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Jojoba

Jojoba
Jojoba is a drought resistant perennial plant and is valued for its oil yielding capacity. Certain products obtained from Jojoba seeds such as liquid wax and Jojoba oil are extensively used in the cosmetic industry.
Jojoba is beneficial for managing acne and helps in reducing redness, pain and inflammation associated with psoriasis due to its antibacterial and antiinflammatory activity. It is also effective against scars, wrinkles and stretch marks because of its moisturising as well as antioxidant properties and its ability to penetrate deep into the skin.
According to Ayurveda, Jojoba helps to heal wounds due to its Ropan (healing) property. It is also good for chapped skin due to its Snigdha (oily) nature.
Jojoba oil is applied on face to promote beard growth as it has vitamin E and certain minerals necessary for hair growth. It is also applied on the scalp along with coconut oil to remove dryness and manage dandruff.
It is advisable to avoid the use of Jojoba oil on oily skin and it should always be used in diluted form along with some carrier oil[2][3].

What are the synonyms of Jojoba?

Simmondsia chinensis, Buck nut, Coffee nut, Goat nut, Wild hazel, Pig nut, Lemon leaf, Jojowi

What is the source of Jojoba?

Plant Based

Benefits of Jojoba

What are the benefits of Jojoba for Acne?

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Modern Science View
Jojoba oil might be beneficial for acne when used regularly. Jojoba oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects and can reduce pain, redness and mild acne vulgaris infection. The high content of wax esters in Jojoba oil also helps to manage acne[4][7][8]. However, it is advisable to consult a doctor before using Jojoba oil on acne prone skin.
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
A Kapha-Pitta dosha skin type can be prone to acne. According to Ayurveda, an aggravation of Kapha leads to an increased sebum production and clogging of pores which results in the formation of both white and blackheads. Another factor, an aggravation of Pitta, is marked by the appearance of some red papules (bumps) and inflammation with pus. Jojoba might help control acne by balancing Pitta due to its Sita (cold) nature. Since the oil is light in weight, it prevents blockages within the skin pores by balancing Kapha.
Tip:
1. Take 2-5 drops of Jojoba oil.
2. Add to 1 teaspoon Multani mitti and rose water and make a smooth paste.
3. Apply this on the face and leave it 15-20 minutes.
4. Repeat it twice a week.

What are the benefits of Jojoba for Chapped and irritated skin?

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Modern Science View
Jojoba oil might be beneficial when applied on the chapped skin. Any imbalance in the mechanical properties and water content of the skin makes it dry and cracked. The skin also loses its elasticity in such cases. Jojoba oil is a rich source of a number of fatty acids and triglycerides that are compatible with the natural sebum in the skin. Therefore, Jojoba oil might improve the skin hydration, thereby helping to restore the elasticity of the skin[4][6][11].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Dry and chapped skin is due to an increased Vata dosha in the body which in turn reduces Kapha making the skin lose its moisture content. Jojoba oil has Snigdha (oily) and Vata balancing properties which help to manage rough and dry skin when used on a regular basis.
Tip:
1. Take 2-5 drops of Jojoba oil.
2. Mix it with coconut oil.
3. Apply to the affected area 1-2 times a day.

What are the benefits of Jojoba for Sunburn?

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Modern Science View
Not enough scientific evidence is available to support the role of Jojoba in sunburn.
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Redness, inflammation or blisters with excess burning sensation and itching associated with sunburn is due to an imbalance of Pitta at skin level. Apply Jojoba oil on the affected area because it has a cooling and moisturizing effect due to its Sita (cold) and Snigdha (oily) properties. It creates a soothing effect on the skin as well as aids in skin repair.
Tip:
1. Take 2-5 drops of Jojoba oil.
2. Mix it with coconut oil.
3. Apply on the affected area 1-2 times a day.

What are the benefits of Jojoba for Hair loss?

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Modern Science View
Not enough scientific evidence is available to support the role of Jojoba in hair loss.
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Ayurveda says that the reason for hair fall is aggravated Vata dosha in the body and Jojoba oil acts on hair fall by balancing Vata dosha. Moreover, Jojoba also gives oiliness to the scalp due to its Snigdha (oily) property.
Tips:
1. Apply Jojoba oil with coconut oil on the scalp.
2. Wash with a mild shampoo.
3. Repeat twice or thrice a week for better results.

What are the benefits of Jojoba for Psoriasis?

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Modern Science View
Jojoba oil might be beneficial for managing psoriasis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin disease marked by abnormal skin proliferation with red, itchy and scaly patches. The anti-inflammatory property of Jojoba oil helps to reduce the redness and inflammation associated with psoriasis. It also helps hydrate and moisturize the skin, relieving the symptoms of dryness and itching in psoriasis. Jojoba oil also enhances the absorption of antipsoriatic drugs[4][7][8][10][11].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes a buildup of dead cells on the skin which makes the skin dry and scaly. Jojoba oil acts as a moisturizer, relieving itching and dryness due to its Snigdha (oily) property.
Tip:
1. Take 2-5 drops of Jojoba oil.
2. Add to 1-2 drops of coconut oil.
3. Apply to the affected area 1-2 times a day.

What are the benefits of Jojoba for Preventing mosquito bites?

scientific
Modern Science View
Jojoba oil might be beneficial as a mosquito repellent when applied to the skin[4][9].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Jojoba oil is used as a base oil for making natural insect repellent due to its Sita (cold) and Snigdha (oily) nature that creates a cooling and a moisturizing effect on the skin.

What are the benefits of Jojoba for Alzheimer's disease?

scientific
Modern Science View
Not enough scientific evidence is available to support the role of Jojoba in Alzheimer’s disease.
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
In Ayurveda, all nervous system disorders are included in 'Vata Vyadhi' and are due to an imbalance of the Vata dosha. Jojoba oil creates a soothing and a calming effect in patients with Alzheimer’s disease by balancing Vata dosha when applied or massaged on the body.
Tip:
1. Take 2-5 drops of Jojoba oil.
2. Mix it with 1-2 teaspoon of coconut oil.
3. And massage on the body once or twice a day.

How effective is Jojoba?

Insufficient evidence
Acne, Alzheimer's disease, Chapped and irritated skin, Hair loss, Preventing mosquito bites, Psoriasis, Sunburn

Precautions when using Jojoba

Advice from Experts
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Avoid the use of Jojoba oil if you have an oily skin.
Allergy
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Jojoba oil should be diluted with other base oil like olive oil before applying on the skin if your skin is hypersensitive.
Side Effects
Important
scientific
Modern Science View
Contact dermatitis.
Rashes[4].

Recommended Dosage of Jojoba

  • Jojoba Oil - 2-5 drops or as per your requirement.

How to use Jojoba

1. Jojoba Oil
a. Anti-wrinkle Formula.
i. Take 2-4 drops of Jojoba oil and mix it with coconut oil.
ii. Massage gently over your face, neck and hands in circular motion.
iii. Use this remedy preferably before going to bed to get rid of wrinkles.

b. For Hair
i. Take 5-6 drops of Jojoba oil.
ii. Massage it over the scalp and hair.
iii. Use this remedy to get rid of dryness, dandruff and facilitates hair growth.

c. As Hair Conditioner
i. Add 2-3 drops of Jojoba oil in your hair conditioner.
ii. Use this to massage your hair and scalp after shampoo.
iii. Repeat 1-2 times a week for silkier and softer hair.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Can I use Jojoba oil on hair?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Jojoba oil can be used on hair as it adds moisture to dry and dandruff prone scalp and also improves hair growth[6].

Q. What is the composition of Jojoba oil?

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Modern Science View
The three most important fatty acids present in Jojoba oil are erucic acid, gadoleic acid, and oleic acid. Jojoba oil is also rich in vitamin E and B, copper and zinc.

Q. How to store Jojoba oil?

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Modern Science View
Jojoba oil has a shelf life that varies from 15 months to 2 years depending on the quality of the oil. It is better to store it in the refrigerator or keep it in an airtight container to increase its shelf life.

Q. Can we use Jojoba oil on chapped Skin?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Jojoba oil is good for chapped skin oil due to its Snigdha (oily) nature.

Q. Can Jojoba oil be used for wound healing?

scientific
Modern Science View
Jojoba oil is useful in wound healing as it accelerates the wound closure and helps in the formation of new skin cells[12].

Q. Is Jojoba oil a good facial moisturizer?

scientific
Modern Science View
Jojoba oil works as a good moisturizing agent and makes the skin look healthy and glowing. It also has anti-aging properties and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, it is advisable to consult your skin doctor before using Jojoba oil if you have oily and acne prone skin[3].

Q. Is Jojoba oil good for beard growth?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Jojoba oil is good for beard growth as it is loaded with vitamins (vitamin B, E) and minerals (zinc) that are good for skin and beard hair. It promotes soft, healthy beard and keeps the skin moisturized and hydrated. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties which prevent problems like dandruff and brittle beard hair[17].

Q. Can Jojoba oil be used for skin lightening?

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Modern Science View
Although enough scientific evidence is not available to support the role of Jojoba oil in skin lightening, however the active constituents present in it helps to moisturize the skin. It penetrates deep into the skin to lighten dark spots and scars. It also cleanses the skin pores, removes dead cells, reduce wrinkles and stretch marks[14][15].

Q. Is it safe to use Jojoba oil for babies?

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Modern Science View
Yes Jojoba oil is safe for babies as it is extracted from the Jojoba plant seeds and is identical to natural waxy substance (sebum) produced by the skin. It gets easily absorbed by the skin and is safe for sensitive skin and gentle enough for newborn babies[16]. However, it is advisable to consult your doctor before using Jojoba oil on your baby.

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