{Aromatherapy Thursdays} Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Simmondsia chinensis (pronounced Ho-HO-Ba)

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Jojoba oil is technically not an oil, but rather a wax. It is the botanical extract of the seed of the jojoba tree. In cold temperatures, it becomes solid, so in winter here in the Free State, I had trouble getting in out of the bottle in the evenings! It was all worth it, tough. This wax (or oil, whatever you call it) is said to be closest to the oil human skin produce (sebum), so it is great for balancing your skin, especially if oily skin is your problem. It is also non-comedogenic, so it won’t block the pores. What I like about Jojoba is that the oil is very stable, so it has quite a long shelf life and does not become rancid quickly. Which is good for people like me with too many oils on the shelf.

Uses:

  • Can be used for acne as well as sunburn skin
  • Use as a facial moisturiser. Some people complain of shininess, but I haven’t experienced the same problem. The oil absorbs without leaving it greasy, and makes it baby soft!
  • Make-up remover. It even removes mascara. Does not irritate the eyes, and is also non- allergenic.
  • Men can use it as a shave prep. It can prevent razor burn!
  • Can be mixed in with conditioner to promote shine. It moisturises the scalp and can prevent dandruff.

Warning – Jojoba Oil is not to be taken internally!

I get my oils from Natural Oils (www.naturaloils.co.za).

Sources:

Hoare, J. (2010) The Complete Aromatherapy Tutor: A Structured Course to Achieve Professional Expertise. GAIA: London

Ryman, D. (2007) Secrets of Youth & Beauty: Aromatherapy for Natural Rejuvenation. Rodale: London

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