Jojoba Seed Oil
Updated: Oct 24
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (Base Oil)
Actually a liquid wax, but appearing as an oil, this is a perfect base oil for use on all skin types, and my favourite base oil to use when giving a hot stone massage treatment. It has a light texture and is quickly absorbed by the skin, leaving it feeling soft, hydrated and nourished. For my therapy treatments, I always use 100% pure, cold-pressed, organic Golden Jojoba Oil.
Jojoba Oil is derived from the seeds of the Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) plant. It is a woody perennial bush native to the Sonoran (or Gila) Desert of Arizona, California and Northern Mexico, but now cultivated in many other places around the world. The oil has a long shelf life.
Benefits for the Skin
This is an ideal oil for both the face and body. It will help your skin to glow, smooth wrinkles, is balancing for oily or acne-prone skin, as well as being moisturising for dry skin. It soothes eczema and psoriasis and even relieves sunburn. Rich in Vitamin E.
How to Use Jojoba Oil
Use Jojoba oil just as it is, pure and without any additives, on the face as a serum (day or night) or as a replacement for body lotion to keep the skin smooth and supple.
To use on the face in the evening before going to bed, put a few drops in the palm of your hand, gently warm the oil by rubbing your palms together, and apply to the face. Alternatively, add a 1% or less dilution (1-2 drops essential oil to 5ml base oil) of essential oils. Lavender, sandalwood, frankincense and geranium are wonderful all-round essential oils that help maintain and improve skin condition and smell amazing. If you want to push the boat out, rose and neroli are fabulous (but costly).
Jojoba oil is also a great alternative to make-up remover as it cleanses the skin without drying it out.
Do your research. Always buy good quality, unadulterated, 100% pure oils, from a reputable company (organic where possible).
And now a picture of a gorgeous African Elephant :-) (Photo taken by either me or my hubby, Simon Pinnock, in Zambia 2015).
Essential Oil Safety
Always read the EO safety guidance
Always dilute before use (seek advice for recommended quantities)
Avoid contact with the eyes/mucous membranes
Do not use if pregnant without seeking advice
Use lower dilutions for children/babies/elderly
If you have any medical conditions seek advice
Stop use immediately if you experience a reaction - inform your therapist and seek medical advice
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Medical Disclaimer - The above information is intended for educational purposes only, and not to be taken as an endorsement or replacement for any particular medical health treatment. Please check with your health provider before embarking on any type of herbal treatment.
"How (and Why!) You Should Use Jojoba Oil in Your Beauty Regimen", Good Housekeeping Magazine, 21 August 2020 (accessed 26 January 2021)
"13 Reasons to Add Jojoba Oil to Your Skin Care Routine", Healthline Blog (accessed 26 January 2021)