Herbs Guide


Family Name: Simmondsiaceae

Botanical Name(s): Simmondsia Chinensis

Popular Name(s): Goat Nut.

Parts Used: The seed oil is used.

Habitat: It is native to the Sonoran Desert.

Description: Jojoba grows up to 1-2 m tall, with a broad, dense crown. The leaves are opposite, oval in shape, 2-4 cm long and 1.5-3 cm broad, thick waxy gauchos gray-green in color. The flowers are small, greenish-yellow, with 5-6 sepals and no petals.

Uses: It is used with great effect in a variety of skin care products, ranging from anti-acne to anti-aging ranges. It has a great effect on fighting wrinkles, as well as having an anti-bacterial effect on the skin. It has a natural moisturizing and healing effect on the skin and since it is resistant to oxidation, it is a very stable oil to use. Since it does not create an oily feel or look, it is also often included in hair care preparations.