Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil comes from the seed of the jojoba, an evergreen shrub native to the Sonoran and Mojave deserts of Arizona, California, and Mexico. The name “jojoba” originated with Tohono O’odham people of the Sonoran Desert. These aboriginal Americans made an antioxidant salve from a paste of the jojoba nut to treat burns.

Saguaros Cacti Rise from the Sonoran Desert, Arizona-Mexico Border
Saguaros Cacti Rise from the Sonoran Desert, Arizona-Mexico Border

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The botanical name for the jojoba scrub is Simmondsia chinensis. It’s pronounced “ho-HO-bah”. Jojoba grows to about one to two feet tall with a broad, dense top. The flowers are small, greenish-yellow and have no petals. The mature seed contains an oil content of approximately 54%.

The oil from the jojoba seed is rare in that it contains an extremely long 36 to 46 carbon straight-chain wax ester. It’s not a triglyceride. The oil is more similar to human sebum and whale oil than vegetable oil.

Jojoba is used in cosmetics and is a good moisturizer for your hair, skin and nails. Add a few drops to your body wash, bath gel, shampoo, or hair care product. It may be applied directly to your skin or hair.

Carlos Rios, a Tohono O'odham headman

Carlos Rios, a Tohono O'odham headman, photographed prior to 1907 by Edward S. Curtis


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