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HobaCare Blog

On the HobaCare Blog you will find interviews, recipes,
and education about HobaCare Jojoba and all its many uses.
Let us know if there is a topic you would like us to cover.

Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Self Massage)
Massage Therapy

JOJOBA OIL FOR ABHYANGA (AYURVEDIC SELF MASSAGE)

*Jojoba is technically a wax ester and not an oil, to learn more about that see our in depth page with information about Jojoba. We refer to it as an oil because it’s what people understand but prefer to call it an “extract” instead. These days we see articles everywhere promoting self care. While this is wonderful, it can get

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massage
Massage Therapy

SELF CARE FOR THE MASSAGE THERAPIST

Often when I see articles about self care I skip over them because they make me feel guilty. Guilty you say? About What? Well the fact is, I never did all those great self care things that they told me I should be doing in school. I never took the yoga classes I said I was going to. Well, I

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essential oil insect bite itch relief mix
101 Uses For Jojoba

ITCH STOP MIX

Our mix of the month for May is fitting, it’s an itch stop mix for insect bites. Here in Maine the period between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day is known as “Black Fly Season”. These little insects can make being outside very unpleasant, their bites can itch for days or a week. There are many different essential oils recommended for

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Do you ship jojoba to
FAQ

DO YOU SHIP TO ______________?

One of our most frequently asked questions is: Do you ship to {insert country}? We ship to many countries around the world and our website will create a shipping quote for you based on the destination country and the products you want to purchase. If you are looking for large quantities of jojoba (over 32 gallons), calling us directly for a freight

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Oncology Patient Sits by a window
Massage Therapy

MASSAGE THERAPY FOR ONCOLOGY PATIENTS

In massage school, I was taught not to massage people that had cancer. I translated this to, people with cancer can/should not receive massage. What I was soon to find out is that people with cancer CAN and SHOULD have a massage… but, only in the hands of a therapist trained in oncology massage. Let me explain. Anyone with cancer

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https://www.amtamassage.org/index.html
Massage Therapy

INTRODUCING GINNIE

Introducing Ginnie, a friend that will be writing some great articles for us here about massage therapy. You may also see her at our booth at the AMTA conferences, if you attend, stop by and say “Hi”. Hi, I’m Ginnie. I’m an RN with a bachelor’s degree from Boston University. Several years ago I decided it was time to consider a

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"Each practitioner upon entering a profession is invested with the responsibility to adhere to the standards of ethical practice and conduct set by the profession."
Massage Therapy

MASSAGE THERAPY – PRACTICING ETHICALLY

An active massage therapy practice is the result of hard work, education, and a credible professional reputation. We can advertise, use social media, network with other health professionals, but our reputation is the corner stone of successful practice. Ethical dilemmas are a part of our society and to think we are never going to be exposed to a professional ethical

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Office

HOLIDAY FOOD PANTRY DRIVE

At one of our staff meetings in November, Bill made the recommendation that instead of the usual office holiday gift exchange, we put the $25 towards buying items for the Waldoboro Food Pantry. The company matched the donation, which gave us $250 to spend on items for the local food pantry. On Wednesday, we closed the office at 1 and headed

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massage business blueprint
Massage Therapy

PRO TIPS FOR EVERY NEW MASSAGE THERAPIST

Our guest author today is Allissa Haines. She runs a massage practice and collaborative wellness center in Massachusetts. She partners with Michael Reynolds to create business and marketing resources for massage therapists like you at MassageBusinessBlueprint.com. Check out the Massage Business Blueprint podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or at the website. There are a million different kinds of massage therapists.

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101 Uses For Jojoba

SEASONS OF JOJOBA

We received this note from one of our customers, we thought we’d share her great uses for jojoba throughout the seasons. We added additional notes and links in parenthesis. There are some Maine products that serve us well through the sweltering days of August to the frigid days of January and every day in between. Jojoba is one of them!

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Press Release

WFM PRESS RELEASE

We were disappointed to learn that the North Atlantic Region Whole Foods Markets have decided to stop carrying our product in their stores. Their decision was not based on the quality or price of our jojoba, but rather, as they stated, “current directions we’re taking as a company”. You can read the full Press Release here. Our jojoba has been carried

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Lubricating gingher shears with jojoba
101 Uses For Jojoba

USE & CARE

There are so many items around the household that can be cared for with a drop of jojoba. Most recently, I purchased a new pair of Gingher scissors. The use and care guide states “Occasionally placing a drop of oil in the pivot area will facilitate a smooth cutting action.” Naturally, I use jojoba for this lubrication need. Not only

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100% pure expeller pressed jojoba
Site News

NEW CLOSURE, NEW LABELS, SAME GREAT PRODUCT

We are constantly trying to find better packaging options for our jojoba, particularly, closures that dispense drops of jojoba (since a little goes a LONG way) and that don’t leak. Nothing is perfect, but sometimes small changes can make a big difference. In the coming months, you will be noticing a change in our closures and labels. After many trials,

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face massage
101 Uses For Jojoba

JOJOBA FOR MASSAGE THERAPISTS

The most important reason to use jojoba, as opposed to other massage mediums is that it’s a 100% non-toxic product. In fact, it’s recommended for oncology massage because cancer patients are so sensitive (see Geralyn O’Brien’s article for the Integrative Cancer Review). In addition to being non-toxic, the second best reason to use jojoba is because clients LOVE it. It doesn’t

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spinning wheel protected with jojoba
101 Uses For Jojoba

CUSTOMER LOVE

A month or so ago, one of our customers contacted us to see if she could use jojoba on a vintage spinning wheel. She was interested in its protective properties for wood. She sent us after photos of her spinning wheel and said: “The wheel was quite dull before using jojoba oil. And for a 36 year old wheel, it

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non toxic garden tool protectant
101 Uses For Jojoba

TOOL PROTECTION WITH JOJOBA

Our ongoing series “Jojoba 101” is all about unique ways to use jojoba throughout the house/garden. Around our office and homes, we all use jojoba in a wide variety of ways. It’s always nice to have an alternative to petroleum based products, especially one that is non-toxic like jojoba. One way we have been using jojoba is to protect our

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non toxic pet product
101 Uses For Jojoba

YES, YOU CAN USE JOJOBA ON ANIMALS

We’ve had many clients tell us that they use jojoba on their pets (which we do as well). Animals can be very sensitive to toxins, especially cats, thus it’s very important to be selective in the products we chose for them. Since jojoba is non-toxic and non-allergenic, it’s a natural product to use on our pets. In fact we recently

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mother's day bathing gift basket idea with jojoba
Gift Basket Ideas

MOTHER’S DAY GIFT BASKETS FOR EVERYONE

If you ask us, we’ll tell you that jojoba is for everyone: babies, men, women, kids, and even pets. As a non-toxic, non-allergenic product, it’s safe for everyone in your family. That’s why we’ve come up with Mother’s Day gift basket ideas to cover all kinds of moms. Whether your mom is a maker and would enjoy a basket filled

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making jojoba sugar scrub
101 Uses For Jojoba

JOJOBA SUGAR SCRUB

With Mother’s Day a month away we’ve been thinking about ways to incorporate jojoba into pampering gift baskets for mom. The beauty of jojoba is that it’s pretty much the perfect all-natural product for skin, scalp, and hair. While a bottle of jojoba combined with a few plush towels or a robe, it’s fun to make a bath product as

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jojoba for healthy hair
Hair

JOJOBA FOR HAIR AND SCALP

Jojoba is a fantastic natural product for your hair because it conditions hair and scalp, prevents dryness, boosts shine, conditions and strengthens the hair follicle, and restores manageability. It’s non-toxic and safe for the entire family, in fact it will relieve cradle cap (see this post for more specific info on this use). Jojoba is often listed on shampoo and

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