Jojoba oil is something of a miracle discovery! It’s not a recent discovery; in fact, Jesuit missionaries in Baja, California found the Native Americans of that region heating and grinding the seeds that looked like extra-large coffee beans. The seeds produced a buttery substance that is actually a liquid wax that appeared after grinding, and was used to condition and heal the skin and hair, as well as preserve animal hides. Jojoba seeds were also a food source, known to the indigenous people for suppressing hunger, and valuable for traveling on the trail and hunting trips to keep strength up!
The 20th century brought more attention to the benefits of the jojoba seed oil, and it was cultivated in both California and Arizona, as well as in Mexico. The tall tales of its miraculous healing properties spread far and wide, and jojoba oil became its own version of a Gold Rush for a time! The upside of all the attention jojoba was given throughout the century is that it was seriously given scientific study on its properties and on how to produce the best quantity and quality yield of seeds. As a result, worldwide attention has expanded, and the Jojoba plant is currently grown in the US, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Israel, Australia, Egypt, Tunisia, India and China!
Scientific research into the properties of the jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) plant and oil has revealed something amazing! Jojoba oil is so similar to the human body’s natural sebum that, when it is applied, it regulates and balances oil production, reducing clogged pores, chapping and irritation, and moisturizes without leaving a greasy feeling on the skin. It is also antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial, reducing inflammation and infection, especially effective on conditions of acne, dermatitis and aging skin. Jojoba oil is easily and quickly absorbed into the skin, working gently to soften and smooth, and is helpful for relieving sun damage, stretch marks, and highly sensitive skin. This wonder oil provides beneficial vitamins, especially Vitamin B complex and Vitamin E, as well as minerals like silicon, chromium, copper and zinc and three essential fatty acids, making it the ideal choice for conditioning, strengthening and repairing skin, hair and nails!
Jojoba oil is often used as a carrier oil to make beauty, haircare and skincare products, including acne and anti-aging products, blending well with essential oils and other natural ingredients, while retaining its gentle, nourishing quality. It is even effective as a makeup remover, as well as an acne moisturizer, and can replace costly name brand products that do the same thing!
If you want to start using jojoba oil in your daily beauty and wellness regimen, here are a few important things to consider first!
The best jojoba oil is cold-pressed to release the oil, instead of heated and ground, preserving the highest potency of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids in the finished product. Cold-pressed jojoba oil is not given a long expiration date, so you will be getting the freshest, most power-packed product.
The oil should be raw and unrefined, as refined oils are processed with harmful chemicals, and turn healthy fatty acids into unhealthy trans fats. The oil should be free of chemicals, fragrances and fillers, and should be GMO-free, hexane-free, and phthalate-free.
Plant-based oils are best preserved in amber glass bottles. The amber color protects the jojoba oil from turning rancid and preserves the effectiveness and quality of the oil. Glass bottles will not deteriorate from contact with the oil inside, again preserving the integrity of the product inside.
What should the jojoba oil look like?
Your jojoba oil should be a rich, golden yellow color, never clear, as clear oils are most likely refined, and most definitely not power-packed with the vitamins, minerals and fatty acids you are looking for!
When it comes to selecting your jojoba oil, the quality of the product you will receive is reflected by the integrity and commitment of the company who makes it! Read the About Us on the company website for some basic information. What are their mission statement and core values? Do you have access to assistance when you are choosing your supplements or have questions? Do you have a no-questions-asked full guarantee on their products? The answers to these questions will tell you a lot about the quality of the jojoba oil you will receive, from the day it is planted in the field to the day it arrives at your front door, and a lot about what you can expect as far as getting the very best customer experience!
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