Have you ever wondered what happened to the 50% – 60% of the Jojoba seed that is left over after Jojoba Oil is made? I’m sure most people have not. You can leave it up to geeky ingredient lovers, like me, to find out! When the seeds from this low growing, desert plant are pressed, the fun doesn’t stop with Jojoba Oil. The seeds can actually be ground up and used as a gentle, skin nourishing exfoliant! Unlike many other nut meals, Jojoba Meal is defatted and shelf stable, meaning you can confidently incorporate it in body and facial scrubs, soaps, and other skin care products without increasing the chance of premature rancidity. Curiously, Jojoba Meal may have non-cosmetic applications as well. Studies have shown that some compounds found in Jojoba Meal may have weight loss and appetite suppressant effects. Interestingly enough, early trail blazers were known to chew Jojoba Seeds in order to fend off hunger while traveling the southwestern United States. But before you start chewing Jojoba seeds, or hosting any weight loss bake-offs, please keep in mind that studies on the safety of consuming Jojoba Meal are still under-way. Be sure to do some further research and speak to a physician before adding any kind of supplement to your diet.
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