Topics in Aromatherapy

17 Jan

New Blog Series…Topics in Aromatherapy

Hi and welcome to my first post in my new blog series, Topics in Aromatherapy!

If you have been following my blog, you know that Tuesdays are usually Antioxidant Tuesdays.   If you missed the Antioxidant Tuesday blog series, it was a series highlighting the foods with the highest amount of antioxidants amongst 100 common foods examined in this study.  We  talked about kidney beanspinto beansblueberriescranberriesartichokesblackberriesprunesstrawberries and red delicious apples.

Aromatherpy is

a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person’s mind, mood, cognitive function or health

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For my new blog series, I will focus on an aspect of aromatherapy each week such as an essential oil or carrier oil and discuss their healing properties.  I also will discuss how to make some of your own natural products using essential oils.

For the first post, I am going to talk about jojoba oil.

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What is jojoba oil?

Jojoba (ho-HO-ba) (Simmodsia chinensis) is a woody shrub that grows in southern Arizona, southern California and northwestern Mexico.

Jojoba seeds in husk

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Native Americans  have historically used the oil of this plant to treat sores and wounds.

The oil of the jojoba seed makes up 50% of its dry weight.

Jojoba oil is relatively shelf-stable versus other vegetable oils (such as grape seed and coconut oil) as it does not contain triglycerides (source)

Although jojoba is often listed as having anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant abilities, I was unable to find any reputable sources stating so.  If you are aware of any sources, please let me know!

What studies have been done about jojoba oil?

  • Jojoba oil was shown to elicit an antiinflammatory reaction both internally and externally in rats (source)
  • Glycerol and jojoba esters were shown to work together to enhance skin moisture in humans (source)
  • Jojoba oil was shown to  reduce blood cholesterol levels in rabbits by an unknown mechanism (source).  However, jojoba oil should NEVER be internalized by humans as adequate studies looking at its safety have not been done.

How is jojboa oil used in aromatherpy?

Jojoba oil is referred to as a carrier oil.  A carrier oil’s function is to dilute essential oils (which can burn the skin in a pure form) before use in aromatherapy.  Jojoba oil can be used as part of massage oil, in lotion, face scrubsshampoos and conditioners. Jojoba oil can also be used plain on the skin or hair for moisturizing.

Are there any risks?

The EPA has said:

Jojoba oil, when used in accordance with good agricultural practices is useful and poses no hazard to the public health (it can be used as a pesticide)

When jojoba oil was studied both internally and externally in animals:

  • No reactions were observed in marmots or guinea pigs.
  • Some rabbits exhibited skin irritation and diarrhea.

There are some cases of jojoba oil irritating human skin, so, with all substances you put on your skin, be careful, apply to a small area of skin first and be cognizant of irritation.

Jojoba oil should not be ingested as studies have not been done on internal consumption.

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Question?

Do you make any of your own natural products?  Have you ever used jojoba oil?

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17 Responses to “Topics in Aromatherapy”

  1. Corinne @ RI Nutrition Housecalls January 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    I have used jojoba oil as a carrier oil for essential oils in the past and it works very well. Over the years I have been using fewer and fewer “bodycare products” but I do have a favorite- shea butter! I especially use it this time of the year when the cold weather leads to dryness- perfect for hands, feet, and lips- and much more effective than lotions.

  2. andrea drugay January 17, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    I looooove jojoba oil! I find it to be the best “weight” oil for my skin and use it every night! Very interesting that it’s been shown to be anti-inflammatory. I never knew that, but it makes sense 🙂

  3. Holly January 17, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    I started using it recently as my night time facial moisturizer and I love it! It also helped a lot when the dry winter weather started making my hands look like they belonged to a 90 year old woman’s.

    • Hannah @ Eat, Drink and Save Money January 18, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

      Great idea for a facial moisturizer! I have used other oils to add scents to bath salts, but that is it. I can’t wait to try this as a moisturizer.

  4. AikoVenus January 19, 2012 at 3:33 am #

    We use jojoba oil plain as moisturizer and as a carrier oil – and we absolutely love to make our own beauty products!

  5. Jen @ Life Starts January 23, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    A really timely post from my point of view as I’ve just fallen in love with jojoba! For a couple of years I’ve had really sensitive skin on my forehead and it really sees to not suit most moisturisers on the market. Recently though I read up on jojoba and started using it on my face a couple of weeks ago – it’s brilliant! My skin is calm, beautifully moisturised an very smooth, even better though is that it doesn’t look remotely greasy considering it’s an oil – fantastic!

    • naturallyhealthyandgorgeous January 23, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

      Thanks for your comment! I always enjoy hearing personal accounts about the successes or failures of the different medical treatments!

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