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Majid Alaoui

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Majid, on the right, tasting the local prickly pear cactus honey, good for medicinal purposes.

I was recently asked what the most important requirement is when starting a philanthropic business in a third-world country.  The first thing that came to mind was having a trusted advisor and guide who knows and lives in the country.  For me, this person is Majid Alaoui.

Majid was the person who introduced me to argan oil as my guide during my first trip through Morocco in 2007, when I was searching for something to replace my cosmetics which had been confiscated on the flight over.  When I decided to create Kahina, I contacted Majid to ask him to send me some bulk argan oil, and then asked him to be my guide through the south while identifying Kahina’s argan suppliers.  Kahina has come a long way since then, but Majid has been a constant by my side in Morocco helping me locate argan cooperatives, communicate with his fellow Moroccans, and navigate the tricky cultural waters of an American woman doing business there.  He has also allowed me to travel not as a tourist, but as a local, eating the best street food, obtaining the best quality at fair prices in the souks, and discovering places otherwise kept from tourists.

Having been raised on a farm in the North of Morocco, Majid is also well-versed in traditional remedies, most passed down from him Mother, and knows where to find the best regional products and ingredients.

Here are a few of Majid’s traditional remedies:

For back pain, place crushed cooked potatoes on area.

To stop gas and bloating, drink a cup of hot water with cinnamon after eating.

To lose weight, drink hot water with a spoonful of apple vinegar.

Drink grape juice or raisin juice for antiaging.

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With Majid in the village

10 Tips for Head to Toe Beauty with Kahina Argan Oil

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We can’t say it enough: if you have just one product in your beauty cabinet (I know! Imagine! Just one?!), it should be argan oil. Here are ten ideas for how to make this wonder oil work for you, from head to foot and everywhere in between.

1. Create a hydrating styling spray for hair.It works well to refresh curls between washes.Combine a small amount of argan oil with water and aloe vera and store in a bottle with spray pump top.Shake well before every use. Lightly mist wet or dry hair, concentrating on the ends and avoiding hairline.

2. Get shinier, healthier hair and scalp.First, massage argan oil onto dry scalp.Then, mix a few drops with 1 part apple cider vinegar to 4 parts water, and spritz onto dry hair.Leave for 15 minutes.Wash hair as usual.

3. One drop argan oil with one drop each of tea tree and lavender essential oil makes an overnight blemish treatment to combat inflammation, redness, and soreness– without dehydrating or damaging skin.

4. For a moisturizing lip treatment, combine two drops with honey and spread over lips.

5. Make your own hydrating mask: 1 tbsp. of honey– a great humectant, 1/2 avocado –filled with fatty omegas, and 2 tbsp yogurt. Mash together to form a paste, spread evenly on face and let sit for 15 minutes.Rinse well.  Bonus: want a video demo of this?  Check it out by clicking here.

6. Add a few drops to your body lotion for extra softness all over.

7. For a body scrub that exfoliates and improves circulation, combine argan oil with espresso or coffee grounds.Work into skin and rinse off in the shower.

8. Massage into cuticles to help nail growth.

9. For a radiant glow, add a drop of argan oil to foundation, tinted moisturizer, or bronzer.

10. Work a fair amount into heels and over feet, cover with socks, and wake up with softer soles.

How do you use your Kahina 100% Organic Argan Oil?

Organic Home Spa: Cleansing Scrub for Oily/Combination Skin

Organic beauty expert, Jessa Blades, shows you how to exfoliate and balance your oily or combination skin with a homemade scrub, using Kahina Facial Cleanser, baking soda, and oatmeal.  Use this scrub twice weekly to remove any excess oil and dead skin after sun exposure. 

The avenanthramides in oatmeal help soothe and calm skin irritation, and saponins have a foaming effect, which help to lift oil and dirt from the skin. Baking soda boosts the effects of oatmeal, and neutralizes skin acidity, reduces redness and its antiseptic properties help heal and prevent skin from infection.  Its fine, but hard texture allows it to gently, but effectively, remove dead skin cells.

Let us know what you think!

Amlou: A Traditional Moroccan Delicacy Made with Argan Oil

Dried Argan Nuts

Dried Argan Nuts

In addition to having amazing cosmetic properties, argan oil is used in a variety of Moroccan recipes in its culinary form, where the argan nuts are roasted before the oil is extracted, as opposed to the cold-pressed method used to extract the cosmetic version.  Amlou, a thin, nutty spread which tastes a bit like peanut butter, is often served at breakfast with bread for dipping and is said to be an aphrodisiac.Argan oil is rich in vitamin E, fatty acids, and antioxidants and it is great for digestion.It also contains rare phytosterols, which help block cholesterol absorption.Below is a recipe adapted from Christine Benlafquih’s Moroccan food blog on About.com.

Yields about 2 cups.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

· 1 1/2 cups of almonds

· 3/4 cup argan oil (less if you desire a thicker consistency)

· 3 to 4 tablespoons warm honey

· 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

· 1/8 teaspoon salt

Preparation:

1) Preheat oven to 375° F (190° C). Roast almonds (spread out evenly on a baking pan) for about 10 minutes or until a bit crunchy.

2) Allow the almonds to cool a bit, and then pass them through a meat grinder twice or grind in a food processor at high speed to make a powdery paste.

3) Stir the argan oil into the almonds, about a tablespoon at a time, stirring quickly by hand or with the food processor on the lowest speed.

4) Gradually add the warm honey, sugar and salt in the same manner.Add more sugar if a sweeter amlou is desired.

Serve in a dish with bread for dipping.

Amlou will keep in a glass jar for a couple of months if stored at room temperature.  Shake or stir before serving, should separation occur.

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