The Healing Properties of the Jojoba Plant

Learn about the healing properties of the jojoba plant, includes a history of the use of the jojoba plant, medicinal uses for jojoba and information about the rich oil that can be obtained from this plant.

  • Can this unassuming little desert shrub, the jojoba plant, really save the world?
    Can this unassuming little desert shrub, the jojoba plant, really save the world?
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  • Can this unassuming little desert shrub, the jojoba plant, really save the world?

Discover the jojoba plant's healing properties, one of a number of characteristics that makes it important to our food, leather, paint, adhesives, cleaning and polishing, cosmetics, health, insulation, rubber, textile, and other industries in the future.

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The Healing Properties of the Jojoba Plant

No one really knows how long the native peoples of the U.S. Southwest have been harvesting and using the nut of the jojoba (ho-ho-be) shrub. As early as 1769, however, the famous Spanish missionary Junipero Serra reported that he had seen California Indians cooking with jojoba oil and using the fluid as a healing agent on wounds.

And there the matter rested until 1822, when an H.F. Link attempted to classify the jojoba plant. Unfortunately for us all, though, Mr. Link foolishly mixed his jojoba specimens (collected from the Sonora Desert) . . . with other plants gathered on a later field trip to China. This has since created two problems: [1] It caused a number of other botanists to waste a great deal of time, energy, and money fruitlessly searching that Asiatic country for the plant, and [2] it leaves the jojoba — a bona fide native of North America-saddled to this day with the misleading scientific name of Sim mondsia chinensis.

Still, it's hard to keep a good plant (even a misnamed one) down. And the hardy jojoba shrub — which can not only thrive in the kind of hot, dry deserts that kill most growing things, but produce an extremely valuable oil while doing it — is, indeed, a very good plant. Good enough, at any rate, to encourage several government agencies to attempt to introduce the jojoba to semi-arid, poverty-stricken northern Africa over the years. These efforts all failed, however, and the plant once again fell into obscurity.

Suddenly World War II — with its hotly contested struggles for control of both the planet's land masses and sea lanes changed all that. The increasingly sophisticated war machines thrown into the fray by nations on both sides of the conflict consumed absolutely frightening quantities of high-pressure lubricants — and that caused problems for everyone.

10/4/2019 1:06:32 PM

*advanced killing machinery **found ONLY in ***Jojoba. Yet instead of offering a reconsideration of supporting the massive detrimental effects of living in such a way without temperance or judiciousness, the authors instead suggests that ... my apologies for the writing errors

10/4/2019 1:04:54 PM

This article describes how human obdurate and restive profligacy towards advanced killing machines requires an appetite for a specialized compound found in the now-almost-extinct-for-having-it sperm whale, as well as our precious Sonoran Jojoba. And instead of reconsider the massive destruction caused by these type of living, this article writer suggests that the solution to saving the world is to mass produce this plant so that massive amounts of money can be made selling to those engaged in this agressive cancer of Earth, the licenscious and rapine vitiation of life, both human and non, through production and use of weapons of mass destruction. "There's no question about it: This still-little-known and largely unsung scrubby little desert tree just may hold the key to this planet's future. The meek may yet inherit the earth." This sounds like the opposite of the inheriting of the Earth by the meek. This seems instead like hauling it out to the landfill, flushing it down the toilet, or handing it over to those who would pillage it for profit until they literally can't pillage anymore, simply by virtue of being given that power and abusing it, rather than choosing to be a steward of life, both human and non. I highly doubt that this author has no vested interests in the jojoba industry to be making such bold statements like that without any science evidence to back it up.

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