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Benefits and Uses of Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis)

Jojoba is a desert plant, a forested, perennial bush that is native to the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, and the dry California regions. As the seasons change, the leaves do not shed and instead stay intact. The plant takes three years to mature and flowers to grow and become harden pods. In these pods are one or more seeds.

When the seed matures, it breaks out of the pod and drops to the ground. These seeds, on the surface, resemble large coffee beans; from this seed, a nutty scented jojoba oil is extracted. The oil and wax produced from this seed are used for a number of medicinal purposes.

Benefits of Jojoba

Jojoba oil has great benefits for the skin in treating and preventing acne breakouts. It is used to treat psoriasis, heal sunburns, and moisturize chapped, dry skin and lips.

There is some evidence that supports massaging jojoba oil to Alzheimer’s patients may improve memory and mental functions, as well as possibly stabilizing emotions and reducing aggression.

Jojoba oil, when applied to the scalp, encourages hair growth in those who are balding or suffering hair loss. It is thought that the oil acts as an emollient that unclogs hair follicles, soothes the irritated scalp, and potentially stimulates the scalp to allow the growth of new hair.

How to Use Jojoba

The jojoba oil can be applied directly to the skin and serves many purposes. To relieve symptoms of psoriasis and acne, gently massage the oil wherever it is needed.

This oil is gentle and doesn’t clog pores and is safe for babies’ use. After a bath or diaper change, the oil can be directly applied to soothe irritation and chafed skin to provide relief.

Apply this oil on the neck with other oils like rose, sandalwood, and neroli oil for a relaxing aroma.

This oil can easily be made into a face or hair mask and is safe for daily use.

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