Action: Moisturizing, Regenerative, Soothing
Found In: Touch + Soothe
Jojoba is a woody perennial bush native to northern Mexico, the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, and the arid regions of California.
Native Americans first made use of jojoba, by heating its seeds to soften them, and a mortar and pestle to create a salve or buttery substance. The latter was applied to the skin and hair to condition. The O’odham people of the Sonoran Desert were known to have treated burns with an antioxidant salve made from the jojoba nut paste1. The Indigenous peoples of the Americas also used the salve from jojoba to soften and preserve animal hides.
Jojoba oil has been known to stimulate wound healing. Preliminary research shows that jojoba oil encourages your skin cells to bind together after they’ve been separated by a scratch or cut2.
- Phillips, Steven J.; Comus, Patricia Wentworth, eds. (2000). A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert. University of California Press. 256–257
- Elia Ranzato 1, Simona Martinotti, Bruno Burlando. (2011). Wound healing properties of jojoba liquid wax: an in vitro study. 134(2)
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