Whole Lot of Good With Jojoba

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.

desertJojoba 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.applying

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.

When Life Gives You Oranges…Oil

When life gives you lemons, don’t you dare make lemonade! What are you doing making lemonade, when you are sitting on such a gold mine! Peel one of those ‘life oranges’, and squeeze the skin between your fingers. You smell that, my friend? That is essence of orange, right there. Yes, indeed. The essential oil which the orange yields is very concentrated, and very beneficial. I should rename my blog “topical” topics after this post:)

Uses of Orange Oilorange oil

The uses of orange essential oil are many, and among them are:

Medically – this essential oil is used for treating the common cold, a slow digestive system, gas, the flu, and even stress. Some use it in their mouthwash, since it has the ability to fight sores and other oral unpleasantness.

Cosmetically – it is used as a skin revitalizer and healer. Oranges famously contain vitamin C, and this is also true to the fruit’s essential oil. Rich with vitamin C, it is able to act as an anti-ager, and fight wrinkles, sunburns, spots, and other skin-related issues.

Other ways of using the orange’s essential oil include:

Mood-heightener / relaxer / chill out session starter – put a few drops in an aromatherapy diffuser, and let it burn slowly. The oil’s fumes have a very calming effect when inhaled, and they can really help unwind after a long day. Works very well in the bath or shower.

All-around kitchen cleaner – take a squirt bottle, and add orange essential oil to water. Perhaps consider adding another essential oil, such as a kind of mint, to the mix. Your call. You now have a great cleaner. Depending on the concentration, it can get rid of many different kinds of stains, grease, and grime.

General revitalizing tonic – this may be an obscure one, which is why I didn’t add it to the medical benefits. Orange essential oil is seen by many as a general remedy. You don’t need to suffer from any kinds of condition to use it. It is wonderful as a standalone “body maintainer”. It keeps you in shape and protects you.

Orange essential oil can help out with any and all systems, physical and mental. It is a wonderful oil which I feel is overlooked, sometimes. With so many other popular oils, such as lavender and rosemary, or the amazing Australian tea tree, it is easy to sidestep an oil made from a citrus fruit which we encounter on a daily / weekly / monthly / seasonal basis. We are used to oranges, so maybe we think less of them.peel

Either way, I hope this little post was able to broaden your orange horizons, and give you a different perspective on this common fruit. It helps your body to do what it is already doing, and it boosts its functions. Get rid of gas and toxins, improve immunity, and facilitate healthy loss of fat, with the orange’s essential oil. Because it is so prevalent, it may be overlooked, but it is certainly one of the most essential oils there are. I leave it up to you, to make that discovery for yourself.