Tree Climbing Goats

Goats climb trees. It might be unbelievable to some, but it’s absolutely true. In several locations around the world, goats are climbing trees just as well as other goats can climb mountains. To witness this phenomena, one area that features the tree climbing goats is along the western edge of Morocco near Essaouira.

Tamri goats climb trees in search of food, which is otherwise sparse in the region. This is an amazing feat considering they are hoofed animals. They specifically climb Argan trees to feed on their nuts and leaves. The Argan nuts the goats consume are used to make an oil which is highly prized in Morocoo. 

In order to make the oil, the goats’ droppings are collected by the locals as it contains the kernels of the seeds of the nut. The droppings are then pressed and ground into oil. Even more disturbingly is that this oil has a number of uses including culinary and cosmetic. For a quarter-liter bottle of this goat digested kernel oil, you can expect to pay from $15 to $50. 

Known as skilled navigators of treacherous mountain conditions, maybe it isn’t such a surprise to find goats making their way up the steep and narrow trunks and branches of only slightly more dangerous trees. Unfortunately, the Argan tree is slowly being over-harvested as so many other resources are on our planet.


Morocco’s Climbing Goats

Goats on trees are found mostly only in Morocco. The goats climb them because they like to eat the fruit of the argan tree, which is similar to an olive. Farmers actually follow the herds of goats as they move from tree to tree. Not because it is so strange to see goats in trees and the farmers like to point and stare, but because the fruit of the tree has a nut inside, which the goats can’t digest, so they spit it up or excrete it which the farmers collect. The nut contains 1-3 kernels, which can be ground to make argan oil used in cooking and cosmetics. This oil has been collected by the people of the region for hundreds of years, but like many wild and useful things these days, the argan tree is slowly disappearing due to over-harvesting for the tree’s wood and overgrazing by goats. (Source: Oddee)

Men who stare at goats in trees....

Before you jump to conclusions: no, these were not created by a bored geek in Photoshop. Amazingly, these uncanny animals are actually real: they climb the Argan trees of Morocco in search of food, which is otherwise sparse in the region. Over time they have become not only able to climb trees but downright adept at the art – they traipse across trees with a sure-footedness that is hard to imagine from a hoofed animal.

The droppings of the goats contain the kernels of the seeds they consume which are, strangely enough, used by locals to press and grind into oil. Even more disturbingly: this oil has a number of uses including culinary (yes, people eat it) and cosmetic (yes, they also smear it on themselves). You might want to skip over the versions of these products sold by local farmers for the somewhat cleaner mass-produced varieties. For a quarter-liter bottle of this goat-digested kernel-oil you can expect to pay from 15 to 50 dollars.

Known as skilled navigators of treacherous mountain conditions, maybe it isn’t such a surprise after all to find goats making their way up the steep and narrow trunks and branches of only slightly more dangerous trees. Unfortunately, the Argan tree is slowly being over-harvested so you may have to hurry to see the real thing.

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anonymous asked:

have you ever used coconut oil for your skin? i heard its amazing but some people say its comedogenic which scares me off...

i have used it to take my makeup off in the past and it breaks me out terribly. everyone is different though. i prefer jojoba oil, argan oil, and tea tree oil

anonymous asked:

Hi there, I've had dreads for two years now and after nearly every time i wash my hair, i get flakes! I've tried staying in the shower for longer, different shampoos, no shampoo, tea tree oil, washing the roots, not washing the roots, everything! I don't know what to do. Any advice? thanks!

For dandruff caused by dry scalp, we suggest the following:

  • Wash your hair less frequently to retain the natural oils on your head.
  • Use a moisturizing conditioner.
  • If that’s still not working, add other oils to your scalp. Jojoba, argan, tea tree, and coconut oils are just a few common ones.
  • Keep your head covered in cold and/or dry climates.

How to combat seborrheic/fungal dandruff (according to Mayo Clinic):

  • See a dermatologist if at all possible! They are doctors that are specialized in the field, and therefore are able to most effectively treat the condition.
  • Check to see if you have eczema or psoriasis, as the symptoms of those conditions can often be confused with dandruff. A dermatologist (or careful searching online if you can’t afford a doctor) can help identify and differentiate those cases.
  • Wash your hair very frequently to rid of excess oils.
  • Check your hair care products, shampoos, and conditioners to see if there are any ingredients you’re allergic or sensitive to that are irritating your scalp. The ingredient “p-Paraphenylene diamine” (PPD) often causes scalp scaling and irritation.

How to combat atopic dermatitis (aka, eczema, according to the Mayo Clinic):

  • Identify and avoid your triggers. Some triggers include certain foods, rapid temperature changes, stress, and perspiration. Figure out what makes your skin flare and try your best to avoid those things.
  • Find an anti-itch solution. Hydrocortisone creams are good anti-itch solutions. However, many hydrocortisone creams are 1% hydrocortisone mixed with beeswax and aloe. While aloe is okay for locks, beeswax is a bit more questionable. Try to find a wax-free solution is possible. Aloe alone is a good topical solution. Oral antihistamines (Benadryl, etc) also help more severe cases of itching.
  • Try antibacterials. While the Mayo Clinic suggests soaking the affected skin in a 0.078% bleach solution, that is a very small amount of bleach that may be difficult to measure. The Mayo Clinic says it is thought (but not proven) to kill bacteria. We suggest using other antiseptics, such as tea tree oil, witch hazel, or lavender oil.
  • Use shampoos and conditioners with simple ingredients. Some ingredients can irritate the scalp, so using a more natural ingredient list with fewer items can help prevent irritation. In the event a shampoo or conditioner with simple ingredients does irritate your skin, the short ingredient list should make it easier to identify what ingredient is causing the negative reaction.
  • Use a humidifier and use wet, cool compresses on your head. Try not to wash you hair with scathing hot water.

As for shampoos, most dandruff or medicated shampoos will work with your locks. I used Head and Shoulders for over a year on my locks, and they are fine. Many people have also used the popular Neutrogena T-Gel shampoo with good success. Whatever helps manage your condition when you have loose hair will work well on your locks.

I hope this helps! If your condition doesn’t improve over time, please consider visiting a dermatologist. We are not skin care specialists, so if at all possible, visit a licensed professional to help manage chronic scalp disorders.

- KJ

“Argan” goats are known for their ability of climbing Argan trees. The learning of the younganimals (less than 3 months) by older ones is predominant. According to livestock holders, goats coming from other areas never climb into the Argan trees. Climbing ability of goats depend on the physiological stage. Indeed, gestating goats, old goats and bucks during mating season never climb into the trees to graze. Falls of goats from the trees are frequent. 10 to 30% of goats broke their legs as result of falls from the trees! Here is the study

100% Pure Certified Argan Oil

Argan Oil is frequently called liquid gold of Morrocco, is an oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree, endemic to Morocco, that is valued for its nutritive, cosmetic and numerous medicinal properties. The argan tree grows only in the south west of Morocco. The argan oil has been used for the remedy and cosmetics since the ancient ages. The argan oil is %100 natural, pure and unique. The argan tree is under the protection of UNESCO against extinction. The scientific studies have shown that there isn’t any product equivalent to Argan oil.

Organic Argan Oil: Key To Curing Diseases in America

Argan oil is now considered as the “in thing” in skin care because salon owners across the nation are now using this product to maintain the healthy state of their customers’ skin.

Argan oil is produced from the kernels of argan trees, which are abundant in Morocco. It has been found to instantly moisturize the skin and prevent skin flaking.

But there is one argan oil that works more than just moisturizing the skin and preventing skin flaking. It can also be used to moisturize the face, hair and nails. This argan oil is called Virgin Argan Oil.

 Virgin Argan Oil is different from other argan oil in the market because it is made from pure and organic materials. It is formulated from the best Moroccan ancient beauty secret.

Virgin Argan Oil is the best organic argan oil because it contains many natural healing properties, particularly anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, anti-inflammatory, anti-frizz and anti oxidant-rich properties, which have been found to instantly moisturize the skin, face, hair and nails even with just first use. 

As an anti-aging, anti-wrinkle and anti-inflammatory organic argan oil, Virgin Argan Oil effectively reduces age spots in the face, such as wrinkles, and diminishes smile lines around the eyes and mouth. It is also effective in reducing eye bags without clogging the pores of the skin because it is made from high quality organic argan oil

 Virgin Argan Oil is also effective in erasing acne scars, making the skin smooth and soft.This organic argan oil has been known as a natural skin care product for both women and men because it can make the skin re-balanced with an even tone and texture. 

People with sensitive skin can use it because it is the perfect moisturizer even for easily-irritated skin. It is fragrance-free and absorbs quickly to relieve chapped, flaky and itchy skin without giving a burning or stinging feeling to the users.

As an anti-frizz and anti-oxidant-rich organic argan oil, Virgin Argan Oil effectively prevents frizz and increases the natural shine and silkiness of hair. Damaged and dry hair will become moisturized, smooth, shiny and silky, free from frizz, even after just first use.

Aside from the hair, men can also use Virgin Argan Oil on their beard because it has been known as nature’s best beard oil.

This organic argan oil is also an effective moisturizer for dry cuticles. It will instantly make the nails clean, soft, shiny and smooth, even after just first use.Since it is made from organic materials, Virgin Argan Oil is safe and effective to use because it has been certified as pure and organic by the USDA and EcoCert. And because of the many natural healing properties that this organic argan oil contains, salon owners rely on it to maintain the skin, hair and nails of their regular clients. They even call Virgin Argan Oil as the “Liquid Gold.” With Virgin Argan Oil, maintaining a beautiful skin, hair and nails is now possible.