long, sandy Atlantic coast near Essaouira, the arid landscape turns rocky and red with a sparse forest of gnarled and thorny argan trees. In this native Berber region, gravity-defying goats clamber among branches to forage for fruit and leaves. Local women gather the green, olive-like fruit of the argan tree for the nuts, which they laboriously crack open so they can roast and grind the lipid-rich kernels to produce some of the world’s most prized and rare oil.

Argan trees grow nowhere else—a fact that prompted UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) to declare about 6.4 million acres of this rural stretch an international biosphere reserve. And The Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity has established an argan oil presidium to help guarantee the future production of this traditional artisan food. Rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, argan oil is used in cooking, traditional medicine, and cosmetics.

Zoubida Charrouf, PhD, a chemistry professor at Mohamed V University in Rabat, is Morocco’s champion of the argan tree and of the emancipating women’s co-ops that have grown out of argan oil production. She found that argan oil is twice as rich as olive oil in the antioxidant vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) and is less sensitive to oxidation than olive oil, which means it has a longer shelf life. Other studies have shown that consumption of argan oil—with its unique profile of fatty acids, tocopherols, squalene, sterols, and phenolic compounds—enhances cancer prevention and that eating virgin argan oil lowers LDL cholesterol and helps reduce cardiovascular risk.

Roadside, the women’s co-ops proudly display rows of bottles containing hand-harvested argan oil alongside argan beauty products scented with the likes of neroli or lemon verbena. The nutrient-rich argan oil has anti-aging effects and is often used for massage and facials and in aftershave, soaps, and hair conditioning products. Traditionally, Berbers use it topically to cure acne, stretch marks, dry skin, scars, and rheumatic pain.
In the kitchen, Berbers pour a few drops of deep golden argan oil into warm couscous or over a tagine. Another especially tasty way to enjoy its rich and exotic nutty flavor: Drizzle it over a salad of fresh arugula, avocado, and juicy pomegranate seeds. Amlou, a scrumptious mixture of ground almonds, honey, and argan oil, makes a delicious dip for bread.

You can purchase argan oil in specialty shops or online; a 250 ml bottle costs $30 to $35. A little goes a long way—in culinary enjoyment, in bolstering a prosperous women’s industry, and in protecting the existence of a valuable endemic tree.

Jennie Lay is a freelance writer who lives near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She recently traveled to the Moroccan argan oil co-ops to visit with Berber women and learn about their craft.

Author: Jennie Lay

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