Argan Oil Indianapolis IN

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.

Nancy Spahr,Cleansing Waters, LLC
(317) 259-0796
5501 East 71st St., Suite 1A
Indianapolis, IN
Specialty
Blood Chemistry Analysis, Colon Therapy, Detoxification Foot Bath, Energy Healing, Flower Essences, Massage Therapy, Nutrition, Raindrop Therapy, Reiki, Water Therapy, Wellness Centers

The Natural Path To Wellness, Llc
(317) 569-1800
13295 Illinois St
Carmel, IN
 
Diana L. EtsHokin
317-577-9208 
7007 Graham Road, Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN
 
Nutrition Inc
(317) 543-9452
2511 E 46th St,# C6
Indianapolis, IN
Services
Diabetes Education, Nutrition Counseling, Weight Management, Diet Plan, Sports Nutrition, First Consultation, Weight Loss
Hours
Sunday:Closed
Monday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday:Closed

Crossroadscounseling
(317) 842-8881
7002 Graham Rd
Indianapolis, IN
Services
Diabetes Education, Nutrition Counseling, Weight Management, Diet Plan, Sports Nutrition, First Consultation, Weight Loss
Hours
Sunday:Closed
Monday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday:Closed

Dr. Terri Hawkins-Fox
(317) 243-3550
6650 West 10th St.
Indianapolis, IN
Specialty
Acupressure, Colon Therapy, Detoxification Foot Bath, Flower Essences, Guided Imagery, Herbology, Homeopathy, Hypnotherapy, Light Therapy, Lymphatic Therapy, Nutrition, Physical / Exercise Therapy, Wellness Centers
Associated Hospitals
Natural Rejuvenation

Associated Healing Arts
(317) 770-0540
33 Metsker Lane
Noblesville, IN
Services
Spiritual Attunement, Reiki, Preventive Medicine, Osteopathic/Manipulation, Nutrition, Movement Therapy, Mind/Body Medicine, Homeopathy, Guided Imagery, Environmental Medicine, Energy Medicine, Arthritis, Allergy
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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Charis Center for Eating Disorders
317-295-0608 
6640 Intech Blvd., Suite 195
Indianapolis, IN
 
Jenny Craig
(317) 241-5298
6137 Crawfordsville Rd
Indianapolis, IN
Alternate Phone Number
(317) 241-5298
Services
Weight Loss, Diet Plans

Laura Senkowski
(317) 571-1377
3510 E 96th St
Indianapolis, IN
Services
Diabetes Education, Nutrition Counseling, Weight Management, Diet Plan, Sports Nutrition, First Consultation, Weight Loss
Hours
Sunday:Closed
Monday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday:Closed

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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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