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What Are Ten Uses for Jojoba Oil?

Natural remedies have been a major interest of Kelley's in recent years, and he's also fascinated by unusual food and beverages.

Jojoba nuts

Jojoba nuts

The Impressive Jojoba Plant

Jojoba oil has many diverse uses. It has excellent properties as a skin moisturizer, you can treat wounds with it, and, most surprising of all, it makes excellent biodiesel fuel!

About Jojoba Oil

Jojoba (pronounced ho-ho-bah) is an evergreen shrub that grows wild in the Sonoran and Mojave deserts of California, Arizona, and Mexico. Native Americans of the Southwest have used the oil extracted from this desert plant for centuries. Jojoba oil is similar in molecular structure to human hair and sebum (the skin’s own lubricating medium), so it is readily absorbed by human skin. By the way, the jojoba plant has many folk names: goat nut, deer nut, pig nut, wild hazel, quinine nut, coffeeberry, and grey box bush.

Jojoba “oil” is a misnomer because jojoba is essentially a wax that comes in liquid form, which is why it’s often referred to as oil. The fruit of the jojoba scrub is an acorn-like bean, seed, or nut, with a covering of indigestible wax which acts as a laxative for humans. The Seri people of the Mexican state of Sonora, who utilize just about anything edible in their territory, sometimes eat jojoba nuts, but only in emergencies. Also of interest, the pollen of the plant causes few allergic reactions in humans.

Commercially, the jojoba shrub is grown in many desert or semi-arid locations throughout the world, including parts of Israel, Argentina, and Peru. In the Sonoran Desert, it is the second most valuable native plant, surpassed only by Washingtonia palms. Also, it is a major cash crop in the Mojave Desert of California.

Interestingly, jojoba soil became popular when whaling was banned in the 1970s. Jojoba oil has similar properties to the oil of sperm whales.

Ten Uses for Jojoba Oil

1. Used as an antioxidant salve, jojoba oil can treat burns.

2. Jojoba oil has an anti-bacterial property that can be used to fight common skin bacteria and fungi.

3. Jojoba oil can be used as a biodegradable lubricant.

4. Jojoba oil can be used as a base for fragrances. It is considered the least greasy of all carrier oils.

5. Containing much energy in the form of hydrocarbons, jojoba oil can be combined with alcohol to make an excellent biodiesel fuel.

6. Suitable for all skin types, jojoba oil makes an excellent soap and a base for makeup.

7. Jojoba oil is stable, long-lasting, and odorless, and as such is great for the treatment of dry skin, psoriasis, or even dandruff; it can be massaged right into the scalp.

8. Since jojoba oil contains myristic acid, it can be used as an anti-inflammatory agent.

9. As one might expect, jojoba oil is often used in anti-aging cosmetics, as it helps minimize fine lines, stretch marks, and wrinkles, and continues to work for over eight hours.

10. Jojoba oil helps heal acne, athlete’s foot, mouth sores, pimples, and warts.

It’s safe to say that jojoba oil has many uses. We’ve probably only begun to reveal the potential of this wonderful plant. Try it, and perhaps you can find other uses.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2011 Kelley Marks


Patrick on July 11, 2015:

I use it as an alternative to petroleum based machinery oil (Discovered this by accident). I'm a college student at Harvey Mudd in California and work part-time for this guy who resortes vintage telephones. I use it on a regular basis with the mechanical gears inside the rotary dial. This oil is of a whole different breed when it comes to lubercation. The average western electric H4 dial found in phones dating back to 1928-1938 moves at a speed grater than or equal to 1.873 seconds from the 0 (zero) hole to the finger stop then back to its original resting point. Just One droplet if this oil is too much. The dial races to the finish line in only 0.818 seconds! I could go on forever about this, but I'll spare you. In my opinion, this oil is the bees knees for lube! It's not greasy or slippery on skin, it doesn't stain, it doesn't smell (at all) and its my new best friend.

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on October 02, 2012:

Thanks for the comment, idigwebsites. Everybody loves jojoba oil, don't they? Later!

idigwebsites from United States on October 02, 2012:

Voted up and interesting and awesome. Why isn't it not? I never knew that an "oil" is good for treating acne until now. Jojoba is an amazing plant. Thanks for sharing. :)

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on August 22, 2012:

Thanks for the comment, Carol7777. Everybody loves jojoba oil, don't they? Later!

carol stanley from Arizona on August 21, 2012:

I use it everyday and love it., Now I know even more benefits. Thanks for sharing all this I feel better than ever.

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on February 14, 2012:

Thanks for the comment, Mala Srivastava. Everyone should try jojoba oil. Later!

Mala Srivastava from India on February 14, 2012:

very useful hub.

Meow on December 28, 2011:

A friend turned me on to this oil for my stretched ears because it helps to heal the lobe and keep it thick for stretching. I love it and have found that it works much better than anything I had previously tried.

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on December 22, 2011:

Thanks for the comment, Brinafr3sh. You gotta love jojoba oil for many uses. Later!

Brinafr3sh from West Coast, United States on December 22, 2011:

I rather use natural oils such as jojoba. I would use jojoba as a hot oil treatment for my hair. Thanks

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on November 15, 2011:

Hey, anglnwu, I must admit I've never tried jojoba, but one of these days, who knows? Thanks for stopping by. Later!

anglnwu on November 15, 2011:

I've always love oils from nature and jojoba is one of them. Thanks for the useful information and rating it up.

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on November 14, 2011:

Yes, Mia Montanna, this time of year it's very festive to cry "ho-ho-ho-ho-ho-bah." Thanks for the comment. Later!

Mia Montanna from CA on November 14, 2011:

Ho ho ho-hoba! It's great for lots of things and everyone should be aware of it's helpful properties you have outlined.

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on November 14, 2011:

Thanks for the positive comment, Cardisa. I think jojoba oil is a good, versatile product. Later!

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on November 13, 2011:

Some of my current hair products are jojoba oil based. Very informative and well explained.