Jojoba - Research
In a study investigating the use of aromatherapy for patients with hair loss, patients whose scalps were massaged daily with essential oils (thyme, rosemary, lavender and cedarwood) in a mixture of carrier oils (jojoba and grapeseed) showed more improvement than patients treated with the carrier oil alone.6
Jojoba was used externally by Native Americans to treat skin disorders3 and sores4 and internally to induce bowel movement.4 It was used internally as a folk remedy in Mexico for asthma.2 Mexicans continue to use it today externally for hair growth and conditioning.5
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6 Hay IC, Jamieson M, Ormerod AD. Randomized trial of aromatherapy. Successful treatment for alopecia areata[abstract]. Arch-Dermatol. 1998;134(11):1349-1352. Available at: http://grande.nal.usda.gov/ibids/index.php. Accessed September 22, 2004.