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About Jennifer Saleem
Jennifer Saleem is a former government recruiter turned stay-at-home mother to a daughter born in early 2009. She is passionate about coconut oil and all of its benefits, healing with herbs, holistic health/wellness, real foods, natural living, and more!
Jennifer and her daughter also live an “allergy-friendly” lifestyle sans gluten, grains, eggs, dairy, nuts, and a slew of other foods thanks to a compromised immune system due to toxic mold exposure. She frequently shares allergy friendly recipes on her site.
She enjoys being in nature as much as possible and her favorite place to be is the ocean. Hiking and rock-hounding are also activities she loves. Jennifer has an adorable house rabbit and a super sweet pooch.
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I had a friend who used to make salve and she made it sound easy. Her salves were magical and incredibly effective. I had no doubt that this was something I could create in my kitchen with very few ingredients. And so, my salve making passion was born.
For the past few years I merely tinkered with salve making. I always kept the base ingredients on hand so I could whip a specific salve up if needed. However, when I started working on recipes for my eBook, Coconut Oil For Your Skin, I realized that the art of salve making was exactly that…an art.
Salve making is therapeutic in a sense. Not only are you creating something so pure, so natural, and so effective for your physical body but the process of salve making is somewhat emotionally healing as well. I am not sure if it is the herbs you are in contact with, the rhythmic flow of melting and stirring, mixing and pouring. All I know is that after a salve making session, I feel reinvigorated, relaxed, and renewed.
Everyone is capable of making simple salves. If you are already a real foodie, I guarantee that you have all the tools you need in your kitchen. There is not anything fancy involved. Even if you are not a real foodies, the ingredients to make salve are all readily available and again, probably already hanging around your pantry.
I am sure that you are curious about what exactly is in this book. I have shared the Table of Contents below so you can get a better feel for the book. In short, I give you some basic background information but then I turn you loose with my very easy recipes. I wanted to keep this eBook short and to the point, focusing on the must-have salve recipes, the ones that you will likely need in your family.
I honestly loved creating this book. It is hands-down my favorite. I know you will treasure it for years to come!
Table of Contents
Medicinal Properties of Herbs and Essential Oils
The Basics – Preparing A Medicinal Oil
Double Boiler Method
General Salve-Making Instructions
Athlete’s Foot Salve
Breathe Easy Salve
Broken Bone Relief
Bug Bite Salve
Cold Buster Salve
Cold Sore Fighter
Cracked Hand Salve
Fever Support Salve
Headache Relief Salve
Heal Crack Salve
Menstrual Cramp Relief Salve
Motion Sickness Salve
Pain Relief Salve
Poison Oak/Ivy Salve
Splinter Draw Out Salve
St. John's Wort All-Purpose Salve
Sweat Be-Gone Salve
Sweet Dreams Salve #1
Sweet Dreams Salve #2
Tooth Ache Salve
Faux Black Salve #1
Faux Black Salve #2
How To Use GOOT
How To Make GOOT
Appendix A: Where to Purchase Quality Ingredients
Coconut oil is the most nourishing oil you can put onto your skin and into your body. Pure virgin (unrefined) coconut oil is the best natural ingredient for skin lotion. It prevents destructive free-radical formation and provides protection against them. It can help to keep the skin from developing liver spots, and other blemishes caused by aging and over exposure to sunlight. It helps to keep connective tissues strong and supple so that the skin doesn't sag and wrinkle.
The small molecular structure of coconut oil allows for easy absorption through the skin and into the cell structure of the connective tissues. This means that it has the ability to actually restore damaged or diseased skin. Coconut oil will also have lasting benefits, unlike most lotions. It can help bring back a youthful appearance. The coconut oil will aid in removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother. The skin will become more evenly textured with a healthy "shine". While doing this the coconut oil will penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and strengthen the underlying tissues.
Clearly, coconut oil needs to be present in every product you put onto your skin! This is why I have worked so hard to create recipes for personal care products that incorporate coconut oil.
Why should you invest your precious time and resources into making your own skin care products? Easy – homemade products are free of added chemicals, dyes, synthetics, and other nasty stuff most commercial products have. They are also very cost effective. It might not seem like it at first but you will come to realize that a little product goes a long way and that your ingredients will really be able to stretch.
Why should you invest in MY eBook? I’ll give you 3 reasons.
1. The 66 recipes in this eBook are all simple to make. I made sure of that. I know that I do not have the time to sit in the kitchen for 8 hours trying to concoct a 4 ounce jar of face wash.
2. The ingredients in the recipes are all readily available at health food stores and online. I have no interest in sending anyone on a wild goose chase for elusive and exotic ingredients.
3. Every single one of my products work and they work great! Scratch that – they are fantastic. Plus, they are all customizable. You can pretty much use any essential oils of your choice should you decide to do something different than what I suggest.
Just in case those reasons were not compelling enough, Coconut Oil For Your Skin also offers information on carrier oils, butters, and essential oils. I even included a pretty cool chart outlining both the physical and emotional benefits of the essential oils called for in the recipes. I also discuss storage of finished products as well as ingredients. Seriously – I did not leave anything out.
That all sounds great but I am sure you are wondering about the recipes themselves. What can you expect to find in the eBook?
* 13 face and body scrub recipes;
* 5 face and body wash recipes;
* 7 recipes for the bath/shower;
* 12 recipes for body care products like lotions and creams including a cellulite cream and an eczema salve;
* 7 recipes dedicated to your face;
* 5 shampoo recipes;
* 4 recipes that serve as conditions and hair treatments;
* 5 lip balms and;
* 7 miscellaneous recipes such as insect repellant, deodorant, wart remover, “love potion,” toothpaste, and a PMS blend.