Other Names: Jojoba (French); Jojobastrauch (German); jojoba (Italian); jojoba (Spanish).
Description: Jojoba is a dioecious, evergreen shrub or small tree of about 4 m in height, with small, bluish green, leathery leaves and inconspicuous, wind-pollinated flowers. Flowers on male plants are borne in clusters in the leaf axils; those on female plants are usually solitary on the branch tips and have persistent petals that expand as the fruit matures. The fruit capsule has three locules, only one of which contains a single seed. In commercial plantations, female plants obviously predominate, but male plants are planted every 20 rows or so to ensure-effective pollination and seed set.
Origin: Sonora desert (northern Mexico and southwestern USA). The plant is cultivated as an oil crop in South America, Africa and Israel.
Parts Used: The seed oil, which is actually a liquid wax.
Therapeutic Category: Hair and skin care.
Uses and Properties: Native Indians used the drug to help support skin disorders. Jojoba oil is mainly included in hair and skin care products (lotions, creams, soaps and lipstick). The oil is also an excellent non-greasy lubricant that is used to some extent as a substitute for sperm whale oil in the lubrication of fine machinery. Despite the possibility of producing a valuable oil in arid regions, and the numerous commercial and industrial applications that have been proposed for jojoba oil, the industry has developed very slowly.
Preparation and Dosage: Jojoba oil is usually hydrogenated before use in cosmetics. It is a liquid wax, even at low temperatures; after hydrogenation it remains solid (at temperatures of up to 65°C).
Active Ingredients: Jojoba seeds contain up to 60% of a mixture of wax esters, including fatty acids and alcohols of chain lengths C20 to C26 (eicosenoic acid, docosenoic acid, eicosenol, docosenol and hexacosenol). It is chemically different from other seed oils in that it lacks triglycerides. Also present in seeds are nitrile glycosides (simmondsin; cyanomethylene derivatives).
Health Effects: The oil is said to easily penetrate the upper layers of human skin, hence its popularity in cosmetics. Jojoba oil is considered unsuitable for internal use as there are indications of undesirable side effects.
Status: Traditional health; source of cosmetic oil.
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Bianca Rosa® natural carrier oils provide the perfect medium in which to dilute potent essential oils and "carry" them onto the skin and into the body. These deep-nourishing oils provide even distribution and absorption with light and non-sticky lubrication. Depending on the potency of the essential oil being diluted, generally, adding 1-3 drops of essential oil to every 5 mL (1 tsp.) of carrier oil is sufficient for most massage or skin care needs. Massage gently into the skin with a circular motion. Apply as needed or as directed.
FOR TOPICAL USE ONLY. NOT TO BE TAKEN INTERNALLY.
Should skin sensitivity occur discontinue use. Store in a cool dry place. Keep out of reach of children.
Dilute powerful essential oils with carrier or base oil for use on skin. Adding 1-3 drops of essential oil to every 5 mL (1 tsp.) of carrier oil is generally sufficient for most massage or skin care needs. TOPICAL USE ONLY.
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