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Keep Your Skin And Hair Healthy With Jojoba Oil

Updated on August 31, 2010
Young Jojoba Plant
Young Jojoba Plant

What Is Jojoba?

The Jojoba (pronounced “ho-HO-bah”) shrub is a desert plant native to the Southwest United States and to Northwestern Mexico.

Jojoba oil comes from pressing the liquid wax from the jojoba seed, and is naturally pH balanced and hypoallergenic.

These properties of jojoba oil make it perfectly suitable for all skin and hair types.

Jojoba's History

Native Americans have used jojoba for centuries in many different ways.  It was documented in the 1700s that Native Americans used the jojoba oil for all sorts of skin care treatments including cuts, sores, burns, bruises, wind and sunburn as well as a scalp and hair treatment. 

They also used the jojoba seed by chewing it as a natural appetite suppressant, and nutritional supplement.  Additional food related uses included using the oil for cooking and roasting the seeds and brewing them as a coffee-like drink.

Why Is Jojoba So Great For Our Skin?

The properties of jojoba oil are almost identical to our own natural skin oil. Sebum, the oil we secrete from the sebaceous glands, exists to protect our skin and hair.

Jojoba oil is a perfect supplemental oil to use when treating skin and hair for a variety of damage. Jojoba oil can restore skin and hair that has been damaged by the sun, wind, chemicals, pollutants and the aging process.

Using Jojoba Oil For Healthy Hair And Scalp

Jojoba oil dissolves excess sebum on the scalp, which will allow the skin and hair to repair itself. This will leave your hair and scalp pH balanced and healthy. A few of the things that jojoba oil can do for your hair: fix split ends, condition, soften, cleanse, remove static electricity and tangles, bring out natural curls, and make shiny and lustrous.

  • Dandruff & itchy scalp: With a few drops of jojoba oil on your fingertips massage into your scalp. Wrap a hot towel around your head for 10 minutes, and then wash hair normally. This will leave your hair extremely clean and healthy.
  • Split ends & damaged hair: Warm up a bottle of jojoba oil in a cup filled with hot water. With a few drops of warm jojoba oil on your fingertips massage into your split ends and any other damaged hair. Let sit for 20 minutes and then shampoo twice to rinse out completely. This should be done once every two weeks.
  • Soften hair and remove tangles: Add a few drops of jojoba oil in with your conditioner in the palm of your hand. Leave on during your shower and rinse out. Alternatively you can apply a couple of drops to the ends of your wet hair and blow-dry for incredibly soft and tangle-free hair.
  • Cleanse and stimulate scalp: Use the same directions as the dandruff and itchy scalp above.

Using Jojoba Oil For Healthy Skin

Jojoba oil is hypoallergenic, so it is very suitable to treat various skin problems. Jojoba oil is widely used by massage therapists, cosmetologists and dermatologists.

Some of the uses of jojoba oil for the skin include: reducing wrinkles, scars & stretch marks; soothing skin irritations (acne & psoriasis); and treating burns from the sun and wind. Jojoba oil protects your skin brings back its natural vitality and healthy glow.

  • Remove makeup: For eye makeup, add a few drops of jojoba oil to a cotton ball or pad, and wipe over your eyelids. This will remove all the makeup as well as condition your eyelashes. For lipstick, foundation or blush simply do the same with another cotton ball or pad.
  • Facial moisturizer: Add a few drops of jojoba oil to your normal facial moisturizer, or you can use jojoba oil on its own sparingly. Jojoba oil can be used as a “night cream” as well. Just place a few drops to your face including under your eyes and on your temples.
  • Wrinkle & stretch mark reducer: Massage into the affected area everyday; leave on for 24 hours or overnight.
  • Lip moisturizer: Place a drop of jojoba oil on your fingertip and rub into chapped lips.
  • Cuticle moisturizer: Keep cuticles soft and supple by massaging a few drops of jojoba oil into them. This can be done on an as needed basis.
  • Body moisturizer: Jojoba oil can be used as a massage oil, or a few drops can be added to your bath to soften skin. Jojoba oil can also be used directly after a bath as a moisturizer.
  • Prevent & soothe razor burn: Jojoba oil can be applied to your legs before shaving to prevent razor burn; or applied after shaving to soothe razor burn.
  • Burn treatment: If you have a sun, wind or heat burn jojoba oil can soothe and help heal skin. Simply apply some jojoba oil to the affected area.
  • Treat acne: Massage jojoba oil into your face for a couple of minutes, and afterwards apply a hot, damp washcloth to open pores and remove the oil.
  • Heal sores, cuts, bruises, and scars: Apply jojoba oil to the affected area for an antibacterial treatment.
  • Protect and lubricate pierced ears: Drop a bit of jojoba oil onto a Q-Tip, and apply to the piercing and lobes.


The information given in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.


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