You’ll be surprised to know that jojoba plants are actually carbon negative AND they have unending benefits such as anti-ageing properties, reducing poor skin pigmentation, eczema, rosacea and more...
How is jojoba oil made?
Precious jojoba oil (pronounced “hohoba”) is actually extracted from the seed, or the “bean” that grows on the jojoba plant. The plants take about 5-7 years to mature and requires very little water to grow. For this reason, the plant easily thrives in Australia’s hot climate even with repeated years of drought. The most interesting part of this plant is that it actually pulls more carbon from the air than it uses to grow, making it not carbon neutral, but actually carbon negative. Imagine what help we’d be doing the environment if everyone had a jojoba plant in their back yard? When the jojoba harvest is ready, the beans are gently shaken from the tree and are cold pressed. This oil makes up for about half the mass of the actual bean itself. So if the bean is 50% oil and very little water is used to grow the plant, then you can only imagine the concentration of nutrients that are extracted from just one bean. Below you can read all about the benefits of using this liquid gold AND the many things you can use it for. And, as a side note, organic jojoba is grown with no chemicals or pesticides, AND pure jojoba is completely vegan.
How does jojoba oil work?
This gorgeous oil is a liquid wax easter which means that its chemical structure is very similar to human sebum. Sebum is the oil that’s secreted naturally from the glands in our skin and helps to maintain our hair and skins moisture. This similarity in its structure also allows the oil to penetrate deeper to treat the skin.
What are its benefits and what can you use it for?
Jojoba oil helps soften the skin before shaving and calms sensitive skin afterwards. This means that it can be used in place of an aftershave. It can be used as a beard oil to help encourage growth and maintain the hairs health and hydration. You can even massage it into bald areas on the scalp! For those who have flaky skin under their beards, the oil can be used to manage, calm and re-hydrate the skin.
Benefits include anti-ageing, assisting with skin pigmentation, rehydrating hair, skin and nails and easing the effects of eczema and rosacea due to its natural anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains vitamins A, D, E & omega 6 & 9 and it's PACKED with antioxidants!
So what can you use it for?
- Reduce redness following plucking or waxing
- Massage onto the legs after shaving to reduce irritation
- Apply to knees, elbows and ankles before fake tanning for a flawless tan
- Moisturise the skin prior to shaving to a closer shave
- Massage jojoba onto corns or rough skin to soften
- Reduce toenail breakage by rubbing in regularly
- Use as an overall moisturiser of body massage oil
- Replace your vitamin E oil with jojoba since it already contains vitamin E naturally but also has other benefits and properties
- Make your own coffee body scrub by adding a few drops of oil to old coffee grounds (exfoliating with coffee is also believed to have cellulite reducing benefits)
- Use after being tattooed to calm and nourish the skin
- Add it to raw sugar to create a natural lip scrub
- Use to fight cold sores
- Use on lips to maintain moisture
- Place over lipstick for a glossier look
- Mix in with any clay to create a mask that offers added anti-ageing powers
- You can even use it to place on your lash line to promote healthy eyelashes
- Gently rub all over your face to remove makeup
- Due to being full of antioxidants, use on bare skin to protect against pollution
- Use before makeup as a natural primer
- Massage onto face on makeup free days for naturally radiant skin
- In babies, reduce cradle cap
- Soothe nappy rash
- Use as a baby oil
- Massage onto tummy during pregnancy to prevent stretch marks
- Use to soothe rosacea and eczema
- Calms dermatitis and psoriasis
- Apply to scabs to minimize scaring
- Soothe a sunburn, blisters, bug bites
- Can assist with skin infections due to being a natural antiseptic
- Excellent for acne due to its antibacterial properties
- Excellent anti-ageing and pigmentation correction oil
- Massage into scalp regularly to assist with dandruff
The list goes on, trust me!
So overall, when you use jojoba oil, not only are you using the purest, most natural product available, you’re supporting sustainable farming, you’re helping reverse global warming, if you buy your oil from The Jojoba Company, you’re supporting an Australian family business, AND let’s be honest, you’re helping save your own skin!
Finally, my favourite, Jojoba & Rosehip Oil combined! Rosehip seed oil is a naturally rich source of essential fatty acids 3, 6 and 9, vitamins A, D and E, and antioxidants and it's incredible for scar and stretch mark reduction! Check it out.
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