Organic Jojoba (Simmonfdia chinensis)
The jojoba plant typically grows in North America and can reach up to 15 feet in height. It’s mostly found in Mexico and Southern portions of the United States. When the seeds of this plant are distilled, they can form a liquid wax-like substance commonly called jojoba oil. While it’s not an oil, it can still have some very potent benefits, especially for cracked and dried dog paws.
As most dog owners may realize at some point in time, their beloved pet’s paws can take quite a bit of abuse and usage. These parts of the body are designed to not only offer protection against the elements, such as extreme hot and cold, but also a cushion for comfort as they stroll around or sprint down the yard. That’s why a dog may constantly be licking its paws. Helping these paws become rejuvenated is an important aspect for many dog owners as that will provide comfort and healing to these incredible animals.
Why Use Organic Jojoba Oil for Dogs
There are many benefits to relying on jojoba oil for health and well-being, but none of them match the benefits it offers to skin. As a topical paw soothing ingredient, jojoba oil has some amazing properties that restore and rejuvenate dried and cracked skin.
It contains a number of fatty acids and dogs don’t have the ability to produce these fatty acids on their own. Humans can, but dogs cannot, so if they don’t get them in their diet, it can lead to a deterioration of the skin, including the surface of the paws.
Cracked paws can look terrible, but they can also be incredibly uncomfortable and painful for the dog. When a dog has dried and cracked paws, they may spend a considerable amount of time licking them as the saliva can provide temporary comfort. For anyone who knows what it feels like to have extremely chapped skin on their hands, that should give a relatively fair assessment of what your dog may be going through.
Essential Properties of Organic Jojoba Oil
As noted, there are numerous ingredients in jojoba oil that are incredibly beneficial for overall health. It can be taken internally, but for dogs with dried and cracked paws, it’s best to focus on a topical treatment. Fatty acids and saturated fats can affect cholesterol levels when taken internally, but that’s exactly what the skin (and those tender paws) need.
Jojoba oil contains the following fatty acids:
- Palmitoleic acid
- Oleic acid
- 11-Eicosenoic acid
- Docosenoic acid
- 9-Godienoic acid
Many lotions and moisturizers contain some level of jojoba oil for its ability to help restore and rejuvenate cracked and dried skin.
History of Jojoba Oil
While jojoba oil has been used for many years as a replacement for whale oil, it wasn’t truly discovered for its healing properties until the past few decades. It can be used as a fungicide as well, which helps to control mildew.
Interesting to note, though, is that jojoba oil would pass through the body undigested if taken internally. This is why it’s so much more beneficial as a topical soother for dried and cracked paws.
“Learn the powerful benefits of jojoba oil”. Retrieved 2011-07-01