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Jojoba oil is derived from a shrub native to the Sonoran and Mojave deserts of southern California, Arizona and adjacent parts of northwest Mexico.

The credit for naming jojoba has been given to Hernan Cortez the despoiler of the Aztec culture. The story goes that when the Aztec Native Americans were asked the name of the oil they were rubbing on their bodies and hair they wrote the name "jojoba". In Latin, it was known as chinensis due to a botanist's error as the seeds of jojoba were mixed with Chinese plant seeds and once a name is given it remains. Jojoba is, however, not native to China.

  • Jojoba oil contains proteins, vitamins, metals and trace elements. It contains fatty acids compatible with skin lipids that make it easily absorbed into the skin.

  • Moisturizes and nourishes the skin.

  • Has oil regulating action.

  • Has soothing and calming properties.

  • Has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

  • It is non-irritant and non-allergic to skin and mucous membrane, so it is used in dermal diseases.

  • It is also used in the treatment of eye diseases, inflammation of the ear, rheumatic pain and toothaches.

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