Jojoba is an evergreen slow growing desert plant, found in California, Arizona and Mexico. The plant is either male or female. The latter starts to bear seeds only in the fifth year. It takes 12 years to reach maturity. The plant has blue-green leaves, and they limit water loss (in the desert sun!)..
Jojoba is not oil, but a golden coloured liquid wax. It is too thick to be used on its own, so is blended with other vegetable oils such as sweet almond oil. It does not oxidize (deteriorate from contact with oxygen) easily and does not become rancid. It therefore has long shelf life. In a fridge it will solidify, but liquefies at room temperature. When cold pressed and unrefined it have antioxidant properties (fights free radicals which are scavengers of healthy cells).
It moisturizes, beneficial for all skin types, unclogs pores (good for acne), and good for inflamed skin, arthritis, rheumatism, dry scalp, psoriasis, eczema, sunburn, nappy rash. It conditions the hair, therefore is used for head massage and for making perfumes.
Applications of jojoba oil
For facial cream/moisturizer, add 1-2 ml of jojoba oil to 50ml of plain base natural cream. Add 1- 5 drops of your chosen essential oils. Mix well.
Alternatively, you can make facial oil (as moisturizer): add 2 drops of your chosen essential oils to 10 ml of jojoba oil in a 10ml dark glass bottle. Shake well before use. Pour a little into cupped hands, rub them together and massage on your face. You will see that it absorbs readily and improves your skin.