Could it be true? Could an edible oil make postmenopausal women feel as well as synthetic hormone replacement therapy?
In a study of 60 women over 60 days argan oil was found to make a significant difference in the texture and integrity of all the participants’ skin.
Here in Ottawa, I think most of us use argan oil as a remedy for dry, dull hair.
But in Morocco, North Africa and the middle east, argan oil has been recognized as a healing oil for many generations.
It is known to improve circulatory and heart conditions, arthritic conditions, immune disorders and skin conditions.
There are two types of argan oil, culinary and cosmetic.
The culinary oil is made by roasting the kernels which contain the seeds that are made up of 60% oil. Once they are roasted they are ground to extract the oil.
It has a pleasant flavour, like light sesame, and can be used as a finishing oil in salads and smoothies, or in the traditional Moroccan dessert spread, amlou. It is not stable for cooking.
Cosmetic argan oil is made from raw kernels which are pressed, traditionally by hand but increasingly by machines.
I purchased culinary argan oil and have been using daily for about a week.
I make a smoothie, using 1/2 a banana, 1/4 cup of frozen berries, 2 tbsp of argan, 1 teaspoon of cocoa and about a 1/4 cup of Oikos 2% plain yogurt and a 1/4 cup of 2% milk, and it tastes lovely. (Sometimes I add crickets, which I’ll tell you more about in another post.)
I also apply it to my face and hands each morning and evening. A little goes a long, long way.
Already, my skin feels stronger, particulary on my nose where it’s been very sensitive lately.
The bonus, according to the aforementioned study, is that besides improving our skin, argan oil appears to improve our lipid profiles and hormone profiles.
Which is why I wonder if might be a good replacement for HRT.
For me, it’s definitely preferable to synthetic hormones, and worth a shot.
Let me know if you try it, too, and how it works for you.
See you soon.
P.S. You might think the culinary oil is expensive when you compare it to other edible oils. But remember you can eat it and apply it to your skin. So, compare it to cosmetic products instead. I think you’ll consider it a bargain.