Jojoba Oil has Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Written by on January 3, 2006 in Home Remedies, Natural Treatments with 5 Comments

Jojoba oil is a popular and well tolerated part of many rosacea sufferers’ moisturizing regime.

I have found that jojoba oil blends in really well on wet skin and give an excellent moisturized feel to my skin.

Here is a study showing that jojoba oil also exhibits some beneficial properties for rosacea sufferers.

The first jojoba oil product I tried was Linda Sy’s Vita Oil that also contains lecithin and Vitamin A & C.

Anti-inflammatory effects of jojoba liquid wax in experimental models, Pharmacology Research. 2005 Feb;51(2):95-105, Habashy RR, Abdel-Naim AB, Khalifa AE, Al-Azizi MM., Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.

Jojoba [Simmondsia chinensis Schneider 1907] is an arid perennial shrub grown in several American and African countries.

Jojoba seeds, which are rich in liquid wax, were used in folk medicine for diverse ailments.

In the current study, the potential anti-inflammatory activity of jojoba liquid wax (JLW) was evaluated in a number of experimental models.

Results showed that JLW caused reduction of carrageenin-induced rat paw oedema in addition to diminishing prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) level in the inflammatory exudates. In a test for anti-inflammatory potential utilizing the chick’s embryo chroioallantoic membrane (CAM), JLW also caused significant lowering of granulation tissue formation.

Topical application of JLW reduced ear oedema induced by croton oil in rats. In the same animal model, JLW also reduced neutrophil infiltration, as indicated by decreased myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity.

In addition, JLW ameliorated histopathological changes affected by croton oil application. In the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammation in air pouch in rats, JLW reduced nitric oxide (NO) level and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) release.

In conclusion, this study demonstrates the effectiveness of JLW in combating inflammation in several experimental models. Further investigations are needed to identify the active constituents responsible for the anti-inflammatory property of JLW.

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5 Reader Comments

  1. Thaina says:

    Would Jojoba Oil be good to treat mild to moderate eczema?

  2. Jojoba oil is a great moisturizer, so I would expect that it will do a pretty good job on eczema.

  3. Sarah says:

    It helps relieve scalp irritation. I like to add some to any commercial shampoo I use.

  4. Hey great tip Sarah ! thanks.

  5. Taken says:

    Jojoba oil with a mild cleanser has been THE best facial treatment for my skin. Forget antibiotics and metrogel topicals. It’s an environmental, behavioral health issue. You either are eating/drinking triggers or you have a serious health issue.

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