The healing powers of Tamanu Oil were discovered thousands of years ago when native Polynesians learned how to extract the thick green oil from the tamanu nut, called it a “sacred” gift of nature, and used it to stimulate skin renewal.
Tamanu oil . . .
- is rich in natural fatty acids
- has antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties
- promotes new tissue formation, thereby accelerating healing and the growth of healthy skin
- helps fade stretch marks
- helps improve the appearance of scars
- aids in the healing of minor cuts, burns, rashes, acne, eczema, rosacea and other skin conditions
Tamanu oil helps soothe and heal for surgical scars. If using for fresh surgical scars please check with your healthcare provider.
A salve means simple, effective, natural healing. Organic herbal salves rely on the medicinal properties of nature, not synthetic chemicals. How did we heal and soothe our skin before synthetic products?
We looked to nature!
How to Use
Directions: Apply liberally to the affected area as often as needed.
Within minutes bring the healing qualities of Tamanu oil and organic herbs directly to your skin.
We use pure, virgin Tamanu oil, not an extract. This oil is unrefined, has not been bleached or deodorized and retains its natural scent, color, and nutritional benefits.
We handcraft our Herbal Salves in small batches using organic oils and organic botanicals to ensure the highest quality and freshness. As a result, our organic salves have a natural shelf life. There are steps you can take to preserve the freshness of your salve.
- To prevent contamination use clean hands for application, avoid introducing moisture to the salve, and always keep the lid closed between uses.
- To ensure the best efficacy, our salves should be used within 6 months after opening.
- Always keep the salve in a temperature-stable environment.
As you research different healing oils or salves you will notice that although some target very specific problems, many have similar properties.
If the descriptions for Sea Buckthorn Salve, Tamanu Salve, and the Tamanu Sea Buckthorn Healing Oil seem very similar, that's because they all contain really great natural, but very different, bioactive ingredients that promote healing.
SEA BUCKTHORN OIL: Sea Buckthorn oil contains approximately 190 bioactive substances. It has a beneficial effect on the skin because it is a strong antioxidant and is rich in Omega fatty acids, beta-carotenes and vitamin E.
The moisturizing oil easily penetrates deep into the skin and has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbiological activity that helps promote healing and reduce scarring. It also may help kill the Demodex mites that can cause rosacea.
TAMANU OIL: Tamanu oil has been used in traditional medicine for ages, specifically for its ability to speed the healing of wounds by fighting bacteria and increasing cellular regeneration.
It also has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibiotic, and antioxidant properties. What really sets tamanu oil apart from other oils is its unique chemical composition. It contains a unique fatty acid called Calophyllic acid, a natural antibiotic called Lactone, and a natural non-steroid anti-inflammatory agent called Calophyllolide.
Although salves are semi-solid at room temperature, they soften quickly once applied to the skin, making them very portable and less messy than oils.
To help you choose between the two salves, here are a few suggestions based on our experience and customer feedback.
- Sea Buckthorn Salve
- Fading old scars
- Minor burns
- Tamanu Salve
- Wound healing
- Healing new scars
- Fading stretch marks
- Soothing and healing itchy, irritated skin
- Minor burns
- Tamanu oil helps soothe and heal surgical scars. If using for fresh surgical scars please check with your healthcare provider.
So, what about the Tamanu Sea Buckthorn Healing Herbs Oil?
The oils plus the infused botanicals are highly emollient, chocked full of antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties that make it great for any kind of tissue in need of repair.
Some differences between healing salves and healing oil:
- Absorption Time
- Since herbal salves are made up of oils and beeswax, they will often sit on top of the skin and take a bit longer to penetrate the layers of the skin
- Sometimes you want penetration to take longer and last longer, like with a simple scrape--so use a salve
- Sometimes you may want faster relief, like when you have a burn--so use an oil
- Continued Hydration
- When you do not cover a scar, cut, or scrape it dries out and scabs over. A scab is not always a good thing because, especially if it forms too quickly, it can act as a barrier to healing
- You want to keep a cut moist to help prevent a scab from forming
- While both the oil and salve will keep the area moisturized, a salve will provide a moisture barrier that lasts longer than an oil
- If you choose to use only an oil, then use it more often to dab the area to keep it supple until new skin begins to grow
This product may be new to Chagrin Valley’s product line, but it is not new to me.
I formulated the recipe for our Tamanu Sea Buckthorn Healing Herbs Oils about five years ago. I wanted to create a concentrated oil using my two favorite healing oils that I could use in conjunction with our salves for healing surgical scars, burns, skin rashes and other irritations.
I tend to use both the healing oil and the salve. Sometimes I use the salves for the first few days or a week (depending on the problem) and then switch to the oil. For some surgical scars, I used both the oil and a salve every day for weeks.
**This information is not meant to replace proper medical treatment. As always use good judgment. If a wound or burn is large or there is any concern about infection or the rate of healing please consult your healthcare professional. Infected wounds can lead to very serious systemic conditions.
For more information see our "Help Me Choose Salves" page
We often receive questions as to whether our soaps, shampoos, and other items are safe to use on young children.
A baby’s skin, so thin and delicate, is no place for harmful synthetic chemicals. Sadly, even some of the most trusted baby brands add nasty chemicals to their products.
Read the label on a bar of commercial baby soap or shampoo. Read the label on a bottle of commercial baby oil. Now read the ingredients in Chagrin Valley products.
We recommend starting with our Milk & Honey Baby Soap. We also recommend our three Castile soaps and Carrot & Honey Soap. They contain no artificial colors or fragrances.
They also make a great baby shampoo--just keep the soap away from their eyes, we do not add any chemicals that anesthetize your baby's eyes.
When you think your child is ready, try some new soaps.
As with all new products, it is best to do a skin patch test prior to full usage to test for any skin allergies or sensitivities. If you have any questions or concerns always check with your doctor or health care professional.
It is best to add only one new soap at a time and use it for a while before switching to a new soap.
Please do not ask us to diagnose your child's skin problems, we are not health care professionals. Our recommendations are based on what our customers have shared.
The answer is, YES!
Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve is a USDA Certified Organic company.
The most important consideration in any business is its customers. Today's world of misleading claims, false advertising, and simple deception, often leaves consumers trying to discover the truth about personal products and their ingredients.
- We want our customers to know that we are committed to transparency in everything we do.
- We want our customers to know that when we say "organic," we mean it.
- We believe that in becoming a USDA Certified Organic company, our customers do not have to wonder if we really use certified organic ingredients or if our organic products are truly organic.
- So we choose to be a certified organic company and abide by the strict standards required for organic certification.
We often receive questions as to whether our soaps, shampoos, and other natural products are safe to use during pregnancy.
We recommend that expectant and nursing mothers check with their midwife or physician before changing a skincare routine with our organic products, or any other line of products.
Read the label on a bar of commercial soap. Read the label on your jar of moisturizer.
Now read the ingredients in a Chagrin Valley product.
We use quality natural and USDA Certified Organic ingredients. No synthetic additives, colorants, fragrances, preservatives, or chemical derivatives are used.
There is nothing in our all-natural basic soap or other products that could cause a problem in pregnancy.
Topically applying the herbs present in many of our soaps is also not a problem. Your skin will absorb much less herb from the soap than if you would sprinkle them on your food.
The issue that seems to be of most concern is the use of essential oils during pregnancy.
There is a lot of confusing, ambiguous, and inaccurate information concerning the use of essential oils in pregnancy.
The question of safety and safety testing has a lot to do with several factors.
The type and composition of the specific essential oil. Essential oils differ greatly in strength and composition.
The quality of the essential oil. Many "cheap essential oils" are not pure and maybe cut with synthetic chemicals.
The actual “dose” of herb/essential oils. Most of the clinical research on essential oil safety is based on information for internal (actually ingesting) large doses of herbs, essential oils, or herbal "medicines." Obviously there have been no tests done on pregnant women.
How the essential oil is being used. The concentration of essential oils that are absorbed through inhalation, as in aromatherapy, and massage is much lower than if you were actually ingesting the oil.
Also, aromatherapy and massage therapy use much higher concentrations of essential oils than you find in soap or even in eating the herb. With aromatherapy, you are inhaling the high concentrations which get absorbed via the lungs and in massage therapy, the essential oils remain on your skin and are absorbed.
Our scented soaps are gently scented with essential oils, but the choice is between you and your health care professional. The most critical time is the first trimester.
Soap does not remain on your skin very long and the percentage of essential oils used in our products is low. Remember we sell many soaps that have no added scent.
Just about every one of our products, like lip balms, whipped butters and deodorants has a "no added scent" version.
When there is a growing baby to consider, if you are at all uncertain as to the safety of an essential-oil containing product, or any ingredient, please consult your doctor, midwife, or health care professional!
When it comes to safety during pregnancy it is understandable that many massage therapists and aromatherapists decide to err on the side of caution in recommending the avoidance of certain essential oils.
Some Herbalists and Aromatherapist believe that essential oils that are normally safe to use, are safe during pregnancy, while others will recommend avoiding all essential oils during pregnancy.
Some essential oils that are normally quite safe have hormone-like effects and some even stimulate uterine muscles, both of which would be contraindicated during pregnancy.
Please do not ask us if one of our products is safe to use during pregnancy--we will simply refer you to this page.
We do not provide a list of essential oils considered safe during pregnancy because the information available is very contradictory. One aromatherapy source will list an essential oil as problematic while another one states it is fine. The information is changing constantly. Please do your own research and consult your doctor, midwife, or health care professional for the most up-to-date information.
Sensitive Skin Can Strike During Pregnancy
Even if you have never had sensitive skin in the past, you may notice that a product you have been using for several years now irritates your skin.
The stretching belly is often the most sensitive spot. Other potential problem areas include the hips, thighs, and bottom where the skin may become dry and flaky.
Although the exact cause is not known, raging hormones do make you more sensitive to a wide range of things, and also your skin is thinning and stretching as you, and your baby, grow.
These changes can behave in unpredictable ways. For example, if you have eczema you may suffer from major flare-ups or complete remission during pregnancy.
Keep your body well moisturized and avoid products that contain synthetic additives, colorants, fragrances, or preservatives. Any of these can exacerbate sensitive skin problems.
Before trying a new product, you can always do a patch test to test for sensitivity.
And again, we recommend that expectant and nursing mothers check with their midwife or physician before changing a skincare routine with our products, or any other line of products.
Pregnancy & Children: We do not provide information on the safety of essential oils during Pregnancy or for use in Children because the available information is very ambiguous and often contradictory. If you’re interested in using essential oils during pregnancy or with young children please do your own research and consult your doctor, midwife, or health care professional before use.
We often receive emails and phone calls from customers with chronic irritated or inflamed skin problems.
We have learned that for some people simply switching to a natural product may help.
We believe that natural ingredients are milder, healthier and gentler on the skin. I often say that it’s what's NOT in our products, that is often the most helpful.
While we cannot promise that our products will help heal your inflamed or irritated skin conditions, we have received a lot of feedback from customers telling us that our products have helped soothe irritated skin problems.
We have used this feedback to create "Help Me Choose" pages for a variety of skin issues.
Pure essential oils, herbs, and other natural ingredients have been used for centuries. Their folklore and uses have been passed down through generations.
Please note that our products are NOT drugs or medicines meant to treat or cure illness, which would require FDA testing and approval. Our products are intended to help soothe irritated skin.
If you have sensitive skin issues, always try an allergy patch test before using a new product.
NO! Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve
does not use raw materials that contain
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve is a USDA Certified Organic company.
We are required to submit documentation that ALL of our ingredients, even our "non-organic ingredients," were produced without the use GMOs.
Since the U.S. National Organics Program forbids the use of genetic modification in products to be certified as organic, purchasing organic is a great way to lower your exposure to GMO’s.
Genetically Modified Organisms refers to any animal, plant or microorganism that has been changed in a lab at the gene level. It is also known as “genetic engineering."
Dear Chagrin Valley, I ordered your Seabuckthorn Tamanu Oil [facial oil] and Tamanu Oil salve for my very irritated rosacea skin. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for making this stuff. I have tried EVERYTHING to calm and clear my face with no luck. I was using your Shea's So Fine with some relief but not completely. I ordered the Seabuckthorn Tamanu products after reading the descriptions on what they are good for. I've only been using them for less than a week but my face has finally started to clear and feel normal. The itching and irritation are gone. What spots and redness I have are disappearing. I was about to give up and just deal with the fact that I would have ugly skin for the rest of my life. These products are anything short of a miracle. I apply a thin layer of the facial oil first then a thin layer of the salve. Please don't ever stop making these products as they are helping so well. Rosacea is an ugly condition that no one wants but with these products, I can feel confident in my skin again. You have a customer for life. I also love your deodorants and shampoo bars. Kimberly, Texas
Dear Ida and Chagrin Family, I have to give you a testimony on your newest product Tamanu Oil salve. For years now I have been dealing with an awful face rash around my lips and the only course of treatment that has worked for me has been antibiotics for 30 days. Oh how I loathe antibiotics! I have tried your other salves but although I have gotten a break on the itchiness, nothing really ever made the rash go away. Recently I saw your post on Facebook about your new salve and I thought maybe this could be the salve for me. I ordered it and just received it yesterday. I have to tell you that only ONE time of using it and I woke up to only a slight discoloration this morning and no itching. I am speechless!! This stuff is AMAZING! Thank you so much for always creating natural and wonderful things. I became very ill in 2009 and I credit most of your products for getting me back on track to a healthy life. I thank God for you and your products every day! Enza, Massachusetts
This Tamanu salve is a miracle salve! I have suffered from irritated skin issues for over 10 years, using all kinds of creams and pastes topically to relieve red, irritated and itchy skin and persistent vaginal itching. Ten years of visits to the dermatologist, expensive creams with nasty ingredients (that usually made the whole thing worse) and nothing has worked like this. The salve is so easy to carry around, no mess (like creams, pastes and plain oils) and I can bring it with me when I travel! In addition to my major recurring issue, I get dry bumpy patches of red on my face sometimes, especially in the winter. I decided to try my little miracle salve on that, and THE NEXT DAY it was almost gone. I love that I have found something that will relieve my itch and help my skin irritations. Best of all, I can use it knowing it won't cause long term harm or have damaging effects on my body like the other creams had. I have shared it with so many people that you are going to have to put it on your website. You are a genius. A healer. God sent. Rachel, New Jersey