The Marvel Oils book series is about natural oils and their extraordinary capabilities. Oils have been employed since the beginning of civilisation as an important part of the diet to maintain good health, radiant skin and hair and enhance the flavour of food.
Each book provides an in-depth study of an oil, its uses today and how it’s been used successfully throughout history. We bring you the scientific, historical and anecdotal information in a way that is entertaining, interesting and informative. Included are tips and recipes to inspire the use of oils in your daily life.
This first book The Complete Book of Argan Oil covers the history, production, uses and benefits of the world’s most expensive edible oil.
What is “liquid gold” and what do Madonna, Jamie Oliver and Sophie Dahl do with it? Also known as green gold, the oil of 100 virtues and miracle oil, Argan oil has attracted superlatives and fans in equal measure, from the hairdressers to the stars to the chefs in the best restaurants. In the pages of The Complete Book of Argan Oil, you can find out why celebrities use it on their skin and hair and why cosmetic companies are falling over themselves to get it into their products. You’ll also find a section of cosmetic and culinary recipes.
Read the story of this remarkably versatile oil which comes from an extraordinary tree that grows wild in only one place in the entire world, south-western Morocco – a dry, harsh landscape that would be barren if it were not for the Argan tree. The ancient tree has learnt to adapt to hot windy days, cold nights and very little water. Despite these hardships, or perhaps because of them, the Argan bears fruit, which contains the rarest and most expensive edible oil on earth.
The gift of the Argan tree is a healing, nourishing, hydrating, moisturising oil that can also be regarded as a functional food. With an exotic flavour and an impressive array of nutrients, Argan oil is unlike any other oil. It is loaded with antioxidants, phytosterols, vitamin E and a multitude of other compounds, some of them unique. Regular consumption can safely lower blood pressure and cholesterol, protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer and arthritis and treat chronic diseases like diabetes. It is anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory, both in the body and on the skin. The Complete Book of Argan Oil reveals the Berber secret to radiant and youthful skin, shiny hair and vibrant good health.
About the Author
At 25 years of age Ahmed travelled to Perth, Australia where he met and married local woman Aisha (Christine) Ransley who is co-author of the The Complete Book of Argan Oil and co-founder of marveloils.com. Aisha and Ahmed love totravel and are passionate about natural health and lifestyle.
In the late 1980s, when Argan Oil was still not well-known outside of Morocco, Ahmed, a thinker and entrepreneur by nature, thought to present samples for analysis to researchers at the University of Western Australia. He felt that Argan oil was unique and knew that the Argan tree grew naturally in only a small area of Morocco because his father was a native of that region. Unfortunately,being so far from Morocco, Ahmed didn't find the means or opportunity to acquire the Argan samples so the idea faded to the back of his mind. He continued his studies in Information Technology which led to a successful career, first in Australia and then the Middle East.
Ahmed's interest in Argan Oil reignited in 2012 while visiting relatives near Essaouira Morocco and that is when the idea for The Complete Book of Argan Oil was born and was the inspiration for The Marvel Oil book series.
Table of ContentsIntroduction A Rose by Any Other Name
1 Argan Oil Through the Ages
2 The Tree of Many Blessings
3 What's in Liquid Gold
4 Mining Liquid Gold
5 The Oil of 100 Virtues
6 What Science Says About Argan Oil
7 The Future of the Argan
8 The Celebrity Status of Argan Oil