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We've discussed using jojoba as a non-toxic alternative to removing make-up, but did you know that it can replace your face cleanser as well? When, Jacqueline, one of our customers wrote in about using jojoba as her oil cleansing medium we figured it was time to share the word on our blog.

using jojoba for oil cleansing

You've most likely heard of Oil Cleansing, if not, the basic idea is to use oil to clean your face. Many modern skin cleansing products contain detergents and other components that can strip it of its natural oils resulting in dry skin. The basic idea behind oil cleansing is to use some type of oil to dissolve the dirt/grime/oil on our skin. Oil breaks down the dirt and grime in our face without stripping it of the natural lipids. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like”, thus using oil on your face actually breaks down and dissolves the oil and grime that builds up. The best way to dissolve the sebum on your skin is to use another product in similar composition (like jojoba, which is the closest product in nature to the sebum your skin produces). By using jojoba as the "oil" in the oil cleansing method, it will help clean your skin naturally and gently. The theory is that as it dissolves the dirty sebum from your skin, it will replace it with clean sebum. This method can be used by anyone with any skin type. If you research oil cleansing, you will find a wide variety of oils recommended. Jojoba is actually one of the best cleansing mediums because its chemical composition is closest to the sebum that our skin naturally produces. It's also non-allerginec, which means it's suitable for those even with very sensitive skin.

using jojoba for oil cleansing

I've been oil cleansing off and on for quite a few years, many years ago I used a combination of olive oil and castor oil, but I found my skin wasn't fond of that mix. The castor oil seemed far to drying for my already dry skin. I tried other oils for cleansing here and there, but wasn't impressed with the results and didn't use oil cleansing frequently, until I started using jojoba. Now I use jojoba, that's it, no other oils, no other cleansing agents. My skin has never looked better! Personally, I use jojoba for oil cleansing nightly, once a week I do a deep cleansing by massaging it into my skin for 15 minutes.

Using jojoba as your oil cleansing medium

Now you're probably wondering how to actually using jojoba as your cleanser. It couldn't be any easier.

  1. Squirt about a quarter size amount of jojoba onto one palm
  2. Using fingertips, massage jojoba on your face in small circular motions. Use more jojoba is necessary to maintain easy movement of fingertips.
  3. Continue massaging jojoba into skin for 2-15 minutes using a light touch. I usually do a short cleaning most days and try to cleanse for 15 minutes once a week for a deep cleansing.
  4. Wet washcloth or hand towel with hot water (be careful, you want hot water but not scalding water).
  5. Lay washcloth over face and allow to cool.
  6. Using damp washcloth, wipe off any excess jojoba.
  7. If skin feels dry, rub a drop of two of jojoba onto skin.
  8. Enjoy beautifully clean, soft skin!

We love when we can use jojoba to replace one or more items in our medicine cabinet. Mostly likely you will be able to replace: cleanser, toner, and moisturizer if you start using jojoba with the oil cleansing method. When using jojoba for oil cleansing, you don't have to worry about stripping your skin of its natural healing sebum. Jojoba is very close in make-up to the sebum your skin produces. So give oil cleansing with jojoba a try and let us know how it goes. Make sure you give it time to work and time for your skin to adjust to your new routine (product). We'd love to hear how it works for you.

We’ve all heard that we should never stick anything smaller than our fingers in our ears, and yet many of us persist in using cotton swabs to clean our ears. For many of us this doesn’t cause any issues, but for some it does. There are a wide variety of ways to clear the wax and buildup out of our ears: peroxide, warm oil, etc. It’s probably not a big surprise that jojoba works very well for this as well. If you want to add herbal benefits you can infuse the jojoba with garlic and mullein, two classic herbal treatments for ear issues.

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For maintenance ear cleaning, simply add a drop or two of jojoba to each ear a few minutes before showering. This will help soften and remove wax buildup as well as conditioning the ear in case of dryness (just like it does with skin). While showering, it will drain slowly from the ear, you may want to wash behind the ear if you used more than a drop or two (or used garlic infused jojoba as it will smell like garlic).

To make an herbal infusion for the ear, take one garlic clove, crush it lightly and warm slightly in jojoba taking care not to get it too hot (around 120-150 degrees F is a good temperature). Add a Tablespoon of dried mullein flowers if you have them. Allow to cool, strain and put in a dropper bottle. Label and store in a cool, dry place, use within a year. If your ears are bothering you, take a teaspoon of this infused jojoba, warm slightly, pour into an ear, lay on side to keep the mix in the ear for a few minutes. Then put a cotton ball in the ear and repeat it on the other side. You can do this a few times a day to help clear up mild ear issues. If you suspect a perforated eardrum, have ear pain, or fluid draining from the ear, contact your physician before using this.

Making garlic infused ear oil

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

In our ongoing series of collecting all the ways jojoba can be used, we were reminded of its value in removing sticky residue. As we put up the balsam fir tree (we are in Maine after all), our fingers were covered with bits of sticky pine sap. A few drops of jojoba and a few seconds of rubbing and voila - the sap was gone.
jojoba for pine sap removal
Jojoba is valuable for removing many types of sticky residue, there's no need to turn to something petroleum based. We find ourselves using it every time we remove a bandage, not only does it remove any residual adhesive, but it is beneficial for the soothing the skin.
jojoba for removing bandage adhesive and soothing skin
We also find ourselves using jojoba on glass jars in the kitchen, if removing a label leaves sticky residue on the glass, a little jojoba rubbed on will almost always removed the stickiness left behind. Sometimes we also scrub with a stainless scrubber. Customers have also told us they have used jojoba to get bubblegum out of hair and off of shoes.

While you're at it, if you live in a cold climate, wax that snow shovel with jojoba to make your snow cleanup quicker. . Here's a blog post with directions

The Original Jojoba Company’s interview with Geralyn O’Brien

Today we have the honor of introducing one of our many valued customers, Geralyn O’Brien. Beyond being a customer, she is a comrade in the effort to educate the world about using safe ingredients on our skin.

While the terms “natural” and “organic” are much more widely used and sought after these days, many people are still in the dark about what really goes into their skincare products. It takes time to learn what to look for and what to look out for when reading labels.

Gaining knowledge in this area would benefit anyone, but it becomes vastly more important to those who have had to face disease. Finding safe and soothing skincare products becomes suddenly very necessary to minimize exposure to toxins.

Geralyn is a two-time breast cancer survivor. Her life’s journey has led her to become an oncology-focused esthetician. She now helps others, who bravely face cancer, find relief in their skin and we are so thrilled our jojoba has played a part in what she offers.

We all hope to not have to battle cancer, but we all know or love someone who has or is still struggling with it. We thought sharing an interview with such an educated and positive professional might be helpful to anyone interested in the use and safety of jojoba in the oncology world. 

Check out two other articles featuring Geralyn talking about jojoba and oncology skincare: Oncology Skin Care in Integrative Cancer Review and Q & A with Bob Butler in Integrative Cancer Review

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When did you first become interested in skin health and helping others with theirs?

I started to be more aware of what I was putting on my skin in 1998 during my first breast cancer. Chemotherapy put me into menopause at the age of 42. My skin became a lot more dry and dehydrated.

After treatment ended, I was on anti-estrogen medication because of my estrogen positive tumor, so I started experiencing the aging process a lot sooner than others. Also the area that had been radiated was extremely sensitive and any products I used would cause rashes and irritation. I started changing detergents and removing any products that contained fragrance.

I became a Reach to Recovery volunteer with the American Cancer Society shortly after my treatment ended and other breast cancer patients always had so many questions in the area of skin, hair and nail changes. Our doctors were treating our cancers and really didn't have a lot of answers in these areas. Yet every cancer patient just wants to feel normal. In 2010, when my full time job went part time due to retirement of my boss I took a leap and went to esthetics school with the intent of focusing on cancer patients.

You know the vital importance of treating skin, the body’s largest organ, with educated care. How do you convey that importance to people who aren’t fully aware of it?

We live in a world where we are product junkies. The average person probably uses more than 10 to 15 products a day exposing us to 100's of chemicals. When it comes to cancer patients it gets a little tricky because we need to be cautious of not only ingredients in skin care but price, access to products, and everything else they are dealing with when it comes to a cancer diagnosis.

At the cancer centers everything is free to cancer patients and their families, and we do not sell products. So I like to do my own fundraising outside of the cancer centers and then purchase products that fit my standards of oncology friendly and that address the particular problems to be addressed. Educating cancer patients in fun, interactive classes is my favorite way to bring awareness to what they are using. I recently held a class at Waterford Cancer Resource Center in Aurora, Illinois. We had four stations for the cancer patients’ facials, foot soaks, making a body butter and make-up. Everyone went home with samples of my favorite things including the Original Jojoba Company’s 100% Pure Jojoba. Everyone had fun, but yet they are learning at the same time. All the estheticians are oncology trained at our spa nights, so they take the proper precautions at each station with due regard to cancers and other necessary adjustments.

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How did you first discover jojoba and how long after trying it for yourself did you feel comfortable passing it along to your clients? 

I first discovered jojoba in 2010 when I was in esthetics school. Many of the younger girls would bring jojoba to use on them during our facial massage training because the professional line we were using at school had ingredients that would aggravate skin prone to acne.

When researching products to use at the cancer center I felt it was the best option because it was most like the sebum in our own skin, and I would be dealing with so many skin types. I liked the fact that your jojoba has only one ingredient--100% pure jojoba. This helped to simplify what I would be using on fragile skin. I also talked to, I believe it was Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic, where your jojoba was being used.

What was the response from your clients when you started using the Original Jojoba Company’s jojoba? Were they already familiar with it or did you need to educate them on the safety and benefits of it?

Most people weren't familiar when I first started using it. But the response was always “my skin feels so soft” after I would use it during the facial massage.

As an oncology-focused esthetician, what services do you provide?

As oncology-focused estheticians we do not treat or diagnose skin conditions. Our goal is to help lesson and prevent skin changes by educating about the culprits in products that are the more sensitizing allergens causing irritation to fragile skin. We introduce cancer patients to safer brands with calming, soothing and hydrating ingredients.
Our facials will help dull skin that is dry, dehydrated, and sensitive from treatment, increase circulation for a healthy glow and also provide the physical benefits of bringing the body into total relaxation with healing touch since the first place stress shows up is on our faces.

How would your facial for a skin cancer patient differ from one given to a client without health challenged skin?

We would take into account any known allergies to products, foods and ingredients. We would also want to know where the clients were in their treatment schedule: surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy. Each administered drug can have numerous side effects at a time when patients are most at risk for infection. We make necessary adjustments. Other areas we would need to be aware of are any ports, pic lines, or pain or nausea patches. We adjust our facials and/or massages accordingly.

What range of clients are you able to use our jojoba with? Is there anyone who’s condition would make you uncomfortable using jojoba?

I have not come across any specific allergy to your jojoba. I have come across using other jojoba oils causing a reaction. After asking a few questions I found out such product contained jojoba with additives or fillers that were the most likely cause of a reaction. Also other jojobas are processed differently than yours and can have an odor that cancer patients have told me they couldn't tolerate.

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You positively affect your client’s lives with each and every visit. Is there a particular client story you could share with us in which The Original Jojoba Company’s jojoba has played a part in their relief, hope, or well-being?

I had a client who had lymphoma of the skin, which is very rare. Her face was radiated over a large portion, and after her treatment ended she had constant shedding. With permission from her doctor to perform facials, some days her facial would consist of using jojoba for my cleanse, massage and everything in between.

She also has allergies to many ingredients after being tested by an allergist. Those allergies contributed to her skin conditions. Many of the ingredients she is allergic to are in not only skin products but food she is consuming. This client continues to be helped by using your jojoba daily as a main part of her skin regimen.

All the time I recommend using jojoba to replace other products as a makeup remover, scalp conditioner and skin conditioner. For my male clients I use the owner of the Jojoba Original Company’s recommendation to use jojoba with aloe vera gel for shaving. 

Have any of your clients begun using jojoba in their home skin care routines? Have you heard any feedback from them?

Many, many clients add jojoba into their daily routine and love the difference in how it makes their skin feel but also using less on their skin. Many were using makeup removers filled with irritants. Now they use jojoba to remove their make-up.

In your article, posted on IntegrativeCancer.org, you shared a lovely home recipe for jojoba and coconut body butter. Do you have any other recipes or ingredients you enjoy mixing with jojoba?

I like mixing jojoba with Hale and Hush's Relief Bio Powder to help calm and conceal any redness and sensitivities. One client recently asked, “What did you do? Look at me - I finally don't have my red, irritated skin I have had for months due to my chemo!” I also suggest mixing your jojoba with Mineral powder from Osmosis or Advanced Minerals for a great facial concealer or foundation look ...both are oncology friendly makeup lines.

Have you used jojoba as a carrier for essentials oils in your practice? Do you find aromatherapy to be a helpful aid for clients under stress?

When it comes to working at two cancer centers we need to take into account that many cancer patients are extremely sensitive to smells. So having the room smelling from the last client would not work at a cancer center. More studies are needed but we must also be aware of estrogen positive cancers and how some oils may fall under being phytoestrogens (meaning they can mimic estrogens). There are different views in this area.

As for the aromatherapy and essential oils, I believe essential oils can be very calming and helpful for clients under stress. I also believe in asking someone who is an expert in this area to make the recommendations for the cancer patients, since some essential oils are very potent in their pure form. I agree with you, it is always important to use a carrier oil, such as jojoba, with essential oils.

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You’ve had wonderful training for your work. What are some of your favorite aspects of your job and how would someone who’s interested go about getting into that field?

One of my favorite aspects is getting the cancer patient interested in skincare. Many cancer patients have never had a facial before and never realized the benefits that monthly facials can provide, not only for cancer patients but after their treatment ends, when they discover how much better their skin can be. And of course I love being part of the benefits of stress reduction and relaxation that I can provide.

For licensed estheticians to get into oncology focused skincare I recommend Oncology Spa Solutions 3-day program. Check the website for when the program will be in your area. Becky Kuehn can also bring a class to your area with enough interest. Some online classes can be taken through Wellness for Cancer and Skincare Therapy, but I only recommend this course after one has had the hands-on class. These are some of the classes I have taken and the ones I am most familiar with.

Some books to read include Morag Currin's Oncology Esthetics book, Dr. Mario Lacoutores " Skincare And The Cancer Patient", Britta Aragons "When Cancer Hits" and Britta's blog cincovidas.com. Hale and Hush's skincare website ...Kris Campbell has some wonderful articles on oncology and health challenged skin. I think that's enough homework to get someone started.

Most estheticians and massage therapists who have compared The Original Jojoba Company’s jojoba to others offered on the market come to us exclaiming how different ours feels on the skin. In this case, much better! (This is due to our first-press standard, as well as keeping our jojoba unrefined and free of fillers of any kind). Have you tried other jojobas to compare and if so, what was your experience?

Yes, I couldn't agree more. I always say take the extra couple days to order your jojoba so you get the best around. And it is even better when I send them home with a sample because they will experience what I mean.

What are your favorite things about jojoba and your favorite ways to use it, either personally or professionally?

So many ways, but I think I would have to say using jojoba for my facial massage or healing touch portion of my facial. I can feel the tension leaving their faces, neck and shoulders almost immediately. Skin that is dry and dehydrated from treatment just soaks up the much needed jojoba bringing a glow back into their fragile, delicate skin.

What would you most like anyone reading this interview to take away when it comes to taking care of their skin? Research ingredients? See an esthetician? Keep skin conditioned? 

I think all areas are really important in our skin care routines. We are using far too many products that are far too irritating and sensitizing. More people are experiencing so many skin conditions that can be attributed to or aggravated by what we are using.

I also hope from reading this that everyone adds a bottle of jojoba to their household since they can replace many of the products they are currently using with a bottle of jojoba. I guarantee everyone can find a way to add some jojoba ....maybe we can even expand on your 101 uses you already have.

And most importantly for the cancer patient, bringing awareness to all the salons and spas of the importance of becoming trained in oncology skincare and massages so no one has to be turned away during this difficult time in their lives. “Everyone Deserves to Feel Beautiful”.

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If you want to purchase jojoba, we recommend taking advantage of the 99 cent shipping special items, you can find those specific options here: 99 cent shipping specials

Since our founding in 1994, our goal has been to provide the highest quality jojoba in the most sustainable way possible. Our jojoba is our pure, first-press, unrefined, golden jojoba. We continually strive to provide the best quality jojoba on the market with the least environmental impact. Over the years we have continued to improve our practices.

non-toxic jojoba

Our most important job is produce the highest quality jojoba we can, our jojoba is First Press quality. The pressing is a light pressing, thus resulting in less quantity, but a higher quality product. This is the main reason you can see, feel, and smell the difference between our jojoba and others. A light pressing yields only about 38% jojoba from the seed, where some forms of pressing will yield up to around 50%. Some producers also use solvents to extract more jojoba from the seed. This results in more jojoba, but a much lower quality jojoba. The result is a beautifully golden product that retains its natural beneficial properties and benefits for the skin. Some processors deodorize their jojoba to remove smell and strip it of its natural color. We never do this, which you can see from the naturally golden color of our product. Our jojoba is pure. The only thing we do is filter the jojoba through a one micron filter. This removes any residual solids from the pressing process. (for more information about what makes our jojoba different from the other products on the market, read this blog post )

Solar Powered jojoba

Our facility is classified as a net-zero facility. We have an 18Kw solar array installed on our roof, it provides all the electricity for our facility here in Maine. We take great pride knowing that we are using the sun's power to fill bottles, heat our building, and power our computers.

When choosing packaging and suppliers, we're always looking for the best when it comes to recycling. Our packaging is 100% recyclable. We encourage our customers to reuse the boxes for shipping, storing, or even as mulch in the garden. Our packing peanuts are sourced from a company that makes them from cornstarch, they can be composted (though we encourage you to reuse them whenever possible). Very little waste is produced at our facility, we take great pride in reducing, reusing, and recycling!

If you have questions about our practices, feel free to give us a call.

In early July, I stopped by Glendarragh Lavender Farm during the lavender harvest. We are so incredibly lucky to have a source for organic lavender so close. Glendarragh has the same philosophy that we do here at The Jojoba Company, here's a quote from their website "We believe in the simple elegance and healthful benefits of synthetic-free, natural products". We couldn't agree more! Lucky for you, they sell their lavender on-line.

glendarragh lavender farm in maine

During my visit, I walked the fields inhaling the lovely scent of all the different lavenders. I watched lavender being harvested, which was then hung in the barn to dry. It's labor intensive, but well worth it for the quality of lavender they provide.

lavender plant in bloom

harvesting lavender at Glendarragh lavender farm in appleton maine

lavender drying in barn at Glendarragh lavender farm

After spending a relaxing hour touring the farm, I headed home with sachets of both fresh and dried English lavender. Each type will be used to infuse jojoba, I'm interested to see if there's a difference in scent or potency between the fresh and dried herb. When I got home, the fresh blooms were picked off the stems, put in a jar, and covered with jojoba. Then it went into a sunny windowsill to harness the power of the sun to infuse. The dried flowers were picked later, since they were already dry there was no rush to get them into jojoba right away. Both types are still in the windowsill steeping away, I'm going to give them two more weeks of steeping. Every few days I check the jars and the lavender scent is stronger each time.

glendarragh lavender farm in appleton maine

making lavender sachets

LAVENDER INFUSED JOJOBA

1. Place fresh or dried organic lavender flowers in jar, use enough herbs to fill jar 1/4-1/2 of the way up.

2. Top off jar with jojoba. The goal is to keep lavender submerged under jojoba, be sure to leave some headspace for expansion. The lavender blooms will float at first, don't worry too much about that. Within a few days they will all sink to the bottom of the jar.

3. Cap, shake jar and place jar in sunny windowsill. Allow to infuse for four to six weeks, shaking every couple days. It is helpful to write the date the mix was made on the bottom of the jar.

4. Strain lavender out of jojoba with cheesecloth, a couple of layers might be needed to remove all particles. Transfer infused jojoba to smaller bottles to be used as needed or gifted. Write date finished on bottom of jar and try to use up within a year.

making lavender infused jojoba

These infusions will be a perfect as is, especially for a night time skin conditioner. They will also be a great base for various lotions, salves, and essential oils mixes. Stay tuned for recipes using our various infusions in the coming months. Until then, I'll be relaxed and happy as the scent of lovely lavender fills my office.

What's your favorite used for lavender scented jojoba?

Other Infusions you can try to make:
Arnica Infused Jojoba

Do your weekend plans include painting? If so, we have a tip to help make cleanup a breeze. Before you get started, massage a few drops of jojoba onto exposed areas: hands, arms, legs, and hair. Pre-conditioning your skin with jojoba makes it easier to remove oil-based or latex paint or stains from your skin and from your hair.

After you’ve finished the job, clean up your brushes and your skin with jojoba. You won’t need harsh chemicals. Wrap your cleaned brushes in tin foil and store them for the next use. They will not be hard and brittle when you need them again.

One last tip: You may mix small amounts of the jojoba with oil-based paint and stain to improve the flow from the brush, to reduce brush marks and to improve penetration. The blend will take longer to dry. You’ll need to experiment to achieve the best balance between jojoba and paint.

jojoba for easy paint removal from skin and hair

jojoba for easy paint removal from skin and hair

Since jojoba is a wax ester, it will help condition the skin and hair making it easier to remove paint, especially latex paint. There's no need to use harsh chemicals to remove paint from skin, use our all-natural product and make cleanup quick and easy! We have yet to try massaging a drop of jojoba into natural bristle brushes before and after painting, but we think it would be beneficial of keeping bristles soft and making brushes easier to clean. If you use natural bristle brushes let us know how this works.

Jojoba makes an excellent carrier for essential oils, we won't got into the nitty gritty of why in this post, find out more on our post dedicated to this topic. We decided to do a Mix of the Month, essential oil mixes to make and use. With summer upon us, many of us are working in the garden and participating in sports and other active hobbies. This means sore muscles! While sore muscles heal well on their own, this essential oil blend will help reduce the pain, it is also said to promote faster healing. We used our arnica infused jojoba, which can be used on its own as a muscle rub, but we thought adding a few beneficial essential oils would not only make it smell great, but increase benefits and hopefully make it more effective.

herbal muscle rub recipe

MUSCLE BLEND ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND
1 glass roller bottle (.3 oz size)
20 drops essential oil of peppermint
5 drops essential oil of clove
5 drops essential oil of rosemary
5 drops essential oil of lavender
100% pure jojoba (we used our jojoba jojoba infused with arnica)

*Place drops of essential oil in roller bottles, top off with jojoba, shake gently. For use, roll on palm, massage gently onto sore muscles. Also try using this blend with a lymph flow massage to improve healing of sore muscles.

Try our various Mix of the Month Essential Oil recipes:
MIX OF THE MONTH LIST
Headache Blend
Peace of Mind Blend
Sinus Clear Blend
Itch Stop Mix

To create labels, right click on this image and "save as" then drag and drop it into a file to print on the label of your choice. We used Avery Print-to-the-Edge Square Labels, Kraft Brown, 2 x 2 Inches, Pack of 300 (22846). Make a bunch to give friends & family members.
sore muscle essential oil blend,

There are a few precautions with any essential oils: Never use undiluted, in eyes or around mucus membranes. Do not ingest. Keep away from children and do not use essential oil on children or pets unless directed by a professional (cats in particular are very sensitive to essential oils, never use on cats). Avoid while pregnant and with homeopathics. May cause skin irritation (test on a small patch of skin in an insensitive portion of your body with proper dilution rate).

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Jojoba's properties make it fantastic as an after sun skin soother. Of course we can't make any medical claims, but we can share with you what our customers say. Last summer, one of our customers sent us this note:

You can also mix jojoba with aloe if your sunburn is particularly bad. Apply often, at least a few times a day until skin is no longer pink or red. We have heard from many customers about how wonderful it is for an after sun soother, give it a try and let us know what you think. We use it regularly for this purpose during our short Maine summers. The best part is that jojoba is non-toxic!

For all the same reasons that jojoba makes a great carrier for essential oils, it also makes a great carrier to infuse with botanicals (see our post dedicated to this topic here). Infusing jojoba with botanicals can take it up a notch, adding healing elements to an already amazing product. Jojoba's shelf stability and long life makes it one of the best mediums for such infusions. This arnica infused jojoba can be used as is, for massaging sore muscles, or it can be used as an ingredients in salves, balms, and other products. You can use this basic method for a wide variety of infusions. We will be coming up with a few over the coming months, check back to see our recipes.

arnica infused oil
infusing jojoba with arnica

No doubt, you've heard of the health benefits of arnica for muscle pain, bruises, soreness, swelling, arthritis, and other types of pain. Rub this arnica infused jojoba on areas affected by soreness or pain. Arnica should not be used on open cuts/wounds because it is toxic if it gets into the body. It's fine for external use. As with almost everything, there are some individuals that can be sensitive to one specific compound in arnica, helenalin. If you develop a rash, discontinue use, you are mostly likely one of those sensitive.

jojoba infused with arnica

ARNICA INFUSED JOJOBA

1. Place organic dried arnica flowers in jar, quart size is perfect for about one ounce of dried flowers. You can use fresh herbs, but make sure they are allowed to dry down for a day or two. The moisture in the herbs can increase risk of mold.

2. Top off herbs with jojoba. The goal is to keep arnica submerged under jojoba, be sure to leave some headspace for expansion.

3. Cap, shake jar and place jar in sunny windowsill. Allow to infuse for four to six weeks, shaking every couple days. It is helpful to write the date the mix was made on the bottom of the jar.

4. Strain herbs out of jojoba with cheesecloth, a couple of layers might be needed to remove all particles. Transfer infused jojoba to smaller bottles to be used as needed or gifted. Write date finished on bottom of jar and try to use up within a year.

arnica infused oil

Other Infusions you can try to make:
Lavender Infused Jojoba

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I just want to let you know how much I love your Jojoba. I have been using it for about 10 years now, after seeing it at a massage convention. One year I decided to go cheaper and found my sheets smelling rancid and after throwing them out decided I'd never do that again.

Katie Dickinson

Thank you so much for providing a wonderful product. I have been using your golden jojoba in my skincare products for many years and all my customers (and me) love it.

Kathleen

I love this product. My esthetician had been using it on my skin for years. Trusting her knowledge of skincare and product-lines for the last 20+years, I decided to wean myself from traditional body moisturizers in 2018, and transition to jojoba oil for my basic skin care moisturization.

GH

Fabulous, fabulous stuff!

Sarah L.

I like doing business with companies that care, and I feel that you do.

Thank you for a fabulous product and great customer care!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I have had the pleasure of working with your excellent Jojoba for 11 years as a massage therapist and also for personal use. I have occasionally tried other highly regarded massage oils and lotions over the years but always come back to your product. It is simply the best!

Janet Walker

I just wanted to email to say that I'm so in love with Jojoba.

Aly Willard

I did a lot of research on what to use on my skin and then where to get it. I know I made the right choice.

Jackie

There are some Maine products that serve us well through the sweltering days of August to the frigid days of January and every day in between. Jojoba is one of them!

Jann Minzy

Your product is amazing and I couldn't be happier with it. It is high quality which is what I strive for in my own practice.

Julie Paus