To continue from my last post, let’s talk Jojoba oil. Our body has a natural oil, called the sebum. It is produced by the sebaceous glands, which then bring the oil to the surface, and help protect the skin against unwanted elements, and provide the body with a natural smoothness and shine.
There are many hydrating products, meant primarily for the skin, which attempt to emulate the sebum’s pH balance and consistency. A substance which is very similar to the body’s sebum is the oil of the jojoba plant.
The jojoba’s oil contains vitamin E, B complex vitamins, silicon, and several minerals. It is very high in iodine, which is partly what gives jojoba oil its power to heal. It also contains fatty acids, which turns it into a moisturizing wonder. Ironic, considering its natural habitat.
Jojoba is native to dry, hot regions, such as the deserts of California and Mexico. Its seeds hold an impressive amount of oil within them, all things considered, and they are perfect for use in restoring the body’s natural sebum-production.
If you are experiencing dry skin, dry hair, dry scalp, flaking, or irritation – it could all very well be the result of a pH unbalance. By using a product like jojoba’s essential oil, you are able to give the body and skin some of its shine and vitality back. Being overexposed to damaging elements, such as the chemicals and artificial perfumes found in many cosmetics and hygiene products, can be detrimental for your skin, and especially your face, since it is out in the open air most of the time, unlike other body parts which are usually covered.
Looking for a lotion with strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties? Go for something with jojoba in it as a main ingredient. Maple Holistics makes some effective Jojoba oil based lotions and soaps. It is one of the body’s most beneficial oils, especially when used more frequently.
NOTE: follow instructions, and use any essential oils in moderation. The jojoba can do a lot of good things, but like all good things in needs to be taken in measure.
Jojoba’s oil has many uses: it can be used as a makeup remover, a lube, a skin softener, a shampoo, a hair conditioner, a scalp massager, and an all-around moisturizer. There are also those who use it while shaving, and they report that the plant can help prevent burns and keep the skin smooth.
As for its more ‘medical’ kinds of benefits, jojoba can help with chapped lips; cracked feet; dryness of hands, fingers, and toe cuticles; eczema; psoriasis; acne; and other skin conditions. More studies are needed in order to clinically validate these claims, but the jojoba has had enough research done on it to make it a staple in many American households.
Jojoba wasn’t always America’s first choice. For many years and decades, the use of whale oil was very common. Following a ban on whale oil importing, people sought a new hope, and that was given to them in the shape of the jojoba plant. Jojoba is now used as the basis for many different kinds of products, and it is growing ever more popular.