March 2004 Ageless herbal newsletter
The Jojoba plant originated in the Sonoran Desert and is presently grown in the southwestern areas of the United States. It is a slow growing plant and takes 12 - 14 years to mature, but has a life span of over 100 years. The bean from this plant is less than two centimeters in length and weighs one gram.
From this bean, a golden, odorless, non-allergic liquid wax is produced that is known as Jojoba Oil. Jojoba Oil's structure imparts qualities and properties that are difficult to match.
In reality jojoba oil is not an oil but a liquid wax, and is pronounced "ho-ho-ba", and only became important in the 1970's when whaling was banned, since jojoba oil has almost the same properties as the oil obtained from the sperm whale.
This shrub was first noted in 1882 by the British botanist H F Link, when landing at Baja California in Northern Mexico.
Since it is composed of wax esters, it is an extremely stable substance and does not easily deteriorate or become rancid. These wax esters are long-chained monohydroxyl alcohols, which differ from fats in that esters are long-chained fatty acids with glycerine.
It is suspected that jojoba oil "tricks" the skin into stopping the over-production of sebum through somehow mimicking sebum and also assist in breaking down sebum in plugged-up pores. Sebum and jojoba oil mix readily without "sealing off" the skin pores.
When used as a massage medium, it acts as an emulsifier with the skin's natural sebum and gently unclogs the pores and lifts grime and imbedded impurities.
It contains myristic acid which also has anti-inflammatory actions. Since it is similar in composition to the skin's own oils, it is quickly absorbed and is excellent for dry and mature skins, as well as inflamed conditions.
It can in most cases be used on acne skin without any problems as it helps to control acne.
It also has antioxidant properties - so the oil does not become rancid and can prevent rancidity in other oils. It can be used pure in massage, or can be mixed with other carrier oils and may be added to your bath as a bath oil.
It is better to mix jojoba with another oil when using it in massage, as jojoba is absorbed too quickly and does not give enough "slip" in massaging - another good oil to combine it with is either grape seed oil or almond oil.
As a result jojoba oil and sebum will form a non-greasy, non-tacky layer with exceptional trans-epidermal water control.
In dermatological test done, using jojoba oil, by Christensen and Packman, it was shown that jojoba oil increases the skin's suppleness by 45% and after 8 hours the effect was still present.
Jojoba oil also has great anti-bacterial properties. Professor Zille of Port Elizabeth University carried out studies on the anti-bacterial effects of jojoba oil and the results were presented at a Coskem Congress held at Mintek.
Tests at Michigan University showed that five of the most common skin bacteria plus certain skin fungi couldn't survive in jojoba oil.
So, from the above it is easy to see why Jojoba oil was kept a beauty secret by some ancient civilizations, and the Inca's were also supposed to use Jojoba oil extensively for the health of their hair, massaging it into the scalp to promote healthy thick hair.
With the stress filled and run-away lifestyles that most of us live, we need to look not only at eating a balanced diet, but also at supplementing our diet, should we feel that life is getting too taxing. This can be done with a high-potency B-complex supplement.
Thiamin may enhance circulation, helps with blood formation and the metabolism of carbohydrates. It is also required for the health of the nervous system and is used in the biosynthesis of a number of cell constituents, including the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). It is used in the manufacture of hydrochloric acid, and therefore plays a part in digestion.
It is required by the body to use oxygen and the metabolism of amino acids, fatty acids, and carbohydrates. Riboflavin is further needed to activate vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), helps to create niacin and assists the adrenal gland. It may be used for red blood cell formation, antibody production, cell respiration, and growth.
Vitamin B3 is required for cell respiration, helps in the release of energy and metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, proper circulation and healthy skin, functioning of the nervous system, and normal secretion of bile and stomach fluids. It is used in the synthesis of sex hormones, treating schizophrenia and other mental illnesses, and is a memory-enhancer.
Vitamin B5 plays an important role in the secretion of hormones, such as cortisone, because of the role it plays in supporting the adrenal gland. These hormones assist the metabolism, help to fight allergies and are beneficial in the maintenance of healthy skin, muscles and nerves.
Pyridoxine is required for the balancing of hormonal changes in women, as well as assisting the immune system and the growth of new cells. It is also used in the processing and metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, while assisting with controlling your mood as well as your behavior. Pyridoxine might also be of benefit for children with learning difficulties, as well as assisting in the prevention of dandruff, eczema and psoriasis.
Folic acid is required for DNA synthesis and cell growth and is important for red blood cell formation, energy production as well as the forming of amino acids. Folic acid is essential for creating heme, the iron containing substance in hemoglobin, crucial for oxygen transport.
Cobolamin is needed in the manufacture and maintenance of red blood cells and it stimulates appetite, promotes growth and releases energy. It is often used with older people to give an energy boost, assist in preventing mental deterioration and helps with speeding up thought processes. Some people are also of the opinion that it helps with clearing up infections and provides protection against allergies and cancer. This vitamin is also used in the metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
Then we look at movers and shakers that started at the bottom of the dung heap. Take Bill Gates for example: Microsoft was virtually unheard of in the 1970's and Bill Gates was working out of his garage and home with a couple of pals - look at him now!
Take Nelson Mandela, who was a goat herder in Transkei, South Africa, who then rose to be the State President of the country and became one of the most world famous humanitarians.
This question has bothered many, and researchers into the human condition have forwarded many theories as to the reasons behind personal success.
Tony Robbins, the great motivational speaker, has his own theory, which in essence come down to 2 principles that motivate people - Pain and Pleasure.
Think about it, and let us take the application of make-up as an example. What is it that forces ladies, the world over, to sit in front of the mirror, getting up before the rest of the household, to "put on their face".
It must be for the pleasure of looking good, and receiving compliments. Or, on the other hand, it may be for the fear of the pain of receiving a negative reaction, if they don't do it! Tony Robbins says that all human reaction has its base in fear of pain, feeling pain (emotional or physical), or pleasure.
Why do we procrastinate? Why do a lot of us put off doing something until the last moment? The answer is: fear of pain, the pain involved in doing the task. And what forces us to complete the task eventually? - Fear of the pain of what will happen if we don't do it!
For what reason do we start a relationship, or look for a partner? For the feelings of pleasure we receive from the relationship! The coziness, feeling of being loved, of sharing and commitment, that results from a relationship.
Why do relationships shipwreck then? Could it be because of the fear of the pain of rejection? We are starting to get a bit metaphysical now, but this thought brings me to another point: Tony Robbins also believes that our brain is like a thermometer that is set at a certain "temperature" or "level" of pain and pleasure that is acceptable to us.
To explain: Lets say I meet a fantastic person and decide to share my life with this person. Things go wonderfully for the first few months, but then I start to see faults in the person. Little things start to irritate me and I start getting snappy and start to find reasons to drive the relationship onto the rocks, as it were.
It may be caused by my "thermometer" deciding to "cool" down my ardor for my partner. This is my brain letting me know that the level of happiness I am experiencing is becoming unacceptably high. It's not "normal" for me to feel so happy, so I must try to sabotage the relationship to reach the acceptable level of existence, or normality that I usually experience.
For example: the reason for IBM's existence comes down to the fact that the company's original creator was fired from his job. He became so angry at the rejection, and his wife's nagging, that he forced himself to become a success.
The pleasure resulting from having good health, the respect of others, a happy relationship and enough money to achieve our goals and sustain a good living is what ultimately motivates us all. The problem is trying to get ourselves to think in a way that we can achieve and sustain this level of life, without letting our "thermometers" try to cool down our levels of success.