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The Miracle Seed of Sahara

If you ever travelled through the Atlantic coast of Morocco, you might have been astounded by the surrealistic sight of a goat, or a group of goats, jumping and climbing the trees widespread across the Marrakech to Essaouira highway. They are spending the hours eating the leaves and fruits of the Argania spinosa, a twisted, thorny shrub endemic to the region that holds the magical elixir of Sahara: the brilliant Argan Oil.

Popularly known as ‘The Gift of God’ and ‘Liquid Gold’ for its many uses and healing benefits, Argan Oil has been used by Berbers over thousands of years as a culinary ingredient and also as a beauty essential. It is rich in Omega 6 acids and Vitamin E: it heals, repairs, regenerates and rejuvenates the skin, making it a powerful anti-aging ideal for dry and sensitive skin.

Argan Oil was traditionally hand-produced by women using primitive stone tools. The process has been partially mechanised in recent years, but it is still a time-consuming, back-breaking artisanal labour that starts in late summer when the fruit, which resembles a giant olive, turns gold and the harvest begins. Argan seeds consist of three layers that need to be removed: a tough outer skin, a fleshy middle, and a hard nut with one to three kernels — it takes 30 kg of nuts to get 2 kg of kernels that will yield 1l of oil. To sum the process, once the seeds are collected, nuts are cracked and kernels will be pressed before filtering and obtaining the precious liquid. Culinary Argan Oil, made out of previously roasted kernels, will show an orangish colour and a nutty flavour, while cosmetic Argan is a more yellow shade and a lighter scent.

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Nothing is wasted from the Argan. Besides providing employment in the many women’s co-operatives that extract the magical elixir, the fleshy fruit makes food for the cattle and nuts shells are burned for fuel. And it also plays an important role against desertification, helping to prevent soil erosion and protect scarce water resources. This complex and at the same time fragile ecosystem, designated UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1988, is what Berbers are learning to harvest and care for. Not only because there’s a flourishing industry, mainly because Argan is the miracle seed that has nurtured Sahara’s local communities over the centuries.

 

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The Arabian Nights : The Story of the Porter and the Three Ladies

The Twenty-Ninth Night

The following night Dinarzad said to her sister Shahrazad, “Sister, if you are not sleepy, tell us one of your little tales to while away the night.” Shahrazad replied, “I hear and obey”:
I hear, O wise and happy King, that as the porter stood with the basket, at the door, behind the girl, marveling at her beauty, her charm, and her elegant, eloquent, and liberal ways, the door was unlocked, and the two leaves swung open. The porter, looking to see who opened the door, saw a full-bosomed girl, about five feet tall. She was all charm, beauty, and perfect grace, with a forehead like the new moon, eyes like those of a deer or wild heifer, eyebrows like the crescent in the mouth of Sha’ban, cheeks like red anemones, mouth like the seal of Solomon, lips like red carnelian, teeth like a row of pearls set in coral, neck like a cake for a king, bosom like a fountain, breasts like a pair of big pomegranates resembling a rabbit with uplifted ears, and a belly with a navel like a cup that holds a pound of benzoin ointment. She was like her of whom the poet aptly said:
On stately sun and full moon cast your sight;
Savor the flowers and lavender’s delight.
Your eyes have never seen such white in black,
Such radiant face with hair so deeply dark.
With rosy cheeks, Beauty proclaimed her name,
To those who had not yet received her fame.
Her swaying heavy hips I joyed to see,
But her sweet, slender waist brought tears to me.
When the porter saw her, he lost his senses and his wits, and the basket nearly fell from his head, as he exclaimed, “Never in my life have I seen a more blessed day then this!” Then the girl who had opened the door said to the girl who had done the shopping, “Sister, what are you waiting for? Come in and relieve this poor man of his heavy burden.” The shopper and the porter went in, and the doorkeeper locked the door and followed them until they came to a spacious, well-appointed, and splendid hall. It had arched compartments and niches with carved woodwork; it had a booth hung with drapes; and it had closets and cupboards covered with curtains. In the middle stood a large pool full of water, with a fountain in the center, and at the far end stood a couch of black juniper wood, covered with white silk and set with gems and pearls as big as hazelnuts or bigger. The curtain was unfastened, and a dazzling girl emerged, with genial charm, wise mien, and features as radiant as the moon. She had an elegant figure, the scent of ambergris, sugared lips, Babylonian eyes, with eyebrows as arched as a pair of bent bows, and a face whose radiance put the shining sun to shame, for she was like a great star soaring in the heavens, or a dome of gold, or an unveiled bride, or a splendid fish swimming in a fountain, or a morsel of luscious fat in a bowl of milk soup. She was like her of whom the poet said:

Her smile reveals twin rows of pearls
Or white daisies or pearly hail.
Her forelock like the night unfurls;
Before her light the sun is pale.

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Let’s slow down life..

We are going through an official second lockdown.. So depressing, frightening for all of us. But we can always focus on the bright side of the life. Let’s do something new. Something for our body, for our soul. Remember that yoga class you never found time to attend? Time to start !

Check this channel with free online yoga sessions.

https://www.youtube.com/c/Yogadownloadcom

We adore it! Let;s start.. slow!

The beginners version is here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CY6Tfpl1oAQ&list=PLZkDZKOcvYTh4dRDXQ71m7gQUmWkDmLAl&index=9

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We say no to violence against women!

We believe that every woman should be cherished and loved as a wife, a companion, a mother , a friend.. We say no to violence against women and we unite our voice with every woman in the world, to be heard out loudly and clearly. Recent allegations from around the world have once again underlined what many women have long known: violence, harassment and hatred towards women are features of their daily lives. As 25 November marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) lends its voice to the EU’s campaign #SayNoStopVAW and the global #metoo campaign to help put an end to the widespread violence that affects millions of women.

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, the European Commission and High Representative Federica Mogherini issued the following statement: “Violence against women and girls is violence against the whole humankind, and should have no place in Europe or elsewhere in the world. But we all know that despite our commitment, we are still far from winning this challenge. Violence against women happens anywhere, there is no safe place, not even at home. On the contrary. Woman are targeted at home as well as in their workplace, in schools and universities, on the street, in displacement and migration, and increasingly online through cyber violence and hate speech. The scale of the problem stays alarming: One in three women in Europe has experienced physical and/or sexual violence. Nearly all victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation within the EU are women and girls. In developing countries, one in every three girls is married before reaching the age of 18. There are at least 200 million women and girls who have undergone female genital mutilation, which is still performed in around 30 countries. It is our responsibility as the EU and international community, to keep our commitment to preventing, openly rejecting and condemning all acts of violence against women and girls. It is our duty also to support and protect the victims by creating a safe environment for them to report the crimes committed against them. The EU is committed to keep working tirelessly with our partners to strengthen legal frameworks and institutions, supporting development and education, improving services for survivors, addressing the root causes of violence, promoting women empowerment. But ending violence against women and girls requires a firm commitment not only at institutional level. It requires a broad involvement of international organisations, of NGOs, of the civil society at large. And most of all of men. So our goal stays clear: eliminate violence against women and girls. The EU will stay at the forefront of this international mobilisation to defend the rights of every woman and every girl to live free and safe. We do it for our future and for our present because women are the pillar of just, open, developed and democratic societies, and nothing should deprive them of the freedom to play their role freely and safely.”

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We will shine again!

This year has been so weird in many ways.. It’s been a year in which we have all looked in the mirror without filters. But it’s been a creative year as well. Âme Nomade was born in 2020, after the first lockdown, to embrace feminity and transfer the vibes of another world..
So for me it’s been a year to embrace the origins, to create a sacred home surrounded by nomad treasures, a year to connect with nature and create beautiful well-being rituals, this is the only way in which I have found calm lately.

This year has been a journey in many ways, but I feel that soon we will shine again, do you feel this way?

If you are still looking for the perfect gift, you can give away a gift card through mail or to order any of the treasures in the shop.

Wishing you a merry merry Christmas,
Maria Ntouma
Creative director – founder of Âme Nomade

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When Scandinavian decor meets Morocco

At a time when giving a name to your decoration no longer really makes sense, living it, feeling it becomes essential. Even magazines now avoid the total look. We are inspired by here and there, a touch of industrial style, a dash of Scandinavian, designer furniture in a bohemian atmosphere, all immersed in our memories and our compulsive shopping. We now compose our decor according to who we are.
For some it is innate. From the start, they have left their way of life guided by their way of decorating and staging. For the others, including myself, the learning took longer and continues to sharpen over the years. And there are those who are not there yet and who may never be. This is where my blog, where the magazines … try to give you some keys. Either you appropriate them so that they become yours, or you let yourself be guided!
And when you break free from certain codes and let yourself go, it sometimes happens that pretty things see the light of day. To express this poetry, in the terms of a new project I was inspired by nordic style and moroccan landscapes.. And it was with amazement that I discovered that the Scandinavian style went wonderfully with the Moroccan decoration. This is all the more disturbing as by the end of this article you will not know where one begins and where the other ends …
We set the scene here in immaculate white. The Scandinavian style is revealed thanks to certain recognizable codes. Raw wood and natural materials settle in with the furniture and decorative accessories.

And when we start to want to decipher, we notice a Beni Ouarain, a Berber carpet from Morocco 100% wool from Marrakech. Still on the floor, we also notice Moroccan poufs, which have now become extremely popular in all types of interiors. Moroccan lanterns made by hand by artisans. The bed is decorated with a beautiful pom-pom plaid, in hand-woven wool. This object has already made the ONE of my Morning Inspirations on Facebook (daily meeting to share at 8am), the famous Moroccan plateau.

These metal trays are made by master metallurgists. Each vintage tray is hand hammered with a unique pattern. Used as a tray, as a coffee table or as a decoration, it is a strong element in the meeting between Scandinavian decor and Morocco!
The lightings will sometimes be Scandinavian style such as suspensions in natural materials, rattan, bamboo, sisal, cotton… Sometimes Moroccan suspensions in finely perforated brass which will give your evenings areas of miles and a night.

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International Women’s Day

Worldwide, millions of people mark International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8. The day provides an important opportunity to reinforce commitment and action forging women’s equality, while also celebrating women’s achievements. Fighting the good fight continues all year and IWD sees the world step forward to support a campaign theme that unifies action in helping forge an inclusive world. Unfortunately: Every year 1.5 to 3 million girls and women die due to gender-based violence. Nearly half of women aged 15-49 in developing countries believe that a husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife under certain circumstances, while 287,000 women die each year during childbirth due to lack of proper care. At least 120 million girls and women have experienced genital mutilation, and more than 64 million women aged 20-24 worldwide have been married before the age of 18. Two-thirds of the world’s 775 million illiterates are women, and in 47 of the 162 countries available, girls are less likely than boys to finish primary school…

Each year the conversation grows, activity escalates, action increases, inclusive mindsets prevail – and we get closer to an equal world. Thank you to everyone who shares the vision, cares about equality, and takes action to make the world a better place. A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So let’s all choose to challenge. How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

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Powerful Words to Remember on International Women’s Day

March 8th is an ideal time for women and girls everywhere to reflect on the wisdom of the powerful words shared by inspiration figures in history. Many strides have been made towards gender equality but naturally there is still a lot of ground to cover before the goal is reached.
This International Women’s Day take a little inspiration from some of the wisest and most powerful words spoken by influential women in history. Let their wisdom be a guide to help us remember the strong impression that can still be made on the world by amazing women.