Jojoba Oil [JOJOBA ( Simmondisia California/ Chinensis)]

Description of the oil: Yellow
Constituents of the oil: Rich in vitamin E, minerals, waxy substances that mimics collagen.
Type of the Plant: Tender woody evergreen shrub. Grows from 2-8 feet high with hairy young stems and lance-shaped gray green leaves. In spring there are clusters of cup-shaped, greenish male flowers or single bell shaped female flowers which develop ovoid, single seeded capsules.
Part of the plant used: Seeds contain a scentless, clear, waxy oil.
Method of Extraction: Cold press.
Uses on Skin/ Body: The seed oil is the only known plant equivalent to sperm whale oil. Jojoba is a liquid wax. It has a beautifully light texture. Itís chemical composition is similar to that of the skinís own sebum. Being a wax rather than an oil it does not get rancid. It is good for all skin types and is highly penetrative. Particularly good for combination skins, oily or prone to acne. It has same of the best skin-softening properties. When placed in the fridge it should go solid.
Locations: Grown in well-drained dry soil in full sun. Propagated by seed.
History: You have to have a license to be able to pick the seeds from this plant. It is weighed very carefully as care is taken to leave enough for the years to come.
Hypericum [HYPERICUM St.Johnís Wort ( Hypericum Perforatum)]

Description of the oil: Dark brown color
Constituents of the oil: Glycosides, flavonoids (inc. Rutin)
Type of Plant: Hypericum is an annual that grows up to seventy cm. The herbs has gold-yellow flowers.
Part of Plant used: Flowering tops.
Method of Extraction: Maceration
Uses on Skin/ Body: Topically used for burns, inflammations (of the skin, muscles and connective tissue) and neuralgia. This is an extremely healing oil for rheumatism, aches, sprains, bruises and arthritis. One can use this oil to prevent dark spots appearing on the hands, applied nightly. This oil is astringent, anti inflammatory, sedative and a restorative tonic for the nervous system. Use when you are feeling anxious and irritable. Excellent to use during menopause.
Location: Mediterranean region
History: It is said that St, Johnís Wort takes its name from the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, who used it to treat wounds on Crusade battlefields. It is also said to dispel often compelled to drink its infusion.

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