SWIM: MOROCCO with Jayme Barrett 0f Zweena Argan Beauty Elixirs
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  “It was my mother’s blessing that led me to the Kingdom of Morocco. As my plane flew over the Strait of Gibraltar into the northern coastal city of Tangier, little did I know that this country would become such a big part of my life. The ocean called to me but it was January and still too cold to take a dip. The topography looked a lot like my home state of California with the sea, mountains and desert- but that was where the similarities ended.

I met my future husband, a native to Casablanca, at a hotel three days into my vacation. A long-distance romance ensued across the seas.  During my six trips back to visit my love, we enjoyed many beaches along the coast of Morocco. One of the most beautiful was in Essaouira. This historic port city of fortresses with a laid back attitude has been called the Malibu of Morocco.  Its medina (old quarter) with meandering alleys filled with colorful Moroccan spices, slippers, caftans, rugs, lanterns and pottery is a paradise for any true nomad. In the Kasbah area, centuries-old canons jut from ancient walls.

Today, we find ourselves in Essaouira buying organic argan from a Berber womens fair-trade cooperative. I was once given argan oil (called “liquid gold” in Morocco for its healing, moisturizing and softening abilities) as a gift. Like the sea, pure argan oil anoints us with life-giving nutrients.  The healing oil swims into our skin, saturating our body with essential fatty acids and vitamins. The basis for Zweena Argan Beauty Elixirs, “zweena” means “beautiful” in Morocco.

After a day visiting the Berber women, we make it a ritual to drive to the coast and take a dip in the sea… a welcome respite from the Moroccan heat.  The wind and ocean invigorate me. Swimming back to shore, I take in the white landscape of the old city.  There aren’t many other places in the world where camels greet you at the water’s edge. “

Stay in a Riad (traditional Moroccan courtyard mansion).

~ Jayme Barrett

Jayme Barrett is the author of the best-selling book Feng Shui Your Life and co-founder of Zweena Argan Beauty Elixirs of Morocco.

August 2013