Jojoba is a shrub that is grows in dry regions of northern Mexico and the southwestern US. Jojoba oil and wax are produced from the seeds and used for medicine.



  • Jojoba is applied directly to the skin for acne, psoriasis, sunburn, and chapped skin. It is also used topically to encourage the regrowth of hair in people who are balding.
  • In manufacturing, jojoba is used as an ingredient in shampoo; lipstick; makeup; cleansing products; and in face, hand, and body lotions.


  • Jojoba, when applied to the skin, is an emollient, which soothes skin and unclogs hair follicles.
  • There is an interest in using jojoba for balding because some people think that unclogged hair follicles are more likely to produce new hair.


  • Jojoba is considered safe for most people when used on the skin. It can cause some side effects such as rash and allergic reactions.


  • Jojoba is UNSAFE for anyone when taken by mouth. It can cause serious side effects such as heart damage.
  • Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Applying jojoba to the skin during pregnancy and breast-feeding seems to be safe. But it is UNSAFE to take jojoba by mouth.

Other Names

Buxus chinensis, Deernut, Goatnut, Huile de Jojoba, Jojoba Oil, Pignut, Simmondsia californica, Simmondsia chinensis.


Source: WebMD, “Jojoba Oil”,

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