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Tamanu Oil - Making Homemade Soap

Susan Katchur

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Tamanu oil comes from the tree, calophyllum inophyllum found in the islands of the South Pacific. This tree grows up to 25 or even 30 meters in height, with long, spreading limbs. Its branches are covered with shiny, dark green oval shaped leaves, and has small, sweet fragranced white flowers with a yellow center. Its fruit is the size of an apricot, with a thin flesh and a large nut hull inside.

Kernels, inside the fruit, are removed, dried on a rack, for approximately one month and begin to turn deep chocolate brown in color. They develop a sticky type of substance with a fragrance, similar to butter pecan ice cream. The dark green substance is then pressed from the kernels, resulting in luxurious, rich and thick tamanu oil.

Tamanu oil is great for treating lots of skin issues including: eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, cracked skin, scars, acne, stretch marks and more. It has helped to relieve the pain of chemical burns, shingles, rheumatism, sciatica, neuralgia, pulled ligaments, sore muscles or sprains, and much more. This natural substance contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

Tamanu oil is used in a variety of skin care products including: soap, lotion, cream, ointment and more A nutty aroma is, quickly, absorbed into the skin with no greasy or oily residue. Skin feels soft and dewy, without a glossy tint.

It is ideal for use in making homemade soap, lotion, cream, ointment or other cosmetic products. It can, also, be directly applied to the skin from a roll on dispenser! Caution should be heeded, though, to those with allergies to nuts, since its adverse affects are unknown.

Tamanu oil has a wide range of pain relieving and skin care benefits. You may consider trying this natural oil when making your homemade skin care products.

There are different ways to learn how to make soap. You can take in-person classes or learn, at home, with an audio visual resource, such as a DVD. Either way can provide you with an abundance of soap making information! Learn with, easy, soap making instructions, find soap recipes, learn by doing with trial and error, find resources and more! There are different soap making methods, such as hot process soap making, cold process soap making and re-batching. Use the method you are most comfortable with or just use them all! You can find all of the soap making information you will ever need!

Use a soap making kit, containing oils, molds and other materials to help you get started making soap. So, get started, you can make YOUR very own homemade soap and enjoy the, healthful, benefits of tamanu oil, today!

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