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April 2009 Ageless herbal newsletter

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Jojoba oil

The name "jojoba oil" is misleading, as it is not oil, but a wax ester made up of a complex mixture of naturally occurring long-chained linear esters with many functional cosmetic properties that are far superior to triglycerides. Over 97% of jojoba is composed of an array of liquid wax esters, with a combination of mixed tocopherols, free sterols and other unsaponifiables making up the balance.

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In addition to the obvious chemical difference, jojoba differs from normal vegetable oils as these triglyceride fats and oils are easily hydrolyzed and oxidized, yet jojoba resists hydrolysis and oxidation and is a far more effective, non-occlusive, moisture control and for photo-protection on the external surfaces of the skin, than any other natural or synthetic oil.

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Early Spanish explorers and missionaries recorded that the native Amerindian inhabitants of the American Sonoran Desert used it for sundry cosmetic and medicinal purposes, such as hair dressings, body oils, and skin salves.

In addition, they attributed "mystical" powers to jojoba Oil claiming that it could alleviate a myriad of bodily ills and cure external ailments such as cuts, scratches, and open sores.

Realizing that most legends have some basis of truth, research chemists in the 1930's first investigated the composition and properties of jojoba oil. These chemists realized, to their surprise, that jojoba was not based on triglycerides (glycerol esterified to three long-chain carboxylic acids) as are essentially all naturally occurring liquid oils and solid fats.

In fact, the researchers realized that the extract from jojoba seeds was the only plant-sourced material composed of liquid, long-chain esters. They were intrigued with jojoba seed oil, but were very limited in their research due to limitations of technology of the day.

Soon, jojoba oil fell into relative obscurity that lasted until the late 1960's and early 1970's.

Scientific rediscovery of jojoba oil

In the late '60's and early '70's, two events transpired which brought jojoba oil into the limelight of cosmetic research and development. First, many nations of the world started to become "environmentally conscious" and realized the finite limitations on many of the world's resources.

These nations, either collectively or independently, identified endangered plant and animal species around the world. Soon thereafter, they outlawed the hunting and/or harvesting of these species and prohibited the use of any materials derived from these sources.

Among the endangered species was the sperm whale, whose spermaceti waxes, a mixture of long chain esters, was greatly valued for its functionality in cosmetic applications. Scientists soon found that jojoba oil could not only replace sperm whale oil (spermaceti) in all applications but discovered that it was actually superior to it.

Secondly, the cosmetic industry commenced a world-wide search for renewable, plant-sourced lipid materials to eventually replace nonrenewable, petrochemical sourced materials, when and if market supply or cost factors dictated.

It was obvious to many that jojoba completely satisfied the needs created by both of the aforementioned events.

Botanical information on jojoba oil

It is a renewable plant-sourced ingredient and is sourced from the seeds of Simmondsia chinensis, which is a woody, evergreen, desert shrub indigenous only to the American Sonoran Desert. Jojoba seeds are a dark, reddish-brown color and about 1.0 to 1.5 centimeters long.

Approximately 50% of the weight of the seed is a mixture of long-chain liquid esters that is typically extracted by mechanical pressing. Unlike most triglyceride seed and nut crude oils, jojoba oil is very low in or virtually devoid of tars, gums, free carboxylic acids, hydroperoxides, hosphatides, chlorophylls, color bodies and malodorous low molecular weight carbonyl compounds.

Expelled, crude jojoba oil is naturally of high quality and purity as it flows from the mechanical presses.

Different grades of jojoba oil

Simmondsia chinensis produces a marvelously consistent mixture of liquid esters.

Extraction of natural jojoba oil from seeds that are in optimal condition results in a very pure and clean initial product that requires minimal processing and/or refining, producing a very high quality consistent end product.

After mechanical extraction, jojoba is generally screened to remove tiny bits of sediment called "footes" and then filtered.

Different grades of jojoba can then be produced:

  • Pure, natural, golden grade (which we sell)
  • Refined and bleached grade 

With the pure, natural golden grade, no further processing is needed after filtration.

The jojoba is simply packaged for storage and shipment. This grade of jojoba has a golden-yellow color. Organoleptically, this grade has a very slight, pleasant odor peculiar to jojoba.

From the early 1980s refined and bleached jojoba has also been available. The color bodies are removed with bleaching earths and filtration. Various degrees of decolorization can be attained by this method with Lovibond readings that are typically between those of pure golden jojoba and decolorized/deodorized grade. This grade of jojoba retains a slight odor.

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The use of jojoba oil in skin care jojoba oil seeds of Simmondsia chinensis oil skin care anti-aging hair supple shiny jojoba oil

Many of the most effective ingredients for skin care formulations are those with chemical composition and physical properties similar to the skin's own surface layers.

Since jojoba is completely miscible with sebum, it forms a very thin, non-greasy lipoid layer of jojoba and sebum when it is applied to the skin - and can be applied neat to the skin on all skin types and will also not contribute to skin problems or acne.

This partially porous layer provides exceptional transepidermal respiration and moisture control - making it perfect for anti-aging skin care.

Unlike greasy occlusive materials such as petrolatum, mineral oils and some lanolin products, jojoba provides an absolutely non-tacky and non-greasy, dry emolliency.

At the same time jojoba significantly reduces transepidermal water loss without totally blocking transpiration of gasses and water vapor. The kinking at jojoba’s cis configuration that helps avoid tight packing of hydrocarbon chains enhances this function.

Jojoba serves as an excellent moisturizing agent with exceptional spread and lubricity, and leaves a rich velvety non-oily feel on the skin while retarding water loss and enhancing the flexibility and suppleness of the skin.

Percutaneous absorption studies at the University of Michigan demonstrated that jojoba is quickly absorbed into the skin. Absorption is apparently via the trans-appendegeal mechanism and occurs through the pores and hair follicles.

Additionally, because jojoba is rapidly absorbed, the pores and hair follicles can remain open and thus maintain their proper functioning ability.

From the pores and hair follicles, jojoba diffuses into the corneal layer of the skin probably via a pilosebaceous mechanism.

In short, it appears that jojoba effectively moisturizes and softens the skin by a dual action of forming a lipid layer, which is partially occlusive, and by the diffusion of jojoba into the intercellular spaces of the stratum corneum to soften this tissue.

Jojoba oil and hair care

Jojoba is an extremely functional ingredient in hair and scalp preparations. Many scalp related problems are caused by a hardened build-up of sebum that clogs the hair follicles and may cause some types of scaling.

If this hardened build-up is not removed, it can eventually obstruct the hair follicle's ability to function properly, which can lead to a loss of the hair shaft, and ultimately, death of the follicle.

Jojoba rapidly penetrates down to the scalp and hair shaft, and readily loosens and dissolves this hardened build-up. The scalp and hair follicles are left clean and free to continue their normal function.

Jojoba is also an excellent soil-solubilizing agent, which can remove sticky build-up on the hair from many modern hair preparations as well as airborne particulates.

Jojoba will leave the hair clean and supple. Jojoba exhibits a matchless keratoplastic effect that leaves the hair shimmering and brings out the hair's natural color overtones and brilliance. Jojoba can be used with confidence in most hair preparations at a level ranging from 0.5-3%.

One of the essential functions of lipids on the hair is moisturizing to improve texture and manageability. Keeping the hair fully hydrated is a guarantee of manageability, softness and shine. This is exactly what natural jojoba does: it conditions the hair, and prevents it from becoming brittle and dull when exposed to unfavorable conditions.

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  • Healing cream
    • To assist in wound healing while soothing skin complaints – such as eczema and psoriasis, acne and piles and moisturizing and protecting the skin. This product has shown its effectiveness over a wide range of problems and judging from sales over more than a decade – it is the trusted healing cream to help with all mishaps, allergic reactions, irritated, burning, itchy and uncomfortable skin conditions.
  • Face wash
    • This face wash will properly clean your face and remove all impurities and environmental pollutants, without drying the skin. It contains eight herbal extracts to help promote a clear, vital and healthy complexion and a younger looking skin.
  • Moisturizing day cream
    • This day cream is formulated to help fight the signs of aging on various fronts. It helps to reduce free radical damage which, if left unchecked, leads to premature aging. The herbal extracts help to promote cell rejuvenation and regeneration and provide moisture and hydration to the skin.
  • Nourishing night cream
    • This nourishing night cream penetrates the skin extremely well and does not make the skin feel oily. It contains a host of herbal extracts to help in the fight against premature aging and has added vitamin E as well. Apart from the moisturizing effect and the anti-aging properties it also softens and smoothes the skin.
  • Eye gel
    • An effective refreshing eye gel to help reduce puffiness and dark rings around the eyes, while fighting wrinkles and lines. This is a very clever combination of herbal extracts and the base formula has its roots in a clinically proven formula.
  • Mud face mask
    • With this skin treatment product we combined a special selection of herbs in a base of thermal mud with oligoelements. This recommended weekly treatment will boost circulation to the skin, help to fight wrinkles and lines, improve firmness while at the same time improving suppleness and elasticity of the skin.


Hair care

  • Shampoo with rosemary extract + 7 other herbals
    • Our shampoo is in a class of its own – and granted – it is far more expensive than cheap supermarket shampoos, but no other shampoo has the active ingredients we have in our shampoo. The rosemary will boost the health of the hair and scalp, while the other seven herbal extracts will help strengthen the hair and make it shine, increase the volume and make it manageable.
  • Rosemary hair treatment conditioner
    • We have found that this hair conditioner should really be used as a conditioning treatment. This then removes the need to condition the hair every time you wash – and can be used once a month. It is a superb hair tonic and helps in the control of sebum secretion of the scalp. Although not formulated for dandruff – the ingredients will assist with this as well, while supporting the health of the scalp.


Specialized herbal gels and lotions

  • Hand and body lotion
    • When formulating this hand and body lotion we created a rich nourishing, protecting and reviving lotion, which will not leave the skin oily or tacky, but will create a well moisturized, hydrated and supple skin. After applying this lotion it will quickly be absorbed by the skin, leaving it silky soft, smooth and well moisturized.
  • Stretch mark gel
    • Although nothing can remove already formed stretch marks (only surgery can do that) – thousands of satisfied clients confirm that this gel improves the appearance of old stretch marks. The gel will help in PREVENTING stretch marks (a 92% success rate) and is used with great success by expectant mothers and body builders who may form marks when bulking-up. The formula of this gel is based on clinical studies done in France, to which we added other herbal extracts.
  • Cellulite gel
    • Fighting cellulite is easy with this herbal cellulite gel. It contains a patented extract of Bayberry (Myriceline) and nine other plant extracts and essential oils. The gel will help to get rid of cellulite (which has been clinically proven) and will also help to prevent cellulite from forming. So now it is easy to get your soft body contours back again.


Herbal supplements

  • Apple cider vinegar (liquid) with Centella asiatica
    • The health benefits of apple cider vinegar are combined with the therapeutic properties of Centella asiatica. This old folk remedy is still used with great effect by thousands of people daily.
  • Digest capsules
    • If your digestive system is under-par and you struggle with constipation or you simply need to boost the health of your digestive system then this capsule is for you. Fenugreek is a general digestive tonic and psyllium is a magical bulking agent that will help proper bowel movements, without using a laxative.
  • Detox capsules
    • Our modern day lifestyle exposes us to many unwanted additive and our diet also places stress on the body. To help the body get rid of toxins and waste materials naturally we combined fennel, basil, celery and parsley to help the body remove these toxins. It peps-up your metabolism and helps the bladder, kidneys and liver to do their work more effectively.
  • Urinary and bladder health capsules
    • Using an all natural approach, our capsules will help the discomfort and burning urine sensation of urinary tract infection and help clear up foul smelling urine. We combined cranberry, dandelion, uva ursi and vitamin C in a single capsule to effectively fight bladder infections and to stop the burning sensation when urinating.
  • Tri- Mushroom blend capsules
    • If you need an immune system boost then have a look at our combination of maitake, reishi and shiitake mushrooms. These mushrooms have showed to be a great help in boosting the immune system – and form a good nutritional supplement support for HIV/Aids patients and people receiving chemotherapy. Any person with even a slightly compromised immune system may benefit from this supplement.
  • Olive leaf extract capsules
    • This natural detoxifier helps with a variety of ailments and people with chronic fatigue syndrome, infections, glandular fever (Epstein Barr), and even candida and herpes have found it of value. Olive leaf extract helps to fight bacteria, viruses, retroviruses, and protozoa and yeast strains. Apart from fighting all of these problems it also helps to improve kidney function and fights free radicals.
  • Sexual supplement (previously known as Vuka Nkuzi)
    • Men normally don’t admit when they have a declining libido although it is a most common problem. We combine in this supplement seven different natural ingredients to boost sexual health – without any side effects often experienced with such medication. After more than a decade, and thousands of regular Vuka Nkuzi clients we still offer this well priced supplement to boost the libido.


Other products

  • Jojoba oil
    • This liquid golden ester not only moisturizes and penetrates the skin but also helps to fight wrinkles and lines while promoting a clear and unblemished skin. Jojoba does not clog the pores but helps to restore skin elasticity and smoothness. It will leave the skin supple and velvety soft without any oiliness and can be used neat on the skin.
  • Almond oil
    • This light and deeply moisturizing oil has a softening effect on the skin and can be used on the face and body. Almond oil has excellent emollient properties and helps to balance water and moisture loss in the skin. It can be used neat on the skin and also makes an excellent massage base.

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