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Tuesday, May 13, 2008



Simmondsia chinensis

Jojoba (pronounced 'hohoba') is very stable and has extremely good keeping qualities making it an excellent addition to many essential oil recipes. Jojoba is the best base oil to be used when making aromatherapy perfumes due to these excellent keeping qualities as well as having only a faint odor.

Jojoba comes from an evergreen desert plant native to South America and is extracted from the beans of the plant. It's great for the environment as planting it saves arid land from becoming desert - there are over 40,000 acres of plantations throughout the United States.

Jojoba is not an oil but actually a liquid wax. The chemical structure resembles our skin's own sebum so when it is massaged into the skin and combined with our own sebum it acts as an emulsifier. This means it frees any embedded grime by gently unclogging the pores.

Jojoba is excellent moisturizer for all skin-types even severe acne. It is also excellent for dry skin conditions including psoriasis and eczema as well as a dry scalp.

People suffering from rheumatism and arthritis may also find Jojoba helpful, due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Check my Aromatherapy Essential Oil Suppliers page if you need more information on where to purchase good quality Jojoba oil.

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